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A welcome revamp for this slightly childish. if very funny site. The basic idea is to take some original graphics from aircraft safety cards and recaption them. It comes in two flavours: ‘light' for those who are eaSily offended and ‘regular' for those who can handle dirtier humour. It need not be said which is funnier.


This is a very original and educational website hosted by the National Museums of Scotland. Aimed mainly at children ithough no less enjoyable for adults). it tells folk tales and myths from Scotland and four other European countries. It's very heavy on Flash animation. but

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constructed superbly and is a pleasure to watch. Kids might not even realise that they're learning.


This website tries to give an insight for those not lucky enough to have seen the book. famously now stored and cared for in Trinity College. Dublin. Some of the graphics are downloadable along with explanatory notes. from possibly the most beautiful and fascinating historical text we have.

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Born in Berlin the year the wall went up, Hedwig (born Hansel) is the troubled offspring of a German mother and a sexually abusive American Gl father. Finding solace in 705 transgender rock gods such as David Bowie, Lou Reed and Iggy Pop, escape comes - at a price - when Hedwig meets an American soldier and is taken under wedlock to Kansas, USA.

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Written and directed by leading lady John Cameron Mitchell, this bittersweet rock opera is touchingly told through a collage of songs, animation and flashback footage. Those that flinch from musicals may balk at the Elton John- influenced ditties, but anyone with a heart can’t fail to be captivated by Hedwig’s ballsy attitude to that business we call show. (Catherine Bromley) I /-'ii./ai/ab/e from Mon ("’7 Jan through Fitter'tairirrieri.’ or: V} IS rer‘fa.’ arid [)‘z/f) retail.

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