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This website is a hoot - www.hoolet.org.uk

If you are a Scottish member of the RCGP, then you should know about this website. If you are a Scottish member of the RCGP and like owls, then add it to your favourites now because you are in for a treat, says Dr Bryan Palmer.

The bright orange homepage has a simple design with three pictures and three links (and an owl hooting if you have sound).

The first link takes you to the online version of the magazine for the RCGP in Scotland, and the second to the hoolet web extras. These are all the extra bits they could not squeeze into the latest hard copy. An overflow magazine, if you like.

The third link takes you to the aforementioned owls. Currently there are 48 pictures of various owls. A hoolet is, I believe, a Scottish name for an owl and the author encourages contributions to the site whether humorous, interesting or just plain owls.

The main magazine section is easy to navigate with good links to items in the current issue and to archives as far back as 1999.

The editorial is the first thing that greets you and this excellent article by Dr Chris Johnstone is well worth a read on its own.

My only criticism is that it does take time to scroll down the page to read all that is written but I am not aware of any easy solution to this.

Another item worth a look is the interesting list of web links - far more thought provoking than the average medical website. It is a hoot.

- Dr Palmer is now a GP in Australia.

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