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Last Updated: Friday, 2 February 2007, 16:13 GMT
Kate Russell
By Kate Russell
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Kate Russell gives us her latest selection of the best sites on the World Wide Web.


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The earth is covered in vast watery habitats, teaming with a multiplicity of life and activity. How do I know this? Well I read it on the internet of course.

If marine biology floats your boat, then you can do far worse than take a dive into this glossy and highly informative website.

MarineBio.org sets out to educate and inform. Here you can learn about new species, get involved with marine conservation work, and join the diverse MarineBio.org community - offering forums, news, discussions and general chat about anything and everything that is fishy.

The global navigation panel on the left splits the website up into easily manageable categories, or you can use the tabs across the top to search through all the contents within a broader genus.

There are plenty of pictures and video to enjoy plus loads of information about the many thousands of species that live in our seas.

If you are studying, or thinking of studying marine biology then the resource links at the bottom on the left will come in very handy.


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How many of you promise yourself that you are going to do something, then never get round to doing it? Sound familiar? Well, perhaps you need a little more support - so how about some support from the global community?

PledgeBank.com is a great idea - very simply executed with one of the most basic website designs enjoyed in a long time - but it is the sentiments that are important here - people pledging to perform certain tasks, worthy or otherwise, as long as a certain number of people also sign up to do the same.

It could be anything, from donating money to charity, to losing weight and getting fit.

Use the link to the audio description from the director of the charity that hosts the site if you want a more in-depth explanation.

Starting your own pledge is very easy, just click the tab at the top of the page and then fill in the necessary boxes.

Now all you have to do is wait and hope more people will join you. The usual caveats about unmoderated user-generated content apply.

Working Life

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A little history now, but not the classroom type - this is a pictorial history of working life in Britain.

Workinglife.org.uk is a charming site - and although not very sophisticated, it does seem to capture what life was like in 20th Century Britain. The pictures date back to the early 1900s, but many of them are from the 60s and 70s when industrial businesses were booming.

Browsing these pages is a fascinating walk back through time into the lives of the people who built the British economy - rail workers, miners, fishermen and factory girls.

Click a link on the left and then open the thumbnails to full size by clicking them. Each section has a little blurb beside it to add to the atmosphere.

Trolley Spotting

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More pictures now, but a lot more modern. And this site's creator seems to have a bit of a thing about supermarket trolleys.

Trolleyspotting.co.uk is the URL you need. Now do not expect to find any deep meaning in these pages - although some might choose to take a philosophical view.

It is all about supermarket trolleys that have been abandoned on the street in the three cities the website creator visits regularly - Nottingham, Portsmouth and London.

Read the blurb on the opening page if you are looking for reasons why, otherwise just click on a city link to start browsing this intriguing collection of images.

I like the way that the locator map works - click a red dot in the thumbnail to jump to an area and then click on the map to see the photo that was taken there.

Read the descriptions as you venture around the city. The guy who made this site has a real passion for trolley spotting that is difficult not to admire.

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