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Welcome to the second Carol@Mirror, the new section to help Mirror readers get to grips with the Internet and the World Wide Web

THANKS for all of your e-mails and letters. It's great to know that you enjoyed the first Carol@Mirror last week. Please tell us what you want to know more about - we're here to help.

This week, we've put together a guide to online shopping so that you can see which of our High Street stores are just as good online as off.

Shopping on the Net is one of my favourite hobbies. I've been particularly busy this week as my mate Liz and I yesterday launched a new shopping site called Brits Abroad, www.britsabroad.co.uk.

It will be selling classic, British- brand products (mainly food) to people anywhere in the world. So if an ex-pat in Outer Mongolia desperately misses PG Tips teabags or Heinz Baked Beans, they can e-mail us an order and we'll make their wishes come true.

We've had a lot of fun making sure that our site is secure and that we've got the virtual shopping trolley set up correctly. I've overdone it on the Shredded Wheat, though.

I ordered 18 family-size boxes and no one in our house can eat more than two at a time.

Traffic jams are one of my pet hates so I couldn't believe it when I hit gridlock - or Net Lock - on the Internet last week.

The Starr Report and Bill Clinton's cigar have been holding up traffic on the Information Superhighway - all in the interests of democracy, of course.

When it comes to traffic on the roads, I've been doing a bit of maths and I've worked out that if two thirds of commuters were able to work from home two days a week, road traffic would be cut by almost a quarter and traffic jams would be a thing of the past.

Two Jags John, otherwise known as John Prescott, our Deputy Prime Minister, thinks the answer to traffic congestion is to start charging road tolls for using our cars in cities. Well, I have news for you, John. None of us actually likes sitting in queues for hours, only to discover that the five-mile tailback we're in is thanks to Department Of Transport roadworks which could have been done at night when no one was on the roads. So John, why don't you make life easier for all of us by encouraging more companies to let employees work from virtual offices via computer a couple of days a week. Some firms are doing it already.

The investment in computers would be paid off by not having to pay travel costs, families would see more of each other, pollution would be slashed and everyone would be much happier. This week I've also been busy with the launch of ONdigital - the new terrestrial digital TV supplier which starts on November 15.

The race for digital TV suppliers is now well and truly started and it's not just about television channels.

The second part of the race will start in earnest next year when some suppliers will also provide e-mail via your telly.

The digital revolution is coming fast - particularly now that there's widescreen TV.

We're filming a lot of television programmes with wide screen pictures at the moment and I love pressing the switch to squish a wide picture into a normal-sized TV because it makes everybody look tall and thin.

As a presenter not exactly known for my waif-like tendencies, I have to say I hate it when it works the other way - stretching a normal picture to fit a widescreen TV.

"Fatvision" should be banned by the Court Of Human Rights immediately!

GOT a problem using the Internet? Got a story you'd like to share? E-mail me at carol@mirror.co.uk or write to Carol@Mirror, The Mirror, One Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London E14 5AP. And don't forget to check out our website at www.mirror.co.uk.

Take it easy till next time!
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Title Annotation:Features
Author:Vorderman, Carol
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Oct 1, 1998
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