diamond geezer

 Friday, November 24, 2006

ninelinks (and one repeat from last Saturday just in case you missed it)
• Ever needed an email address to sign up for something but not wanted to give your real one? Now you can get a temporary email address from Spambox, which lasts just long enough for you to get your registration email through and then disappears. I've just used Spambox to sign up for 12 free Krispy Kreme doughnuts, safe in the knowledge that a "Buy 12 get 12 free" voucher is the only email they'll ever send me. Fab.
Smoke #9• Hurrah, Smoke #9 is just about to hit the shops. Just £2.50 will buy you this highly engaging "London peculiar" crammed with words and images inspired by the city. Probably the only quarterly magazine to be published sort-of every five months-ish. [4pm update: I've managed to track down a copy, and yes it's as good as ever]
• Ever wondered what tube drivers see as they chug around beneath London? Wonder no more, because the latest fad on YouTube is tube driver's cab videos. How do you fancy a journey round the Circle line, or a trip out from Paddington to Hammersmith and back, or even Moor Park to Croxley?
• You may not have splashed out on the latest NOW 65 album, but I bet you've bought at least one from the Now That's What I Call Music series. TV Cream has a special nostalgic page remembering NOWs 1 to 20, back in the 80s.
• Check out Flickr's latest London photos in more than 100 different categories at Pimp My London Group. I'm sure you'll want to keep up with The Feral Children of Bermondsey and London Graffiti groups, for example. Or add your own.
• Is your secondary school in Wikipedia? I had a look via the Schools in England page, and mine's included. Can you beat a wealthy porn baron as an ex-pupil?
If there was a General Election tomorrow, who would win? (Answer: The Conservatives would be just ahead in a hung parliament). It's all based on the latest opinion polls, of course, and don't forget it's just a bit of fun...
• Share your memories of the capital with Map My London. See where Mrs M took her favourite greyhound for a walk and where tamsin found a lost mattress. Satisfyingly mundane. [via ian and rashbre]
• Did you know that one pound 500 years ago had the same purchasing power as £447.11 today? Or that our cash has halved in value over the last 20 years? Check out the Purchasing Power of British Pounds from 1264 to 2005.
• If the programs on your Windows Taskbar aren't in the right order, Taskbar Shuffle is a tiny program which allows you to rearrange them. Very useful if, like me, you prefer everything set out 'just so'. Why doesn't Windows do this by default?

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