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    • T J Hughes / Department Store / 0 Readings / 11 Ratings
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      T.J. Hughes is a department store which originates from Liverpool. From it's first store it has now grown to one which has over fifty stores and is opening five new stores in the very near future, with one being in Leeds (my local store is Shrewsbury). T.J. Hughes was recently taken over by JJB Sports. The store is basically like any other department store, except the brands are maybe a bit less popular with the majority of the population and the prices of things are cheaper. T.J. Hughes is mainly aimed towards the 25+ age groups as the store is not really considered 'trendy'. The appearance of my store is not the most modern around but it serves it's purpose as if it was flash then the prices would most likely be higher. Accessories is one of the most popular areas of the store as it contains a large amount of different types of cosmetics and perfumes. On a minus side the way the make up is layed out is a bit on the messy side as they are usually just put in baskets which do get quite dirty if people mess with them. The makeup however, is divided up into the different types so its quite quick to find the type that you want. Menswear is aimed very much at either the sporty person, old person or someone who 'likes their jeans'. The menswear section is quite large compared to a lot of sections of the shop. The department has a large amount of different types of sportswear which tend to be labelled at reasonable prices (mainly due to the fact that the store always has some sort of sale on). Menswear also contains a large amount of different types of jeans which on the pro side for them, they do have a large variation of companies, ranging from Levi's and Wrangler for £25 to £5 basic jeans. The rest of menswear just tends to have hundreds of socks and mainly trousers and shirts which people wear for work or people of a older generation like. Linens section of my local store actually rang
      es on two floors which is slightly inconvenient but with a escalator it's not much hassle. The linens section tends to have a large amount of designs with plain and pattern but there is not much in the way of children?s. The linens section in my store also has pillows and duvets of various togs at good prices but if you wanted to spend more, a separate department not run by T.J. Hughes (but they use their tills) called 'coloroll' offers this. Downstairs there is also a range of sweets and chocolates which have recently improved and do include more well known titles such as rolo's and toffee crisps for 99p. The ladies wear department has the largest lingerie department that I have ever seen (although I tend not to go wondering through the bra's). They have most of the major brands such as Wonderbra and Playtex. The ladies wear section is I think one of the more younger persons departments although compared to Etams the shop wouldn't really win. Shoes come in many shapes and sizes and T.J. Hughes stocks quite a lot of them. They stock a large range of mens, women?s and children?s shoes but the department can end up quite messy after a short time and it doesn't look like the staff have the time to deal with the mess. The household and electrical department is probably one of the best areas of the shop. It is every time I?ve been there tidy and clean but always very busy and the till queues do tend to build up making for long waiting times. The stock is quite cheap with things such as microwaves for around £30. The staff overall are very nice and helpful and will try to help you if they can although there sometimes isn't one available which can cause long delays. Overall the shop does what it says. It offers good value on products which can be found down the road for a higher price. I would recommend people to shop there, especially for the household products.

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      • Gay Times / Magazine / Newspaper / 8 Readings / 20 Ratings
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        The first time I bought a copy of the Gay Times was when I was 16. I had it sent by mail order as basically I couldn't buy it in public incase someone I met saw me buying it. The cover of the Gay Times usually having someone who is usually shirtless didn't really help in me trying to buy it because I was very embarrassed about what would be in it. From what I?d heard of it I thought it was going to be very political but that wasn't what I found. When I first opened the Gay Times I was greeted with a large list of sections in the magazine, and I was quite surprised. The magazine contains a large variety of reports which are different every week. Examples of this include Gay domestic violence and the views of young people and old people in the Gay community. The reports are written out very well in a professional way which doesn't have any of the trashy traits which you might find for instance in The Sun. The magazine contains a lot of very big good glossy pictures to aid the magazine and none of the pictures that I ever saw contained full fledged nudity which is good because it enables shops to sell the magazine to people who are young and are trying to come to terms with their sexuality. In my opinion the magazine although it is supposed to be aimed at all the sections of the Gay community I think that is mainly aimed at men more but a lot of the news stories are relevant t anyone wether they Gay or Straight. The main feature which I thought was very good at the back was the Gay scene and the youth club listings. The Gay scene listings I think are very good because sometimes you don't know where to go to meet other Gay people. The Youth groups and support lines I think are the most important. This section lists every group in the UK that people who of various ages can visit if they need help or they just want to make more Gay friends. I would recommend this magazine
        to anyone, if you have come to terms with being Gay it is a interesting read and if you are coming to terms with you're sexuality it helps because it shows many aspects of being Gay and the youth groups section at the back helps.

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        • dict.leo.org / Internet Site / 1 Reading / 13 Ratings
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          02.06.2002 21:42
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          To be honest, when I first saw what this site was called I thought 'Horoscope'. Let's just say I was quite wrong about my assumption. This site is a online English to German (or vise versa) dictionary. The site when you first arrive isn't the best that I have ever seen in the design department but it's readable. The site has a lion as it's mini logo and he appears on various pages, although the one with him smoking a pipe I thought was a bit strange. The site's main purpose is to enter in something in German or English and then to find out the opposite version or meaning of it. When I first went to use the dictionary I entered in a sentence which in my case was 'Ich bin funfzehn' as that was the easiest one to spell. The site came up with many sentences and there was so many it was hard to read so I went to try a single word. I typed in 'funfzehn' and that came up with the easy answer of fifteen. This site is very good if you enter a single word then you get a good answer but you shouldn't try a sentence. The site also contains a forum which wasn't the most biggest I?ve ever seen but the good thing was that it provided a forum which could be used by people who speak German and people who speak English. I thought this was quite a good site for translation but I find using Systran much more easier and user friendly and it lets you type in full scentances.

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        • foxnews.com / Internet Site / 0 Readings / 11 Ratings
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          26.05.2002 20:38
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          'Fair And Balanced Coverage' is the Fox news slogan. This is an American news channel that is transmitted to about 12 countries including the UK. This channel is transmitted on Sky Digital. This channel is aimed at American's primarily. The news is very Americanised and some of the comments that they come out with do really show how much American's don't know about countries outside of America such as when a small plane crashed into a skyscraper in Milan they asked the reporter 'Do the Italians have cell phones?' which is a bit obvious. When you first arrive at the site you are greeted with the main headline. The news stories if you go to read them more further are quite detailed and there are also quite a lot of pictures and I always find them useful because sometimes just having a place described to you can't really help that much. The front page is split into three main sections with another couple more subsections down the bottom of the page. Down the right of the site they list all the sections of the site that you can visit which is quite varied but not as much as a site like the Washington Post etc which has many sections. In the middle of the home page are the top stories from the various sections such as politics and entertainment etc. There are a lot of pictures in the middle of the page which is good because I can't stand reading the site with no pictures because I have a really bad attention span and at least the pictures are there to help me. Down the right of the site they list what programmes are coming up and they also had an advert for the Fox news shop. This is probably the only news station that I know has it's own shop selling things ranging from clothes to mats to put you're drinks on. The first section on the left of the site is 'Sign Up As A Fox Fan'. This section of the site lets you join a sought of fan club for the news ch
          annel which basically means you get e-mail information from them and a discount from the Fox news shop. I was thinking about joining up but I think I will do it when I?ve got some money. The 'Shows' section of the site lets you read about any show on the channel. I went to read about Fox and Friends because it's the show I see the most and I find the most interesting. The shows site tells you who presents the show and what will be happening in the up and coming episodes and in the case of Fox and Friends they also have a video vault of Mancow who is a radio presenter they talk to everyday who I just think is some deranged American to be honest as he spurts out with anything. The next section in the site is the 'Top Stories' section. This was just the headlines of the site. The news is mostly just US orientated although there are a few outside news reports. They are reported on in a very detailed way and a lot of the main stories carried pictures. I thought the main news section of the site was good because it was set out well and the news reports are written in a language that's easy to read but don't make you sound like you're a idiot. 'Politics' is the main section. I'm not exactly the best for knowing about US politics but a lot of the stories weren?t that political which I found good. They all contained some sough of political info but I found the political stories very interesting to read so I defiantly liked this site. The next section down the list in the site 'Business'. Again this section of the site was easy to read with some actual interesting stories which the everyday person could read for instance there was a story about how beer companies are developing all the new brands for summer and even I found that interesting and I don't like beer. The next section is 'Foxlife'. This section of the site is contains a lot of the news that is in
          teresting like entertainment or a new sex survey that just came out. These stories were all very interesting such as the ones about Star Wars and what the celebrities are currently doing. 'Views' is a section of the site that is devoted to what the US people think on situations such as 'What does fair and balanced mean?' etc. I found this section interesting because I liked hearing what other people thought about issues. The 'Weather' section is good because it lists not just US weather but you can also look at the latest info on the world weather although looking at a British weather site would be better for finding out UK weather info. The 'sports' section of the site redirects you to another website which isn't part of the news channel and so I won't get into that. The four main subsections at the bottom of the page lists how you can watch them and contact them which is quite useful if you can't find them but looking through the digital tv guide usually lets you find them easily enough. On the right of the site they list the current market results with a twenty minute delay. Overall I really like this site as the news is interesting to read but the thing I lover most is the channel and that's probably because it's so Americanised.

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        • gopetition.com / Internet Site / 0 Readings / 10 Ratings
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          24.05.2002 22:44
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          The main purpose of this site is to set up petitions. Anyone can do this and you can post them on any single topic that you want, although looking at some of them posted you think 'Why?'. The site is split into various regions or a global site. For the purpose of this review I?m writing a review on the global site. When you firs arrived you are greeted with the main petition currently running. It may not have the most petitions it the purpose of it. Saying that, one of the main petitions on the page was to change the name of the next Lord Of The Rings film because of the September 11th incident which I think is pointless but once you read some of the replies you're realise that you're not the only one. The main site has a very blue scheme. Down the right of the site there is an option to look at petitions in regions or types of petition. They also have a topical poll running which is set by the website and if you have the time you can fill it in but the main point of coming to the site is to make/write/laugh at the current petitions. At the top left of the site is the options to advertise or contact them etc, the not very important stuff. In the middle of the left of the page is the top 10 petitions. The top one when I went to look at it was to stop terrorists in Canada even though I had never even heard of them, they still had 7500 odd signatures. Overall I like this site. Not the way that it's designed but the purpose of it. The petitions that mean something I think are good and should be there but the people who are talking rubbish like the two towers petition are just talking rubbish. Get Signing!!!

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          • washingtonpost.com / Internet Site / 0 Readings / 16 Ratings
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            23.05.2002 22:27
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            This is the main newspaper for the Washington DC area. This site which is very much like the paper is designed for the business man of Washington as the news featured on the site is set out in quite a compact way with many mini sections to the site. The front page of the site greets you with a very large photo (which in my case is a policeman guarding the area where Chandra Levy's body has just been found). Around the large story there are also many recent news stories set around it. Along the left of the front of the page the list of sections of the site are listed. The site consists of twenty two main parts. Also along the left of the site there are options to search for cars and jobs so basically the classifieds. Along the bottom of the site thee sub sections which are listed along the left of the site have their own little sub section with the top stories from those sections so if you want to read the most recent education story you don't have to go and look at the other page. Also the stock market results are listed on there if you really need to see them. My favourite part of the front page was probably the google search section because it shows that the front page is to be designed as a portal to be used as a starting place to the web. I really liked the front page of the site because it's very detailed and it is really set out well. I could find out what I wanted from a particular section quickly. I could even do a google search if I wanted without having to leave the site. The 'Nation' section of the site is just devoted to news that is relevant to the American people only. The news as with the rest of the site is very detailed and also the 'Nation' section is also split up into sub sections such as 'Science' etc. The 'Nation' section of the site is similar to the front page apart from the bottom of the page where there is just lists of other relevan
            t news reports. The other news sections of the site are all practically identical to the 'Nation' section in the way that they are set out. They are all very detailed and set out very well. The site also offers options to contact them and to search the archives which is very useful because if you had to write a news report about Washington or something that has happened in Washington such as the current situation with Chandra Levy. If you wish you hae the option to subscribe to receive news by email which come in newsletter form in a certain subject such as Politics etc. At the top of the site there are seven more sections of the site. These seven sections of the site are 'News', 'OnPolitcs', 'Entertainment', 'Live Online', 'Camera Works', 'Marketplace' and 'Washington Jobs'. The 'News' section of the site is just the front page and I have written about the front page at the top of this page. The next section was 'OnPolitics' which is just the latest politics news which I?m afraid I don't know much about but the news reports are very detailed and the page is set out well with a lot of news reports and their own political analysts. The third section I looked at was 'Entertainment'. This section I found the most interesting because I know about Entertainment at least. The news reports were varied and I found them very interesting. I would read this page to find out information about entertainment in the USA. 'Live Online' is a list to online events that you can watch on the site. These are listed in American times but they are put on at times which are suitable for American's and British people to watch them. I personally couldn't watch them because my connection is too slow but if you had a fast enough connection I think you might as well watch them as you will gain more informatio
            n on various things such as politics etc. The third to last section is 'Camera Works. This is a section of the site which has lots of photo's of news events and I found these more interesting than the news reports because as they say 'A picture paints a power of thousand words'. The next section is 'Marketplace'. I thought that this was going to be some sought of Ebay and I was sought of right. This is the classified section of the site and so if you live in the area you can sell you're things or if you want to save you're self some money, get you?re self some coupons. The final section of the site is 'Washingotn Jobs'. This is a site which as you would of guessed is for finding a job. This section of the site doesn't really apply to anybody outside of the US but it's useful. I really liked this site because it was split into many sections, set out well and the news reports were very detailed.

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              22.05.2002 23:31
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              This site has three main purposes. The main purpose as I hope you would of guessed is as a online dictionary. The dictionary is set to be used by people from North America and Europe as it accepts words such as 'color' and 'colour'. The dictionary is pretty plain. You type in you're words and you find out what they mean and also if you're interested you can find out where that word is used in daily phrases. When using the dictionary, you are also aloud the option to search through other search engines and also other types of dictionaries because a lot of words have various types of meaning in different countries. I found the dictionary useful as it loaded quickly but personally I usually just type the word into Google and I get in checked much quicker. The second part of the site is the educational section. This I think would be very useful for Teachers because it offers a wide range of educational items but this is really just another way of getting people to buy things. The third section of the site is the shop which is also mixed in with the educational section. This isn't a type of shop where you can buy online but they list all the products and presumably wait for you to go to the shop. I didn't really find this site useful because I would much rather use an actual dictionary to find a word as it is much quicker.

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              • marconicalling.com / Internet Site / 0 Readings / 15 Ratings
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                This site has been created by the company Marconi to tell members of the public information about Guglielmi Marconi who was the creator of Marconi PLC. I knew nothing about Guglielmi Marconi and so I was hoping that I could learn something from this site. When you first arrive at this site another window opens (which stays open through out the period of you're visit) which gives you the option to view the site in html or flash. The front page gives a basic description of the what the site is about. The site is split into six sections. These sections are 'Archive', 'Search', 'Marconi Overview', 'Links and Reading', 'Credits' and 'About This Site'. The first section of the site 'Archive' which I thought would contain info just about Guglielmi Marconi actually contained a documented history of Marconi related telecommunications. This section of the site I found really interesting as it contains many sections. The first section I went to have a look at was the 'Events' section. This part of the site is listed in chronological order starting from when he was born and ending with his death. Each link in the events section contained very detailed information about that event and you could also go and have a look at other links which are provided on the page if you wanted to find out more information about this particular stage in his life. I really found the events section interesting as it was detailed and I love reading about history anyway. The next section in the 'Archive' section is the 'People' section. This section of the site lists all the people related to Marconi. When you go and read about the person you choose you get to read a bio about them and you get to see a picture of them. Also if you so wish you can read related articles to that person. I really liked this section of the site because it gave you the opportunity to look de
                eper into that persons life and find out what they had achieved. The third section of the 'Archive' is the 'Places' section. This section of the site is also listed in alphabetically and it basically lists famous places which affected Guglielmi Marconi. When you go to read about the place you get a picture info and also the choice to find out more. I liked this section of the site because I go to find out of places which some might not exist. The fourth section of the 'Archive' is the 'Photographs' section. This as you guessed it contains the photo's to do with Guglielmi Marconi's life. There are hundreds and hundreds of pictures on the site which really does help to imagine what Marconi's life was like because words can't let you fully imagine thing's sometimes. The next section in the 'Archive's' section is the 'Film Clips' section. This is my favorite section of the site because you can see what people were like or how things moved. The films are streaming so if you have a slow connection you might have to see if you could download them some way. There are nine video clips which isn't may but one of them can last up to 70 seconds. The next sections of the 'Archive' is the 'Sound Clips' section. This section is set out identically to the 'Film Clips' section although there are quite a few more sound clips. The next section that we have in the 'Archive' is 'Newspaper's'. This section contains quite a few news reports that can be viewed in years. You get to read the original news article or if you just want, you can read the little bit of information about it. This section I found useful because you could read about him with a unbiased view. The fourth to last section of the 'Archive' is the 'Artefacts' section. This site lets you view about 100 images of artifacts f
                rom Marconi's history. You also read a little bit of information about the artefact if you so wish but there isn't much information about them. The next section which was the one I wanted to look at the most was the 'Titanic Messages' section. This section contains messages sent from people to their family. I found these messages very interesting because it gave me a real insight to what the people thought and said when they were on the Titanic. There are a lot of messages from the Titanic on this site. The second to last section of the 'Archive' is the 'Royal Messages' section. There are sixty three messages on the site and they range from various members of the Royal family. I personally found the Titanic section of the site more interesting than the Royal section but you might think differently. The last section of the 'Archive' is the 'Ephemera' which I don't have a clue what it means but apparently according to the Dictionary it means 'Printed matter of passing interest', and that's exactly what it is. This section of the site contains hundreds of things, some which are a little boring but most are decent to read. The second section of the site is the 'Search' section. That is basically all it does. It searches the site for whatever you need. The third section of the site is the 'Marconi Overview' which contains a basic information about the company and him through the years. The next section of the website is 'Links and Reading' which gives you more of a opportunity to read about Marconi if you really need to find out about him or the company. The second to last section of this historical site is 'Credits' which list who made the site and the final section of the site is the 'About This Site' section which just tells you why the site was set up. Overall I really liked this site
                as it was very detailed and well set out and I found out a lot about Marconi

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                • artsjournal.com / Internet Site / 0 Readings / 14 Ratings
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                  This site which to be honest I thought would be just about paintings brings you the latest news on various things in the arts world which range from dancing to publishing. The site is split into mainly four sections. These sections are 'Today?s Top Art Stories' which as you guessed is the main headlines in the art world. This section takes up the bulk of the front page. There is also a non graphical version of the site if you have a really slow connection and you want to navigate the site quickly. The other three sections are 'Arts Journal' which is split into the various types of the arts and when you click on a section of the site for instance 'Media' you are taken to another page which looks practically the same as the front page except the news is just related to the chosen section. A useful bit of the 'Arts Journal' is the ability to look through the archive. I don't really find the arts that interesting but if you do you would find the 'Arts Journal' very interesting because it provides a lot of news reviews and these news reviews are quite detailed and go back in time quite a long way. I liked this section of the site because it was quite comprehensive. The next section of the site (these sections are located along the left of the site) is the 'AJ Extra'. This section of the site seems to be split into various things such as 'Art Watch' which is a sought of arts supplement. Also in the 'AJ Extra' section there is the 'Letters' section which is self explanatory and a 'Archive' which is also self explanatory. The other sections in the 'AJ Extra' are just concerned with links to other sites, searches of the site and if you so wish, a section to advertise on the site. The final section of the site is the 'AJ News Service'. This provides you with the opportunity if you so wish to with a news service I presum
                  e delivered to you're e-mail but I couldn't find out very many details and I could only find out where to e-mail/write/ring them. I think more information could of been provided. Overall, I wouldn't read this site as I don't really want to read about the arts but I think if you were studying art for instance you might find this site useful.

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                • allafrica.com / Internet Site / 0 Readings / 16 Ratings
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                  This site as you guessed it has something to with Africa. This site is contains the news from all over Africa from various news agencies which submit their news to allAfrica. The site is split into three main sections. These sections are 'Top Stories', 'Regions' which have news from different areas of Africa and the final section of the site is 'Topics' which is split into all the various current news issue's in Africa such as AIDS and Music. This site when you first arrive introduces you with the mission statement of the website which is 'AllAfrica Global Media is the leading provider of African news and information worldwide, through news feeds to institutional and agency clients and through allAfrica.com. We post more than 700 new stories daily from over 100 African media organizations and from our own award-winning reporters.' Also when you first arrive on the site you are given the option to read the site in French which is very good because the site caters for the two main languages of the west. This site isn't set out as well as the BBC for instance as this site isn't very flashy and trying to force us to download multimedia clips but it provides the main purpose of the site which is the news. The main news section of the site contains very in-depth news reports and also there are large photo's on the site. The news reports when I went to look at them were very topical and weren?t just some issue's that no one really cares about. Also the news reports offer links to other websites such as the BBC if you want to find out more information about the news report that you're reading about. I found the frontpage of this site very useful because it contained very good news reports and I also had the options to find out more about the issue I was reading about if I so wished. The first section along the left (the left is where the options are situated) is the 'R
                  egions' section. This section of the site is split into Northern, Eastern, Southern, Western and Central Africa. When one of these links is clicked you are taken to a site that is identical to the front page although the centre of the page contains a list of all the news reports and lists their origin. I found the regions site very good because it provided a lot of news reports in one area and I could also find out the origin of the news source if I so wished because as you know some organizations are more biased than others when writing news reports but luckily this website manages to keep it's self unbiased. The next section along the site is the 'Topics' section. When you go read about a topic the site is set out identical to regions site because it lists all the news sections down the middle of the site. These news sections are very in depth and I found them very useful for a report that I had to write on a African aspect. The topics section also contains some other sections. These are 'Special Reports' which contain some even more in-depth news reports but these are usually about the state of Africa in one way or another. The next main section of the topic site is the 'Photo Essays' which provide a very good source of information and a real information about Africa and as they say 'A picture paints a thousand words'. Overall I thought this tie was very good and I would be happy to read this site again.

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                  • thisisoxfordshire.co.uk / Internet Site / 0 Readings / 18 Ratings
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                    This site as you may of guessed it is a site that provides you with regional information about Oxfordshire and the service's around the area that are available. The home page is set out neatly with it being set out into small easy to navigate sections. The writing on this site is quite small and so if you have bad eyesight you may have to turn up the text size on the Internet Explorer. The main section of the home page is the main news stories from the local paper which in Oxford's case is the Oxford Mail. The news stories are obviously locally based but the news stories are quite detailed. I found the news section very good because it provided local information for Oxford and also the news stories (sport news was there as well) were written in quite high detail. The 'CommuniGate' is a completely different site to thisisoxford.co.uk but they are closely related and they link to each other. The 'CommuniGate' site provides organisations around Oxford the opportunity if they don't have one, to build a site and have it hosted on the thisisoxford site. The 'CommuniGate' let's you search for Schools and religious groups for example so if you needed to find a priest in a hurry who lives in Oxford (well it could happen) then you head over to this site and start searching. I thought this was a very good page for the people of Oxford because it saves you having to search through lot's of other sites when you can just visit this one and find what you want. This would be a very good site if you were moving to Oxford and you have never been there before. The next section of the site is 'The Limited Edition'. This like the 'CommuniGate' is a link to another site. This time were taken over to another site for Oxford but this time it's another online magazine. This site provides information for more of the arty thing's in Oxford such as sculptures and drama although this site
                    sill contains some area's about history for example but you get it. This is a culture site. The next main section on the site is 'Golden Jubilee'. This as you guessed it is about the Golden Jubilee. This site provides the people of Oxfordshire a list of all the events which are happening on the run up to the Jubilee. These are listed in date and from what I?ve read, Oxfordshire seems to be having a lot of Jubilee events. I think you would find this site interesting if you really wanted to celebrate the Jubilee but most of us don't really care about the Jubilee and wouldn't find this site interesting. The 'Business' section is the next section of the site. This section provides local people, which are most likely local business people, an opportunity to read through the latest local business news and see how the business affects them. This section of the site also contain some jobs section. The next section on this Oxfordshire based site is the 'Property' section. This section of the site is run with fish4homes. This section of the site contains a few news sections but the main sections of the site are the searching for a house in the local area and also some advice for buying houses is provided. The 'Competitions' section is the next section of the site. The comp's on this site are quite good such as goody bags for the latest films of tickets to local exhibitions. This section of the site also provides you with links to other 'local' sites which are running coemptions. I liked this section of the site because the prizes weren?t that shoddy. The next section of the site that I went to take a look at was the 'Education' section. This section provided me with local education news but there were also links to other sites which could provide more information on the local schools in the area which I thought was very good. The 'Leisure'
                    ; section which was the next bit of the site I looked at was set out like the home page with the main news and also reviews of films in the middle of the page. Down the side of the page there were information on days out, films, weddings and tonnes of other stuff to help you enjoy your day in the Oxfordshire. The next section that I went to have a gander at was the 'Marketplace'. This is basically the classifieds which provides links to other 'fish4' sites and also other places on the web which offer auction sites. I personally thought this section of the site was just going to provide classifieds for the local area but I suppose they still need people to buy the paper and they can't list everything on the website. 'Internet' was the next bit of the site I went to have a look at. This section provided information on what's happening with the Internet in the local Oxford area although when I went to have a look there was very little news there and only a few links and one of them was the 'Communigate'. The section on the site I went to have a look at was the 'Visit Oxfordshire' site. This bit of the site provided me with information on what the local area looked like with pictures etc but there are also reports on what the places of interest are in Oxfordshire and if you want you can send a postcard. I found this section of the site very interesting because it gave me a very good picture of what Oxford looks like. The 'Information' section is the next one I visited. This section provided me with links to lots of sites which could give me info from the Universities to City Art. There were also links to help local residents down the left of the site. I found this section interesting as it gave me a picture of what Oxfordshire had to offer and also this section would be useful if you actually lived there because you could find out about your MEP. 'Talking Sh
                    op' was the next bit of the site. I thought that this bit of the site would actually be shopping but it was a topical discussion section about Oxfordshire which provides a place for local residents to rant and rave. The 'Weather' section provided a good weather service for the local area although UK and European weather results were available which I thought was, especially if you were travelling from Oxford. The final section on the site is the 'Holiday's' section. This opened up a new window and took me to a page that allowed you to search for Holiday info by date or place. I didn't really find this section of the site that good and I think it would be better to visit the Oxfordshire tourist board. I thought th8is site was very useful and if I ever needed to go to Oxford then I would check this site out.

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                    • link.co.uk / Internet Site / 0 Readings / 18 Ratings
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                      I thought to be honest with you that this site was going to be quite boring really. And I was right. This site is really just some info on how what the company is about, what the Link network does and also what the plans are for the company in the future. The site in total contains thirteen sections on various issues. This site when you first arrives prevents you with information on what Link machines are and how you use them. The site isn't designed to be very flashy but it loads quickly which is a good thing at least. The first section of the site is 'The Link Network'. This section of the site is basically just a explanation of how much work the network does and also what Technology it uses. I'm not sure what half the technology is in these machines but as long as I can get my cash out whenever I need it, then I don't really mind. The next section of the site is the 'Gateway Services' section. This section lists all the types of cards that can be used in their machines and it also says that clearing and statements can be got from the Link machines. 'Core Skills - Core Values' which for some reason bought a strange corny feeling over me as if this section of the site was going to be about family values is basically what their core values are and what how they are going to improve our lives and what they expect their staff to do. This section of the site to be honest wasn't interesting at all as it was only their mission statement. The next section with the title 'Not Just Cash Machines' basically was just a list of how they have become so well established they could do certain things. When I looked at this section of the site all I could think of was 'What's the Point?'. The fifth section down the site was the 'Consultancy' section. I didn't know what this section of the site was going to be about but I found out that this sect
                      ion of the site was really just the thing's that Link can do. Which there was no need really. This section of the site is like the other section's as it's just one big advert which I suppose is fine as they are trying to make people use their machine's but there's no need to keep on advertising it as it keeps on making the site quite dull. The 'Members' section of the site was the next one that I visited. This section of the site was probably the most interesting section of the site that I had visited so far. This section of the site lists all the banks and building societies that use the Link machines. I know this is only a list and why would it be interesting? Well, it's not really but compared to the rest of the site that I have looked at it's interesting. The next section of the site that I visited was the 'Charging at Cash Machines'. This section of the site was actually genuinely interesting. This provided me with information on how much the charges would be with the use of different cards and let's face it, we hate those bank machine charges. 'Link Facts And Figures' are the next section. This contained a list of how many transactions took place. I didn't really find this section interesting as it was mainly just figures but if you were doing some time of financial course then you might find this page quite useful. The section that I visited next was the 'Link Machine Locator'. I think this section of the site was the most interesting and useful for everybody because you can find out your nearest Link machine by entering your postcode, City or London street and when you enter your details, you get a map of the nearest Link machine and also you find out who runs the machines but probably the most interesting section out of the list, the known charges of the Link machine. The 'Annual Report' was the next section. This section of t
                      he site could be downloaded off the net if you really wanted but unless you have a specific purpose, you wouldn't download it. The next section is the 'Press Release' section. This as you guessed contains press releases but the only people who would find this interested would be the media and they probably wouldn't want to read it unless they had to write a specific news report on the Link network. The second to last section was the 'Comments' section. This section contained is a section of the site where you can send a comment directly to Link and they should hopefully respond to you soon. You hope.... The final section of the site is 'Further Information'. This section just provides you with addresses to Link. This site is quite boring and is one big advert but it also carries some good thing?s such as cash machine locators.

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                      • mrscohen.com / Internet Site / 0 Readings / 15 Ratings
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                        Mrs Cohen is a site which provides financial news and advice. The site is named Mrs Cohen because it supposed to be run by a woman who is sought of like a financial version of a agony aunt. From what I have read, she is 63 year old woman who used to write financial opinion's in leading UK newspapers. Her site offers quite a personal touch I think to the site because she likes to share how she became so rich (she wouldn't recommend how she did it) and what she likes to read. If your interested. The site is split up into thirteen main sections. These sections are Home, Money Guide, Saving Tips, Me and My Site, Jargon Buster, Info, Register, Diary and Portfolio, Pearls, Campaigns, Money Make over, Q & A and Hot Topics. I'm not going to take a look around her site, which could be interesting as I am not really a very financial person. The first section which is the 'Home' which is as you guessed it folks, the main page in which you arrive. The home page is split up into various sections, which depend on what the current news is of the day. The news items on the front page give you a small preview of what the news article is about, so you can decide wether you want to read about it. The strange thing I find about Mrs Cohen's news is that it is all dated for about 18 days ago which isn't up to date at all, the only thing I can think of which might explain this is that the news is updated very month but who knows. The other main sections on the site is a list of the current news but this time, provided by Citywire. This news is up to date unlike the Mrs Cohen news at the top of the page. And the final section on the page is a box to type in your stock code to get the current status on your stocks if you so wish. The second section of the site is the 'Money Guide'. This section of the site is designed I think more for people who are new to investing in shares. This section of the site is split into
                        three sections. The first section in the 'Money Guide' is the 'Novice Investor' section. This section of the money guide isn't very large but it does provide the person who is reading the page with a clear idea on what trading on the stock market is actually like and she also provides this information in a very clear and easy to read way. The next two sections of the money guide which are the 'Armchair Investors' and 'Wealthy Investors' are both quite short but they offer very good advice which is easy for people who are new to stocks and shares on the Internet. I liked this section of the site as it provided me with information on the stock market but not in a way which makes you feel like you are an idiot. The next section of the site is the 'Savings Tips'. This like the last section of the site, is split up into three sections. The sections in the 'Saving's Tips' are 'Saving Tips' (yes I know I said it twice), 'Debt Tips' and 'Investor Tips'. These are presented in a way which is easy to understand as it's a British site the information is at least relevant. The fourth section of the site is the 'Me and My Site' section. There isn't anything here that you need to look at unless you've got some time to kill and find out about how hard her life was to become stinking rich. The 'Jargon Buster' is the next section of the site. This as you probably get, is a glossary. It provides the terms in a easy to understand way and it split into sections alphabetically. I liked this section of the site as I don't usually have a clue about money matters and finding out what the word mean, helps me. The next section on the site is the 'Info' site. Personally I don't see why this section wasn't put in the 'Me and My Site' section. This section is about what she likes and what she reads alt
                        hough I do think she is trying to sell us her books but she doesn't thrust them in your face. 'Register' is the next section on the site. When I went to register the only message I got was 'Registration on this site is temporally unavailable'. Oh well. The next section on the site is the 'Diary and Portfolio'. This section on the site gives us information on the companies that she has bought, the diaries she should of written and also to have a look at the companies she is thinking of buying. To be honest, I think this section of the site is showing off a little because I don't want to find out about what she is going to buy, as it unfortunately reminds me that I don't have loads of money, and to be honest, how's it going to help me to start buying stock's and shares if I don't have a clue about the stock markets. 'Pearls' which is a section on the site which contains her pearls of wisdom. The pearls of wisdom are Mrs Cohen's are tit bits of advice for people on what the should do with their money. There is also an achieve section in the 'Pearls's' section. Which is nice. The next section of the site is the 'Campaigns' section. This section which I wasn't sure what it would be about but this section of the site is about Mrs Cohen's campaigns. When I went to the latest campaign section, there were none there so I went and had a look at the archive section which contained a lot of campaigns so I didn't think she was slacking. There were some other campaign in the main section which were quite helpful as she was saying how to get a better price on mortgage's for example. The 'Money Make over' section of the site was the one I went to next. This section of the site which is a section which takes a person with a financial situation and then she tries to help them on how to get out of their situation. This section
                        I think is good although you do have to go to the achieve section of the site to find out anything but these could potentially help you if you are in one of these sections. The second to last section of the site is the 'Q & A' section. This is as you guessed it, where people send in questions and she answers them. I found this section interesting as I found out thing's from this section of the site which I had never heard of before in my life and so my brain was abit more brainier after reading this. The final section of the site is the 'Hot Topics' section. This section of the site is the is quite similar to the 'Campaigns' section and 'Q & A' section as you find out information in both which is quite similar. Overall I think this site is quite good for financial newbies but if you know what you are talking about in the money sense, you might go somewhere else.

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                      • morningstar.co.uk / Internet Site / 0 Readings / 15 Ratings
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                        When I first read what the preview on the dooyoo site about what this site was going to be I was already knew that I wasn't most likely going to understand this site. And I wasn't wrong. The site is split into eleven main sections, most of which I didn't really get completely such as a 'Fund Selector'. I don't even know what a 'Fund Selector' is but I?m sure that I will find out what it is. The first section of the site is 'Home'. This as you get it is the main page. The home page is already a little bit daunting as you get a review of the latest financial news but you also get the best performing funds over certain periods of time, how the markets have performed over a period of time and what seven of the top stock exchange rates currently are. The section on the front page of the site which I understood the most was probably the current market report and that was because the green arrows mean good and the red arrows mean bad. The funds section was also quite easy to understand as they were rated in stars but the news section was probably the hardest section to understand because the news quite jargon based. The front page, I think if you had financial knowledge would be quite helpful because you would have access to the latest stock exchange quotes and also if you so wanted, the financial news which could affect you if you owned stocks and shares. The next section of the site is the 'My Portfolio' section. This section requires you to become a member (see below). Once you've registered and got into 'My Portfolio' you are presented with an option to name your portfolio. I just typed in anything. You then are asked to choose what type of portfolio you want which basically gives you a option of a very detailed one or a quite basic portfolio. You hit next and then you are asked to enter how many shares you have and you also at the bottom have an option of to enter new
                        transactions which you would use in the future. Once you have entered in your shares, you are given quite a few options at the top of the page such as custom and analyse your results. I would have to say this service is quite good, especially if you own stocks and shares but find it hard tracking how much they are worth. The 'Membership' section is the third section. This is where you can register for free to get access to all area's of the site. You have to create a user name, enter a password, enter your e-mail address, enter your postcode and also say wether you want to receive the site's newsletter. And that's it! Registering on this site is very easy. The fourth section on this site is 'Fund Quickrank'. This section lists all the Funds (and no I don't know what they are yet) in order of Alphabetic rank and you also have the chance to search for them. I think this section of the site is useful if you actual know what funds are. The next section of the site is 'ISA Funds'. This section of the site is used to list the 'ISA Funds' in the same way of the previous 'Funds' section. This section is just as good as the last section. The sixth section is the 'Fund Selector'. The 'Fund Selector' is used to choose what fund would be best for you. You have a choice of sections to fill in such as what country you want to have your fund's in to what currency you want your funds in. This section of the site is comprehensive as long as you know what you are talking about. The seventh section of the site is 'Comparing Funds'. The allows you to find out information about as many types of fund that you want, especially if you can't choose between two funds. The next section of the site is 'fund companies'. This is basically just a list of the 'fund companies' and you can find out financial information from then
                        . This section is set out like the ISA Funds section. 'Articles' is the next section of the site. The 'Articles' section of the site is the news page. The news page is quite comprehensive and you can also search the news achieve if you are looking for something that happened on a specific date. The next section is the 'Markets' section. The 'Markets' section is a list of the main stock exchanges and then lists what has happened to them during the day. The final section of the site is the 'Investing ABC's'. The is the section of the site which features information on how to get funds and also there is a glossary which is very helpful on this type of site which contains a lot of hard financial words. The site, if you know your funds from your stocks will be for you. It is quite comprehensive and easy to navigate.

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                        • yourmortgage.co.uk / Internet Site / 0 Readings / 27 Ratings
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                          This site aims to provide you with unbiased information to help you choose the right mortgage for you. The site is split up into many sections from remortgaging to insurance. The site is set out in a easy to use way with all the icons being easy to understand and smartly set out around the page. I'm now going to take a look around the site. The first section on the site I?m going to look at is the property price predictor. This is a service on the site which as the title suggests, predicts how much your property will be worth in the next few years. All you have to do is enter your postcode into the box and select your type of property and hit enter. If your house was bought on or after 1996 though, you can enter in the details of how much the house cost. The results of entering these details provides you with a graph and table which shows you how much your house has gone up to, which my table started from 1995 and it goes on to 2006 and lists how much the price has gone up every quatre. I found this section of the site very interesting because it shows how much your house will be worth and even if you don't need it for any specific purpose it's still interesting to find out how much the building cost's your sitting in. The second section of the site is the Mortgage Wizard. This is a search facility that allows you to search through what the best type of mortgage is for you. You do this by clicking on a button to which type of buyer you are such as first time or someone who buy's lot's of mortgages. Clicking on a choice takes you to a page to enter in how much the property is worth and how much you have for a deposit. You then find out what percentage your mortgage is going to be, the next page is when you enter how much money you earn and what way you want to repay your mortgage. The next section you get to is the results (yes finally folks!). You get a list of lenders and the website also shows next to them we
                          ther they have won any awards. I think this section of the site is very good because it saves you have to go walking around every single building society just to find the right lender for you. The Checklist is the next section of the website. The Checklist is a page that lets you download PDF files. These PDF files are used to make a list of all the files that you have viewed, a file to make a list of all the people you have told that you have moved and the final file is a countdown file. I personally don't really see the point in these files because they don't really serve a purpose. If you have a normal kitchen, then that's all you need. The fourth section of the site is the Jargon Master. This section of the site provides a dictionary of complicated words which are always needed when dealing with mortgage's. The words are split into four sections to make the Jargon Master easier to use. The next section of the site is the Latest Mortgage Deals. This section of the site features the new news stories regarding the setting up or improving of mortgage's. I didn't really find this section of the site as useful as you could just search for good deals on mortgage's by using the Mortgage Wizard. The sixth section of the website is the Change Your Mortgage section. The section provides a plan on how to move between mortgage's to save thousands of pounds which is very good as the more money that's saved, the better. The Calculators section provides information on how much you will have to fork out for your mortgage. The Calculator takes into account the amount, the interest and how many years your going to have your mortgage for. I could see how this could be useful, especially for instance if you are on a budget. The last section of the site is the insurance section. This section provides you with information on how to calculate the insurance but also you can find out ab
                          out property and life insurance. This section of the site was interesting as it helped with lots of different types of insurance. I liked this site in general as it helps with a unbiased opinion to choose the right mortgage.

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