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write to a prison penpal. Most are in America and these guys and girls need friends.
Moore: '1,000 Dead -- how Do You Sleep Mr. Bush?' Asks Michael Moore on his
ID Cards: and the Database State. 'Some people have been peddling lies about
the government's proposed national identity scheme. To put matters straight, we
have assembled a list of frequently asked questions, with answers.'
Legends: thousands of urban myths and legends.
Times: the world of strange phenomena.
Francis Frith Collection: thousands of photos of British towns and villages
dating from between 1860 & 1970.
ISPs & internet
Guide: reiews and speed tests of UK ADSL providers.
Source: lots of cool free scripts for your website.
Alternative news, activism, & community
residents in Hebden Bridge and the Calder Valley were fed up by the lack of broadband
in their area and the attitude of British Telecom, so they got together and launched
their own co-operative service.
Tatchell: the homepage of campaigner Peter Tatchell.
Linux Action Group: they produce a great distribution of Linux, called 'Blag',
which I use on one of my PCs.
Guerilla News Network.
alternative news site.
Mainstream news & magazines
Independent: British newspaper.
Times: owned by Rupert Murdoch, who also owns Sky TV. So expect lots of BBC-bashing
Guardian: puts most/all of its content online every day. The MediaGuardian
and Online sections are especially worth checking out.
Register: news about technology and IT.
a large collection of articles from the UK Internet magazine.
The Fabulous Ruins of Detroit: a poignant, collection of photographs, which
catalogue the decline of Detroit over the last half a century.
Manchester: read about this cold-war bunker under Manchester city centre --
close to where I live.
Environment & nature
Tree Council: a registered charity which promotes the planting and conservation
of trees and woods throughout the United Kingdom. Some interesting facts: did
you know that nineteen million trees were blown down in the storms of 1987 and
Trust For Ornithology: promotes bird conservation through volunteer-based
surveys. Has a good guide on how to build a bird nest box.
of global warming: including many 'then and now' photographs.
the horrors of being a tenant in a buy-to-let apartment block in Manchester.
History & crime
of Jack the Ripper: all about the infamous murders. I'm a bit of a sucker
for this, especially as I lived in the East End of London for a while.
The Real 1970's: the media doesn't always portray the 1970's accurately. This site attempts to give a true picture.
The Real Yorkshire Ripper Story: this site suggests that Peter Sutcliffe was a copycat killer and that the other murderer is still on the loose.
Hour Museum: gateway to more than 3000 UK galleries, museums and heritage
includes an excellent history of the movies & Hollywood.
Studies: the history of the state of Nebraska.
TV & film
Lowery: personal website of the actor who featured in national US TV ads for
Kmart and Joe Boxers underwear. IMDB profile here.
Heath: a short biography of this gay African American actor. Gordon
Heath was the narrator on the animated British film Animal Farm and appeared
in several plays
on British TV in
the 1950's, including Tony Richardson's 1955 version of 'Othello' on
BBC. His male partner was Lee Payant who provided the narration on the classic
BBC TV children's series of the 1960's 'Robinson Crusoe'. Despite success
and acclaim for Heath's acting career in the United States, the pair relocated
to Europe in the late 1940's, as the US was hardly the best place in which to
be openly gay and in an interracial same-sex relationship during that period.
For nearly 30 years the couple ran a night-club in Paris called 'L'Abbaye', where
they entertained the customers with American and French folk songs.
Gordon Heath had a tiny role as a postman in the film 'Staircase' (1969). In
it, Burton and Rex Harrison play a gay couple who run a hairdressers. It would
be interesting to know the background to how he came to play this
role in a film with this theme. His memoirs were published with the title: 'Deep
Are the Roots: Memoirs of a Black Expatriate'. There is another bio
of Gordon Heath at Screen Online.
TV Archiving: a blog about online video and the future of broadcasting.
Guide (UK): daily TV schedules from The Guardian newspaper.
Spy: UK entertainment and media news. Good Big Brother coverage in the months
when that is running.
Hayes On-line: homepage of fabulous Billie Hayes, who played 'Witchipoo' in
the psychedelic 1970's children's TV series H.R.Pufnstuff. One of my favourite
TV characters when I was a kid! Did you know she also appeared as a very similar-looking
witch in an episode of Bewitched?
studio owned lots, backlots and ranches: photos and info about the studio
backlots in Hollywood and England, over the years.
Who Bloopers List: a massive list of all the mistakes in the TV series Dr.Who.
homepage of the UK's public service broadcaster.
Films to watch online
Pathe: the whole of the British Pathe news archive is now available to watch
online. News and films going back more than 100 years.
public domain movies. You'll need an inexpensive subscription for a lot of the
films but there is much free stuff too.
videos of all kinds - news, viral, sport, film, comedy. Mainly American.
Internet Archive: a huge collection of movies online, including the Prelinger
Archives of 48,000 'ephemeral' (advertising, educational, industrial, and amateur)
films. Don't miss hilarious period-pieces such as 'Perversion
For Profit' (be warned... looking at homosexual images may turn you that way!).
You Popular?' -- which shows the differences between 'good' and 'bad' girls...
Many of these films are not copyrighted and, if you're into making your own non-commercial
videos, the archive actively encourages you to use clips.
site for the US TV station Free Speech TV. With many videos to watch online in
List: free, non-profit service with categories for many major cities worldwide.
Films to buy
this site provides distribution for all kinds of otherwise hard-to-find independent
and vintage films.
Trans Fats: read about trans fat -- the worst kind of fat -- which manufacturers
load into many foodstuffs.
Vegan Society: how to live on a meat and dairy-free diet.
reviews and how-to-do-it guides. How to make your own DVDs or back-up existing
discs. Tools and techniques for video capture and conversion between different
video formats. Genuine user reviews of DVD players, recorders and writers. Discussion
FAQ: lots of useful info about digital video.
great British resource for young people. It has members all over the country and
active groups established in London, Birmingham and Manchester.
as in mainstream life, there are LGBT businesses and organisations that are good
and others that are not-so-good. As British society has become more gay friendly
over the last decade, some of the more dodgy people have been able to flourish
without too much scrutiny. However that is beginning to change. GayMafiaWatch
looks into some of the hypocrisy, backscratching and seedy money grabbing.
Monitor: campaigning for LGBT rights.
Gay America: a resource for young gay men and women.
social support group for lesbian, gay, bi, transgender Muslims, and their friends,
families and supporters.
alternative gay events in Manchester.
& Andy: if you like comic strips, don't miss this. Updated every Sunday, it
follows the life of two gay men. Funny and sexy too.
The Tomb of Niankhkhnum and Khnumhotep: read about this ancient Egyptian tomb
that was built for two men who were manicurists in the palace of the king.
Other Stream: read about David's obsession with the history of the US supermarket
(especially Safeways). Follow his road-trips and his love/hate relationship with
San Francisco where he lives.
Donald's Castro Street: a fascinating site with hundreds of photographs recording
gay life in San Fancisco from the 1960's to date.
Thursday, May 14, 2020