Archive for the ‘Weblinks’ category

Money-making expert

Sunday, 3 June 2012, a site offering consumers tips on reducing bills and finding the best deals, has been sold by its owner Martin Lewis for a reported £87 million. The buyer is, which already provides the click-through links on that make money for both sites. Many users of MoneySavingExpert are furious at the move, which […]

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Sir Fred hasn’t blamed Google Street View

Wednesday, 25 March 2009

With all the bad press Google Street View has been getting recently, with people claiming it invades their privacy, and leaves their homes vulnerable to criminals, I was slightly surprised not to see any sections of the media blaming it for aiding vandals who attacked the home of unpopular RBS banker Sir Fred Goodwin. What’s […]

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How to avoid TheTrainLine fees

Monday, 31 December 2007 is a website that allows UK rail passengers to buy their tickets online. It has just introduced booking fees, meaning that a ticket booked with TheTrainLine now costs more than buying the same ticket at the station. Fortunately, there are alternatives. The slippery slope to booking fees started some years ago, when TheTrainLine introduced […]

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What to do if you miss the last posting date

Sunday, 16 December 2007

Royal Mail have a page on their website where it is possible to find out the last Christmas posting dates for international destinations. But what do Royal Mail recommend if, after choosing your destination, the deadline for that country has already passed? Under the heading What to do next it suggests: “Try a different service […]

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BBC website does act on readers’ comments

Saturday, 12 May 2007

Occasionally, I’ll see something in an article on the BBC News website that seems wrong, so I drop them a note via their contact form to point it out. They are actually quite good at correcting factual errors, although they seem not to write back to thank the the people who pointed them out. The […]

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April Fools in a global medium

Sunday, 1 April 2007

I’ve decided not to post an April Fool on my website this year. That’s not because of a lack of imagination (well, OK, it’s partly that too) but rather that I realised the internet covers all of the different timezones, so it would always be the wrong day for the joke somewhere in the world. […]

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Web-based services should be free

Friday, 7 July 2006

Recently, I read about two newly-launched web-based services that help to match people up with others for their mutual benefit. One,, was for students going away to university to live in the home of another family in a swap system, with the aim of saving money on accommodation costs. The other,, was for […]

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Postcodes in the UK

Monday, 3 July 2006

I’ve noticed that a lot of visitors are reaching my site by searching for information on UK postcodes. So I might as well say something about them, and link to some sites I find useful. The system of postcodes in the UK is (almost?) unique as a postcode pinpoints a small number of addresses – […]

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Chinese censorship in action

Wednesday, 26 April 2006

We often hear about the “Great Firewall of China”, the filter put in place by Chinese censors to prevent access to material that is disapproved of by the Chinese government. For example, there is no access to BBC News. However, for those in the West, it’s usually only possible to read media reports, or hear […]

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Revision guides? Safer to lock them up!

Sunday, 23 April 2006

I came across a site, Learn History, which offers revision materials for GCSE History exams. As part of its “Crime, punishment and protest” section, it has a gallery showing aerial photos of prisons in England and Wales. This is the photo which they claim is of Leicester prison: As anyone from Leicester will realise, the […]

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