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UK-centric list of links relating to films, genre television, books & contemporary classical music

Latest update: 1 new link added under tv (17 April 2005)


Academy Awards (Oscars)
The official website for the Oscars. Nominations announced in January, winners in February. The site has an archive of past winners for film trivia lovers

British Academy of Film & Television Arts (BAFTA)
British film awards, winners announced in February

Cambridge Film Festival
Held annually in July

Cannes Film Festival: English language version
Cannes film festival, including archive of past Palme d'Or & Jury selections back to 1946!

Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival: English version
The premier short film festival, held in late Jan -- early Feb

Golden Globes
US film awards, winners announced on in January. Largely of interest outside the US as (supposedly) the best predictors for the better-known Oscars

Guardian Unlimited: Films
Film reviews from the Guardian and the Observer, plus very useful 'what's on near me?' function

Internet Movie Database (IMDb)
Everything you ever wanted to know about films, but never dared asků

Upcoming films with release dates, including UK

Online Film Critics Association (OCFS)
Easy-to-navigate site with loads & loads of film reviews, mainly from US critics

The Movie Times Top-grossing Films Worldwide
Regularly updated list of 140 or so films with the highest box office returns worldwide. Includes budget information

Genre television

City of Angel
Angel episode guide, with reviews. The latter are on the sycophantic side, but CoA remains one of the very few still up & running

Jammer's Reviews
Star Trek reviews; the only site I know with reviews for all seasons of DS9

Outpost Gallifrey
Episode guides, screen caps, forums, news & reviews of Doctor Who, new & old


Arthur C Clarke Awards
Judged awards for science fiction first published in the UK; established 1986 and run by the British Science Fiction Society. Recommended to me for selecting interesting rather than popular books. The site is a bit hard to navigate, but the winners list is here

Bible: Revised Standard Version
Searchable version of the RSV Bible

Discovering Dickens
Online facsimiles (PDF) of the original serial publications; currently Great Expectations and A Tale of Two Cities; in 2005, Hard Times

Four Quartets
Online edition of TS Eliot's 'Four Quartets' with notes

Internet Public Library
Useful resource for finding e-texts

Man Booker Prize
Official site of the Man Booker Prize for novel-length fiction in English written by Commonwealth/RoI author. Site contains archive of past shortlists

OneLook Dictionary
Online meta-dictionary which indexes 970 online dictionaries and offers a reverse look-up on definitions

Online Books
Useful resource for finding e-texts

Project Gutenberg
Project Gutenberg: large, growing archive of e-texts, now with text search

Riddley Walker Annotations
Annotations for the post-apocalyptic novel by Russell Hoban

Sherlock Holmes
Complete illustrated online edition of Sherlock Holmes

The Elements of Style
Online version of one of the most usable grammar and style guides, by William Strunk, Jr; biased towards American usage

The Wasteland
Online edition of TS Eliot's 'The Wasteland' with notes
Online thesaurus search with Roget's New Millenium Thesaurus

War Poems
Online edition of Wilfred Owen's War Poems, including manuscript facsimiles

World Wide Words
Large database of etymologies for words and phrases, compiled by one of the contributors to the OED & Oxford Dictionary of New Words

Classical & contemporary classical music

Barbican Centre, London
The Barbican Centre hosts the majority of 'contemporary classical' concerts in the UK

Boosey & Hawkes Composers
Includes (past & future) performance search

Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
Home of the Halle & the BBC Philharmonic

Concert Diary
International classical concert diary

Earbox: John Adams
John Adams' home page, with works list and discography

ECM Records
Good record label for 'contemporary classical'

Graham Fitkin
Graham Fitkin's flash-happy home page

Gramophone Magazine
Classical CD reviews

Kronos Quartet

Michael Nyman

Record label for 'contemporary classical'. Includes biographies and tour dates for their composer list. Note: their low-bandwidth option doesn't seem to work properly

Philip Glass

The London Proms guide

Steve Reich
Steve Reich's home page, with concert listing, discography and news