Three Towns Forum - Talk about Llandudno, Colwyn Bay & Conwy

Forum Central => The Three Towns Forum => Topic started by: Ian on December 23, 2010, 08:47:38 PM

Title: All sorts of really Useful Links
Post by: Ian on December 23, 2010, 08:47:38 PM
Useful and important links

Click on the underlined links to visit the sites

Web cams in the area

West Shore Webcam
Hi Def motorised camera (http://www.westshorebeachcafe.com/webcam-in-llandudno/)

North Shore Web Cam
Static images every few minutes (https://www.webcams.travel/webcam/fullscreen/1341937807)

A55 Traffic Cams
Every traffic cam on A55 (https://trafficcameras.uk/a55/)

Consumer and money saving sites

Claim under section 75
Chargeback claim  (https://www.which.co.uk/tools/s75-chargeback-claim/)
Faulty equipment claim (https://www.which.co.uk/tools/faulty-goods-complaint-tool/)

How to avoid tedious waiting when you call a call centre in the UK
Visit the site (http://www.pleasepress1.com/)

Check the MOT history of any vehicle
Visit the site (https://www.gov.uk/check-mot-history)

How to avoid having to dial 0870 numbers
Say NO to 0870 (http://www.saynoto0870.com/)

SPAM and scams
Government anti-scammer group (http://www.actionfraud.org.uk/)

Report Scam emails
Send them here (http://report@phishing.gov.uk)

Money Matters
Martin Lewis (http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/)

Your rights regarding warranties and time
Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008
 (https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2008/1277/pdfs/uksi_20081277_en.pdf)
More details here. (http://www.threetownsforum.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,325.msg108183.html#msg108183)

Seeking costs if a company has behaved unreasonably.
Civil procedure rules (https://www.justice.gov.uk/courts/procedure-rules/civil/rules/part27)
More details here (http://www.threetownsforum.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,325.msg108184.html#msg108184).

Are you buying a fake or the real thing?
The Brand-i site (https://www.brand-i.org/) - https://www.brand-i.org/ (https://www.brand-i.org/)

The best site for train travel
Seat 61 - don't travel without it! (http://www.seat61.com/index.html)

Tracking flights
Flight tracking in real time: (http://flightaware.com/) 

Weather - local and national

Where is it raining?
The UK's radar rainfall images  (http://www.raintoday.co.uk/)- http://www.raintoday.co.uk/ (http://www.raintoday.co.uk/)

What's the weather for today?
UK Met Office Site (http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/warnings/?regionName=wl)

Local Weather
Local Llandudno Weather, facts and figures from Llandudno's own weather station (http://www.llandudno-weather.co.uk/)

The World's weather
Weather for the globe presented in animated graphics (https://www.ventusky.com/  World Weather)

Llandudno Coastguard Blog
Blog site for the coastguard (http://llandudnocoastguard.blogspot.com/)

What's the Truth about what you hear and read?

The Press Gazette - watching the press for you
The Press Gazette site  (http://www.pressgazette.co.uk/)

Heard this one  - but is it true?
Check to see if the latest scam is true (http://www.snopes.com/):
True of false or just an old wives' tale? (http://urbanlegends.about.com/)   

Check out the pseudoscience and crank ideas
Don't be taken in (http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Main_Page)

All things Council related

Track Freedom Of Information (FOI) Requests made to Conwy Council:
FOI requets made to Conwy (http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/body/conwy_council)

Track Freedom Of Information (FOI) Requests made to Llandudno Town Council:
Visit the site (https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/body/llandudno_town_council)

Contact numbers for Conwy County Borough Council
A full list of every email address anbd contact number for Conwy CBC departments (http://threetownsforum.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=585.msg29652#msg29652)

Eating out
Check out any local cafe or restaurant for its hygiene ratings (http://ratings.food.gov.uk/QuickSearch.aspx?refla=ZdK3h76%2f0Ns%3d)

Your area in crime figures and maps
The new Police crime site (http://www.police.uk/)

Colwyn Bay's new waterfront work
Detailed plans (http://www.conwy.gov.uk/upload/public/attachments/439/Waterfront_plansreduced.pdf)
Winning design (http://www.conwy.gov.uk/upload/public/attachments/446/Winning_Design.pdf)

Security

The DNS over HTTPS guide for Firefox
Enable the most secure browsing on FF (http://ttps://www.zdnet.com/article/how-to-enable-dns-over-https-doh-in-firefox/)

Check to see if your email address has been compromised:
https://haveibeenpwned.com/ (https://haveibeenpwned.com/)

Broadband speeds and routers

Check your local exchange for Broadband
Check your local exchange for faster Broadband  (http://www.samknows.com/broadband/exchange_search)

Test your real broadband speed
http://www.speedtest.bbmax.co.uk/ (http://www.speedtest.bbmax.co.uk/)

Network problems
Check to see if a site is down for everyone - or just you:  (http://www.downforeveryoneorjustme.com/)

Router information
Get the lowdown on how good your router is (http://www.kitz.co.uk/adsl/frogstats.php)

WAN Servers
(http://www.kitz.co.uk/isp/dns.htm)
A list of all the UK DNS servers used by each of the UK ISPs (http://www.kitz.co.uk/isp/dns.htm)

Open DNS servers
Technical stuff for router use (http://threetownsforum.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=325.msg23723#msg23723)

Satellite TV

Satellite TV
Everything you need to know about satellite TV (http://www.satcure.com/)

Find sunrise and sunset for your area
Find out what dates the mornings get lighter  (http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/sunrise.html)

Miscellaneous


For those keen to explore their own Welsh family history just like Ruth, Ancestry.co.uk has launched Welsh Parish Registers, 1538-1994.
Welsh Parish Registers (https://www.leaderlive.co.uk/news/18822000.welsh-parish-registers-launched-wanting-trace-family-history-like-actor-ruth-jones-think/?ref=rss)

The World's Statistics at your fingertips
The Worldometer (https://www.worldometers.info/)

Learn how every type of engine operates
The animated engine site (http://www.animatedengines.com/)

Track ships anywhere
Visit the site (http://www.marinetraffic.com/ais/)

The news at sea

All the news around the world's waterways as it happens (https://www.fleetmon.com/maritime-news/)

Look at the world rationally...
Visit the site (http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Main_Page)

Download any radio shows you may remember from the past
The BBC Radio Archives (http://radioarchive.cc/torrents.php)

Pathe News clips of Llandudno in the Past
Some great sequences dating back to the 1920s. (http://www.britishpathe.com/search/query/llandudno)

Report dodgy web sites to Google
Google dodgy website link reporting (http://safebrowsing.google.com/safebrowsing/report_phish/?hl=en)

Current status of all nuclear generating plants in the UK
Live feed from all UK plants (https://www.edfenergy.com/energy/power-station/daily-statuses)

If you want to know who you are dealing these are some of the sites you can use to check them out:

Search for companies and people
Companies House Information (https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/)

Check VAT numbers
VAT Registry (http://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/vies/)

Look up addresses
Address Locator (https://www.getmapping.com/)

Search phone numbers
Put number in double quotes to move spaces around e.g. “01234 567 890”

Search product images
Product image Search (https://www.google.com/imghp?hl=en)

Search products on foreign eBay/Amazon sites
Put part of the description in double quotes “like this” with e.g. amazon.de or ebay.ca

Google translator (Chinese names & addresses can have interesting results)
Google Translator (https://translate.google.co.uk/?hl=en&tab=TT)

Search 15 million Welsh newspaper articles
Article search (https://newspapers.library.wales/view/3649963/3649972/)

Find the real truth about almost anything
Fullfact.org (https://fullfact.org/europe/viral-list-about-lisbon-treaty-wrong/)

Researching companies. Check who you're dealing with.

Search companies and people

https://www.google.co.uk (http://[url=https://www.google.co.uk)] Google [/url]                 
Trustpilot (https://www.trustpilot.com)                     
Companies House  (https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/)                     

Check VAT numbers

EU Tax    (http://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/vies/)                     
EU VAT  (http://www.vatcheck.eu/)   

Look up addresses

 Google Maps  (https://www.google.co.uk/maps)                           
Get Mapping  (https://www.getmapping.com/)   

Search phone numbers

Put number in double quotes to move spaces around e.g.
“01234 567 890”
“+44 1234 567890”

Search product images

Google image lookup  (https://www.google.com/imghp?hl=en)                             

Translate foreign web site names

Google translator (https://translate.google.co.uk/?hl=en&tab=TT) (Chinese names & addresses can have interesting results)

Website Checkers

Check a site  (http://google.com/safebrowsing/diagnostic?site=)

Check the reliability of a website or email

 Scamdoc (https://www.scamdoc.com/) 

Britain from above

A four year project to document Britain from the a (https://britainfromabove.org.uk/en/search?keywords=llandudno&country=wales&year=all)ir
   

Title: Re: Useful Links
Post by: Ian on January 24, 2011, 07:55:27 PM
Find out how your MP votes:

http://www.theyworkforyou.com/ (http://www.theyworkforyou.com/)
Title: Re: Useful Links
Post by: Ian on April 06, 2011, 07:35:46 AM
Technical points:

When connecting to the internet via routers, many users - especially those posting on "technical" forums - use OpenDNS rather than the ones provided by their ISP.

they are:

208.67.222.222 (resolver1.opendns.com)
208.67.220.220 (resolver2.opendns.com)

they map to the nearest operational server.
Title: Re: Useful Links
Post by: Ian on February 05, 2012, 11:25:05 AM
http://www.theskepticsguide.org/resources/logicalfallacies.aspx (http://www.theskepticsguide.org/resources/logicalfallacies.aspx)

Invaluable guide for debating
Title: Re: All sorts of really Useful Links
Post by: Ian on March 11, 2018, 11:27:00 AM
Check the MOT history of any vehicle:

https://www.gov.uk/check-mot-history (https://www.gov.uk/check-mot-history)
Title: Re: All sorts of really Useful Links
Post by: Ian on October 05, 2018, 08:52:49 AM
New links added today about Weather and Shipping news.
Title: Your rights regarding warranties and time
Post by: Ian on April 22, 2019, 02:02:11 PM
Useful to know: if a retailer misleads you that you have no rights after the expiry of a manufacturer’s warranty with the intention that you pay for repairs for which it is potentially liable, then it is breaching Regulation 5(4)(k) of the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008. This is potentially an offence under Regulation 9 punishable under Regulation 13 by a fine and/or up to two years’ imprisonment.

https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2008/1277/pdfs/uksi_20081277_en.pdf (https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2008/1277/pdfs/uksi_20081277_en.pdf)

Title: Seeking extraordinary costs
Post by: Ian on April 22, 2019, 02:04:04 PM
When in dispute with a business or company, you can seek extraordinary costs under Part 27.14(2)(g) of the Civil Procedure Rules on the basis that they had behaved unreasonably. This can be something as simple as their not bothering to respond to you.

https://www.justice.gov.uk/courts/procedure-rules/civil/rules/part27 (https://www.justice.gov.uk/courts/procedure-rules/civil/rules/part27)
Title: Re: All sorts of really Useful Links
Post by: Ian on July 11, 2019, 11:19:48 AM
Just added the definitive guide on how to enable DoH for FF.  If you don't know what DoH is, then put simply it's a method for encrypting al[l your browser traffic from your ISP.

The snoopers' charter allows ISPs to spy on your internet traffic.  If you don't like that, use the guide to stop them doing it.
Title: Re: All sorts of really Useful Links
Post by: SteveH on September 15, 2019, 10:57:13 AM
Found this link, maybe of some use.........

Welsh Newspapers online- the National Library of Wales...Search 15 million Welsh newspaper articles


This page 30th Sep 1910 North Wales Weekly news
https://newspapers.library.wales/view/3649963/3649972/
Title: Re: All sorts of really Useful Links
Post by: Ian on September 15, 2019, 11:46:15 AM
Thanks, Steve.  Superb link - integrated into the header.
Title: Re: All sorts of really Useful Links
Post by: SteveH on September 15, 2019, 02:25:17 PM
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Thanks, Steve.  Superb link - integrated into the header.

I found it by accident while searching information about Bleriot, Hugo´s recent picture of a plane on Llandudno beach made me think there should be more details, and that´s when I came across the NWWN page, but nothing further, previously I found that after his famous flight, he started manufacturing planes, so I suspect it was one of his planes, and not the man himself.
Title: Re: All sorts of really Useful Links
Post by: Ian on September 15, 2019, 02:46:55 PM
It's hardly surprising that we have so many page views;  we're a regular font of information.
Title: Re: All sorts of really Useful Links
Post by: SteveH on July 23, 2020, 10:47:37 AM
Not sure if this comes under the term useful, but it is a bit interesting...............  I think  :-\

WORLDOMETER       real time world   continuous update on world stats and information.

https://www.worldometers.info/ (https://www.worldometers.info/)
Title: Re: All sorts of really Useful Links
Post by: Ian on July 23, 2020, 10:55:38 AM
Excellent!  I've added it as the first item in 'Miscellaneous'.
Title: Re: All sorts of really Useful Links...Tracing family history
Post by: SteveH on October 27, 2020, 10:05:49 AM
Welsh Parish Registers launched for those wanting to trace their family history like actor Ruth Jones on Who Do You Think You Are?

For those keen to explore their own Welsh family history just like Ruth, Ancestry.co.uk has launched Welsh Parish Registers, 1538-1994.

The collection holds over eight million historic Welsh records, in what will, in time, become the most comprehensive collection of its type available online.

The records span 456 years, dating from 1538 all the way up to 1994 and detail baptisms, banns (the public announcement of an impending marriage), marriages and burials.

https://www.leaderlive.co.uk/news/18822000.welsh-parish-registers-launched-wanting-trace-family-history-like-actor-ruth-jones-think/?ref=rss (https://www.leaderlive.co.uk/news/18822000.welsh-parish-registers-launched-wanting-trace-family-history-like-actor-ruth-jones-think/?ref=rss)
Title: Re: All sorts of really Useful Links
Post by: Ian on October 27, 2020, 11:20:48 AM
Thanks, Steve;  Duly added under Misc.
Title: Re: All sorts of really Useful Links.....Old photos
Post by: SteveH on November 05, 2020, 09:50:02 AM
Memory lane - your free new online picture archive filled with photos of North Wales
Take a trip into the past and help preserve it for future generations

The site - called Memorylane.co.uk -   https://www.memorylane.co.uk/ (https://www.memorylane.co.uk/)   allows people to celebrate, explore and share historical moments in their little corner of the world through fascinating pictures taken through the years.
Title: Re: All sorts of really Useful Links........ Car dimensions
Post by: SteveH on January 10, 2021, 04:24:13 PM
A handy tool, if you are looking for car dimensions, very comprehensive and interesting .   New car dimensions in the European market with the photo of each automobile size showing length, width and height, boot space etc


                         https://www.automobiledimension.com/ (https://www.automobiledimension.com/)
Title: Re: All sorts of really Useful Links
Post by: SteveH on January 21, 2021, 10:51:44 AM
Britain from Above was a four year project aimed at conserving 95,000 of the oldest and most valuable photographs in the Aerofilms collection, those dating from 1919 to 1953. Once conserved, the images were scanned into digital format and made available on this website for the public to see. This project was made possible due to a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and support from The Foyle Foundation and other donors. There are now over 95,000 images on the website. The website provides the opportunity to share and record your memories and knowledge about the places shown in the collection.

One of the aims of the project was to ensure that as wide a range of people as possible could learn about Aerofilms and to engage with the images. This was done by working with groups in local communities, using the images of their local area as inspiration for a number of projects.  Take a look at the legacy left by the project in the highlights below.

https://britainfromabove.org.uk/en/search?keywords=llandudno&country=wales&year=all