World Wide Web WWW.Independent.Co.Uk: 10 BEST SITES OF THE WEEK
Robert Moss netgains@independent. co. uk, The Independent (London, England)
Along with "to be or not to be", "am I hot or not" must be near the top of the list of life's great ponderables. Well, this website now gives you the chance to find out, plus you can deliver a stinging verdict on anyone else foolish enough to submit their picture. Post an image of yourself on the internet, mail the URL here and then sit back and await the world's verdict on your level of attractiveness. Deliciously cruel, yet great fun.
A different kind of ethos informs In-Movies, as it covers just one field of movie-making - shorts. Many of the movies on the site, which are free to view via streaming, feature celebrities such as Alexei Sayle, Jack Davenport, Craig Charles and Gary Lineker. Aspiring film-makers can submit their own short scripts to a competition, so if you're in any way interested in the low end of independent short films, drop by.
XY Network is a new and on-demand radio project, available through WAP phones and the internet. It offers high-quality, on- demand radio content from, among other luminaries, Gilles Peterson, Barefoot Doctor and the film critic Mark Kermode. Users can log onto the XY Network through BT Genie's Entertainment zone (www.genie.co.uk), directly at www.xynetwork.com or via WAP-enabled mobile phones at http://wap.xynetwork.com/ index.wml
Aimed at the entertainment rather than the art-house end of the UK film market, MyMovies is worth bookmarking if you're a regular visitor to the flicks. It has trailers of the latest movies, news updated daily, features, articles, charts, interviews and reviews - all conducted without any kind of sucking up to studios or stars. But if you don't have time to visit the site, subscribe to their excellent mailing list instead.
If cheesy gifts set your pulse racing, then you may find some use for a Billy Bass Fish. According to The Sun, a "fun-loving royal" bought a Billy Bass Fish for Her Majesty, the Queen for pounds 25. By shopping here they could have got one for pounds 15.99! Other weird and wonderful gifts on offer include Rocky the lobster, Poo- Chi dogs, lava lamps and Pokemon trading cards. …