Staying In: World Wide Web - 10 BEST SITES OF THE WEEK
Robert Moss - netgains@independent. co. uk, The Independent (London, England)
At first glance, engaging a landscape garden design company from Australia may not seem feasible or sensible, but such is the strength of sterling against the Aussie dollar that, at the moment, it is in fact both. Looking at the award-winning landscape designs by David Kirkpatrick and Associates, it is easy to see why employing them to design your garden makes good sense. David makes regular trips to England so appointments can easily be arranged. Alternatively, designs and consultations can be done over the phone and electronically.
Jason Brown is a London black-cab driver, but he's also an art collector. Recently, he got together with an art dealer named Paul Stolper and together they installed artworks in his cab. Passengers on a daily basis enjoy these artworks, but Jason also parks up at gallery openings to show extra artworks such as objects placed within the cab and also to play sound pieces. On this website you can see examples of the art he's championed.
This independent video and DVD mail-order retailer stocks just about every title you can imagine. They claim that if it's available they can get it for you - and not at any price either. Their very reasonable prices come inclusive of postage and packing and, if the thing you're after isn't listed or unavailable, Blackstar will try and track it down. An e-mail will even let you know how many people are in front of your enquiry.
This website provides a basic "clearing house" for unsold hotel rooms in the UK and Australasia. Listed here you'll find all the rooms that the hotels couldn't sell and they're offered at discounted rates, bookable within 10 days of when you want to stay. This is a genuine last-minute website, despite the name (which strikes me as a little odd), but it's easy to use, easy to navigate, and, most importantly, it's cheap.
Cyberspace is getting more crowded by the day - apparently more than 12.5 million Brits now have access to the internet from home. This new site is a useful point of reference for both beginners and experienced users wanting a simple, easy-to-use guide to the best sites on the web. Its aim is to make surfing easier and faster. The content includes independent reviews of more than 1,000 sites, giving descriptions to help you find the best places to go on the web for everything from shopping and the latest news, to advice on going out or staying in. …