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The design of this site is on the cutting edge and that's fitting for a site that focuses on the young, hip end of the fashion market and new designers. The site is regularly updated with the latest fashion news and information on the latest collections to hit the stores. Check out what the young and fashionable are wearing around the UK with the FashionUK roving street fashion reports and find out more about the designers with the in-depth interviews and profiles.
Elle Online
Elle is the biggest fashion magazine in the world and this site is based around content pulled from the US version of the magazine - which is a bit of a drag when it comes to finding a source for all those divine clothes displayed on the site. No matter: you can always enjoy window-shopping and there's a mass of other interesting stuff on the Elle site including beauty news, health and fitness advice and the obligatory horoscopes.
We all take great pleasure in gloating about the fashion mistakes so-called celebrities make and that's what makes the Glamour site so compelling - the slideshow archive of Celebrity fashion no-nos. Glamour is a popular US magazine and all the clothing featured in the mag can be bought directly from the site - as long as it's stocked in the US store Nordstrom that is. While you're visiting the Glamour site, indulge in a bit of bitchery in the online forums - now why did Jennifer Lopez wear that dress?
Fashion Angel
Fashion Angel is a directory of Fashion websites. However it doesn't just list any old fashion site it actually checks them out and only lists those it deems "outstanding fashion websites". This site is not as glitzy and glamorous as the big name fashion sites, however it could lead you to some of the more interesting and quirky style sites.
Fashion File
Get the low-down on the latest fashion, the hottest models and the most popular designers at this stylish UK site. All the latest collections are covered and accompanied by plenty of good clear photos of the clothes, many of the top catwalk shows are also captured on video. You'll find background information on all the major designers plus shots of their designs. Anyone who wants to make a career in fashion will find the list of model agencies, photographers, stylists and PRs invaluable.
Fashion Icon
Fashion Icon has one mission and that's to bring you the latest fashion news. It turns out Fashion Icon is actually a name and she's an undercover fashion reporter. The site looks kind of quirky and the fashion news and features held on there are all written in a kitsch, breathless cod fashion editor style. Nevertheless it's an entertaining fashion stop-off and covers material that you won't find elsewhere.
As you'd expect, the Vogue site looks fabulous. The fashion shots are beautifully taken, the text is carefully crafted and the design is so stylish it hurts. All the latest fashion stories from the shows in New York, London, Milan and Paris are covered. Alternatively, if you fancy chatting to other fashion fiends, hang around in the online forums. There's no chance you'll miss out on the latest fashions if you keep an eye on the Shopping List, which picks 5,000 key looks from the world's top designers. What's more, you can buy clothes featured in the latest US issue of Vogue from the online boutique - US ordering and pricing we're afraid though.
The Brewery Net Page
The Old Truman Brewery in Brick Lane, London,E1 has become a large media centre serving the City of London. On site you not only get IT news but a directory of the media companies on site. Well worth a visit to the site or go down to Brick Lane and meet the top media people in the Vibe bar.
The Register
Biting the hand that feeds IT, The Register's slogan reflects its often hard-hitting yet jovial approach taken to reporting computer news. The site reports news stories updated by the minute with no distractions, and often beats everyone to exclusives. A handy feature of The Register's front design is that all news is presented in tabloid headline form, so you can quickly choose the story that interests you, then click on it to get the full report. Useful buttons allow you to restrict the news you see to just software, hardware, semiconductors, networks (including mobile phones, the Internet or channels). The Register tells it like it is.
cnet news.com is primarily assigned to providing tech news above all else, so if you need to know the latest deals and steals going on in the computer world this is definitely one of the best places to come. The home page is distinctly different, headlines are displayed as text links or as small images appropriate to the story. The reports are clearly written, well presented on the page and highly informative.
An email subscription facility allows regular users to receive the best articles from the entire cnet website via weekly email.
VNUnet is a one stop shop for computer related information. It has a host of contributors, covering all sections of the market, from consumers through to the channel. Add to this an extremely good news analysis sections, regularly updated news headlines and oodles of other special features for the home and business user, and you have something for everyone. Also on the site you will find the latest reviews, a huge download section and even a section advertising the latest computer jobs.
On a slightly different slant, this site is dedicated to gaming news. It looks professional and is right up to date, with all the latest breaking stories going live immediately. Clicking on a headline brings up the full story, and usually this includes screenshots from the new game. Other than news on games, you will also find business, community, developer and hardware news. As you would expect, the site also has first looks reports, previews and reviews. On top of all this there are features, interviews, hardware reviews and a file download section. Where else could you find all this information on one site?
OS News
Despite only being updated biweekly, OS news contains informative and very up to date reviews of all the latest developments in the world of computing. The articles are presented in a no nonsense format with plain text on a white background and links to other related topics of interest. This site is perfect for those who like to keep on top of the computer industry without having to check continuously changing headlines.
ZDnet is a website specifically designed for everything computer-related. The homepage features a vast array of sections including all the latest computer news headlines from around the world. Other enticing sections include a daily competition, 'hot products' and online shopping direct from ZDnet. The look is very much like an all-encompassing Internet portal due to the masses of text hyper links on the home page, but with a focus on computer products of all kinds.
The Economist
The Economist is the International journal of news, ideas, opinions and analysis and its website is equally prestigious. There's plenty of content pulled from recent issues along with a fabulous archive of articles from the past few years. The detailed reports on specific areas of the world are must reads for business people and don't miss out on the online version of the definitive Economist Style Guide - a guide to good magazine and news writing.
FHM lives in the same market as Loaded but the focus is definitely on scantily clad women draped around bits of furniture. The site is professional and clean but lacks a sense of humour. What you'll find lots of is photos of barely dressed women (including pics from the FHM year 2000 calendar), what you won't find much of is content. There's a smattering of health and fitness information and a few online interviews but generally the site lacks depth.
New Woman Online
New Woman is a magazine for stroppy women and the online version of the title reflects that attitude. The amount of content on the site is impressive; the latest entertainment news and gossip comes courtesy of Heat magazine, and you get the latest women's mag fodder of beauty tips, relationships advice, celebrity interviews and of course horoscopes. What is refreshing about the site is its sense of humour and the interactive features; for example the site will even write a Dear John letter for you once you've typed in a few personal details.
Slate is Microsoft's attempt at producing an online magazine and it's actually rather good. Bill Gates managed to poach the former editor of the New Republic Michael Kinsley as the editor of Slate and he's produced a learned US-focused online political magazine. The roster of journalists used is impressive and that means the standard of the writing is excellent. The site is updated daily with a handy round-up of the major headlines from US and International newspapers. More detailed articles are regularly posted and Slate is always a good source of info when it comes to coverage of the US presidential race.
This rather strange online magazine takes a unique view on US popular culture, you'll always be surprised by the content. Topics covered include the Valerie Harper Index, which gives you important facts and figures about the Rhoda star. The content is very much US focussed, and sometimes Suck is so closely linked to American culture that the rest of the world might find it tricky to grasp. The Net Moguls section of the Suck site is well worth a visit if you want to gen' up on the movers and shaker so of the Internet business.
Uploaded is the site 'for men who should net better'. The notorious lad's mag actually works well online; the cheeky editorial style and the risqué content are all mirrored on the website. Most of the content isn't suitable for a family audience, many of the regular magazine features are duplicated on the site but with an interactive edge to them. Be warned though the live chat areas can be a bit saucy. The design of the site is a bit all over the place but you have to admire Uploaded's faithfulness to the Loaded editorial ethos.
This stylish magazine is only available on the web and it specialises in content about the arts and entertainment and calls itself rather pretentiously a 'one of a kind gathering for the intellectually curious.' Thankfully all the articles are exceptionally well written and include film, theatre, book and music reviews as well as travel and food articles. The site is especially good on new technology and the media and the Discussion areas are worth investigating, you'll find them thought provoking.
Urban 75
This underground online only magazine majors on articles about the dance scene, football and direct action. This not for profit mag is the work of influential UK web designer Mike Slocombe and as you'd expect the site looks great. The content ranges from short stories and cartoons through to video clips from Mike's appearance on the Jenny Jones show. The most infamous section of the site is Punch, where you're invited to slap well known celebs - Peter Mandelson, Bill Clinton, Tamara Beckwith and Richard and Judy have all been on the receiving end of a good slapping.
The Momma of American news channels, CNN prides itself with being the first to get hold of footage of breaking news events and this expertise floods onto its website. It's difficult to fully grasp the scope of news that the site covers (how many dedicated news sites have a section for books?) but to its credit it never becomes overpowering. This has to be one of the most crucial sites for the online viewer.
AJR NewsLink
This is a news website written by journalists mostly for journalists (you can tell because it displays its colleagues' praise down one side of the screen). However it does include a fair number of stories that will be of interest to those outside the profession. Most of it is US-based, which can be frustrating but even if the news doesn't interest you the links to other sites are worth a bookmark in itself.
work out how much it will cost you to fund your retirement. Calculate how much those dear children will have relieved you of by the time they've finally left home, left university and left your bank account alone. Most painful of all, click on the mortgage repayment calculators and find out how much that loan is really costing you. Turn it around and watch the miracle of compound interest turn your £100 savings a month into a tidy nest egg.
Not everyone has forgotten that the Internet is supposed to bring the world closer together. And so OneWorld aims to provide a news service from a truly global perspective. The design confidently handles all the information and good use of colour and a country search makes navigating a relatively simple affair. Come back repeatedly to find fascinating stories that you are unlikely to find elsewhere.
Datek Online
Anyone who has had dealings with the stock exchange will no doubt have heard of Datek. It supplies vast quantities of information regarding what companies are doing, what decisions they have made and any announcements they are planning. Most of it will be of little interest to the man in the street, but if you hold any shares it may mean the difference between a holiday in the Bahamas or a weekend in Southend.
Government Information Service
Launched under John Major's administration some years ago as part of the 'open government' campaign, this site acts as a repository for most of the government departments website efforts. Run by the Government Information Service (GIS), you can find anything that you are interested in there, from the Department of Environment, Transport and the Regions latest consultation papers to the Office of Fair Trading's view on the price of replica football kits.
ITN Online
Never one to be outdone by the likes of the BBC, ITN has conjured up its own dedicated news service. Trying to show that it is worth more than a few bongs at 11 o'clock every night, this website is a fair collection of stories drawn up to roughly the same populist agenda that dominate the main news programme. Some of the ideas are similar to the BBC's site, such as a news ticker that you download and which then sits on your screen updating news constantly throughout the day - a feature that is probably only suitable for those surfing at work where the Internet connection is constantly active.
NPR Online
This is a slightly different news site in that it is run by the National Public Radio organisation and so you get to see stories that may not appear elsewhere since they appeal only to radio stations. The design is more basic than other news sites and it doesn't cover as much but it does have the added advantage that stories can be played over your speakers. Not much here for news fiends but then you may pick up on something not found elsewhere.
For many years now teletext has been part of our national life and was a forerunner of the other sites featured here. Many people still turn to their television for news and sport updates, but as technology develops, teletext is determined to stay ahead of the game. The content of this website is much the same as you receive on your terrestrial telly, but re-vamped slightly and presented in a web-friendly format.
PBS Online
Another US-centred site but with a twist. A pleasant, coloured layout brings you breaking news but this site's main strength is in its extended features. A welcome break from the hectic world of fast news, PBS Online takes a more esoteric approach to life with such offerings as 'Life beyond earth: Are we alone in the universe? Unlikely...' and 'How do the experts capture an avalanche on film, and live to try again?' Worth checking out.
Press Association News Centre
If you are a news addict then this is the place to be. The British news service from which many other sites get their information, the Press Association covers just about every aspect of modern life and is often first with the breaking news. The site offers more than just information on the most recent events however - its links section alone is worth bookmarking. Also available are TV and radio listings, the weather, entertainment and much much more.
Alongside PA, Reuters is the service from which other newspapers gather much of their breaking news. Interestingly, Reuters has gone for a different approach to most other news services and presents you with a calm, laid-back site which initially doesn't appear to have much to offer. This may not appeal to those who want a cyber experience but for others it will be a refreshing change. Although business news is the order of the day, this is always worth checking.
A news service for football! This will either cause you to flee from the room screaming or run up a huge phone bill as you find out who's planning to buy who next season. If you fit the latter category and haven't found this site before, you can be certain to visit again and again. Just about everything that happens in British football will end up here along with scores, surveys and a whole host of other distractions.
The Wire
Ever wondered why different papers run different versions of the same story even though they had access to the same facts? Well, here's your chance to compare news angles and pick up breaking news at the same time. This is the newswire for the Associated Press, but rather than simply list the stories, you will have to select them from a particular newspaper. After a while you learn what each paper feels is important to its readers. Try it.

The Evening Standard
The evening paper for London, the Evening Standard has clearly set itself the task of becoming the capital's ultimate reference guide. And it is doing a fine job. The news mostly concerns London but big stories are frequently covered. On top of this it provides a wide-ranging guide to London's bars, restaurants and clubs, theatres and whatever else is going on at the time. Online tube and bus maps are also a nice touch.
The Economist
Widely read by the ruling class, The Economist sadly hasn't made a smooth transition to the Internet. The design is too simple and a little messy and there are a few mishaps with the HTML which prove distracting when trying to read. That said, there is a good amount of material posted (most of each issue in fact) and an interesting archive which goes back to 1995.
Electronic Telegraph
Not to be outdone by the other broadsheets striking out online, The Telegraph has produced its own site that it hopes readers will visit again and again. It is certainly very rich, with plenty of material available for browsing in addition to the news material. These extra pieces include a football section containing more statistics about current players than you could ever possibly want to know, an expatriate network, entertainment sections and a property area.
Manchester Evening News
The evening paper for one of England's largest and most exciting cities, the Manchester Evening News is not as large as its London equivalent but it does provide an impressive amount of information. The design is a little messy and distracting and it can be difficult finding exactly what you're after. However, it covers a lot of ground and it would be hard to find another single source that covers the city in such detail.
The Financial Times
Recent TV ads have demonstrated how seriously the Financial Times takes the Internet and it shows. In fact, so successful has the FT been at cornering the business market that competitors are tearing their hair out to get there share of hits. You won't find any daft games or chat rooms on this site but you will find authoritative, up-to-date news stories from around the world. It's difficult to see how it can be bettered.
The Guardian
In terms of design, The Guardian is streaks ahead of rival papers and it's a pleasure to look at, let alone read. The news isn't as strong as other papers but this is made up by a great use of Internet technology which whisks you around the site and never seems dull. The site also extends into areas that can't be covered so well by the paper edition - the regular sports updates are particularly good. And mention has to go to cartoonist Steve Bell's terrific, surreal and interactive cartoons.
The Independent
The Independent prides itself on being true to its name and likes to try and buck the Fleet Street trends wherever possible. Famously, it refused to publish pictures of the Royal Family on the basis that it was not in the public interest while its fellow broadsheets filled pages with them.
The Informed Investor
Since 1972 the knowing financial professionals have been using the Informed Investor as a guide to taxation mitigation schemes and different investment opportunities. Now on-line it caters to a wider audience and encompasses interesting features on the net, humour, gizmos to download,wine and wine investment as well as the core financial features.
The Irish News
One of Northern Ireland's main daily newspapers, The Irish Times has played an important role over the course of The Troubles. This site's sparse design however does not give it an authoritative air. Equally, the headlines are too drab and don't make you want to read on. However, if you want to know more about the Irish conflict, its archive would be a good place to start.
The Times
News International continues its aggressive new media stance with this websites designed to show off its flagship title. Almost all the material contained in the daily and Sunday papers is available in a web-friendly format. After filling out a short registration form, you can view all the material for free. Most of the articles are lifted straight from the paper but there is also a section dedicated to up to the minute news.
The Mirror
Most of the Tabloids do not have a website worth mentioning, or are too busy promoting their own online services to bother providing content of their own. The Mirror is an exception, however, and this garish site accurately captures the feel of the printed product. Short, snappy stories accompanied by large pictures and graphics dominate the news section.
The New York Times
Equally as famous as The Washington Post, The New York Times isn't such a classy product. It may be our British tastes, but the design is not very inspiring, although the paper's trademark typeface is very clear. Also, the writing is a little stilted and concerns itself a little too strongly with American pastimes which are unlikely to interest a British reader. There is still plenty here to find interesting - as long as you dig deep enough and don't get bored before you find it.
It can be hard to tell Newsweek and Time magazine apart. Both offer breaking news followed by informative analysis. Both feature stunning photo galleries and both are a bit too concerned with the US for our liking. In terms of websites however Newsweek has the edge. Its design is less tiring on the eye and it is easier to find your way around. Definitely a site to come back to.
Private Eye
This is the site for all satirists and cynics out there. Private Eye is a hilarious read and the Internet relieves it from the very cluttered design of its paper version. The whole mag isn't reproduced here but there's enough to keep you entertained until the next issue. Oh, and it has wisely decided to keep the two Diana issues (which were banned at the time of her death) on 
the site. Have a look and a laugh.
Famous throughout the world, Time's electronic sister doesn't disappoint with a cracking range of stories and analyses on the world's current events. Admittedly, it is a little too US-centric but then it only makes you wish we had a UK edition. Particularly impressive are the photo galleries which group photos from a particular place or situation and, with an extended caption on each, provide a remarkable insight into how people live around the world. Outstanding.
The Washington Post
One of the cornerstones of US journalism (it was the Post that exposed the Watergate affair), The Washington Post is an impressive read. If you are interested on the American take on events or you want to find out what is happening over the water, this should be an early port of call. The huge column on the left-hand side of the page is a good indication of how much information is available.
EmergencyNet News
This is the ideal site for ambulance chasers. If something terrible is happening in the world somewhere it will be reported here. The design is dreadful but then its main selling point is advertised underneath the title: 'No-nonsense news and analysis, written by professionals for professionals.' There's no news angles or human interest diversions here, just cold, stark facts and in a way that makes it all the more shocking.
AlterNet claims to be 'world's only syndication service for independent and alternative content'. That seems unlikely somehow, but then it does live up to its independent and alternative tag. The only problem is that it's all a bit of a hit and miss affair. One day you may find the most fascinating perspective on current events; another, you'll be clicking away after the first paragraph. It's worth keeping an eye on however.
BBC Talking Point
The BBC comes up trumps with this outstanding news analysis section of its news site, called Talking Point. Everything is covered here from sport, politics, technology as long as there are issues to discuss. The quality of writing is also exceptionally high. You get a chance to put forward your own views on the topics discussed - a great relief for those tired of soundbite journalism and want a little more in their daily news digest.
The Capitalism Site
The system under which we all live has taken a pretty severe knocking from many sources over the years, and this site aims to defend what it sees as the ultimate guarantor of personal freedom. A question and answer section puts the common argument and counter-argument for several topics such as government, monopolies and education. Links to relevant books for purchase abound, as you would expect from a site that promotes Capitalism.
Foreign Wire
Not the most beautiful site to look at, but Foreign Wire consistently manages to come up with interviews and features that don't appear elsewhere. If you get past the amateurish white, blue and red design you may find a few diamonds. Foreign Wire concerns itself with world affairs and clearly separates into News, Comment and Analysis - sections which frequently prove intriguing and show up a lack of real knowledge in many other commentators.
Institute for War and Peace Reporting
Ever suspect that we in the West are force-fed propaganda about the wars we are involved in? Well, we are and the IWPR aims to balance the scales. If you want to know what is really happening and why, this is the site to come to. It may be a grim subject to cover but it is also a very important one and the analysis behind the world's current conflicts is a real eye-opener. This is just the sort of thing the Internet excels at.
There are websites queuing up to tell you what they make of the latest announcements and decisions by computer companies, but IT-Analysis is one of only a handful which isn't afraid to stick its neck out and get things right. Important breaking news is listed on a side panel, but the bulk of the page is taken up with a range of daily analyses. A refreshing change from a lot of uninformed IT journalism.
The Noam Chomsky Archive
Noam Chomsky is one of America's most prominent political dissidents. A renowned professor of linguistics at MIT, he has authored over 30 political books dissecting such issues as U.S. interventionism in the developing world, the political economy of human rights and the propaganda role of corporate media. There is very little that this brilliant author has not convincingly attacked over the years; so much so that he is on several assassination lists.
China Daily
This is another site that will be interesting to keep an eye on. China isn't exactly renowned for its free press and so you can be sure that everything on this site has been sanctioned by those higher up the chain. But recent developments have seen China take on capitalist traits and allow Western companies into the country. This may change the nature of domestic reporting but the different angle taken on foreign stories is likely to remain.
Trying to cover news in the African continent is a seemingly impossible task but Africanews.com has a fair stab at it. You're certainly likely to find stories here that don't crop up elsewhere, but UK-based news services will probably offer a better account of the big stories. The design is very basic and news is split into different countries, although there are rarely more than a few for each region. Good for an occasional peek.
This is a great site. Covering every Arab country it contains a vast amount of useful and in-depth information, all written with a wonderfully dry sense of humour and a sharp opinion. Frequent rants are the norm and there is a genuine sense of pride over the Arab states. With its eye on the West as well, ArabNet gives an interesting outsider perspective. Any news site that features the A to Z of camels has to be worth a look.
South America News
One thing that is clear from looking at world news is how self-obsessed we are in the UK. Little of the news outside Europe and the US concerns famous people's hairdos or how a TV gameshow will change the world. So we turn to South America News (again with a country index) which covers most of the big stories going on in the continent and gives an interesting rundown on how life varies from the UK experience.
The Drudge Report
Made famous for exposing the Monica Lewinsky affair, The Drudge Report has slowly slunk back into obscurity. Rather than cracking front page news these days, it is more likely to post wild rumour or unimportant snippets. That said, it is still likely to come up with something extraordinary sooner or later - which is why it is carefully watched not only by Washington but also by other journalists. The design remains appalling.
Europe Online
The idea of a source for all European news was certainly a grand one and all credit should go to Europe Online for what it has achieved so far. You will find a vast amount of data here and it is interesting to see the differences between European countries. But the sheer scope of the project causes the information to be a little too shallow and it lacks what many other sites can offer - the personal touch.
Express India
Many of the most popular sites on the Internet have a distinctly Western feel with news dominated by what is happening in the UK and particularly the USA. This site looks and feels very similar to these sorts of sites, but most of the news on it is about India. It has an express news service that is constantly updated by their correspondents on the ground. The recent election are analysed in a straightforward and useful way.
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
As part of the drive to make the various government departments more open and accountable, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office launched this site. It goes way beyond a standard dolling out of official travel advice, although that is there if you want it. There are updates from around the world enabling you to see what Mr Cook is up to at practically every stage in his official life, and you can keep up to speed on the latest diplomatic positions on current burning foreign issues.
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