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Graham Brown takes a regular look around the UK web.
Graham is a Freelance Journalist and co-author of the Batsford book Chess on the Web

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Quote Monopoly on the Web
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Popular folklore goes, and the line on the official site, that the game was invented by Charles Darrow. It was 1934 ... the height of the Great Depression and he devised it around his kitchen table. The truth is not quite as romantic ... "The Landlords Game" by Elizabeth Magie was granted U.S. Patent 748,626 in 1904!
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Blogmusik - World Jukebox

There are more and more sites where you can choose music tracks from just about any artist to add to your own personal jukebox. And then you can blog and share it with the rest of the planet or just listen to it yourself.

Blog musik have to be up with the best of them. Sites such as are also good - they all have different strenths and weaknesses. One drawback of finetune for example is that you have to put lots of tracks in your playlist. This means that you can't really guarantee to get to hear the track you want immediately. With Blogmusik however you can create a playlist with just 2 or 3 tracks and then click and play away.

Just type the name of the band or track and then add the songs to your playlist. They have everthing from the Arctic Monkeys to the Beatles.
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Colourful Talk at

First off, here's what you can't do at

1. Laugh at boring high falutin "Lectures" delivered by people who can't combine a shirt with a tie and a comb with their hair.

2. Chuckle at boring low brow "Talks" by people who can't combine a slide projector with a rubbish skip.

But what you can do is find Lectures and Talks (lets reclaim the words) that are intriguing, colourful, provocative, amusing, enjoyable and educational.

And the sheer variety is stunning ...

Every week they at least 2 new talks on the site and there is also a vast archive.

Some are short some are long. For example there are 3 short and sweet talks by Storyteller, writer and slam poet "Rives". Rives controls the Internet Length: 04:15 Posted: Dec 2006, Rives remixes TED2006 Length: 04:23 Posted: Apr 2007, and Rives on 4 a.m. Length: 09:17 Posted: Jul 2007. They are great fun and won't take up much time!

Then there is Will Wright who wrote the famous "Sims" game showing us his his latest ... "Spore". This is all done on a massive screen above him. Part of the game involved creating life forms and the graphics on this are pretty impressive. Will Wright makes toys that make worlds Length: 16:49 Posted: Jul 2007. You can also Download this talk in high resolution (480p).

Another really amazing use of the big screen is Hans Rosling reveals new insights on povertyLength: 19:09
Posted: Jun 2007

" In a follow-up to his now-legendary TED2006 presentation , Hans Rosling demonstrates how developing countries are pulling themselves out of poverty. He shows us the next generation of his Trendalyzer software -- which analyzes and displays data in amazingly accessible ways, allowing people to see patterns previously hidden behind mountains of stats.

"Be sure to watch straight through to the (literally) jaw-dropping finale." I could go on with more examples but best to go to the site and search for yourself. It has a very pleasing interface and you can search and browse for subjects by subject, type of subject, most discussed, speaker etc etc.

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Quick Music

If you are looking for a particular track or artist then SeeQPod could be the site for you.
Simply type in the name of the song on the left of the page and a list will come up, click it and it will play in the player on the right! Simple as that.

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Channel 4 Music Videos

Channel 4 now have more than 20,000 free music videos to view on their website. You can create and share playlists and you will find all sorts from Paul McCartney to the Arctic Monkeys!

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