The slight disruption is service has been down to a [music festival – very good](http://www.rhythmfestival.net/) – and quick visit to the lakes to celebrate my mum’s 60th.

Whist up there I came across one of those ‘guide to the web’ books from 2000 and this page caught my eye

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Google, a future champ
A nice Google Beta(!) screen shot and text that reads

Google is a highly promising newcomer, with a large database, an intelligent system of ranking hits by relevancy(popularity), and local cache access to pages that have disappeared since its crawl or are otherwise unavailable.Check it out, as it looks set to become a future champ

That was 8 years ago…

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