Alex Foster's Links Page
- I have no bellringing pages of my own, but here are some links.
Change Ringers' Web Directory
- To join the Change Ringer's
Mailing List, send a mail to
firstname.lastname@example.org with the word
"subscribe" in the body
(Guess who designed the logo!)
- See 'Pink Links' below for details of contacting
Friends of Dorothy Society of Change Ringers, a
British-based gay ringing group.
BBC Radio 4 resources
- For all those interested in Radio 4
BBC Radio 4's The Archers links
- Radio 4's definitive fly on the wall documentary can
be heard in England on 92-94FM, other parts of the UK
on 105FM and 198LW at 1400 and 1900 every weekday, and
Sunday and in an omnibus edition on Sunday mornings at
1015. If that isn't enough, the following links should help.
- The Web sports great opportunites for minorities
such as homosexuals, who, whilst many, are often isolated.
Here are a very few links that should help find the tip of the
iceberg as regards gay internet. Please note that although none
of the links below leads directly to pornographic material, if
you click around long enough you'll find some. And if you're
connecting to the web via a British University internet connection,
remember that viewing pornography is against JANET's Acceptable
Use Policy and may bring TPTB crashing down on your head.
Humour on the Web
- There's plenty on the web to make you chuckle, and there's no
way I can list it all here. The few I list here are the few
that really make me LOL (laugh out loud) again and again.
Need To Know, a free, weekly, e-mail
magazine with serious bits, that's worth every penny, and one
of the few e-mail subscription lists that I really do recommend
to everyone I know.
Private Eye The UK satire mag with news -
read it free on the web; alternatively, find someone's credit
card and e-mail its details with your address to
receive the magazine delivered to your door once a fortnight.
Private Eye is increasingly online - and I have to mention it -
I once got a letter published by mailing
- Deja.com The archive of
usenet news can be a goldmine if you're looking for a
particular funny. Use the power search to look in the group
alt.humour.tasteless, amongst others.
- Yeah, yeah, credit card forgery, I know, blah blah. I do
online shopping fairly often, and I haven't got stung yet.
And, according to Amazon, they know of no-one who has... Safe?
Make up your own mind. And bear in mind that if some stray
entry does appear on your next statement, you can always query
it and refuse to pay it. That's what credit cards are for!
I have shopped at all the sites quoted below.
- www.amazon.com Well, first there
was Amazon. Then they opened a branch in the UK as
www.amazon.co.uk, and they also
sell German books at www.amazon.de
Now amazon.com also sells videos, CDs, DVDs, and has online
auctions. The advantage using the State-side version is that
you can get titles listed in the US and not in the UK at (often
advantageous) US prices (plus international postage). The German
version saved me a packet on my last set of course books...
- Internet Bookshop. I've
rather gone off this lot. I enthused about them for the first
few times, but then they merged with WHSmith, and started
messing up orders, and I started to prefer Amazon.
- CDParadise.com This is
the CD arm of iBS (above) and is frankly worse. They list items
they do not have in stock, which is highly frustrating. Again,
I'd rather buy from Amazon.
- Fnac The odd one out, I've
never used this website. But it's here for balance - if you can
buy German language books at amazon.de, you can buy French
language books at fnac.fr
- www.bahn.de The German
Railways site has a search engine for rail journeys across the
whole of Europe, including Eastern Europe, and Russia with a ticket
purchasing page attached. And they send the ticket to you
free of charge - wonder how long that will last? You needn't
worry about your German, either, because they can lead you
through the process in English.
www.british-airways.com Buy airline tickets online. No,
- www.scan.co.uk Computer
sales, at what look to be outstanding prices. There's a certain
je ne sais quoi about buying a computer online, just
don't let your current machine look, unless you're buying it
a peripheral, and not its replacement.
- If you use shareware software, you should pay for it.
Below are some links to shareware sites for some really
excellent apps that are more than worth their registration
- Agent an excellent Windows
news/mail reader with filters, folders, and everything a chap could
need. Unfortunately, the last I heard on the grapevine is that
Forte don't intend working any further on this, but there ain't
many irritating things about Agent 1.5/32.451.
- www.goodsol.com The definitive
upgrade for Windows Solitaire, this package contains hundreds
of games and is still growing. Features like full undo for an
entire game, undo to snapshot, automove, and even altering the
rules (within reason).
- IrfanView is
actually provided as Freeware, but more than merits registration.
This nifty, fast little browser can handle many more file formats
than some more comprehensive packages (including earlier versions
of Corel). It also has a range of image manipulation tools - all
pictures on this site have been through IrfanView. You can even
use it to get in all those stray HEIGHT and WIDTH tags for your
<IMG> tags. (Does anyone actually use that?!)
- www.mirc.co.uk This IRC
client has thousands of bells and whistles and is almost single
handedly responsible for quadrupling my phonebill. Extremely
regular updates (although you have to pay again for each new
update), fantastic documentation.
Other people's home pages, and sundry pages of note.
- These are just pages around I have found interesting.
Have a look if you like. Mail me to include yours.
Reasons to avoid McDonald's
- An agony aunt's hompage
A listening ear in times past, now it looks like she
refers people to
- Marc Shaxted's
homepage Someone I knew (but not very well) from Hereford.
Interesting political comment.
- Adam Boardman's
homepageSomeone I knew a little better at college.
More interesting political links.
- Dragon Sytems Software
, the homepage of Graham Miln's company. Another college
friend, this chap seems to have got further faster than the rest
- Chris Harrison's homepage
the Man from Mastermind, he have wonderful links,
and a well designed, model website.
pages - but read what she says about me with your eyes
closed! And she stole Rai - the little red dancing man at the
bottom of the page :(
Pete Duffield's pages. This good man was in my orchestra
when I directed Ruddigore. Medal for bravery.
- Dennis Cook's homepage.
Dennis and I attempted to keep each other sane during a long
séjour in Paris. His website contains vital
information about the three substances essential to human life:
caffeine, alcohol and chocolate.
- The Three Choirs Festival
- these people have been good enough to keep me in gainful
employment each summer for the past few years.
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