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July 11, 2010

World Cup 2010 Day 25 - Final - Netherlands vs Spain

The best team won on the day and Andres Iniesta's goal 4 minutes from the end of extra time meant that the World Cup was won by Spain for the first time.

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July 10, 2010

World Cup 2010 Day 24 - 3rd Place Playoff - Uruguay vs Germany

Germany and Uruguay put on a show today and it was the Germans who edged a very entertaining match.

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July 07, 2010

World Cup 2010 Day 23 - Semi Finals - Germany vs Spain

There will be a new name on the World Cup on Sunday after Spain deservedly beat Germany 1-0 with the irony of a goal from a corner scored by Carles Puyol.

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July 06, 2010

World Cup 2010 Day 22 - Semi Finals - Uruguay vs Netherlands

The Netherlands will be hoping for their first World Cup victory at the third attempt after a second half double from Wesley Sneijder and Arjen Robben finished off Uruguay and put the Netherlands into their first World Cup final since 1978.

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July 03, 2010

World Cup 2010 Day 21 - Quarter Finals - Argentina vs Germany and Paraguay vs Spain

Germany ruthlessly put Argentina to the sword while Spain's in-form striker David Villa pierced the Paraguay defence to finalise a mouthwatering set of Semi-Finals

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July 02, 2010

World Cup 2010 Day 20 - Quarter Finals - Netherlands vs Brazil and Uruguay vs Ghana

There was drama in the first set of Quarter Finals as the Dutch beat hot favourites Brazil who were reduced to 10 men and Uruguay eventually won a thriller against Ghana on penalties but had to rely on a normal time penalty miss from Asamoah Gyan after Luis Suarez sacrificed himself to prevent a certain Ghana goal by deliberately handling the ball on the line.

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June 29, 2010

World Cup 2010 Day 19 - 2nd Phase - Paraguay vs Japan and Spain vs Portugal

Spain will play Paraguay in the quarter finals of the World Cup after the Paraguayans won a penalty shootout with Japan and David Villa despatched the Portugese in the late kickoff.

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June 28, 2010

World Cup 2010 Day 18 - 2nd Phase - Brazil vs Chile

Chile paid the price for their high pressure attacking tactics as Brazil eventually broke their resistance and ground out the win with a flourish by taking advantage of the defensive frailties of their attacking opponents to win 3-0.

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World Cup 2010 Day 18 - 2nd Phase - Netherlands vs Slovakia

If anyone ever wanted an illustration into how a modern football formation works they only have to look at the Netherlands who comfortably beat Slovakia to progress into the quarter finals.

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June 27, 2010

World Cup 2010 Day 17 - 2nd Phase - Argentina vs Mexico

Argentina's victory over Mexico was marred by further refereeing controversy but Diego Maradona's side still did enough to deserve to progress to the quarter finals after beating a feisty Mexico side 3-1.

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Has 4-4-2 had its day?

England were one of the few sides to play 4-4-2 in the World Cup finals but the system that suited them against lesser opposition seems to have been found wanting in the biggest stage of all and crucially against a modern side playing a modern formation in Germany

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World Cup 2010 Day 17 - 2nd Phase - Germany vs England

England slumped to their biggest ever World Cup defeat as they were hammered 4-1 by some excellent counter-attacking German play.

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June 26, 2010

World Cup 2010 Day 16 - 2nd Phase - USA vs Ghana

Ghana became the third African nation to reach the World Cup quarter finals when they beat USA thanks to talismanic striker Asamoah Gyan's Extra Time winner.

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World Cup 2010 Day 16 - 2nd Phase - Uruguay vs South Korea

2-1. Luis Suarez lit up the World Cup with a stunning winning goal against the South Koreans.

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June 25, 2010

World Cup 2010 Day 15 - Group H Final Games

A stunning first half performance from Spain sealed their qualification to the knockout stage after two goals and a Chilean red card effectively ended their hopes of topping the group despite pulling a goal back to end the game 2-1. With an unlikely door to qualification opened for Switzerland they couldn't take their chance, finding it impossible to break down an obdurate Honduras.

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World Cup 2010 Day 15 - Group G Final Games

What should have been a mouthwatering encounter descended into a card filled bore as Portugal secured the point they needed to qualify from Group G against Brazil and prevented Ivory Coast from overtaking them with an unlikely goal swing against North Korea.

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June 24, 2010

World Cup 2010 Day 14 - Group E Final Games

Japan hit top gear to qualify for the second round of the World Cup in style by 3-1 over a Denmark side that looked out of sorts and ponderous while the Netherlands secured top spot in the group with an assured 2-1 win over Cameroon.

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World Cup 2010 Day 14 - Group F Final Games

World Cup holders Italy crashed out of the World Cup at the group stage after an extraordinary defeat at the hands of Slovakia while New Zealand couldn't find the winner against Paraguay which would have sent them through too.

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June 23, 2010

World Cup 2010 Day 13 - Group D Final Games

It's England vs Germany again in the World Cup as the Germans eased to a 1-0 win over Ghana to top Group D. The Ghanaians become the only African representatives to qualify from the group phase in World Cup 2010 after Australia turned over Serbia 2-1 in the other Group D match.

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World Cup 2010 Day 13 - Group C Final Games

USA booked their ticket into the next round with Landon Donovan's last kick of their game against Algeria after a more confident England scored early thanks to Jermain Defoe and managed to hold on against Slovenia.

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June 22, 2010

World Cup 2010 Day 12 - Group B Final Games

Nigeria missed out one an unlikely place in the next round of the World Cup by a single goal as Yakubu arguable missed the best chance any team will ever have to score a goal in these finals as they could only draw 2-2 with South Korea. Meanwhile, Argentina left it late to finally crack the stubborn Greek resistance and win 2-0 with both goals scored in the last 10 minutes.

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World Cup 2010 Day 12 - Group A Final Games

South Africa exited the World Cup on goal difference with their heads held high after they beat a gutted France side 2-1 but couldn't overcome a 3 goal group deficit after Uruguay beat Mexico 1-0.

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June 21, 2010

World Cup 2010 Day 11 - Group H - Spain vs Honduras

2-0. Spain eased their way back into World Cup contention with a relaxed victory over a lacklustre Honduras side

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World Cup 2010 Day 11 - Group H - Chile vs Switzerland

Chile left it late to cement their superiority with a 1-0 win over 10 man Switzerland after substitute Mark Gonzalez' header finally rewarded their attacking play.

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World Cup 2010 Day 11 - Group G - Portugal vs North Korea

7-0. Portugal mercilessly tore the North Koreans apart after facing stiff initial resistance.

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June 20, 2010

World Cup 2010 Day 10 - Group G - Brazil vs Ivory Coast

3-1. A red card for Kaka marred the end of a controversial match in which Brazil had comfortably outplayed Ivory Coast and qualified from Group G.

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World Cup 2010 Day 10 - Group F - Italy vs New Zealand

1-1. New Zealand scored a controversial goal but held on for a well deserved draw against a poor Italy side which provided yet another of this World Cup's seismic shocks.

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World Cup 2010 Day 10 - Group F - Slovakia vs Paraguay

0-2. Paraguay took control of Group F with an assured victory over Slovakia.

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World Cup 2010 Day 9 - Retrospective

It was a day that finally decided the fate of one team in this World Cup and produced some off the pitch drama too.

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June 18, 2010

World Cup 2010 Day 8 - Group C - England vs Algeria

0-0. England's obituary writers will be out in force after a listless display against Algeria dealt their chances of qualifying a big blow.

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World Cup 2010 Day 8 - Group C - Slovenia vs USA

2-2. The USA showed immense character to battle back from 2-0 down and were strangely denied what would have been a winning goal when a late Maurice Edu strike was disallowed.

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World Cup 2010 Day 8 - Group B - Germany vs Serbia

0-1. Alberto Undiano Mallenco will be a name on the lips of many Germans tonight as they literally paid the penalty for some incredibly harsh refereeing when Miroslav Klose was sent off for a second yellow card offence, Serbia went in front and then Lukas Podolski missed a penalty.

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June 17, 2010

World Cup 2010 Day 7 - Group A - France vs Mexico

0-2. After a quiet beginning to the World Cup the shocks are starting to come thick and fast as Mexico delivered a hammerblow to easily the worst side in the tournament so far.

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World Cup 2010 Day 7 - Group B - Greece vs Nigeria

2-1. In an eventful match, Greece took full advance of every bit of luck that came their way and came from behind to win and to keep alive their hopes of qualifying for the second round against 10-man Nigeria.

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World Cup 2010 Day 7 - Group B - Argentina vs South Korea

Gonzalo Higuain netted the first hat trick of the World Cup as Argentina eased to a 4-1 win over plucky South Korea to put themselves in pole position to top Group B.

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June 16, 2010

World Cup 2010 Day 6 - Group A - South Africa vs Uruguay

0-3. Two goals from Uruguay's star striker Diego Forlan dealt a massive blow to South Africa's hopes of qualification from their group as Itumeleng Khune was sent off for the hosts.

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World Cup 2010 First Games

The first 16 games have come and gone, so apart from the German demolition of Australia, why has there been a paucity of goals and a general feeling that defence is more the watchword than attack?

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World Cup 2010 Day 6 - Group H - Spain vs Switzerland

0-1. Spain expected a win but got turned over by the most organised team in the tournament.

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World Cup 2010 Day 6 - Group H - Honduras vs Chile

0-1. Chile hammered Honduras by the narrowest possible scoreline as they wasted chance after chance in a game they had complete control of from start to finish.

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June 15, 2010

World Cup 2010 Day 5 - Group G -Brazil vs North Korea

2-1. It's not a World Cup without Brazil involved and they overcame stubborn North Korean resistance to win their opening group game but their rank outsider opponents had a say right at the end.

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World Cup 2010 Day 5 - Group G - Ivory Coast vs Portugal

0-0. A dour goal-less draw with only a few flashes of brilliance from Portgual's Cristiano Ronaldo to punctuate the gloomy torrential downpour.

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World Cup 2010 Day 5 - Group F - New Zealand vs Slovakia

1-1. New Zealand's never say die attitude earned them an unlikely but fully deserved point in the dying seconds of the game - their first in World Cup finals. Finally a bit of drama!

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June 14, 2010

World Cup 2010 Day 4 - Group F - Italy vs Paraguay

1-1. It was another slow start for defending World Champions Italy as they recovered from a shock deficit against Paraguay to equalise and finish on top despite not being able to find the winner.

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World Cup 2010 Day 4 - Group E - Japan vs Cameroon

Japan survived a late Cameroon onslaught to record their first World Cup finals victory outside of their home country.

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World Cup 2010 Day 4 - Group E - Netherlands vs Denmark

Netherlands laboured to a 2-0 win over Denmark thanks to an unlucky deflection.

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June 13, 2010

World Cup 2010 Day 3 - Group D - Germany vs Australia

Germany demolish 10-man Australia to lead Group D

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World Cup 2010 Day 3 - Group D - Serbia vs Ghana

A deserved African victory after Asamoah Gyan scored the tournament's first penalty to beat Serbia

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World Cup 2010 Day 3 - Group C - Algeria vs Slovenia

Robert Koren's goal sealed victory Slovenia over 10 man Algeria

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June 12, 2010

World Cup 2010 Day 2 - Group C - England v USA

Weeks of expectation came to a swift anticlimax as Robert Green's howler allowed the USA to cancel out Steven Gerrard's opening goal for England.

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World Cup 2010 Day 2 - Group B

Two wins in Group B as World Cup 2010 kicked off.

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June 11, 2010

World Cup 2010

An eventful start to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa saw Group A kick off with a pair of draws after a lavish opening ceremony today.

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May 21, 2007

Culture Show's Film Map

The BBC have launched an interesting quest to find your stories about memorable British film locations in popular cinema.

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May 31, 2006

Holding your PC to ransom

We've all heard of viruses, spam, even spyware. Now a Rochdale nurse has had her PC files hijacked and held to ransom.

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January 03, 2006

Is this Openwriting?

Regular readers may have noticed some changes to the Openwriting home page and article pages in the last few days.

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September 20, 2005

More free Opera

New and now permanently ad-free in its latest incarnation, Opera represents a genuine alternative web browser. Paul Chan investigates.

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August 30, 2005

A Free Opera

Is Internet Explorer too easily filled full of spyware for your tastes? Is Firefox too slow compared to Internet Explorer? Paul Chan tells of an old school third web browser which is having a 10th anniversary special.

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August 11, 2005

Match of the Day

Paul Chan can't wait for the football season to start.

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July 25, 2005

Remember all those passwords?

Paul Chan discusses ways of remembering your password.

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July 12, 2005

Restaurant hunt...

On a recent trip to London's Heathrow Airport, Paul Chan found it very difficult to find a good eatery which was a little out of the ordinary.

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July 06, 2005

War of the Worlds

Yes, it's another summer blockbuster and, with Tom Cruise, Steven Spielberg and a iconic title from cinema history, can it really fail?

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July 05, 2005

The End of Cult TV

The BBC are closing down their Cult TV website. Paul Chan remembers the days before overexposure of soaps and then make-over shows and reality TV brought the curtain down on some excellent TV drama.

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February 24, 2005

In Good Company

They don't make too many movies like this any more...

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October 24, 2004

Norton Internet Security 2005

PC World's latest special offer is very good value for money.

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October 05, 2004

Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

A welcome throwback to the days of Flash Gordon and RKO Adventures

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September 18, 2004

Collateral

Stylish film director Michael Mann is back and he's created another masterpiece of the crime thriller genre.

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August 21, 2004

The Bourne Identity and The Bourne Supremacy

Matt Damon returns in a superior thriller based loosely on Robert Ludlum's secret agent - Jason Bourne.

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August 12, 2004

I, Robot

"Inspired by Isaac Asimov" is the legend in the credits sequence, and many purists may have decided to avoid this film in advance of its release.

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August 07, 2004

Meeting a legend

The voice is unmistakable. He's a cinema legend with a career spanning almost 6 decades.

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June 29, 2004

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

The third film in the Harry Potter series may be the shortest but it's also clearly the best so far.

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June 03, 2004

The Day After Tomorrow

Earth vs Mother Nature

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May 28, 2004

Monster's Ball

A powerful drama about people coping with tragedy.

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May 23, 2004

Troy: Another great epic

Everyone should know the plot of the Iliad from classics at school. First things first though - Troy is a good film.

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May 20, 2004

Picture of the Week

Would you like to see the Picture of the Week in a bigger window?

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May 17, 2004

Kiki's Delivery Service

In an alternate version of the 1950s in which neither World Wars happened a little girl is training to be a witch.

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May 07, 2004

Sasser the latest worm

THE latest virus to hit the news has actually gained some serious notoriety by downing English Coastguard computers.

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March 25, 2004

Starsky and Hutch: A Remake too far?

Movies, music and television is full of remakes and revisitations. A sign of less adventurous times.

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February 24, 2004

Frosty weather

Although taken late last year in Haworth, this image shows the frosty weather that can linger during the midwinter gloom.

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February 22, 2004

Going online faster

A growing number of people are using the internet at home and at work.

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February 16, 2004

Abstract patterns

Architecture, modern and traditional, has been a hot topic every time town centre regeneration is discussed.

Birmingham has been in a state of building and rebuilding for a number of years but one of its most recent buildings is a startling tribute to modernism.

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February 15, 2004

Gaming online

If you are stuck for online entertainment this half term, you might want to check out the multiplayer games available on Yahoo Games.

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February 08, 2004

Keep games away from your computer

Computers should be reserved for serious work - not games.

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February 07, 2004

Winter Sunset

A view to the west over Wadsworth Moor, above Pecket Well near Hebden Bridge.

While passing in the late afternoon, the sun sank beneath the horizon of Wadsworth Moor but left a vivid red sky for several minutes.

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February 01, 2004

Snow scene

The much vaunted snow from last week didn't really stick around to cause anything other than a slight inconvenience.

Here is a picture I took of some Yorkshire countryside last week while passing. Click on the image for a bigger version.

January 31, 2004

Mydoom: Another virus warning

Another new virus has emerged to plague users of Windows computers - but if you take some precautions you can just treat it as an inconvenience.

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January 27, 2004

Spirited Away

I waited a long time to see this animated film, described as the Japanese Alice in Wonderland, in which a little girl has to save her parents after they are turned into pigs at a seemingly abandoned amusement park.

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January 25, 2004

Cold front

The weather is a talking point more than ever this week. The BBC provide a superb weather service from their portal: BBCi

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January 22, 2004

Affleck's Paycheck

Another Philip K Dick adaptation with mixed reviews. If you like action and adventure sign up here. If you are a sci-fi purist, you may wish to avoid...

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January 18, 2004

Spam, spam, spam

The Net Guide By Paul Chan. Internet users who have been online for some time will be acutely aware of spam.

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