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16:33 UK time, Wednesday, 16 April 2008

I remain deeply unconvinced that the candidates for London Mayor are using "sophisticated strategies" for how their websites contribute to their campaigns. I looked on Ken's website hoping to find his manifesto (a pretty basic thing, wouldn't you think?) but couldn't find it, so I used the "contact us" link to ask where it was. I never received an answer, but did get added to their campaign e-mail list (which I didn't ask to be). A long way to go before you could really call it "sophisticated".
Adam, London, UK

Paul from Leamington Spa (Tuesday Letters) wonders about an online museum of websites. There's one called the Wayback Machine. Type in a web address and it will show you how it looked at various points in its history.
Ed, Gothenburg, Sweden

What was the first web page? Tim Berners-Lee answers on his website: "Apart from local "file:" URLs on my machine (which was the first browser as well as the first server), the first http one (end of 1990) was basically" A 1992 copy of the original pages exists here.
Chrisboote, Henley

Re How to break a bottle on a ship: I'm not convinced that a bubble in the glass will help the bottle smash. It sounds very like perforations and we all know things never tear along the perforations.
Mark, Boreham, UK

How to break a champagne bottle? Easy, go for the neck, it's got a built-in weak point just below the ring of the neck so a champagne sabre can slice through.
Jeremy, Brussels

Re Smith pledges more terror police: They should make a film/comic book about this - 300 police officers fighting the hordes that threaten to overthrow the country. Got a certain ring to it.
James Hayward, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Stuie (Tuesday Letters) - you missed the Adobe trademark page which has an entire section about "Proper use of the Photoshop trademark". It's more amusing than the usual legal fare, but talk about fighting a losing battle, eh?
Sophie, Amsterdam, NL

I'd just like to congratulate Magazine Monitor on the coining of a great new term, initial-sake. My own initial-sakes include Tony Blair, Trevor Brooking and tuberculosis. Illustrious company, I think you'll agree.
Tim Barrow, London

Sue, Olso (Tuesday Letters) - I remember the recorder mainly for the punishment for forgetting my own and having to use the school's spare recorders which were kept in a vase of disinfectant - never known to be refreshed.
Alan, Glasgow

Why all the fuss about two guys holding a little model Vulcan in the air?
David Richerby, Leeds, UK

Re Vitamins 'may shorten your life'. I love the following quote: "A review of 67 studies found "no convincing evidence" that antioxidant supplements cut the risk of dying." Maybe I've missed something, but surely death is inevitable...
Fi, Gloucestershire, UK

Is there anything that gives a 0.01% decrease of dying because truth be told I like those odds for eternal life.
Lunty, Brizzle

Really Paper Monitor, do you consider vitamin tablets a foodstuff? If so your lunchbox must be very small, as well as a bit dull (though quick, I guess).
Babs, Brussels

Does anyone else try to guess which stories on the BBC front page are the Magazine ones? I just knew that airport luggage story was one. I also try and read the five stories I find most interesting, and then see how well I've done by looking at the most read box. Simple things...
Joe A, Bath

Monitor note: There will be some tinkering under the hood of our blogs overnight as explained here. Normal transmission should resume Thursday.


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