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Computer games

Cribbage

Home to Swiveller’s cribbage, a shareware card game where you can play cribbage against the computer. It has an online help suitable for beginners or experts alike and options which allow you to ask the computer for a hint, replay the previous hand, choose your own hand, let the computer determine your score or play Muggins. You can even play Duplicate Cribbage and view the log of previous moves.

Golf

A freeware game where you can hone your maths skills at estimating the correct force and angle to putt the ball around the nine hole golf course and see if you can make or beat the course par.

GPS Software

London Congestion Charge Checker - iPhone, Blackberry

Receive a reminder to pay the congestion charge when you enter the London Congestion zone and easily pay the charge using your iPhone, Blackberry Bold, Android, or other mobile phone with gps enabled.

London Congestion Charge Auto Check and Pay - Pocket PC

Automatically check whether you have entered the London Congestion zone and pay the charge in one easy click on your Pocket PC.

OS Navigator

Determine your current UK OS Grid Reference position and the distance and direction to a destination OS Grid reference using your IPhone or other GPS enabled device.

 

Russian

Learn Russian at University

Russian at the University of Westminster where group evening classes are provided for all levels

Learn Russian with a tutor

Russian provided by a personal tutor customised to your needs in either a group or private lesson.

The Queen of Spades

You can read Pushkin's masterpiece 'The Queen of Spades' (Pikovaya Dama) in Russian with an English translation alongside.

Word usage

Lets you type in a word, or root of a word, and see how it is used in context by Pushkin in 'The Queen of Spades', or any other text you specify the web address to.  

How to type in Russian

Details on how to configure your computer so that you can type in the Cyrillic alphabet.

Russian Translations

Documents or web pages translated from or into Russian. Interpreting can be carried out in the London area.

MOCT

An information resource for Russophiles living in the UK. MOCT has information on Russian language courses, restaurants, films, human rights work, and getting NGO funding.

Bed and Breakfast accommodation
 in St Petersburg, Russia

If you are looking for somewhere affordable and comfortable to stay in St Petersburg then why not consider Bed and Breakfast accommodation.

Russian Frequency Word Test

Test yourself and learn the most common Russian words. You can choose to concentrate on words with a frequency ranking of less than 1000, less than 2000 or up to 6000, and within those words opt to just show nouns, adjectives, verbs or adverbs. You can then see the word's morphology (how it declines/conjugates) and the word in context in a newspaper article, and compare how you are doing with other people in the User Ranking table. If you know the most common 6000 words then you should be able to recognise over 90% of the words in any general text.

Russian Newspaper article reader

If you are frustrated and demoralised by the time it takes to look up the (many) words in a dictionary you don't know then this site is designed to help you as you can copy and paste the text of the article you are interested in and then click on any word to see its meaning.

 

Photography

Chelsea Flower Show Photos

Chelsea Flower Show Photographs by Roman Rodriguez-Alarcon, age 7.

 

Graveyard survey

Graveyard survey of Weston Lullingfields church

Graveyard survey of Weston Lullingfields church including a name index, and a transcription and photograph of every gravestone.

 

History

History of Stanwardine in the Wood

A history and description of Stanwardine Hall built in 1580, and the nearby moated site which dates back to the 12th century. They are set in the rural countryside of Shropshire in England.

 

Genealogy

Bridge descendants of William The Conqueror

A list showing the descendants of William the Conqueror including Robert the Bruce, the Earl of Glencairn and William Bridge!

The Bridge - Corbet connection

Robert Corbet, the builder of Stanwardine Hall, and William Bridge are 17th cousins 15 times removed! Fi and Gruffudd Kynaston who lived on the moat in the 1400s are 3rd cousins 15 times removed.
A chart showing Stanwardine owners and occupiers from the 12th to the 21st century.

Bridge Family Tree

The Bridge Family tree hosted by RootsWeb tracing principally the Bridge, Hall, and MacMillan lines. Notable names are William The Conqueror, Henry I, Robert the Bruce, Robert II (King of Scotland), The Earl of Glencairn, Annie Laurie, and Henry Platt.
There are the First World War records of Rev Henry Cecil Franks MC, William Taylor Jones, Lieutenant John Rookhurst Platt who was at Eton and Oxford and killed near Ypres in 1916, and his cousins Captain Lionel Sydney Platt who was in the Royal Flying Corps, Captain Henry Evelyn Arthur Platt who was in the 19th Hussars before transferring to the Coldstream Guards, Captain Edmond Wellesley who was also killed near Ypres in 1916 less than a month after his marriage, and 2nd Lieutenant Charles Douglas Reid who was killed in the battle of the Somme at High Wood.
There is a biography of Captain Benjamin Hall who was awarded a silver cup for attempting to repulse the French at the battle of Carrickfergus in 1760 whilst heavily outnumbered.
There is also a funeral tribute, life in pictures, and letters to his mother whilst at school and in the Navy of David James Bridge.

In the Tudor period, on Fi's side, notable people include Edward Neville who was beheaded at the Tower of London in 1538 for supporting his cousin Cardinal Reginald Pole (later to become Archbishop of Canterbury under Mary) who condemned Henry VIII for wanting a divorce and sought exile in France. Edward Neville's great,great,great grandfather was Edward III, and Edward Neville's granddaugher was Martha Throckmorton whose cousin, Elizabeth Throckmorton, was the wife of Sir Walter Raleigh. Martha's nephew was Robert Catesby, one of the main leaders in the Gun Powder Plot and her father was the MP Clement Throckmorton whose cousin was Catherine Parr, the 6th wife of Henry VIII.

The Melyniog Archive

Catalogue of letters and other items mainly relating to the Greaves, Hall and Platt families in the 19th century. Notable items include the courtship letters between Hannah Greaves and William Hall in 1824 and the account in the Oldham Chronicle of the shooting accident of James Platt MP on Saddleworth Moor in 1857.
It also includes many items relating to the textile machine company Platt Bros in Oldham, which was the largest firm in the world in the second half of the 19th century, such as the book Platts by R H Eastman

Wikitree

Below is my connection to A J Jacobs (who is trying to determine all his cousins) courtesy of Wikitree. As can be seen we are connected through the Romanovs and the Queen Mother!

 

 

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