useful (and not often standard/common) Links

February 2017 - 200+ (some may have died)

NB: their description of their website


1   Culture

2   Writing & Publishing

3   Encyclopaedia, Dictionary, etc.

4   Transport

5   Politics

6   IT

7   Health

8   Telephones

9   Consumer

10  Photography

11  Mapping

12  Radio

13  Misc



1 Culture

Home | Culture24

Latest news, exhibition reviews, links, museum and gallery event listings and education resources from thousands of UK museums, art galleries, heritage sites, archives and libraries, all in one place.

The Lecture List

The Poetry Library | Competitions

Poetry Library at the Southbank Centre is the most comprehensive and accessible collection of poetry from 1912 in Britain. We are also the major library for modern and contemporary poetry funded by the Arts Council England.

SoundCloud - Share Your Sounds

Create, record and share the sounds you create anywhere to friends, family and the world with SoundCloud, the world's largest community of sound creators.

LibraryThing | Catalog your books online

LibraryThing catalogs your books online, easily, quickly and for free.

That's How The Light Gets In | Books, exhibitions, films, music, places – anything that inspires. Here so I don't forget.

Books, exhibitions, films, music, places - anything that inspires. Here so I don't forget. (by Gerry)

Art cyclopedia: The Fine Art Search Engine

The Artcyclopedia is an index of online museums and image archives: find where the works of over 8,000 different fine artists can be viewed online.

Chortle : The UK Comedy Guide

Chortle : The UK Comedy Guide

AllMusic | Music Search, Recommendations, Videos and Reviews

AllMusic provides comprehensive music info including reviews and biographies. Get recommendations for new music to listen to, stream or own.

UK Literary Festivals.350+ annual event details. 250 Book Award Results. 1800 book authors. Book Fairs. England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, International.Links to Literary Festival websites.

Dates and details of over 350 Literary Festivals throughout England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales and 100 more in Australia. 250 Book Awards details of 1800+ authors

Home | Art UK

Discover artworks, Explore venues and Meet artists. Art UK is the online home for every public artwork in the UK. Featuring over 200,000 oil paintings by some 38,000 artists.

TV Guide UK TV Listings - UK's No 1 TV Listing site for Freeview, Sky, Virgin Media, Freesat & BT Vision

TV listings at TV Guide UK the UK's No 1 TV Listings site showing your TV listings in an easy to read grid format.

Festive 50 - Lists between 1976 and 2000 «

Europeana - Homepage

London Films by LondonNet

Time Out London - what's on: including music, theatre, film, restaurants, art, night clubs and exhibitions. Plus tickets, maps and hotels

Highlights this month's events in London and provides details of accommodation, sightseeing and eating & drinking in London. Weekly entertainment listings, travel features, online shop and special offers.

The Poetry Library | Competitions

Poetry Library at the Southbank Centre is the most comprehensive and accessible collection of poetry from 1912 in Britain. We are also the major library for modern and contemporary poetry funded by the Arts Council England.

Search Britain On Film | 1,000s of archive movies from across the UK — BFI Player

Watch your favourite films online on PC and Mac desktop with the official BFI Player. We feature handpicked cherished and contemporary films. No subscription required.

Free Online Courses - FutureLearn

Join 3,608,453 people learning together at FutureLearn. Enjoy free online courses from top universities and specialist organisations. Start learning now.

Greeneland the world of Graham Greene


2 Writing & Publishing

BBC - An Introduction to Screenwriting - Free online course - Writers Room

Deadline: Course starts 29th February 2016, sign up now. A free online course for new and experienced writers built by the University of East Anglia’s School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing and funded by Creative Skillset via the FutureLearn platform.

BBC Writersroom

BBC Writersroom. 2,709 likes · 225 talking about this. Want to write for the BBC? Get top tips on script writing, and find out about opportunities and...

An Introduction to Screenwriting - UEA (University of East Anglia)

This free online course explores the key concepts and fundamental principles involved in the process of screenwriting.

To do - An Introduction to Screenwriting - UEA (University of East Anglia)

Enjoy free online courses from leading UK and international universities.

BBC - Opportunities - Writers Room

Contemporary Writers in the UK - Contemporary Writers

This unique, searchable database contains up-to-date profiles of some of the UK and Commonwealth's most important living writers - biographies, bibliographies, critical reviews, prizes and photographs. Searchable by author, genre,...

Welcome to Super Shorts

BBC - Writersroom - Opportunities

Opportunities 7 on 7 Deadline: 27 February 09 Wanted: writers for a new BBC radio topical sketch show. The Alfred Bradley Bursary Award Deadline: 27 - the playwrights database of modern plays

Database of plays and playwrights, whose aim is to list all playwrights and their plays, written, adapted or translated into English. Home

Home — NEW WRITING THEATRE – UK – Paines Plough Theatre Company

12 and Holding Script at IMSDb.

12 and Holding script at the Internet Movie Script Database.

Mandy's Film and TV Production Directory - television - video - broadcast

Film TV Broadcast Production resource: film television production jobs, casting calls, facilities listed by territory, equipment classified ads, film sales.

HOME - Spread the Word - Literature Development for London

Welcome To - Sponsored by the Arts Council

Welcome To - Sponsored by the Arts Council

The Short Story website

BBC - Writersroom - Newsjack

Newsjack The BBC have a new topical sketch show, and it's open to everyone to write for. Newsjack takes a comical look at the week's news stories. The pilot airs on

Smashwords – Ebooks from independent authors and publishers

Self Publishing | Book Publishing Company - AuthorHouse UK

AuthorHouse UK book publisher enables all writers to become self-published authors through leadership in supported self publishing services, marketing, sales and technology.

Submit — Popshot Magazine

Popshot is an illustrated literary magazine that publishes short stories, flash fiction, and poetry from the literary new blood.


3 Encyclopaedia, Dictionary, etc.

Encyclopædia Britannica

Main Page - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Main Page - Citizendium

Online Etymology Dictionary | Find Synonyms and Antonyms of Words at - the largest and most trusted free online thesaurus brought to you by Quickly find synonyms and antonyms.

Welcome to the world's largets online encyclopedia of symbols, signs, ideograms, glyphs and flags - organized by culture, country, religion, and more.

The World Factbook (CIA)

World Religions Religion Statistics Geography Church Statistics is a growing collection of church membership and religion adherent statistics. Over 44,000 statistics for over 4,300 faith groups from all world religions, major religions and most minor religions, listing number of adherents, number of congregations, and number of countries. Includes both world totals and regional/country breakdowns.

Our World In Data

Home - Eurostat

• Statista - The Statistics Portal for Market Data, Market Research and Market Studies

Find statistics, consumer survey results and industry studies from over 18,000 sources on over 60,000 topics on the internet's leading statistics database

4 Transport

National Rail Enquiries - Latest travel news

The gateway to Britain's National Rail network. A portal into UK rail travel including train company information and promotions; train times; fares enquiries; ticket purchase and train running information.

National Rail Enquiries - Future engineering work

Rail engineering works and train delays. Check for current and planned engineering works and joureny disruptions on your rail network and best alternative routes.

traveline national portal - - low cost inter city train travel

ATOC - Routeing Guide

National Express // Home

Budget Airline FlightChecker tells you when to go for the cheapest price:

Find the cheapest budget airline flights with Martin Lewis's new and updated flightchecker

Google Flights

Find cheap flights in seconds, explore destinations on a map and sign up for fare alerts on Google Flights.

The Man in Seat Sixty-One - the train travel guide...

How to travel by train or ferry from the UK into Europe & worldwide... Train times, fares, how to buy tickets, advice & information.

Cheap Train Tickets, Split Fares & Times -

For the best deals on cheap train tickets, split ticketing, train & hotel breaks with up to 80% for all UK train operators and routes, compare cheap train tickets at Raileasy.

Free split ticket tool for advanced & walk-on train tickets - MSE

Find the cheap train tickets, including a split ticket smartphone app, find out when to book & get railcard discounts with Money Saving Expert. - Live flight tracker!

Flightradar24 is the best live flight tracker that shows air traffic in real time. Best coverage and cool features!

Live Ships Map - AIS - Vessel Traffic and Positions

Vessel positions tracking based on AIS data. Real-time ship locations and port arrivals departures

Bike & Go

Railfuture | Welcome to Railfuture

Home — Bus Users UK

Bus Users UK champions the rights of bus and coach users. Find out how we work for making bus travel a viable choice for all.

4a Transport - London

Transport for London Journey Planner

Single fare finder - Transport for London

Live tube & train

London Bus Routes

Live London bus map

Live map of London Underground trains

Find fares between any two stations in London


5 Politics

All today's politics in one place | Front Page | PoliticsHome

PoliticsHome - The latest political news, opinion and press releases live from Westminster


Comprehensive list of all Leaders of countries, colonies, and other territories. Including flags, maps, anthems, political parties, and dates of birth and death


Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments


6 IT

Convert Host Name to IP Address

WHOIS Search provides domain registration information from Network Solutions

IP Address Trace


ARIN: WHOIS Database Search

JavaScript RSS Box Viewer 1.0.5

Alexa the Web Information Company

Alexa - The Web Information Company. Services: Alexa Web Information Service - information about the Web available via Web Services; Alexa Toolbar - get information about each site you visit; Alexa Search Engine - built on the Alexa crawl; Alexa Site Info Pages - detailed information about Web sites, like traffic details, contact info, related links and more.

Monitor Calibration

Are things looking murky? Maybe you need to calibrate your monitor! - The Global Broadband Speed Test

Test your Internet connection bandwidth to locations around the world with this interactive broadband speed test

7 Health

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

National Library of Medicine - National Institutes of Health

The National Library of Medicine (NLM), on the campus of NIH in Bethesda, Maryland, is the world's largest medical library. It collects materials in all major areas of the health sciences and to a lesser degree in such areas as chemistry, physics, botany and zoology. The collections stand at 5 million items--books, journals, technical reports, manuscripts, microfilms, photographs and images. Housed within the Library is one of the world's finest medical history collections of old (pre-1914) and rare medical texts, manuscripts, and incunabula.


NHS Choices Home Page

NHS Choices homepage, Your Health Your Choices

8 Telephones

PhonepayPlus - check a number

Check a premium rate number or text short code on your bill. Find the name of the service and how much it charges.

SAYNOTO0870.COM - Non-Geographical Alternative Telephone Numbers


9 Consumer

Currency Converter | Currency Convertor for all Currencies - Yahoo! Finance UK

Cheap Travel Money: Get your foreign currency for less with the Travel Money Maximiser

The Travel money Maximiser spiders online forex providers and finds you the cheapest, includes all the major UK Banks & Travelex. - Compare supermarket prices | Online supermarket shopping | Save Money on Top Offers

Online food & grocery shopping at mySupermarket makes supermarket price comparison and saving easier for you. Compare groceries, health and beauty products prices and save money while shopping online from Tesco, ASDA, Sainsbury's , Ocado, Waitrose, Boots or Superdrug.

Cheap Energy Club - Permanently save on Gas and Electricity


10 Photography

Artlog / Twelve Ways to Gain Visibility in the Fine Art Photography World

Artlog brings people and information together to enrich the experience of art


2point8: a wide-open view on the practice of street photography by Michael David Murphy, While Seated

FOTO8, the home of photojournalism

FOTO8 - the home of photojournalism. Online , in Print and on Display., 8 magazine, HOST gallery.

SLR Camera Simulator | Simulates a digital SLR camera

This SLR camera simulator shows you visually how ISO speed, aperture, shutter speed, and distance affect the outcome of your digital photos.

Editorial Photographers UK | Stolen photographs: what to do? (page 8 of 8)

Your copyright, what you are entitled to claim from an infringer, and how to assemble and present a claim, are all discussed in detail…

HCSP | Format

Photo copyright boost set to open online ‘floodgates’ | Amateur Photographer

Copyright law breakers, including those who regard online photos as easy prey, face a potential flood of lawsuits from photographers now equipped with an easier and cheaper legal process.

Photo Print Finder: Compare free & cheap photo print deals

Compare free & cheap photo print deals

Find Images for Blogs & Social Media with Embed | Getty Images

Getty Images' embed feature lets you share images on blogs and social media. Embed photos and get attribution links already formatted for you.

British Journal of Photography - Competition deadlines

Photography magazine for professional photographers. Includes pics, reviews, weekly news, photo temp.htmls, competitions etc. World's oldest (est 1854) photography mag.

Online Image Editor | Pixlr Express | Autodesk Pixlr

Pixlr Express is our most popular web-based photo editor that makes editing photos easy. Apply overlays, filters, and stickers to make any photo beautiful.

Bust Card - I'm a Photographer, not a Terrorist

Download our Bust Card for photographers for using when you get Stop and Searched by the police


11 Mapping

The Mapping London Blog | Highlighting the best London maps


12 Radio

Radio | Monocle

Listen live to Monocle 24, or browse our archive of podcasts covering news, foreign affairs, business, culture, design, urbanism, food & drink, print media and more.

Resonance FM


13 Misc

World Flag Database: Welcome

The first stop for accurate flags of the world, including national flags, ensigns, military flags and head-of-state flags, with beautiful illustrations. Loved by teachers, parents, students and diplomats alike.

Media UK: British tv, radio, newspapers and magazines; contacts, news and discussions

Media UK contains full listings of all British media websites, jobs, and news.

Find a lost pension - GOV.UK

Food Standards Agency - Search for food hygiene ratings

Eating out? Getting food in? Check the food hygiene rating. Find out if a restaurant, takeaway or food shop you want to visit has good food hygiene standards. the UK's local search engine - search for UK businesses is the UK's local search engine, providing access to classified business information, including business websites, addresses, phone numbers and detailed maps and directions for your local area and locations throughout the UK. - login with these free web passwords to bypass compulsory registration

Access and share logins for websites that require you to register in order to view content.

Derelict London - Derelict London homepage

This is not a compilation of familiar tourist sights, as another of those is hardly needed, but a depiction of an (often un-picturesque) view of everyday life in London

Royal Mail’s online Postcode finder

With Royal Mail’s Postcodes online you can find any postcode or address within the UK from our database of 27 million addresses.

Lost Accounts

Lost Accounts

How to charge - when to charge table

wikirage: What's hot now on wikipedia

This site lists the pages in Wikipedia which are receiving the most edits per unique editor over various periods of time. Not to be confused with Wiki Rage ;)

VAT number check- EUROPA site - Validation

Vies/Web Validation

eHow | How To Do Just About Everything! | How To Videos & Articles

Learn how to do just about everything at eHow. Expert Village is now a part of eHow, adding expert How To videos to eHow, the world's most popular place to find How To instructions and articles.

HowStuffWorks "Learn How Everything Works!"

HowStuffWorks explains thousands of topics, from engines to lock-picking to ESP, with video and illustrations so you can learn how everything works.

Ward Atlas 2011

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Duedil | Search Companies House Information For Free

Duedil provides a one-stop shop for business information and intelligence. Access and browse free database information around company financials in the UK and Ireland.

Municipal Dreams

(by Municipal Dreams)

Repair Manuals for Every Thing - iFixit

Repair your electronics yourself. iFixit is the repair manual you can edit. We sell tools, parts and upgrades for Apple Mac, iPod, iPhone, iPad, and MacBook as well as game consoles.

The London Football Guide

BugMeNot: share logins

Access and share logins for websites that require you to register in order to view content.

British and Irish Legal Information Institute

OpenGeoscience | Free data | British Geological Survey (BGS)

Free service: view & download maps, photographs and reports.

plotly | Analyze and visualize data, together

plotly is an online collaborative data analysis and graphing tool. Make and share interactive scatter, line, bar, area, error bars, heatmaps, box plots, and histograms online. Upload or copy-and-paste Excel spreadsheets, CSVs, text files, MATLAB data files, MS Access files. Import data from Google Drive and Dropbox. Graph from Python, IPython, and NumPy, MATLAB, R-Statistical Package, Julia Language, Perl. Stream data from Arduino's and RaspberryPi's. Perform basic statistics, chi-squared tests, T-tests, and ANOVA. Run Python in an online-console.


Media Lens - Media Lens - News Analysis and Media Criticism

News analysis and media criticism

Magazine Subscriptions UK | Buy Gift, Discount & Cheap Magazine Subscriptions

The No. 1 site for 1,200+ discount Magazine Subscriptions. SAVE up to 94% off shop prices - free UK delivery. Free gifts, special offers and exclusive deals on selected titles

Internet Archive: Wayback Machine

Defra, Noise Mapping England

United Kingdom Air Quality Monitoring Stations Free real-time Air Pollution information - for more than 60 countries in the World

Immobilise The National Property Register, for Phones, Gadgets, Bicycles & More...

Immobilise is the world's largest free register of possession ownership details. Millions of users have phones, bikes, computers, gadgets and other valuables recorded, helping the police fight property crime. of return


The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office is the power behind the Admiralty brand of global navigational products and services

Wires | Mail Online

Trademark Search Online for Free | Register a Trademark and File Your Trademark Application Online | Online Corporations, Trademark Services, and others

Trademarkia - the largest search engine for trademarks. Free Trademark Search Online. File and register your trademark to protect your business name or product name.

London Datastore – Greater London Authority

Calendar Customs - Map

Companies House service

Free company information from Companies House including registered office address, filing history, accounts, annual return, officers, charges, business activity

Home - Subterranea Britannica

Subterranea Britannica is a society devoted to the study and investigation of man-made (including Nuclear Bunkers) and man-used underground places.

London Pavement Geology

London Pavement Geology - London Pavement Geology

Local Elections Archive Project

An archive of local election results in Great Britain since 2002. 2002-14 complete, 2015 onwards being worked on.

About :: OBNB, the Open British National Bibliography

About at OBNB, the Open British National Bibliography.

London Air Quality Network - King's College London

London Air Quality Network

UK Power Networks - Mobile Site - Current Network Incidents

Anonymouse Proxy

Don't want to give them your real email? Use a temporary email. No registration, lasts 60 mins. Protection from Spam