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I changed to the Sony Eriksson T610 in early September 2003 - about the same time that the TUC Conference was being held in Brighton, Clive Woodward had announced a 30-man squad for the Rugby World Cup, and Britain suffered its biggest blackout for 25 years, when a failure at a sub station plunged large parts of London into darkness. So why a Sony Eriksson and not a Nokia? Well, at that time Nokia hadn't really come up with a compact integrated camera mobile phone, although they have of course done so now. Also everyone had a Nokia, so I wanted to have something a bit different for a change. Now of course everyone seems to have the T610, so perhaps this was an ill judged reason for purchase. The phone itself is nice to look at. It has a nice brushed metal and black plastic facia which seems to hint at quality. It is thin and reasonably light, so easily fits into the pocket of my jeans, the preferred location for my mobile. Mine is on the Orange network, so it came supplied with a default T610 theme and also a slightly bland Orange theme. The screen display is good, although perhaps a little dim when viewed in sunlight. The main menu is accessed via a clear graphical interface and consists of orange, orange services, my shortcuts, entertainment, messages, camera, pictures and sounds, phonebook, calls, settings, organiser, and connectivity. However you can access new message, certain phone settings (turn on silent, bluetooth, infra red, phone status (own number) directly from the front screen by using the joystick or buttons. However navigation to some other features on the phone is rather convaluted. You can directly access the camera using a the camera button on the left side edge of the phone. The camera itself is poor, especially when compared to more recent mobile phones such as the Motorola E365. Picture quality is grainy (when viewed on the phone - slightly better when sent to a pc), there is a delay during taking the picture and the phone processing the image, which can blur the photo and also there is no zoom function. You can store up to about 50 images on the phone. One nice feature however is the ability to add images to your phonebook information, so that the faces of friends pop up on screen when they call or text you. Ringtones supplied have quality (32 channel polyphonic) but there were only five to choose from. However I have hunted down a few free tones on the internet and then sent them via infra red to my phone. Also nice is the ability to freely exchange tones with other T610 users via bluetooth. Ringtone volume is never loud and the vibrate option subdued, so it is possible to miss calls sometimes. Messaging functionality is both good and bad. Good is the ability to have your messages sent confirmed that they have been received via the addition of a tick to your exisiting sent message, rather than receiving a seperate delivery confirmed message. The predictive text is good and becomes very easy to use over time. The keypad and keys are small, but have a good feel to them. Bad is the inability to set up messages folders and the overall message memory space is low. Battery life is extremely good and the charger is light. Overall I have been pleased with the phone - it does look classy, which of course, is important - isn't it?
I'm having real difficulty writing this... it's not easy see. I bought this new TV a few months ago and I'm still completely transfixed and mesmerised by the quality and colours of the picture generated by it, causing me to look away from the pc keyboard every few seconds. All to do with the 100hz screen, or so people say, who know all about TVs. The TV is large though - it pertrudes well out from the side of the room - sort of dominates the lounge, in fact. It comes with a lovely silver stand which makes the whole thing look very modern - I've seen it without the stand and it doesn't look half so impressive. The TV is digital plus (but not digital tv - but it is now, since I have Sky Digital) and it comes with Nicam stereo. The remote allows you to adjust everything and more you could possibly want - although I haven't found the button that makes it fetch me a cup of tea yet. It costs considerably more than other makes of TV, but is definately worth the extra cost for what is basically a perfect picture. If you are considering getting a widescreen TV soon - I highly recommend this one.
Beware out there - life's not so safe these days. Drugs on the street, drunks rampaging, violent crime on the increase, road rage, terrorism and war all over the world. Better stay in then, and just watch TV... Oh how wrong! Big mistake. Lurking inside that box in the corner of your living room is something quite hideous. Offensive. Tacky. Tasteless. Dated. Conservative. Uninforming. Stylistically inept. Poor. Declining. Rubbish. Not creative at all. Hopeless. Technically backward. Limited content. No diversity. Unambitious. Unimaginative. Oooh it's just so ITVcheesyish. ITV. Independent Television, but dependibly useless. Now, not content with murduring broadcasting standards, they have embarked on all out football armagedon, with their futile attempt to delve into the world of digital TV. Hopefully football clubs will be the ones who survive, rather than commercial giants such as Carlton and Granada. ITV (Calton and Granada and the others) may have saved their skins this time by "jumping ship" from ITV Digital, but long term this irresponsible attitude and lack of planning, will mean that when it comes the future (which is indeed digital TV), they have certainly missed the boat for ever.
"David Batty" Leeds fans love him Most other football fans hate him Or just do not rate him He stalks about in the middle Always on hand to regain possession Playing for Leeds with frenzied obsession Sold to Blackburn - a poor decision The then Leeds board got loads of derision From us fans "What on earth are your plans!" We shouted, as we watched Wilko's dross From the top of the new East Stand - oh we were so cross! Eventually Wilko got the message As we booed him out of Wembley's passage Two managers later, rejoice! O'Leary's first signing - Batts was the choice He played well then got injured It was clear though that he had matured Now this season Batts is our best And now that the championship is Leeds' true test He'll make sure we beat the rest But not score...
What props do you need when you surf the internet? A drink perhaps - bottle of wine, can of lager, glass of beer or cup of tea? Some food no doubt - chocolate, toast, pizza or jammy dodgers - not all at the same time surely - that's just not natural? Anyway, well done if you've said yes to any of these so far. So what else do you need? Yes that's right - MUSIC, of course. Er....make that DANCE MUSIC. In that case make it Flash FM "for sure". This is probably the best dance station on the net at the moment. Ok so there's a few adverts now and again, but the sound quality of the station is very good for internet radio, and they've got a small but functional website to boot. You can send them a mug shot of yourself for their "listeners gallery", you can email the presenters with request and views but not much else (certainly no where near as comprehensive as BBC Radio 1). But the most important part for any internet station is no doubt the constant dance theme blasting out through your sub woofer. Flash have got this part so very right. Other stations such as pulse and ministry of sound are also good, but at the moment flash is well out front. www.flashfm.com superguinness 2001
The car - a 1998 1.3 Si Accent Coupe in old man's burgendy. The place - Sheffield, with the odd jaunt up and down the M1. The result - Drivability and handling 0 Reliability and economy 6, a very comfortable away win. I bought my Hyundai in April 2001 after five years blasting about in Alfas (when they worked). I think the car saleswoman was a bit puzzled in my complete lack of interest in the car when I shuffled round the Hyundai dealership showroom and relunctantly asked them if they had any going cheap. You see, I really just wanted to get rid of the Alfa after four breakdowns too many, but still loved the spirit of Alfas despite these experiences. Anyway, she directed me to a rather nasty coloured Accent model out on the forecourt which at least was quite well looked after (it even had headlamp covers). A short test drive confirmed the Accent's mind-numbingly boring drive qualities and hinted at its robustness and reliability. I did a bit of haggling and signed on the dotted line. So then, what did I get for my £3300? Well a 1998 R 1.3Si three door Accent Coupe with sunroof, electric windows, electric aerial, spoiler with integrated stop-lamp, an immobiliser, four wheels and a steering wheel. That meant no central locking, power steering, alarm or remote to blip and no, er, v-v-vrooom! Fuel consumption is excellent - I only live a couple of miles from my place of work, so if I don't use it for much else during the week, a fiver does the job - not bad! However, I have noticed a different attitude to it from other drivers when I use it on the motorway - people seemed to give me a bit more respect in the two litre Alfa and now are more inclined to cut out in front or tail gate. But in actual fact its got about 84 bhp which is plenty for a car you can nearly lift with one hand, so it is possible to surprise other drivers with a bit of acceleration sometimes. Style wise I've seen worse, in fact, a lot wors e - such as the style disaster known as the Mitsubishi Colt and not forgetting the new Suburu Imprezza. Actually the Hyundai could pass as a minature version old shape Imprezza (without the engine). Overall - its cheap and cheerful and leaves me with (a lot more) money to spend on much more important things...such as 1. ITV digital, 2. new TV, 3. a holiday and 4. Beer. However I must get round to washing the Hyundai for the first time soon!
Sometimes I want to drink in order to forget all around me. You know, bad day at work, other things in your life a hopeless mess, bills through the door - you know the score. Well lucky for me I discovered this little grenade in a bottle just in time. Its a very strong premium cask conditioned ale brewed by mixing together barley with some potent little Kent hops and water scooped straight out of Shepherd Neame's very own hole in the ground. I don't think it goes particularly well with food, although I have had it with my turkey on Christmas Day more than once. Its better taken in the evening on its own, either relaxing at home or in a traditional pub in the company of someone who doesn't mind it too much when you start slurring your speech. They say its full bodied with a fruity flavour, but to me its just something very different from the more normal types of beer. I drink the bottled variant - its the stronger option and its quite dark - certainly dark enough to make you start wondering exactly what there is lurking deep inside its depths. So why has it got such a strange name? Well I really don't know, but I bet whatever it was it happened a long time ago, after all Sheapherd Neame have been at it since 1698. A B V: Cask - 5.0%, Bottle - 5.4%
Last bank holiday I took part in the first ever grand prix event to take place through a safari park. The circuit was a tricky mix of tight corners, long straights, rhino, lions, giraffes, elephants and some rather slow back markers clearly not keeping to the racing line. I lined up pretty low down on the grid. We had travelled down from Sheffield in the morning so didn't arrive at Woburn until about 12.30pm. I reckon we were actually about 2567th on the grid. The warm up lap to the start of the actual safari part of the park took nearly an hour. Tyre selection for my car was fairly straight forward. Making their Grand Prix debut were a couple of Hankooks on the rear, and some trusty Bridgestones on the front. Also making its debut was the car itself, a plucky Hyundai Accent Coupe 1.3si (the Alfa had to go - too unreliable). Another novel idea to Formula 1 was the introduction of my daughter as a passenger. However I noticed that several other drivers appeared also to have had this idea - indeed some had brought along several generations of their family - surely a weight disadvantage. Just at the start, we had to swerve to avoid a rather surly Finnish couple in an old Merc that had overheated, so that made us 2566th. We negotiated the first sweeping lefthander very well, I even had time to glance across at a couple of zebra munching on some hay. We managed to pass a family in an mpv, and before the hippo wove past a couple more cars - 2563rd - and round a long righthand bend. Next up we sped past some rhino, which are indeed quite large looking, even from about 100yrds. I was surprised at the lack of a gravel trap in between road and rhino - if a car skidded off it would definately lose its front spoiler when it collided with one of these beasts. We accelerated through various types of antelope and African cattle before turning through a sharp lefthander. Here some cars were out of the race by the looks of them. Eith er that or they had stopped to look at the elephants bathing in a small pond. We surged ahead - 2556th. Next up something I had never seen on a GP racing circuit - some closed gates with a lion sign on them. Other drivers had stopped too. I awaited the appearence of the safety car, and sure enough there it was - in the form of a landrover with the number plate TIGER1. It switched off its flashing light, the gate slid open and we proceded. We took the next section of the circuit quite steady, past some tigers, wolves and lions, out through some more gates and on to some giraffes. I was getting the hang of the circuit now and was gaining places by the second. All the other cars seemed to keep stopping for some reason. Next the bear section. This is well known to be the most hazardous part of the circuit. My confidence took a bit of a dent when we saw a car coming out of the exit to the section being pursued by a crazed woman on foot and another safety car. We raced through this section very cleanly, taking a good line to avoid a big lumbering grizzly, which then got onto its hind legs and scratched itself against a tree in classical fashion - again other cars seemed to be not maintaining racing speed, so we climbed several more places - 2544th. We weeved through the camel and ostrich section and I took the chequed flag a creditable 2540th with an impressive lap time of 1 hour 25mins, then we parked our car in the judges enclosure for inspection and wandered off to look at the zoo part of the park. Here there were penguins, monkeys, parakeets in the Rainbow Landing area which actually flew onto your hands (and head), snakes, lemurs and other critters. The sealion demonstration and the animals encounters areas were closed though. Luckily we had been provided with a free second trip leaflet as part of the park's re-opening promotion, so we shall return later this summer. Hopefully by then it will be a little l ess busy too. Prices: Adult £12.50 Child £9.00
Oasis in March 2001 - observations and tips. I've been to Oasis twice now, most recently earlier this year, so read on to find out what is the good, the not so good....and the bad, at Oasis. ~~~~Where it is and how to get there~~~~ Near Penrith in Cumbria. It's advertised as being by the Lake District, which is correct, since its not actually in it, but you could always do a half day trip into the "Lakes District", as Tony likes to call it, if you wanted to. Penrith is at the northern edge of the Lakes, so if you are travelling from the south, its a day's drive. Penrith also has a train station and the taxi journey from the station to Oasis is about £7, but they do take you right to your villa rather than dump you at the gate, apparently. ~~~~Accommodation~~~~ Overall, nice - very similar to Center Parcs, better looking from the outside but without their famous under floor heating. We were there during a very cold snap - the lake was completely frozen and at night the temporature plummeted to -15 c-brr! Very cold. Luckily our villa had a willing heating system which was put on maximum all weekend and was just about warm enough, but only just. ~~~~Swimmin'~~~~ Not as good as Center Parcs "for sure". The rapids were busted and the wave machine slightly pathetic. However the pool was normally not too busy and the changing rooms adequate. The scenary was pleasant... ~~~~Wildlife~~~~ A good variety-red squirrels a plenty, pheasants, grouse, rabbits, apparently badgers, but we didn't see any-despite providing plenty of food to something that ate it all during the night. Also a strange shell-suited part animal/part mountain bike thing was very common everywhere... ~~~~Eating~~~~ We headed straight for the curry house the first evening - an excellent venue - £15 to eat as much as you could - and then some more. Like everywhere, kids meals were available and children made to feel welcome in an informal atmosphere, which I think is the way all places should operate. Less good though was the cafe by the entrance to the pool. They definitely had the policy to overcharge - this happened to a few in our group, on more than one occasion so be warned! They were told "for sure". ~~~~Sport~~~~ As always at the these places, 95% of the participants were hopeless at everything they attempted, as I observed easily from my coffee table.... ~~~~Best Moment~~~~ Watching Leeds score their equaliser against Man U in the league game, whilst sat in the country club pub type place. My daughter who had to sit and watch it too, wasn't very impressed by my goal celebration though, but then again I've done louder ones. ~~~~Worst Moment~~~~ A month later, when I realised that all the sheep we had seen peacefully grazing in the fields by the M6 in Cumbria had now probably gone. ~~~~Overall~~~~ Shops 8/10, Pool 5/10, Food Places 7/10, Sport facilities 7/10, Landscape 9/10, Accomodation 8/10, People 9/10, Wildlife 8/10, Staff Service 9/10. superguinness (is back, "for sure") 2001
I grew up at a town in Kent called Orpington. Near to a rather small airfield known as Biggin Hill. Famous during the Battle of Britain and more recently for some spectacular aircraft displays but not exactly a large airport. So when I tried FS2000 for the first time I was very doubtful that Biggin Hill airport would feature on it..... But to my astonishment it is. I can even take off and do a low level fly past over the very unfamous Ramsden estate flats, there is so much detail on this flight simulator. Choices of planes however are actually fairly limited: you get to choose from Concorde, a couple of Cessnas, a helicopter that crashes within milliseconds of taking off, a couple of Commercial jets, a Learjet (very nice) and my favorite, the Sopwith Camel. Taking off is relatively easy, as is actual flying. The fun starts when you try to land. My advice is to head for long runways (such as Manchester), since Microsoft have made it devilishly difficult to land. Not really due to lack of skill on my part (of course), but more the fact that in all the craft the control panel in the cockpit obscures too much of the front ahead view. Its a bit like pretending to be Ronnie Corbett for the evening "apparently". There are some "don't dos" as well, to watch out for. Firstly don't let go of the joystick during flight to reach for your next can of Guinness, the stick leaps about like a frightened rabbit (I should also point out that drinking whilst flying is not recommended since it may slow your reactions). Secondly don't park up next to other craft and then switch from a Cessna to a much larger airplane such as a 737, since you instantly run out of room and the Pc thinks you are repeatedly crashing. Thirdly, avoid Hong Kong airport at all costs - the scenery is nice but there are too many hills. Overall, not a bad effort from Microsoft, I am looking forward to extending my flying scenarios soon ( i.e. combat). Final thought.."is it a bird, is it a plane, no, its SUPERGUINNESS !"
I managed to catch up with the England manager earlier today for an exclusive interview. Read what he had to say here... Sups: "Well Sven quite a successful start eh, to your career as England manager, were you expecting it to be such plain sailing so far?" Sven: "Well, of course. Not. Nothing is guaranteed in foootbaal. Although I am pleased. For sure." Sups: "You must be well happy how Becks has settled in as captain too - he looks the part to me." Sven: "He is an international player. No doubt. I like him too. Because he knows about my thinking, my views on how the game of foootbaal should be paid, er I mean played". Sups: "But on the other hand Nicky Butt looks garbage, agreed?" Sven: "For sure. That is true." Sups: "What's the pressure been like on you then as the new England manager so far?" Sven: "Not at all. No Pressure. It is an honour to manage. The England team. My dream. I could easily have moved to another Italien side and earned alot of money but choose England. It is true." Sups: "And have you and your Missus settled into England ok then" Sven: "Yes we have just purchased some property. How do you say? Bedfordshire. It was a good price. Although my missus really prefers the yatch at Monaco at the moment. The weather, you know" Sups: "So you going over there now for a break then?" Sven: "Phew. Well yes it will be nice to relax for a while. For sure. I have seen alot of foootbaal since I have become England Manager". Sups: Yes we know, there's more interest at Premiership matches in the competition to be the first to 'Spot Sven', rather than the race for the title, do you not think?" Sven: Well I am honoured. Certainly. But really I felt that I had to take in as many matches as I could. You see I really didn't have the first clue about the game in England before I took the job." Sups: "I see - so you mean you actually lied at the interview?" Sven; "No for sure. Not. They never asked me." Sups: "Well just going back to football for a bit Sven, which team do you support?" Sven: "Well, coming from Svweden, it should be Maaalmo, or Gotenborg, for sure. But really I am a Leeds fan. It is true." Sups: Yep. Thought so. Is that why you have stuck Rio straight into the side?" Sven: "He is an international standard player certainly, although nothing is certain in fooootbaaal. Certainly though he was at fault for all our goals conceeded so far. But I will stick with him. He is young. He will learn. Certainly." Sups: "Well thanks Sven, for your time. I'll let you catch your own plane now, so you can catch up with your missus." Sven: "It is a pleasure. For sure. Thank you" superguinness 2001
Watching England play an away game on tv these days is a bizzare experience. You would have thought that the fans would fervently support the opposition, the coverage would be beamed by a dodgy satellite, and that you would never have heard of the opposing players. But not these days. I think that there's every chance most of the opposing players will come from the Premiership, the locals will know as much about the England side as their own players, the match will be beamed by Sky or another well known tv channel, and you are continually bombarded by English multi national companies advertising on the advert hordings around the edge of the pitch. This brings me on to the subject of Rainham Steel. It may have passed the notice of some of you, but this company has been hogging the advert hordings at England matches for a few seasons now. The question is... WHY! What on earth has football got to do with steel? Well according to their rather nasty website Rainham Steel... "was formed in April 1973, and over the last 27 years has become the UK's foremost independent Steel Stockholder and Distributor, specialising in Special Grade Universal Beams, Universal Columns, Channels and Angles" Yes, and your point is lads? Why are you lobbing adverts all over the world following England? Surely its time to leave it to the multi nationals such as Guinness, Sky and such like. Please go back to just making a bit of metal. Oh yes by the way, I think Sven is shaping up quite a decent England side. "yes, of course, it is true" so he says.... Go for it Sven.
~MY TRIBUTE~ Milky clouds drifting skywards. Waterfalls of black cascading down. Beads of condensation if it's extra cold. Truly anticipation to behold. Still watching the magic unfold. Much too early to yield to temptation. Admire the letters, look at the harp. Due to quench a thirst so sharp. Still waiting for the perfect meeting. Finally lips to glass. Soon to sense when mouth does connect. What really is quite perfect. Drinking, drinking, drinking so proper. Creamy cool liquid tasting as good as ever. Gulping, gulping, gulping Guinness. Salute the drink of true fineness. ~TOP TIPS ON DRINKING GUINNESS~ 1. Demand it in an official straight Guinness glass with all the proper logos on. 2. Never drink it straight after a big meal. 3. Make use of the Guinness Extra Cold option if this is available. It says fresher longer in the glass. 4. Stick with it all evening, don't go wandering off to other drinks along the bar or you'll regret it later. 5. Try the ultimate drinking experience in Dublin if you get the chance. ~THOSE ADVERTS~ Selection of the best famous TV advertising campaigns by Guinness. 1. Waiting for the pint. Man dancing behind pint as it settles - transformed advertising in the early 90's. 2. The Snail Race. How did they think of that? 3. The Swimming Race. 4. White Horses Surfers - my favourite. 5. Rutger Hauer series of adverts. ~TYPES OF GUINNESS GLASS~ There are a number of different glasses now in circulation in pubs. The original glass is straight with a gold harp and "GUINNESS" lettering. The nearest variation to this features the same gold harp, but with white lettering saying "GUINNESS DRAUGHT". It also has gold dividers above and below the lettering. This is usually in the more no rmal slightly curved glass, but I have also seen it on the straight glass. The newest variant features the same format as above but with only the harp in gold and everything placed on both sides of the glass. This is only available on the slightly curved glass as far as I am aware. I'd be interested to learn if its been seen on the straight glass. They also supply special editions with stylised logos, usually for special events such as the Rugby World Cup and St Patrick's Day. ~THE GUINNESS WEBSITE~ Guinness also have one of the coolest websites on the internet. They are always running free competitions on it for money, trips abroad and of course...Guinness. I recently received a load of personalised Guinness beer mats with my name on, to use for St. Patrick's Day. You do need the flash plug-in to view the site properly, but it is well worth it. To enter most of the competitions you also need to sign up for free, as a member. Naturally my user name on the Guinness website is superguinness. Something I'm rather proud of ! The site also includes an excellent pub guide for where to sample the best pints of Guinness. The site address is www.guinness.com. superguinness 2001
This is the story of how a typical week in Center Parcs (Longleat January 2000) turned into a quest to see one of Britain's best wild animals. My daughter and I stayed in an executive villa at Longleat. I did wonder what it would be like going as a single parent to Center Parcs (its always seemed very "family" orientated to me before), but we both really enjoyed it. The addition though, of a daily cleaner to come tidy up each day, was excellent. I've been to all three Center Parcs in England and Longleat is the best in my opinion. It is built round a small lake but as the land rises steeply on both sides of the lake, they have had to build many sloping ramps out of the woodland, so that you can do the obligatory cycling all round the site. The ramps are made with the logs and fit into the scenery very well. The main feature to all Center Parcs is the pool and surrounding indoor dome. The pool had the usual rapids, river and wave section. My daughter is an excellent swimmer, so we were in here every single day of the week - plus this is the only free facility on the site. The dome contains an indoor river with little pools set amongst indoor trees. Here you will see many Koi and even some small ducks - very nice. Also here is a supermarket which even with my limited knowledge seemed reasonably priced. However nearly all other facilities are er, well, just VERY EXPENSIVE. There's no other way of saying it really. If you spent all day doing the activities you would easily spend more than the cost of the holiday itself. Maybe most blatently overpriced are the sauna activities and the resturants. But with a bit of hunting round, there were some things worth the money, namely: 1. Cannoing. 2. Country Pancakes. 3. Archery. As the week progressed my daughter became more and more fascinated by the wildlife show that was constantly taking place right outside our villa window. Soon a very tem pting selection of cerials was available for all the local birds and squirrels to feast upon. They did not mind that the eating area was inches away from the window, nor that my daughter was positioned inches away on the other side of the glass. The cleaner soon noticed my daughter's interest and mentioned that there was a badger and some deer that came near the villa. Well, badger watch duly began. It was Tuesday evening by now so we put out some half eaten crispy pancakes and some sardines - very tempting we thought. Alas no badger turned up by the time my daughter went to bed, but by morning all the food was gone. The next evening we tried rainbow trout. It looked like it had failed again and my daughter went to bed somewhat disappointed. Later I sat watching television with the bright lights from the living room panning out into the dark woodland. Suddenly I became aware of a stripey snout moving about in the distance. I quietly called to my daughter who ran to her bedroom window. The stripey snout had eyes. Then we could see its large lumbering body as it approached. This badger was BIG ! It came right up onto the patio outside the window, had a quick one minute feast and was gone. This was repeated 30 minutes later when I put some more food out and again the next night and was easily the highlight of the stay. Nature still rules deep in the country, even amidst a multi million pound development such as Center Parcs.
When you open up dreamweaver for the first time, all the separate windows that suddenly appear all over your screen can initially be a little daunting. But do not fear, it really is a very simple package to learn. The main windows that you will need to use are the "site" window, which shows all your folders and files for your site, an actual page editor window where you can build and edit how a page looks and a smaller window known as the "properties" window, which you will need, to be able to add and change the various properties of the text, tables and images etc within the page that you are working on. It quickly becomes second nature on dreamweaver to edit images, links, add items from the library (such as standard page footers or combinations of images and text, for instance), or add features such as special behavours for a particular link. A very useful feature is the F12 key which instantly pops up a sample browser window of the page that you are working on so that you can spot any amendments that you need to make at an early stage. You can specify whether this will be IE or Netscape. Posting pages to your server is a simple click of the "put" button. If you want to fetch a file from the server this in turn can easily be done through the "get" button. Its that easy! In effect, you can build a complete, fairly complex website on your pc and then post the whole site onto a server, in the knowledge that your site will work properly first time round. So if you get the chance to use it (its not cheap at £300), then take it, you won't be disappointed. It is possible to evaluate it for free for 30 days, but then if thats all you get, you'd miss it once its gone from your pc. It gets a thumbs up!