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Last Updated: Friday, 27 July 2007, 08:32 GMT 09:32 UK
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By Kate Russell
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Kate Russell gives us her latest selection of the best sites on the World Wide Web.

GreatBuildings.com

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GreatBuildings.com documents just over 1,000 significant buildings across the world. From Art Deco office blocks to ancient Greek temples, this site contains a wealth of information about buildings and their history.

Each building's entry includes exterior and interior photos, architectural drawings, and information about its architect and in some cases 3D walk-through computer models.

To find a specific building just click on the search option and enter the building's name, for a more refined search the advanced option will filter by architect or location.

This site makes it really easy to compare different architectural styles from across history. The homepage includes a timeline option, click on this and a historical buildings timeline opens beginning at 3000 BC right up to today. Clicking on highlighted buildings in this timeline opens its listings page.

This site is not just about great buildings, it pays homage to famous architects as well. It contains a directory of hundreds of notable contemporary and historical architects with biographies and links to some of their greatest architectural achievements.

A brilliant site for fans of design, architecture and even history.


Page By Page Books

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Page By Page Books is the equivalent of an online library of classic literature.

The site makes use of books on which the copyright has expired so they can be shared and read online for free.

The site lacks a search engine so to check out which books are available click "View all Authors" or check "See book list by Title" option.

From here just browse through the available books and authors alphabetically.

Most public domain book sites force you to download the whole book at once on one page or in extremely large chunks, this can make reading them or finding a lost place kind of tedious.

In contrast, this site loads a single page of text at a time making it much easier to read. If you do not fancy reading an entire book in one sitting simply bookmark it using your search engine and then open from the bookmarked page when you fancy dipping into the story again.

The site design itself is simple and uncluttered and it is fairly easy to track down interesting titles. At the moment there are only a couple of hundred books on the site but the number of available titles is increasing all the time.


Fencing.net

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Fencing.net is a one stop shop for sportsmen and women who live by the sword.

As an Olympic sport the rules and kit required for fencing are evolving all the time and this site keeps fencers up-to-date with all of the latest developments.

The site design is as clean and crisp as a fencers outfit: the main menu offers news about the Olympics and the sport in general as well as an enormous training and tips section. In here you will find articles and diagrams on technique and in some cases short demonstration videos.

There are also "Ask an Expert" pages, where fencers' questions are answered by members of the Fencing Officials Commission, highly respected individuals who know almost everything about the sport.

For anybody thinking of picking up the sport, head over to the "Fencing Clubs" section and select the clubs directory to locate a club in your country or area.

And in the "Fencing Equipment" section you will find reviews of the latest kit from foils to face masks.




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