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Yes, Web Monitor has been busy, busy, busy trawling the web like a dolphin unfriendly tuna net, sucking up all interesting material for sharing and devouring. Make sure you share your best links with us by either sending us a comment via the box to the right of this page or recommending it to us on Delicious - we're called "bbcwebmonitor".
• Ewan McGregor defends his new film Angels and Demons in the Independent against claims it is anti-Catholic and said the Pope has refused several invitations to screenings:
"Religion has won the day against the odds. If anything, it feels ultimately like a very pro-Church film... I wouldn't have wanted to be involved in an anti-Catholic film, I'm not religious, but I respect other people's faiths. It's not my place to be involved in something that bad-mouths religion."
• It's possible that the only thing you've heard about the upcoming European elections is a leaflet through your door. Now you can find out if your political parties are saying different things in different neighbourhoods in the Straight Choice, which loads up pictures of political leaflets. The local democracy blog points out that inconsistency isn't necessarily a bad thing. Meanwhile, another blog, Newspeak, researched who the people on BNP leaflets were... only to discover they were all in stock photos, not real supporters.
• Having reformed Spandau Ballet, Gary Kemp tells the Evening Standard the band's first split was akin to being a World War II veteran:
"I've heard stories about men who fought at Dunkirk who couldn't adjust to normal life when they returned home because it just wasn't exciting enough for them. The problem for us was that we spent 18 years not talking to each other."
• Ever felt you want to get away from it all? Asylum.com looks at how to disappear and escape the system. They use Frank M Ahearn who is a skip tracer - someone who finds missing people. His advice is to make sure information held on you by big business is wrong, create fake trails and only use prepaid mobiles. Rest assured folks, Web Monitor has no such wayward intentions.
• New blog on the block, Awkward Family Photos, revels in your uncomfortable studio photos from the 70s. It's struck a chord and Esquire reports it has already got three book deals depsite being only three weeks old.
"...it's the bond of the awkward moment that makes it beautiful... Hence the power of the Internet. It takes the momentary and the mortifying and makes it immortal."
• What can reality TV teach us about clinical drug trials? Slate magazine think a reasonable amount (two pages of stuff anyway). They say if the environment is superficial enough, as in a recent drug trial for attention deficit disorder, the result will also be. Katie and Peter Andre didn't take part in the trial.
• The MPs' expenses row is explained scientifically by Michael Brooks in the New Scientist's Short Sharp Science blog . Scientists refer to the situation as a "tragedy of Commons" - or what happens when free-riders aren't punished. Brooks says the public outrage is just part of the process which will lead to a punishment and then strangers cooperating again.