The Web Museum, Paris sunsite.unc.eduwm
If I knew who Nicholas Pioch was, and if I was wearing a hat, I would take it off to him. The web site of which he is the "curator" has brought some of the best paintings in the world and put them about two feet from where I'm sitting.
The Web Museum, Paris, houses thousands of on-line reproductions of famous paintings, accompanied with an unpretentious commentary.
At the moment, there's an exhibition of paintings by Paul Cezanne, with a selection of his work and essays describing his development. The images are shown as small, thumbnail icons, which if you click on them then fill the screen. The quality is tremendous and if it wasn't for the rigours of the copyright laws and my slow-motion printer, the Michelangelo section would by now have become a great starting point for next year's Christmas cards.
The Site www.thesite.org.uk
Stressed-out teenagers are invited to use this compendious site to find out where they can get advice on angst-provoking subjects such as sex, money and drugs.
The Site, produced by teenage advice organisation, YouthNet, established by newsreader Martyn Lewis, works as a rather stylish signpost, pointing young people towards a variety of sources of information relevant to a range of problems. There are hundreds of different suggestions for where to look for help, encouraging teenagers to feel that there is someone ready to listen.
There is a book containing a selection of the information from the Web site, called The Book from the Site, one copy of which is available free to schools and colleges. Extra copies are available from Lennard Publishing, Pounds 8.99, on 01582 715866.