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Celebrating the Bard
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1097  Monday, 22 April 2002

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Date:           Sunday, 21 Apr 2002 21:32:56 +0100 (BST)
Subject:        Celebrating the Bard

Once again from The Times Online (21 April 2002)...

April 21, 2002

That's amazing: Celebrating the Bard

Michael Wright

The spirit of altruism that built the internet is not dead yet. You can
find it, in the rudest of health, at Mr William Shakespeare and the
Internet (www.shakespeare.palomar.edu), which attempts to provide
annotated links to all the other useful Bardic resources in cyberspace.
And, naturally, because this is a superb, scholarly creation, the page
that every visitor races for is the apologetic one containing links to
"Amusing and/or Distracted" or "Trek Related" sites. From here, you can
send Shakespearian sonnets to paramours and insults to enemies, and even
find your way to the Klingon Language Institute's Shakespeare
Restoration Project. Less refined, but equally fanatical,
is Underground History (www.starfury.demon.co.uk/uground/), which
chronicles one man's photographic research into the "lost" stations on
the London Underground network. What emerges is that the Tube - like the
web - is an expanding network of connections, many of which fall into
disuse, remaining as forgotten ghosts long after their final passenger
has departed.

Oddly, there are no subterranean tunnels at The Underground Railroad
(www.nationalgeographic.com/railroad). In the United States this phrase
refers to the clandestine journey of Southern slaves to liberty in
Canada. And despite a brave stab at interactivity, the site lacks that
spark of fanatical creativity - or sexy subject matter -that would
really bring it to life. That is not so for www.darkdays.com, which
celebrates an extraordinary documentary about a shadowy community living
in a subway shanty town beneath the streets of New York.  Unfortunately,
even for a website with music, Dark Days is criminally slow to load. But
then life itself must be slow for these modern cave dwellers.

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