Eurovision 2005 on WAP and web

Website of the Day: Friday 20th May

Eurovision_2005 >> BBC Eurovision
The countdown continues until the start of this year’s contest in Kiev at 20:00 BST tomorrow. This year‘s site features broadband video of all 39 entrants, language and trivia quizzes, a downloadable score card and the essential Terryisms Generator, in which an animated TOG-meister will provide a eurovision-friendly quip or observation for every mouse-click.

For the first time this year, there’s also a dedicated Eurovision WAP service, which enables anybody with a WAP-enabled mobile phone to get instantaneous Eurovision coverage even if you’re nowhere near a TV or computer. To access the WAP service simply text Eurovision to 81010 (Max charge 15p). The WAP service promises Javine photo galleries, lyrics to Touch My Fire, a full broadcast schedule, guide to all 39 contestants and much more.

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FA Cup Final 2005

Website of the Day: Friday 20th May

Virtualreplay_fa_1 >> Official FA Cup
>> FA Cup on BBC Sport
>> BBC Sport Virtual Replay
Warm up for tomorrow’s Cup Final by reliving some of the best goals of the season with BBC Sport’s Virtual Replay – an animated 3D reconstruction which allows to you to experience each goal from the viewpoints of different players or positions on and off the pitch.

Star Wars Episode III

Website of the Day: Friday 20th May

Darth >> Official Star Wars
>> Star Wars: Episode III on BBC Films
Although some areas of the official Star Wars site are subscription only, there’s plenty of great free content too including a whole Star Wars kids site Fans can also find a wealth of great content on BBC Film’s Episode III mini-site including interviews with George Lucas and the cast, games and quizzes and Shaun of The Dead star Simon Pegg’s view of the new film.

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Desperate Houseflies

Website of the Day: Wednesday 18th May

Houseflies_1  >> Desperate Houseflies
If you’re enjoying Channel 4’s post-modern glossy soap, you’ll almost certainly love this strip-cartoon spoof starring six suburban houseflies living in a picture-perfect neighbourhood called Diphtheria Lane. These character profiles give you a good idea what to expect:
“Lynette regrets giving up her free-wheeling lifestyle to raise a pile of undisciplined little maggots.
Former pesticide commercial model Gabrielle is having an extramarital affair with a blowfly in the garden.
Bree thinks patterning her life after the flies in Martha Stewart’s garbage is the road to true happiness.”

and so it goes on….

Stay Don’t Pay

Website of the Day: Tuesday 17th May

Staydontpay>> Stay Don’t Pay
This has been created as a travel exchange network, where members can enjoy bed and breakfast accommodation free of charge. You sign up to register when you’re prepared to accept guests. When other members want to stay in your area you’re given the option to welcome them as B & B guests. You then receive a credit, which you can use to stay with another member.

The system is currently in pre-launch until enough homes and locations have signed up to the scheme. One year’s membership is offered free to anyone who signs up now during the pre-launch stage. Once the system is fully operational, subscriptions will cost £25 per year.

UPDATE (18th May 2006): One year on, Stay Don’t Pay founders Fraser and Rita Spence report that they now have 226 members scattered all over the UK & Ireland (and one trial member in Britanny!) – They have arranged over 100 trips for members who have "really enjoyed stopping over as a guest and meeting some really super people."

While Couchsurfing mainly targets backpapckers, Stay Don’t Pay offers a sociable alternative to B&Bs or hotels for travellers in the UK. Not everyone’s cup of tea, but potentially a really rewarding experience for more flexible and sociable travellers – and hosts!

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Multiple choice agony aunt

Website of the day: Monday 16th May

Dearanyone >> Dear Anyone
Strangely addictive, this site gives all of us the chance to play agony aunt… Anyone is invited to send their problems (anonymously) to this site – The site will then suggest 4 possible solutions and other site users can vote on which solution is the best. It’s a bit like Jerry Springer without the violence!

The Movie Bunker

Website of the Day: Friday 13th May 2005

Moviebunker >> The Movie Bunker
This fan-run site is a refreshing antidote to some of the glossy film review sites. Instead of concentrating on the films, Movie Bunker celebrates the cinemas that screen them, with photos and tongue-in-cheek reviews of cinemas across the UK, from West End to Multiplexes via old-fashioned independent fleapits. You’ll also find an interesting behind the scenes guide to life in a multiplex and a whole section of “fake movie photos” which add the webmasters’ faces to various iconic scenes from cinema’s greatest moments.