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Do you like cats? Try a visit to Moggies. Also explore the entire messybeast cats site - now reduced accessability so here is the 2013 Archive copy Messybeast (archive copy from archive.org). I have the lyrics of a song about cats.
A short glossary of Indian menu items || Online guide to traditional games including dominoes, mancala, board games...

Internet Pinball DataBase || If Owls interest you, a really fine site to visit is Owlpages.com

Mazes and Labyrinths are well covered at Labyrinthos who publish an annual magazine which I have been reading for 23 years now (pre-internet!). You can buy the magazine which is called Caerdroia, without using THAT American owned payment provider, by using a cheque, send to address at the bottom of this page- Labyrinthos orders


Traditional folklore can be read at Folklore and Mythology Electronic Texts. The news media seem to carry a health scare story of the day every day, to find out if the stories have any factual element (most are horribly misleading) you can check out NHS UK Behind the Headlines
Lots of Nursery Rhymes || The individual stories from Andrew Langs fine collection of folk tales from the world- misdescribed as fairy tales- can be read on Mythfolklore.

Help!

Note: Initial reports are that the internet censorship (filters) mandated by our government are blocking some of the help sites below - domestic abuse help sites in particular are faring badly. If you receive a "denied" message for any site listed below, report this to your ISP and ask them to fine tune their filters. Your account holder may also be able to whitelist individual sites.

Childline- phone 0800 1111 help for children. Calls to Childline are always free and not shown on bills. Strongly recommend: In your browser turn on private browsing, turn off third party cookies, scripts and frames. Ignore the dangerous Childline message and keep javascript OFF.

Family Lives help for parents - 0808 800 2222. 9am-9pm Mon-Fri, 10-3 Sat-Sun.
The NSPCC website has been redesigned and finding the important information is quite hard- the information is in the heading "Preventing Abuse" BUT uses dodgy CSS to give you a detailed menu- move the cursor into and out of the "Preventing Abuse" box. Here is a sitemap page NSPCC site map - look down to the P's for Preventing Abuse. Even if you only have suspicions of physical, sexual or emotional abuse of a child, it is far better to share your concerns by calling the NSPCC helpline on 0808 800 5000.
The National Crime Agency (UK) Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command have established a more parent friendly web site than their own main webpage, called Parentinfo with many articles of assistance in helping carers protect children from online dangers. (Archived copy of parentinfo- main site was missing on 5/6/16 but came back.)


The 116 telephone range has been set aside for free telephone calls to important help lines with the idea that the numbers are valid throughout Europe. However an organisation has to provide the service and is appointed on a country by country basis- so it can take many years to roll the numbers out across Europe. Here are a couple now valid in the UK:

Missing People is on 116 000 (free UK telephone number) 24 hours a day and offers help and advice to anyone who is missing, including under 18 and run away or adults, if you need to report someone missing, if you are thinking of running away or making a sudden new start, or if someone you love is missing.

The Samaritans now have a FREE telephone number (ignore the old posters with the premium rate 0845 number)- 116 123.

In ENGLAND only, first line none-emergency health advice from telephone 111, calls are free.

For information on mental illnesses try the information at the Royal College of Psychiatrists who have very readable online guides.

Alcohol is an increasing problem leading to increasing isolation, low self esteem, family problems and criminal behaviour. Help can be found, with a telephone help line available from Drinkline, 0300 123 1110 -NOT a free number, normal call charges apply- (weekdays 9am–8pm, weekends 11am–4pm) - (England and Wales). They don't have a web site. There is also a useful web site if you or your friends are relying upon drink, at Alcohol - our favourite drug which also has links to other useful topics such as cannabis use etc. [archived page]

Domestic violence
Help for abusers (male and female) from Respect: 0808 802 4040 (Monday - Friday 9am-5pm) and a special number for male victims of domestic violence (with abusive male or female partners) 0808 801 0327 - Monday - Friday 9am-5pm.
24Hour National Domestic Violence Helpline - 0808 2000 247 is only for female victims, Women's Domestic Violence Helpline

About telephone numbers
Since 1st July 2015, all calls to 0800 and 0808 telephone numbers in the UK are free from landline or mobile networks. Unfortunately at the same time all calls to 0845 and 0871 numbers have soared in price. Calls to these PREMIUM numbers are composed of two parts: the network cost, some charge more than 40p per minute, plus the call receivers charge, which could be free but usually will not be. One support line on 0845 charges an extra 7p per minute

The Citizens Advice Bureau have a large number of helpful advice topics on their Advice Guide web site, well worth a first look if you have any problems or difficulties to resolve.

The British Hedgehog Preservation Society.|| Wood Street Mission Manchester, helping the poorest in society.


E-Texts: Project Gutenberg - to read online. Gutenberg now very aggressive in preventing you copying a number of books to your hard disk- use a Mirror site for multiple downloads, eg UK Mirror Service- latest 2016 books in GUTINDEX.2016, latest at top, to get to book 51616 enter from root, directory 5/ then 1/ then 6/ then 1/ and in there you will find 51616! Full 6M index in GUTINDEX.ALL.

Sacred Texts Archive
East of the Web has a small collection of short stories with age ratings and brief descriptions., very suitable for web reading.

E-POEMS: The Great McGonagall - his poems. To be read aloud.

Stockport Heritage blog- I live in Stockport which still has a bit of heritage left. || Nearby, in Mellor 10,000 years of history are being uncovered.

Engines of our Ingenuity has lots of short essays about philosophy, science and technology, good reading, excellent on-site search engine.

From the early 80's is David Singmaster's Cubic Circular in its entire five issues now on the Web.
Issue 1, Issue 2, Issue 3, Issue 4, Issue 5

TI99/4A Book Getting Started with the TI99/4A- a book written in 1983 about an early home computer from Texas.


Between poorly designed web sites and poor deliveries I have just about given up on buying goods on the Internet- over the years the buying experience has deteriorated to where it has become an INconvenience and getting a bus to the shops is less stressful. If you have good Internet shopping experiences, congratulations! But it isn't for me anymore.

It is always pleasant when a major reference work is made available on the Internet. The Church of England has released its services as below- confusingly each church can within some limits have its own forms of worship and there is quite a spread available. Services at other Christian churches can be very different but they are not on the internet.
Book of Common Prayer || Common Worship || New Patterns for Worship
My favorite service has more or less fallen into disuse- Compline. And I very much prefer the older 1928 Service of Compline. But there is also a more modern language Compline.

I'd love to link to some good Christian resources - eg a modern text of the Bible- but virtually everything is offline and copyright. If you have not read the Bible before or for a long time I recommend you start with Luke. Matthew and Mark, the other synoptic gospels, are also good starting points. Here is King Kames Version (1769 vn) and the slightly later Revised Standard Version (1971 vn)

People calling themselves "Christians" often do not attend worship, and even of those who do, few follow the most extreme right wing elements which rather incorrectly call themselves Christian. Christianity encompasses many viewpoints and practices, with variety even in single denominations, so that one Church of England may be very different in some ways to another (and equally so with Catholics and Independents)

The same is true of Islam where not all attend prayers or fast, and very few support the "extremists". There is a variety of views, and as with Christians there are a few who proclaim loudly that anyone disagreeing with them cannot be of the True Faith. Just ordinary people going about ordinary lives. So- keeping in mind that many Muslims are just as attentive to their faith as many Christians, I have found some websites that are worth a glance. The Qur'an Project page insists (for no good reason) on javascript and this website is not the place to sort their access problems, but try this direct link- for a free Qur'an as a pdf Free copy of Qur'an 10MB pdf - Also available at low cost as a 700 pages plus hardback (3.50 for a non muslim in the UK). - or each chapter on its own, in a different translation from UKIM.

Also onereason.org has a number of articles to read online and several books to download

In addition to the Holy Qur'an, Islam values to differing extents, differing collections of scholarly comments and reports, or hadiths. Individual hadith are classified by Muslim clerics and jurists as sahih ("authentic"), hasan ("good") or da'if ("weak"). However, there is no overall agreement: different groups and different individual scholars may classify a hadith differently. Different branches of Islam (Sunni, Shia, Ibadi) refer to different collections of hadith, and the relatively small sect of Quranists reject the authority of any of the hadith collections. UKIM is a more conservative group with many books and pamphlets on-line which draw on a group of hadith (sunnah). See the wikipedia article on Jurisprudence.

Despite some unfortunate attitudes by a few followers of Christianity and Islam, it is for the individual to come to their own understanding and faith, and not for others to use abuse or violence against those they disagree with.


Has anyone had any luck using the official google translate page? I have been getting errors everytime (code 403)- but changing their code from POST to GET makes it work- so try this form (javascript not required) which accepts a URL or text (output will be a newly loaded page):
From: To:
Input text or url:

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