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Pay a special visit to Santa's online Christmas grotto

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Only a few more shopping days until Christmas so I thought I would invite you into the fairy products grotto where you can select pressies for your favourite clients. Try www. basislighting. co. uk, billed as 'probably the first business-tobusiness e-commerce site in the lighting industry', with clients ranging from the Design Museum and Fat Face to McDonald's. Make sure you use . co . uk because basislighting. com takes you to a site which simply flashes on and off.

For dealing directly, Abacus Lighting has www. lighting4sport. comwhich, funnily enough, is about lighting for sport; and Illuma's online catalogue is at www. illuma. co. uk - although you need to turn cookies on to buy anything. Why?

The Flat Roofing Alliance, devoted, 'in particular [to] bituminous built-up roofing', is at www. fra. org. uk. I am told by the publicists that there is a great library of images on the www. jacuzzi. co. uk site but when, quivering with anticipation, I tried the given password, 'bubbles', I was told I was a security risk. All in the name of research. I was, anyway, much more interested in hard landscaping from Charcon at www. charcon. com; in advice about how to meet the new building regs from the National Cavity Insulation Association at www. ncia-ltd; in the work of lift-maker Britton Price at www. brittonprice. co. uk; and portable cabin and modular building specialist Rollalong, at www. rollalong. co. uk.

On to less strenuous things. I found this site searching for more details of US inventor Dean Kamen's astonishing Segway scooter. It is called Idleworm, it is at www. idleworm. com/games/ games. htm, has nothing to do with architecture and is a real laugh.There are games, such as Papal Bowling and Jerry Springer Goes Too Far, and animated movies.One, titled Crocodile Wrangler, has its protagonist ending up being monstered by a koala.Among other goodies is a little sequence giving you the choice of how you destroy that infuriating paperclip in Microsoft Word.

And a merry Christmas to you all.

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