skip navigation access key s Access Key Details

Reference and advice Links

Free dictionaries, no javascript, from Collins Dictionary (their translator no longer works for me).

Do you like cats? A couple of archived websites to visit- try a visit to Moggies. Also read the messybeast cats site 2013 Archive copy Messybeast 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

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.

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. [if site down, try the copy, most of the programmes seem to have been archived].


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. The Childline website is NOT private. It places a cookie on your computer which expires in 18 years! And keeps track of how many visits you make to the website. Your abuser may access this information. Childline suggest you must surf with javascript on- FALSE! - you may need to ask your abuser to do this, also javascript can cause the injection of damaging code or information leakage. DO NOT install Adobe Flash which has serious privacy and security weaknesses and has generally been deprecated. Websites using Flash are always to be treated with care, those that insist on it avoided. Childline do not warn you about the record that Flash keeps of your use separately to your browser. Keep away from the Childline website on any device linked to you or accessible by an abuser. Strongly recommend: If possible, in your browser, turn on private browsing, turn off third party cookies, scripts and frames. Ignore the dangerous Childline message and keep javascript OFF. NEVER use Flash. Check for and delete any Childline cookies after leaving their website. Note that your browser will also contain a history (in several places) of the sites you visit and any search terms you type in.

Family Lives help for parents - 0808 800 2222. 9am-9pm Mon-Fri, 10-3 Sat-Sun.
The NSPCC website has been reredesigned. Here is a sitemap page NSPCC site map - look for "keeping children safe" 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.

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 (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.

E-Texts: AJH bookcase contains over 500 books in pure HTML format, some with original illustrations, and only one or two in compressed zip format. Generally each book is a single html page so easily saved as a web page (mht) or text format file. Excellent range of mostly classic books and some very good books you may not expect.

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

Stockport Heritage centre- I live in Stockport which still has a bit of heritage left.

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, no longer held on the Church of England site but this link is from a copy at 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. Readers should be aware that Matthew was probably writing for people who were fully aware of and followed the Jewish traditions, more than the Gentiles that Mark probably wrote for.

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.

See the wikipedia article on Jurisprudence covering the various levels of authority.

Quran- written in Arabic this is intended to be read and memorised in Arabic. As such there is no widely accepted English translation.

[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.].

Each chapter on its own, in two different translations from - noting translation variations- at Noblequran or AAIIL

Courtesy of, a single 10MB pdf download originally on Saheeh International Translation edited by A B al-Mehri. ISBN 978-0-9548665-4-9. If you have not yet read it properly, take a look. (Like the Bible, taking a single sentence and constructing a whole outlook is generally not helpful, study the whole.).

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.

Access Key Details