Note that the links on this page are to my personal favourites and sites I use regularly. It is not a link exchange page so any e-mails requesting inclusion will be ignored.

Search, reference & news | Online tools | Rawle | Natural history | Architecture | Music | Places | Maps | Travel | Shopping | Physics and astronomy | Computing/Internet

Search, reference & news

Online tools

Rawle links

  • Graham Rawle – illustrator whose cartoons appear in many UK newspapers
  • Jeff Rawle – British actor who appeared in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Known for his appearances in TV series such as Drop the Dead Donkey
  • Len Rawle – organist who built his home around a rescued Wurlitzer cinema organ
  • The Rawle Web Site – my family’s websites

Natural history

Architecture / civil engineering

  • Emporis – formerly known as, a database of the tallest buildings in every city of the world, complete with photographs
  • The BridgeSite – bridge links and information
  • Severn Bridges – photographs of all the bridges that cross the River Severn
  • SkyscraperCity forums – architecture and planning discussion forums




  • Google Local – maps and aerial photos of the UK, USA and other countries
  • Multimap – street maps of the UK. Will also plan a route between any two places, and has maps for many parts of the world
  • UK Street Map – free maps of the whole UK on scales ranging from road atlas to street map


  • Deutsche Bahn TravelService – gives train times for journeys anywhere in Europe
  • National Rail – find times for trains in the UK. Also has a “live departure board” where you can find out whether trains are running late
  • First Great Western train tickets – allows you to buy tickets for any rail journey in Great Britain, without booking or credit card fees
  • Transport Direct – the Government’s official site giving rail, bus and road transport options between any pair of locations


  • eBay UK – online auction site. Search for what you want and make a bid – very addictive!
  • Kelkoo – automatically compare prices of a wide range of products in various online stores
  • Amazon UK – Online book and music store. Includes a powerful search facility, and you can even write your own reviews! Useful for searching for things, even if you don’t buy online
  • Ebuyer – online computer and components shop
  • Camera Price Buster – find the cheapest camera and photographic accessory prices

Physics and astronomy


  • The Fedora Project – a distribution of the Linux operating system – a completely free alternative to Windows
  • FreshRPMS – the extra software needed to make Fedora Core complete (MP3 / movie plugins, etc.) – strictly for non-US users 😉
  • DynDNS – get a static host name for your dynamic IP address
  • thinkbroadband – comparisons and news about UK broadband providers
  • VirtualNames – domain name registration and web hosting
  • The World Wide Web Consortium – how to write correct HTML. Read the official specifications, and check your pages to see if they are compliant – mine are, are yours?
  • PHP Hypertext Preprocessor – free server-side scripting language – please use this as opposed to ASP or Javascript!

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