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Five offbeat, timely reviews of Web sites on the arts, politics and news -- with a dash of the absurd thrown in for good measure. This week: ... The Payphone Project ... Cough It Up ... The Bilderberg Papers ... Copernic.com ... Coldplay.
 
 
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The Payphone Project www.payphone-project.com

Do you have a hankering to call The Vatican? Or feel like chatting up a tourist (probably an American!) at the Eiffel Tower? Or if you still find yourself pining for the Mojave Phone Booth, how about calling a payphone out in the middle of Kansas. All this and more can be yours with the wonderful Payphone Project. You'll find payphone numbers from all around the world, including the UK, Japan and 38,000 numbers from New York City alone!

Cough It Up coughitup.homestead.com/Cough_it_up_index.html

Okay, so this is a page about coughing. Not just coughing, mind you, but coughing as a fetish. A sexual fetish. Now of course we have no way of knowing if this site is on the up-and-up, but they do swear that there really is such a thing as a coughing fetish. These are people who find it is sexy to watch -and hear- other people coughing. If that sounds idiotic to you, you're not alone, but the author does insist that a fetish is just a fetish. Mind you, if coughing does float your boat, you'll find plenty of sound and image files here.

The Bilderberg Papers www.schnews.org.uk/bilderberg

If you believe the press, some of us are about to find ourselves heading into yet another recession, after a few short years of so-called good times. Is there really a group of self-proclaimed "elite" who control the New World Economy? The press says no, saying it is the free market system that is responsible for our financial woes, but others point an accusing finger at a secretive group that acts under the name of Bilderberg. This is the group the London Times referred to "...a clique of the richest, economically and politically most powerful and influential men in the Western world, who meet secretly to plan events that later appear just to happen."

Copernic.com www.copernic.com

All-in-one or megasearch engines are a dime a dozen, but here's one that actually works. Copernic is a small software package that downloads onto the hard drive of your computer. From there you can not only search the Internet, but you can keep the results from your searches for as long as you want. And of course it also searches dozens of search engines at the same time, providing dozens of results in just a few seconds.

Coldplay www.coldplay.com

They are not quite an overnight sensation, but pretty close. Formed in 1998, British rock band Coldplay are another in the long line of intelligent bands from the UK. Some listeners have called them to a cross between Travis and Radiohead. Not a bad place to be at all. They released their first full-length CD in November in the US and are now embarking on a very successful tour. Their official site finds the latest tour and band news, discography, a tour journal and plenty of sound and other files in the Fan section.