New Balls Please Doctor…

Website of the Day: Wednesday June 30th

tardistennis>> Tardis Tennis
It may be many years since we last had a British Wimbledon champion, but this fantastic online game aims to help restore our national pride, by pitting Great Britons John Lennon, William Shakespeare, Winston Churchill and Queen Victoria against one another on Centre Court! No other game combines vintage Sci-fi, the thrill of a well executed backhand volley and the great figures in British history.

>> Tennis For Free
This is a campaign spearheaded by comedian, author and tennis enthusiast Tony Hawks, to make all publicly managed tennis courts in the UK available for use by all, free of charge. The site lists all the local councils which have already opened up access to local courts, and also has information about free coaching and donating equipment.

wimbledon>> Official Wimbledon site
The world’s biggest tennis grand-slam has always had an excellent online presence, and the official site for this year’s tournament is the best yet. Look out for player profiles, a real-time scoreboard, excellent zoomable webcams, virtual tours and much more.

macenroe>> BBC Desktop MacEnroe
Another excellent download from BBC Sport – Like Mini Motty for football, this animated desktop character pops up regularly with tennis newsflashes and pre-match reminders.

Baby Name Idol

Website of the Day: Tuesday June 29th

nameourbaby>> Name Our Baby
When Chris (“out of Coldplay”) Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow decided to name their child Apple a few weeks ago, I mentioned a site called Inch or the Institute of Naming Children Humanely (click here for more info).
The couple behind Name Our Baby have obviously ignored Inch’s warnings, as they’re inviting visitors to their site to nominate possible names for their unborn son. In true Pop Idol-style, the nominations will be whittled down to a final 10 on September 1st, when you can return to the site and vote for your favourite name. Current frontrunners include Amazing Pants, Barney Rubble, The San Diego Chicken, Nigel and DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince.

New specs for the ref…

rosetintedursAs I may have mentioned before, I know nothing about football, so I was one of the few people who didn’t bother watching England’s Euro 2004 swansong.

However, I couldn’t miss the fact that referee Urs Meier’s decision to disallow Sol Campbell’s header on Thursday evening was not very well received.

I had a number of emails the next day pointing out that Urs Meier has his own website on which he welcomes comments and emails. His official site was unavailable earlier today, presumably due to what Sally Boazman likes to call “sheer volume of traffic”, but if you want to try for yourself, you’ll find the link below.

In the meantime a collection of sites protesting about Mr Meier’s decisions have emerged over the weekend. Best of those is We Were Robbed which includes a page of the best Euro 2004 viral emails currently in circulation but Dodgy Refs is also worth a look.

STOP PRESS: (Tuesday June 29th) Thanks to Sandy McDermott who emailed me to tip me off about – a new petition site to vote for Video Replay facilities in football, (as we already have in Rugby, Hockey and American Football) to allowing the official to look at the incident at pitch side and make an informed decision on whether to allow a particular point.

Finally, if you’re quick, Ebay are currently taking bids on Urs Meier’s Rose Tinted Spectacles.


>> Urs Meier: Official Site
>> We Were Robbed
>> Bid on Urs Meier’s rose-tinted spectacles

Glastonbury on your desktop

Website of the Day: Friday June 25th

Glasto >> Glastonbury on
By now Britain’s music lovers have pitched their tents and are already enjoying the huge range of music on offer at Worthy Farm. BBC 2, BBC 3, Radio 1, 6 Music and Radio 4 are all covering different elements of this year’s festival, and this BBC site is your definitive guide to the weekend’s events in Pilton. For the first time ever, you’ll be able to watch the pick of the performances streamed live on the BBC site, plus there are versions of the site optimised for WAP and for PDAs. Of course you’ll also find full line-up details and TV & Radio schedules for all the BBC’s Glastonbury coverage.

Too many toasters?

Website of the Day: Thursday June 24th

toaster>> The Alternative Wedding List
As more and more newly married couple find that they already have all the toasters or kettles they need, this is a very worthy alternative. Instead of asking your wedding guests to buy you a bunch of household items which will never get used, you create an online wedding list of charitable donations – A £30 gift might buy school meals for a year for a Mongolian child, a cataract operation for a child in Bangladesh or a training lecture for a cancer nurse. The site is non-profit, ensuring that the full value of your guests’ donations go to the selected charities

How to have your words spoken by a woman with a French accent!

Website of the Day: Wednesday June 23rd

language>> The Interactive Multi Lingual Demo
Although this site doesn’t have much practical use it’s great fun! It’s a text-to-voice generator which lets you type in any text and hear it spoken back to you in a variety of accents. There are a range of American and British accents plus French, German and Latin-American.
Click on the following links to hear our customised Steve Wright in the Afternoon idents created by the site:
Rosa from Mexico | Reiner from Germany | Juliette from France

More Football!

Website of the Day: Monday June 21st

As England prepare to storm through to the quarter-finals of Euro 2004, here’s our second round-up of football sites recommended by listeners to Steve Wright in the Afternoon:

virtualreplay>> BBC Sport Virtual Replay
Thanks to Su Cummings of Newcastle Upon Tyne for recommending this fantastic feature from BBC Sport. Virtual Replay offers animated reconstructions of every goal in the tournament. You select which goal you want to view, and then choose from one of eight different camera angles. You can also view each goal from the viewpoint of specific players on the pitch, so you can relive Wayne Rooney’s goals from his position on the pitch, or from that of Beckham, Owen, Neville or several other players.

>> Up4theCup
Of all the sites nominated by Steve Wright in the Afternoon listeners, by far the most votes and recommendations were received for this tournament score prediction game. Unfortunately most of the people who voted for it failed to mention that the deadline for entering was the opening day of Euro 2004, which means that if (like me) you’ve not already registered, you’re too late!

>> Link Up Football
A new football directory, with links to hundreds of different football sites categorised into areas like news and results, kit, memorabilia, players, teams, fantasy leagues and many others.

whatthefaro>> What The Faro
Nominated by Alex McBeath. Just because Scotland missed out on making the journey to Portugal, they don’t have to miss out on the Euro 2004 frenzy – This excellent tongue-in-cheek site bills itself as “Scotland’s staying at home page during Euro 2004” – and features sections like Find Your 2nd Team” – a multiple choice quiz to find out if your subconsciously cheering for Sweden.

roadtolisbon>> The Road To Lisbon
Recommended by listener Dean Lipscombe. This site from Adidas accompanies their current TV campaign featuring most of Europe’s finest players riding customised scooters down through Europe towards Lisbon. You can watch the full-length mini-film and interviews with the filmmakers and players, plus there’s a competition to win David Beckham’s scooter.

>> Full details of all football and Euro 2004 sites featured by Miles