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.
Archived leaflets (2017) on the care of cats from Cats Protection - I can no longer access their website - Cat care leaflets and more helpful information Cats Protection downloads
A short glossary of Indian menu items | | Online guide to traditional games including dominoes, mancala, board games...
My own contribution- the board and rules of the game of Jakaro.
Internet Pinball DataBase | | If Owls interest you, a really fine site to visit is Owlpages.com
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.
Folklore podcasts- [NB Image only navigation, no alt text] an interesting collection of podcasts from a UK source exploring and investigating a wide range of folk lorish subjects. [or not, site missing from June 2019, try the Archive.org copy, most of the programmes seem to have been archived]. How fake news so easily becomes "established truth" or "well known fact".
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.
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.
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 (UK) have a lot of helpful advice on their 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.
Project Gutenberg - to read online or download, various formats. Gutenberg have aggressive systems in place to stop you downloading everything at once, and often gets it wrong! preventing you using their website (a March update seems to have been rolled back after blocking the world...). You can 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
E-POEMS: The Great McGonagall - his poems. To be read aloud.
Stockport Heritage centre- 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
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.
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, no longer held on the Church of England site but this link is from a copy at archive.org. 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. One group of Christians avoids man made creeds and concentrates on the Sermon reported in Chapters 5, 6 and 7 of Matthew.
Here is King Kames Version (1769 vn) (alternative: kjv bible and commentary biblestudytools who also have the 1951 Revised Standard Version), . or read the slightly later 1971 Revised Standard Version
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.
In addition to the Holy Qur'an, Islam values collected sayings of Muhammad (pbuh) [hadith] with varying collections being given authority by differing sects; some include the sayings of his companions. 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. Varying authority is given to traditions (sunnah) and to differing extents, differing collections of scholarly comments and reports.
The UKIM "LearnIslam4Free" website pages were a good guide to Islam but have now gone- use UKIM -Archive.org copy- they are/were a more conservative group with many books and pamphlets on-line which draw on a group of hadith (and sunnah or traditions). See the wikipedia article on Jurisprudence covering the various levels of authority.
[quote:" If the Arabic language is quite beyond us, we are not to blame nor should we feel badly. We can recite verses in Arabic by learning the sounds, and then find out what they mean by resorting to translations. We must never be led to think, though, that these translations are an exact version of the Arabic in another language. Any translation of the Quran is only an approximation of the meaning of revelation. You are free to read translations of the meaning of the Quran, remembering that the words of Allah were revealed in Arabic. You should not feel downcast or guilty that you don’t know Arabic. Try as best you can.].
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.