These are a few of my favorite links...

...all related in some way to the content of this site.

General Interest

The BBC, the good old 'Beeb', is still the best news source there is.   Now you can listen to their radio stations live, free, anywhere in the world.

WikipediA is usually your best first stop on any quest for information.

The Spectator is Britain's oldest continuously published magazine.   Politics, the arts, lifestyles, chess and other diversions, and more.   Registration is required, but is free.

The New Statesman is the Spectator's great left-wing rival.   Their weekly competition is much more fun than the Spectator's, and their coverage of the arts is as good.   Which of the two magazines you prefer probably depends on your political stance.   Much of the content is currently free online.   Print and online subscriptions are available.

Computer & Internet is the best resource I know of for, well, web developers. is a great place to start learning HTML.

Information Builders, Inc. are, among other things, the suppliers of FOCUS, the database and programming language that I have used for most of my career.   They have been around for over 30 years now, always in the forefront of technology but never with quite the recognition they deserve.   WebFOCUS is the solution to all your IT problems, if you did but know it.


Much of my time and money is spent at .   I am an Amazon reviewer and this is an Amazon Associate site.   I guess I'm hooked.


Acumen is an excellent poetry journal, featuring a wide range of poems, reviews and comment.

Bookshops this side of the pond are vastly better than in Europe, and Barnes & Noble are my favorite.   From Barnes & Home Page you can find your nearest store.


For hummer fanciers, is the best online resource I know of.


As usual, Wikipedia is the best place to start.

Here is an interesting little site, with caviar-related things, and some further links.


I get my information for the Days section from a variety of sources but I always double-check, as they are notoriously unreliable and it's amazing how quickly inaccurate information on one site will find its way, often verbatim, onto others.   With that caveat, here are the sites I find most useful:
On this page of the New York Times site, you'll find a link to their On This Day in History section.   They also have a Word of the Day.   All of this is mainly directed at youngsters.   Those Were the Days is good, comprehensive and entertaining, but not always completely reliable.   Today in History has a good set of further links if you wish to continue the search.   But the best 'on this day' type site is probably The BBC, although it tends of course to be UK-oriented.
Here's an interesting site, with a calendar of music-related events.
NASA has a DAYS OF AIR AND SPACE calendar.
Here's a site with a calendar of Saints' days.   And on the same theme, this one has a Saints of the Day link.   They are both Roman Catholic.   Here's one for The Orthodox Church in America
The Book of Days is elegantly written and attractively presented.   It often features surprising, and downright bizarre, entries but I'm not so sure about its accuracy.   I often take it as my cue and then do further research elsewhere.
The Ant Farmers Almanac has short, pithy and often very funny entries for each day.
And you can trust Hallmark to keep you up to date with holidays and celebrations.

Words, words, words

Here's the best rhyming dictionary that I know of.   It has synonyms and other features, too.

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