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In July last year, an estimated three billion people watched one of the 10 Live 8 concerts that took place around the world to highlight the issue of African debt and urge the world's political leaders to 'make poverty history'.

Live 8 Live is a website designed to maintain the momentum of the Make Poverty History campaign in 2006. It has retained the instantly recognisable MPH initials in its latest mantra - make promises happen.

Main pages

From the Live 8 logo - a guitar in the shape of Africa - to the sky blue background, the homepage looks great. It's not a massively detailed site, but it does what it's there to do. 'The story so far' gives visitors a round-up of the progress made in 2005, while 'make promises happen' sets out the campaign's aims and key dates for 2006.

Along with all the latest news on leading issues such as Aids, education and trade, the site also gives site visitors the chance to email the Kremlin and ask Vladimir Putin (this year's G8 president) to ensure that the pledges made last year are fulfilled.

Special features

'Watch this' is an enjoyable section that offers a highlights package of the campaign's achievements to date and the chance to view the subsequently controversial 'click' advert. The homepage offers Gleneagles crazy golf, a quirky board game starring the G8 leaders in a race to see if they will keep their promises. The game, recently featured in The Independent, is available to download as a pdf.

Live 8 says:

"We relaunched the site with fresh content to make sure the G8 leaders are aware that the pressure is still on. We want Putin to know that the eyes of the world are watching him."

Site Visit is by Tony Hodson.

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