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Grand union

Richard Vaughan who's currently running AJ's newsdesk sent me Union North's site with the warning: 'You could literally spend hours on the homepage.' 'Bone idle newso.' I thought. Twenty minutes later I decided I'd better stop bouncing the components of the practice's name about a black screen and take a serous look at the rest of the site. It also occurred to me that the site had already achieved the primary goal of all commercial sites: making people like you.

The navigation page has the main headings in a list down the left with details in an adjacent column which come up as you click a heading – which itself becomes highlighted. All this in the normally un-manageable white on black – although some very small white text and some grey gets lost.

A lot of the images are big. That shouldn't mean slow. But slowish loading is accompanied by biggish rolling numbers which are so nice to watch and so rapidly changing you don't mind. Quite so much. Union North is relaxed about using whatever method of showing and accessing best suits the material. That sometimes means inconsistency and sometimes images bouncing around the screen as you click wildly. It's just great. All this wonderful stuff is by Liverpool webmeisters Smiling Wolf .

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