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Human Statue Judges
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Australasian Law Awards gets some entertainment and wow factor with Human Statue Bodyart judge living statues at Sydney Town Hall…

The ALB Australasian Law Awards is the premier awards event for the Australian and New Zealand legal industry. It brings together under one roof more than 500 in-house counsels, private practitioners and industry leaders to celebrate excellence in the legal profession, recognising individuals, teams and companies for their outstanding achievements.

For the uninitiated, ALB stands for ‘Australasian Legal Business’, which is a leading trade publication from Thomson Reuters.

Last Thursday the awards came with some extra excitement and wow factor.

The legal world collaborated with the creative arts arts and entertainment world, as Sydney based Human Statue Bodyart created and provided 4 human statue ‘Living Judges’.

The prestigious event was so large that it took up two rooms. The human statues were in the ‘Vestibule’ room, while dinner for hundreds of guests was served in the adjoining ‘Centennial Hall’.

As far as we can ascertain, it was the first time that the Law Awards (or any other legal entity in Australia), has used human statues, living statues, or even done anything with bodypaint. From the excellent feedback received, it will not be the last time that the awards or legal sector in Australia uses statues from Human Statue Bodyart.

It’s understood that Thomson Reuters was the prime organiser of the event.

About Thomson Reuters…

Thomson Reuters is the world’s leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals.

Thomson Reuters is the world’s leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals. We combine industry expertise with innovative technology to deliver critical information to leading decision makers in the financial and risk, legal, tax and accounting, intellectual property and science and media markets, powered by the world’s most trusted news organization. With headquarters in New York and major operations in London and Eagan, Minnesota, Thomson Reuters employs approximately 60,000 people and operates in over 100 countries. Thomson Reuters shares are listed on the Toronto and New York Stock Exchanges. For more information, go to www.thomsonreuters.com

Websites

Human Statue Bodyart
www.humanstatuebodyart.com.au

Human Entertainment
www.humanentertainment.com.au

ALB Awards
www.albawards.com

Thomson Reuters
www.thomsonreuters.com

Thomson Reuters (Australia)
www.thomsonreuters.com.au

Sydney Town Hall
www.sydneytownhall.com.au

Media…

LAW IN ORDER PROUDLY SPONSORS THE ALB AUSTRALASIAN LAW AWARDS 2013…

Law In Order proudly sponsors the ALB Australasian Law Awards 2013.

The ALB Australasian Law Awards is the premier awards event for the Australian and New Zealand legal industry. It brings together under one roof more than 500 in-house counsels, private practitioners and industry leaders to celebrate excellence in the legal profession, recognising individuals, teams and companies for their outstanding achievements.

The ALB Australasian Law Awards return to the Sydney Town Hall on 30 May 2013 where all the winners will be announced.

Law In Order is a proud sponsor of 3 awards:
• Innovative Use of Technology
• Insurance Firm of The Year
• Employment Specialist Firm of The Year

We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate The 2013 ALB Award finalists and look forward to celebrating the big night with you all soon.

Gilbert + Tobin a multiple winner at prestigious ALB Law Awards 2013…

Gilbert + Tobin (G+T) won a total of five awards including Australian Deal of the Year at the ALB Law Awards 2013, hosted at Sydney Town Hall on May 30.

G+T was awarded Australian Deal of the Year for the Nine Entertainment Group restructure. The firm represented Nine Entertainment Co. in pulling the company back from the brink of receivership, resulting in a recapitalisation of A.4 billion.

Amanda Laing, Group General Counsel of Nine Entertainment Co. was awarded In-House Lawyer of the Year for her instrumental role in the restructure and sale of the ACP Magazines business. As a key member of the Nine executive team, Amanda was also recognised for establishing a joint venture between Nine and Fox sports for the NRL broadcasting rights.

G+T was also recognised with awards for Debt Market Deal of the Year for Fortescue Metals term Loan B financing, M&A Deal of the Year for Foxtel’s acquisition of Austar United Communications and Insolvency + Restructuring Deal of the Year for the Nine restructure.

In addition to the recognition for major deals over the past year, G+T was also awarded Sydney Law Firm of the Year.

G+T lawyers were also nominated for deal team and dealmaker of the year.

Managing Partner Danny Gilbert said, “We are delighted with the recognition as it reflects the calibre of our work and lawyers.”

The ALB Australasian Law Awards recognise and celebrate the achievements of the past year within the Australian legal industry.

More information

For further information on Gilbert + Tobin, please visit www.gtlaw.com.au

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Clayton Utz a finalist at 2013 ALB Australasian Law Awards…

Sydney, 14 May 2013: Clayton Utz is in the running for several awards at the 2013 ALB Australasian Law Awards, which recognise and celebrate the legal profession’s achievements and successes over a 12-month period.

Clayton Utz is a finalist for Corporate Citizen Firm of the Year, as well as being shortlisted in the Employee Health & Wellbeing and Innovative Use of Technology Award categories.

Several deals which completed in 2012 and on which Clayton Utz had key advisory roles have also been named finalists in their respective categories:

Energy and Resources Deal of the Year
Yancoal Australia and Gloucester Coal merger: Clayton Utz advised longstanding client Noble Group on a proposed A billion merger between Gloucester Coal and Yancoal Australia. Key partners: Rory Moriarty and Graham Taylor.

Ichthys LNG Project Financing: A Clayton Utz team advised Chubu Electric Power Co. on its acquisition of an interest in the Ichthys LNG Project, which will develop the Ichthys fields, located in the Browse Basin off-shore of Western Australia, for the production of LNG and condensate. Key partners: Kevin O’Sullivan and Adel van der Walt.

Equity Market Deal of the Year
Sell down of shares in QR National: Clayton Utz acted for Queensland Treasury Holdings on its A.5 billion sell-down of shares in ASX-listed QR National Limited. The sell-down comprised a A.5 billion block trade to institutional investors that settled 11 October, and a A billion buy-back by QR National (subject to shareholder approval). Key partners: Tim Reid and Stuart Byrne.

M&A Deal of the Year
Pacific Equity Partners’ acquisition of Spotless: Clayton Utz advised longstanding client Spotless Group Limited on its acquisition by Pacific Equity Partners. Our role included advising Spotless on all aspects of the scheme of arrangement, including the preparation of all transaction and disclosure documents. Clayton Utz also provided ongoing counsel to the Spotless Board, executive team and management throughout the process. Key partners: Rod Halstead, Karen Evans-Cullen and Andrew Walker.
Sydney Desalination Plant privatisation: Clayton Utz had a minor role advising Infigen on its involvement in the Sydney Desalination Plant. Key partner: Bruce Cooper.

Project Finance Deal of the Year
APLNG project financing: A Clayton Utz team advised APLNG and its sponsors in respect of the successful close of the US.5 billion financing for APLNG’s liquefaction plant and facilities on Curtis Island. The transaction is Australia’s largest ever project financing and the first time that the export finance arms of the United States and China (which together will contribute at least US billion of debt) have co-operated on an Australian project. Key partners: Bruce Cooper, Arch Fletcher and Stephen Fall.

New Zealand Deal of the Year
Haier’s acquisition of Fisher Paykel: Clayton Utz advised Haier Group on the Australian aspects of its acquisition of 20% of Fisher & Paykel Appliances. Key partner: John Elliott
Award winners will be announced at a gala function at Sydney Town Hall, Sydney, on Thursday 30 May. The Awards event is well attended by both private practice and in-house lawyers and other legal industry professionals from Australia and New Zealand.

Bell Gully welcomes recognition at Australasian law awards…

31 May 2013

Bell Gully’s 18-partner Corporate team was named New Zealand Deal Team of the Year at the 2013 ALB Australasian Law Awards held at the Sydney Town Hall on Thursday night.

The awards offered recognition of Bell Gully’s work on many of the leading transactions in 2012. The firm advised clients on all four of the transactions named as finalists for New Zealand Deal of the Year, including Vodafone’s acquisition of TelstraClear, Haier’s acquisition of Fisher & Paykel Appliances, the sale of AMI Insurance to IAG and the Fonterra Shareholders Fund IPO. The Fonterra IPO, which involved a number of New Zealand firms, won the New Zealand Deal of the Year category as well as the Australasian award for Equity Market Deal of the Year.

Last night’s wins reflected a total of nine finalist nominations for Bell Gully, more than were received by any other New Zealand law firm.

Roger Partridge, Chairman of Bell Gully, said the strong result reflected the firm’s ongoing efforts to deliver outstanding value and service to its clients in a competitive market.

"In a market where there is considerable choice, clients consistently select Bell Gully to advise on New Zealand’s biggest deals. That’s not just because of the value we add to our clients’ transactions, but a reflection of the trust they have gained in us as we have helped them and their businesses succeed day-to-day.”

"This result is a testament to strong client relationships, and we’d like to thank our clients for their ongoing support.”

The ALB awards recognise the key transactions in Australia and New Zealand in 2012 and the legal excellence among the firms that advised on them. The finalists were assessed against criteria including deal value, complexity, breadth and the degree to which the work involved groundbreaking, original legal techniques and structures.

About Bell Gully
Bell Gully’s team of over 200 lawyers combines market-leading corporate, commercial, financial services, tax, property and dispute resolution capability with a wide array of specialist skills. We work closely with many of New Zealand’s leading companies and are recognised as a leading New Zealand legal adviser in a number of independent international legal directories.

Websites

Human Statue Bodyart
www.humanstatuebodyart.com.au

Human Entertainment
www.humanentertainment.com.au

ALB Awards
www.albawards.com

Thomson Reuters
www.thomsonreuters.com

Thomson Reuters (Australia)
www.thomsonreuters.com.au

Sydney Town Hall
www.sydneytownhall.com.au

Everybody loves to purchase on line. Other shoppers like to visit the shops and purchase their Fathers Day gifts. This blog post is for everybody who hasn’t got time to do that and want to shop on the net. There are so many outlets that sell online, but discovering the correct shop for what you want to buy can be a very tricky task. Luckily for on line shoppers a clever website owner has made this problem a lot simpler.

The idea behind TheBigShoppingList.com is to have all of the greatest online shopping sites presented on one simple to navigate site. There are a lot of internet stores on the web, how will you ever remember all of their names. www.thebigshoppinglist.com eliminates this problem by keeping all of your favorite outlets on their website.

There are over 30 genres on the website including: Electrical, Clothing, Games, & Mobiles. To begin purchasing just visit the genre of the site you want to order products from, find a website you like the look of and click on its thumbnail to be redirected to that blog.

A superb feature about www.thebigshoppinglist.com is that every shop presented on the directory has its own personal profile page. On this page you can find info about delivery, gift wrapping services, phone ordering & other helpful information about the online shop. You can like the on line outlet on Facebook & even read comments from other shoppers.

Shoppers who enjoy on line shopping will absolutely love this website. It has everything that the modern internet shopper wants when purchasing presents or general shopping on the web. You should definitely stop by at the forum and take a long look around yourself, I am sure you will adore it. If you have your own on line outlet you can also get page on the directory. Just use the contact page to get your outlet listed on the guide.

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Article and Directory Submission – the duo of extra benefits for online business

Article and Directory Submission – the duo of extra benefits for online business

Cincinnati Bell Building
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Photo published in Information Week with photo by Elyce Feliz

The Cincinnati Bell Telephone Company building on West Seventh Street in Cincinnati, Ohio was completed in 1931. The Art Deco-style building was designed by Harry Hake, a Cincinnati architect.
The 12-story builidng was designed with floor heights of at least 12 feet to house the new telephone equipment.

A decorative border above the second story is lined with niches in which cut-stone French telephones alternate with headphones. Communication is further symbolized by several reliefs showing the ancient runner, Alexander Bells’s first telephone effort, flag signaling from a ship, and conventional representations of a woman with a hare, swan, and hawk. In the ornate marble lobby are gold-and-silver metal reliefs of figures symbolizing man’s art, industry, and conquest of space.

The Cincinnati Bell Telephone Building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1995.

www.cincinnatibell.com/aboutus/history/
The City and Suburban Telegraph Company, later Cincinnati Bell Telephone, was officially incorporated on July 5, 1873, becoming the first company in the city to provide direct communication between the city`s homes and businesses. Manufacturer and philanthropist Andrew Erkenbrecher became the company`s first president in 1874. Rates were fixed at 0 a year for one line.

By mid-1877, when the telephone was first demonstrated in Cincinnati, the Association was maintaining about 50 private telegraph lines between offices and plants or residences. Customers were equipped with a simple telegraph instrument and a code book, and young men who pedaled foot treadles served as operators and powered the call bells.

In September 1878, the City and Suburban Association signed a contract with the Bell Telephone Company of Boston (the nation`s first telephone service and manufacturing company) for a license to furnish Bell telephone service in the Queen City area. The Association then became the exclusive agent for Bell telephones within a 25-mile radius of Cincinnati.

Located at the corner of Fourth and Walnut streets downtown, Bell Telephonic Exchange was the first telephonic exchange in Ohio and the 10th in the nation. In 1879, the first telephone directory was published and the first line extended across the Suspension Bridge to Covington, Ky. Women, or "hello girls" who had to memorize all callers` names, took the place of men as operators, and 25 employees served more than 1,000 customers. A total of 145,392 calls had been recorded for the year.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cincinnati_Bell
Cincinnati Bell is one of only two American companies that continue to actively promote itself under the "Bell" name. As of August 2006, Cincinnati Bell has ceased all public usage of the last Bell logo, designed in 1969 by Saul Bass, simply opting to use a stylized, shadowed version of its corporate name on its website. The company had already removed the Bell logo from its telephone directories’ covers for some time.

The newsmagazine 60 Minutes reported in 1989 that Cincinnati Bell cooperated with local police to wiretap local residents in search of alleged communist or criminal activity from 1972 to 1984.

www.fundinguniverse.com/company-histories/CINCINNATI-BELL…

inventors.about.com/od/bstartinventors/a/telephone.htm

It is really vital for any online business to grow in online territory through listing it in various business directories into particular category or categories. You online business can get traffic, visibility and potential clients with the use of submission of directories.

In the day of past, people look for various services and businesses in the phone book when there was no internet. But today the scenario is different and the phone book has been replaced by online business directories where various businesses perform listing of business and you can find them just entering their name, type of products etc. By doing so, you will be able to know the basic information of businesses such as contact numbers and many other important information.

It allows you perform web directory submission, where you can submit your company in specific category and sub-category. When you perform web directory submission, you should be aware of the fact about the relevant categories that better define your business otherwise submitting in wrong category will not do any good to your efforts and to your business as well. You have to be prepared before doing free directory submission and know the categories clearly such as Business, Arts and Entertainment, Science, Health, Regional, Computers, Home, Kids and Teens, Games, News and many more that you can find while submitting your business on the listing.
Likewise the benefits of web directory, article directory submission can prove to be really beneficial for your business. There are many advantages of article directory submission that boosts the performance of your website by providing quality backlinks ..It enhances the visibility and traffic of the website. If you post your articles in different specific categories, it does lots of good to your business. The links you leave while submitting your article in various article listing fetches you quality traffic. You can post your articles on various available websites where your can submit your articles in different categories. Some of the best websites where you can post your articles are known as: ezinearticles.com, buzzle.com, suite101.com, articlealley.com, squidoo.com, articlebase.com, ehow.com, hubpages.com, articleclick.com, goarticles.com and many to support you 24 hours. Whenever you are free you can post your articles there and see the difference in a week.
You regular involvement into article directory submission and free directory submission can bring you with unexpected positive results. So be with these activities on regular basis.

submitwebsitedirectory.com offers online business to Article Directory Submission. Moreover, with the use of the website you can also perform Free Directory Submission.

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Linking Through The World Of Online Web Directories

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World record attempt at the Havaianas Australia Day Thong Challenge
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Australia Day 2012 At Bondi Beach, Sydney – Havaianas Thong Challenge

About 120,000 Australians enjoyed much of their Australia Day at Bondi Beach today, with over 1000 purchasing giant Havaianas thongs.

The overcast conditions prevented the participants from breaking last years world record of 2068 giant inflatable Havaianas in a line but there was no shortage of enthusiasm.

North Bondi foundation nipper Paul Mangioni and current nipper Duke Wieland didn’t let the wet weather and muggy conditions stop them from having a go.

Bondi Beach, Bronte, and Tamarama beaches and parks were all alcohol-free zones, in a preventive measure to stop any trouble before it started – thong bearer or not.

This years Havaianas Thong Challenge was a little different – From the beach to the backyard was the pitch.

The thong challenge organisers are keen to see your photos from the beach with their thong and photos can be submitted via their Havaianas Australia Facebook.

2012 Beach activities included:

Havaianas Paddle Challenge (Paddling Race)
Havaianas Dash For Thongs (Beach Flags)
Giant Havaianas Relay (Running Race)

Most folks were happy just to enjoy a swim and have a bit of a sun bake, with the organisers there garner publicity.

Having a go is the Aussie way, so well done to everyone for spending some time at beautiful Bondi Beach today.

Websites

Havaianas Thong Challenge: Australia Day 2012
www.havaianasthongchallenge.com.au

Waverley Council
www.waverley.nsw.gov.au

Eva Rinaldi Photography Flickr
www.flickr.com/evarinaldiphotography

Eva Rinaldi Photography
www.evarinaldi.com

Music News Australia
www.musicnewsaustralia.com

Bondi Beach Directory
www.bondibeachdirectory.com

When it comes to internet marketing, a very usual concept of popularizing the website is through the submission in a web directory.

A web directory is a link directory on the World Wide Web which is categorized in nature. A directory is a way of linking to other web sites based on categories and sub categories. The categorization of web sites listed is done on the basis of defined set of categories.

While submitting a web site link, a form is usually used to fill in the details of the website and the submission is generally based on editors who review the content of the link submitted. The relevancy of the link determines the validity of the submission i.e. if a real estate link is submitted to (say) Jewelry category of a web directory, the link would not be accepted and will invalidate the submission.

Directories are basically of three types: Free, Paid and Reciprocal. As the name suggests, free directories take in the information as such and allows your site to get listed in the relevant category. The only disadvantage to this type of submission is that it does not provide a permanent link back to your site. Your link will be moved to a page with no page rank or is removed after sometime. Paid directories, on the other hand, charge a nominal fee which helps in assuring that your link is placed in the relevant category. Reciprocal directory submissions demand a link back for your link. The selection of a web directory depends upon the search engine friendliness of the directory. The quality of a website directory is another important criterion to look for as a low quality directory can leave a negative impact on the site submitted. It is always beneficial to select industry specific web directory for submission.

For the purpose of submitting your site link, you need to create a valid email account in the directory so as to avoid spam or to make directory editors notify you of any concerns with your link submissions.

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Bristol: Surfing along the Avon
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Led by his research on the internet, Richard Robinson spends a couple of days discovering Bristol

2002 I ALMOST missed Cinema Paradiso – a handful of film buffs had turned up for the start of the film, but the usherette had not. Would anyone volunteer to stand in for her? Hand me that flashlight, I said. The show must go on.

It had been an interesting couple of days in Bristol. What I did was this: I typed "Bristol" into my computer, clicked on "search" and released a landslide of websites, a jumble of sensible, unusual and outlandish ideas. I picked those that looked promising, opened them up and followed where they led.

Bristol Ki Akaido and Combat Karate were not really me, and I also skipped the Bristol Ravers Directory. Bristol Victim Aid was one I hoped I could do without, while the intriguing Bristol-Myers Squibb turned out to be a medical site, in Italian.

Something about improving and prolonging human life.

Fascinating, but outside the practical scope of my trip.
Hotel du Vin appeared persistently, under various headings.

A newly opened hotel converted from an 18th-century sugar mill, du Vin billed itself part of "The Alternative Hotel Company", which sounded just right for my purposes.

Cycling and cyclepaths also figured strongly under "Bristol", and I decided to cover at least some of the ground by bike. I ordered a street map from the specialist suppliers, CycleCity.

Accommodation and transport were now arranged.

The busy road opposite Hotel du Vin had been built over a river, where a century ago sailing boats berthed. I crossed over, walked between modern office blocks and went through the Gateway of Saint John.

The medieval city wall disappeared long ago, but the lone archway survives. Beyond is a quiet enclave and a pedestrian crossroads, at dead centre of the compact Old Bristol, where once stood an elaborately sculpted High Cross.

Along the way were alleys, yards and courts where merchants’ guilds once flourished. I learnt this from the internet, these bits of history embedded in the modern city.
Behind one antique frontage was something altogether of the present. The slick interior of the NetGates Internet Cafe was all curved lines, restful blues and recessed lighting. While sipping a cappuccino I surfed around a few Bristol sites.

I found an image of Ricart’s Plan of Bristol, 1479, showing the High Cross barely 50 yards from where I sat, towering above leaning, timber-framed houses. It was relocated centuries ago, when it became a hindrance to traffic – a problem which, like the poor, has always been with Bristol.

It was moved again before being given away as an estate ornament, but a replica had been installed in another part of the city. I would try to track it down later.

The Bristol I was rediscovering was quite different from the Bristol I remembered, and the improvement had been brought about largely by the regeneration of its docklands.

There were miles of quays and wharfs along Bristol’s "floating harbour", a five-mile tract of river isolated by locks and basins.

The bike proved useful, manoeuvring over old railway lines, clattering across old swing bridges and sinuous new ones of stainless steel.

Past the Industrial Museum and the collection of retired fireboats and tugs, the port installations of Spike Island extended to the fringes of the city. In a crumbling red-brick warehouse I saw the West Country Salvage Company ("We strip for you"), before crossing a disused railway bridge on to the Avon Gorge Walkway.

From the riverside walkway it looked insubstantial, almost wispy. The Clifton Suspension Bridge was now hundreds of feet overhead. A muddy climb through the wilderness of Leigh Woods – just a mile from the noise of the city – brought me to the dizzying bridge, whose twin towers appeared quite suddenly from among the trees.

On the stone tower was a thoughtful sign saying "The Samaritans Care", with a telephone number and directions to the nearest call-box. I set off on the slender crossing, 250 feet above the chasm.

The genteel Regency terraces of Clifton resounded to the smash and clatter of the bottle recycling bins as I cruised downhill to Hotwells, Clifton’s less prestigious neighbour.

In a steep amphitheatre facing the Avon, this was once a spa resort, where victims of pulmonary consumption came to take the warm waters. A colonnaded remnant of the old spa and the redundant funicular station were all that remained of the resort.

I stopped for a bacon sandwich and a cup of Earl Grey at the Hope Centre, a Congregational Chapel saved by the local community in the 1970s. Lady Hope financed the building of the chapel, before she succumbed to consumption, and was buried in a vault beneath the floor.

The curative waters business enjoyed only brief success – too few clients survived their stay – but Hotwells has regenerated itself as an arty, semi-gentrified neighbourhood.

Over a footbridge, on a strip of ground between the muddy river and the thundering traffic, I located the bust of "The seaman’s friend". Samuel Plimsoll of Bristol saved more lives than the lifejacket – his line eliminated the lethal overloading of ships, which used to be commonplace.

Back uphill, along terraces of bright-coloured houses, I regained the heights of Clifton. I visited the Triangle Second-hand Bookshop, a cinematic exhibition at the Museum and Art Gallery and another, on fairgrounds, at the Architecture Centre. I also discovered the descendant of the city’s original High Cross – a risible miniature, tucked into an insignificant corner of a square and overlooked by lawyers’ offices.

A patchy array of options for evening entertainment had suggested themselves on the Net: wrestling at the Colston Hall; Bristol Morris Men’s practice night (I don’t think so) . . . I opted for the film Cinema Paradiso (in Italian, with subtitles) at the Arnolfini, in a converted tea warehouse on Narrow Quay – and my career as a cinema usher briefly bloomed. It came as a relief not to be called upon to sell ice creams in the interval.

Afterwards I tracked down the nearby Llandoger Trow, a Jacobean pub with ship’s figureheads and flashing gaming machines inside, where Daniel Defoe reputedly met his inspiration for Robinson Crusoe. I enjoyed a pint here, then another across the water at The Ostrich which, oddly for a pub, had a cave in one corner.

Next morning, I went to look for The Violin Shop, also on the Net, and near my hotel. Where would my short journey lead me? Past a modern office woven into the ruined gothic arches of Saint Bartholomew’s Hospital; up 17th-century Christmas Steps, past map, stamp, and musical instrument shops to the road above, where a magic and joke shop came before a micro-brewery, which was followed by the violin-maker. I had walked into a small world of specialities reminiscent of medieval times.

Here was a city where successive generations had built over the ruins of the last, the architectural deck well and truly shuffled.

Church towers and spires, despite the attentions of Luftwaffe and developers, were still prominent on the skyline, particularly from my viewpoint on the mounds of Castle Park. Turning through 360 degrees, I could see the history of the built environment.

Castle foundations and sally ports pushed through the turf. St Peter’s Church stood open to the sky, as it has since the bombing of 1940. There was the floating harbour, the old brewery, the wharves and the quays against a backdrop of ugly modern hotels and offices.

I followed the waterfront along a street called Welsh Back. I had to find a gap between buildings, cross gangplanks and stamp on a cabin roof to keep my next appointment, with the Bristol Ferry Boat Company.

Ian and Allison have operated a waterbus service between Hotwells and Temple Meads for 22 years. This being the quiet season, I found them at the Dutch Barge Tempora. Inside the steel hull was a second, much smaller boat, being repainted in the yellow-and-blue livery of the company.

"Welcome to the Mother Ship," said a boiler-suited Allison as Ian showed me round. It so happened that mine was the first e-mail they had received, which earned me an unofficial tour.

I didn’t manage to visit Brunel’s SS Great Britain, Cabot’s sailing ship, Harveys Wine Cellars or Bristol Zoo.

My through-the-Net approach had, though, uncovered a tantalising slice of "alternative" Bristol.

Before I left NetGates, I came up with a site called "The 35 Bristol’s". It seems most of them are in the USA. I leaned close and gazed into the screen. I could foresee the start of another, much longer journey.

Where to stay

Hotel du Vin & Bistro (0117 925 5577), Sugar House, Narrow Lewin’s Mead, Bristol BS1 2NU. A city-centre oasis, stylish and relaxing, with one of the best restaurants in town.

Directory submission is one of the most proven methods of getting a website noticed on the internet. It is a marketing tool that rarely goes wrong. Today, every website tries to get its URL submitted into two or more directories. This ensures visibility in searches. Non-directory sites are rarely picked up by search engines.

What Is Directory Submission?

A web directory is like a yellow page on the World Wide Web. There are many directories available on the site. Directory submission involves the submission of the site URL to the web directory. The URL and site details are categorically arranged under various heads. People who are interested may browse and click on the URL under the relevant category to go to the website. Directory submission usually involves the creation of back links. Clicking on these links takes the person to the website of the business. This increases the traffic in the site and is also good for the business. These links have to be created with care in order to function properly and take the user to the right page. For this to happen, it is essential to employ the services of a directory submission service.

Directory Submission Services

A reputed directory submission services company will carry out only manual submission to the directories. Automated submission permits submission to several directories at one time but does not always ensure quality in submission. Manual directory submission means that the company hired takes great care to fill the form one by one and work is done with precision. This includes a careful selection of the categories under which the website should appear as well as selection of an apt title for the URL. Directory submission in this way also ensures that the website is submitted only to a select few directories. They also carry out proper research to find out which key words should be included in the title to get more hits under the category and add those words.

Automated submission may result in the website being blacklisted as a spammer by search engines as they have the habit of submitting the same URL to too many directories. This is because automated submissions are carried out by software and it does not use common sense and intelligence to group the sites. It just does it as per certain preset parameters. This could go wrong on many occasions. A submission service that carries out automated submission should always be avoided. Manual submission can be considered as the first step towards effective link building and making one’s company known in the virtual world. Another advantage of services that do manual submission is that they charge a lower rate than those who carry out automated submission even though the work involved in manual submission is more cumbersome.

The biggest advantage of directory submission is the fact that it ultimately leads to search engine indexing. Proper directory submission means that the search engine spiders will select the links provided in the submission. This results in indexing by the search engines and in turn increases the number of visitors on the site which means more earnings.

www.wlmarketing.com is a reputed directory submission website. The site provides directory submission service for clients in an efficient and cost effective manner.