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Last Updated: Friday, 25 May 2007, 15:25 GMT 16:25 UK
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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.

Cannon magazine website

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With the massive growth of digital photography, a lot of people are looking to learn a bit about what goes into making a good digital picture, and this is a good place to visit.

It is tucked away around the back of photographic giant Canon's website. It is easy to miss and once you are there you have to pick your way through a lot of Canon-orientated sales guff. If you are a Canon user this is great, if you are not, you do not have to read it.

And if you get bored of learning about the technology you can pop over to the Canon museum and get some great pictures of early cameras or, my favourite, a film showing you the different stages of how a camera lens is made, a must for anyone even slightly interested in cameras and photography.


Disused Stations.org.uk website

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Did you know that Liverpool had an overhead railway? It was a fact that had eluded me until right up till I discovered this site.

Dedicated to closed railway stations around the UK, it is a fascinating resource not only for those that like old railway stories but also people interested in the local history of their area.

It was the old Liverpool railway that caught my eye because it highlights just how great the web is at telling small local histories to anyone who is interested no matter where they live.

There is a brief history of the line with a wonderful colour photo of James Street station in the 1950s, and each station has a listing. Some of the stations also have "now and then" photos.

Going further afield on the site and you are offered a list of stations that are closed around the country, again with their details. There is also a link to another site called Railway Ramblers, which offers details of walks around disused lines. I recommend you check it out.


Guitar Shred Show website

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This is the home of Mr Fastfinger, a mystical master axeman and magic carpet owner who likes to share his guitar techniques with anyone who visits the site.

It is the brain child of uber guitarist Mika Tyyska, who started the site as an exercise in flash programming and sound design, but the site has grown rather a lot since.

On the home page, clicking the plectrum by "Exploding Guitar" will launch an introduction and a blinding solo, but the real fun is to be had behind the Mountain of Tapping Dwarf.

Each letter of the keyboard is mapped to a guitar riff and you can string them together by pressing one key after another. The result can be really rather fun.

And if you want to play the riffs yourself you can print out the tablature and have a go at learning them yourself.




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