Campaign to revive discontinued products

Website of the Day: Tuesday November 30th

Puffapuffa>> Bring It Back
Thanks to Alan Simonds for this email:
"Have you ever gone to the shops or a supermarket to buy something you have bought in the past and found it’s been discontinued? Irritating isn’t it. I have set up a forum for people to campaign to bring products back. I’m sure there are many people out there who would like have the opportunity to start a campaign, or perhaps reminisce about a product that is no longer available."
The site is so new that at the time of writing there is only one post on the forum (from Alan himself) but I suspect we can change that! If there’s a product that you wish to see back on the shelves please feel free to visit the forums and post your suggestions and/or product memories.

JK Rowling update

Donotdisturb On Thursday when I featured JK Rowling’s official site, I was wondering aloud how to open a secret door on the site marked Do Not Disturb. We’ve had several emails from Harry Potter diehards explaining the site’s mysteries, and pointing me towards fan sites with more information. We don’t want to spoil any surprises, so all we’ll do is tell you that when (as occasionally happens) the Do Not Disturb sign disappears, you’ll need to solve a puzzle to open the door.
If you’re hungry for more clues these sites should tell you all you need to know:
>> MuggleNet Guide to JKRowling.com
>> BraPe’s Hints for JKRowling.com

The Incredibles

Website of the Day: Friday November 26th

Incredibles >> The Incredibles
Although the latest Disney/Pixar film is set to be a delight for parents and children alike, the animated website is fairly pedestrian compared to yesterday’s JK Rowling site. You’ll find all the features you’d expect; trailers, cast biographies, character profiles and screensaver/wallpaper downloads. The highlight is the games section, with drag-and-click animated colouring pages and a superhero name generator. From now on you can call me Gorgeous Giggling Man!

J.K. Rowling Official Site

Website of the Day: Thursday November 25th

Rowling >> J.K. Rowling Official Site
At the start of 2004, if you clicked on jkrowling.com all you found was a bunch of links to worldwide publishers of the Harry Potter books.  The new version of the site is a much more interesting proposition. The home page is an animated version of J.K. Rowling’s desk, which is strewn with chewing gum wrappers, paperclips, pens, a very cold looking mug of tea and at least one spider… From there, clicking around the desk will invoke sprinklings of blue magic dust which take you to the different sections. I’m not a great fan of the Harry Potter books, but this is a terrific site with a real sense of wonder and mystery.  See also
>> Harry Potter: Official Warner Brothers site

Froogle UK

Website of the Day: Wednesday November 24th

Froogle >> Froogle UK
It’s been a busy few months for the team behind the world’s most popular search engine Google… Already they’ve launched their desktop search tool, which lets you use Google to search for documents on your hard drive as well as online. Now they’ve released a UK version of their price comparison site Froogle. Google describe the service as "a quick way to search the largest collection of stores and products on the web. That means if the item you are looking to buy is online, Froogle will likely find it." Search results can be sorted by relevance or price and it’s as fast and simple to use as the regular Google service.
>> More info on Froogle from The Register

Wedding Music Update

The team behind yesterday’s site of the day: Wed2Music have been in touch to say that over 100 new bands have registered with the site in the last 24 hours. It’ll take a while for those new bands to make it onto the site as it’s only a two man operation, but if you’re looking for a wedding band it’s well worth revisiting the site regularly over the next few weeks as details of all the new bands will eventually be added to the database. Wed2Music are particularly looking for bands who play in Northern Ireland as the site is due to expand to cover that area early in 2005.

How to find a live band for your wedding

Website of the Day: Tuesday 23rd November

Weddingband >> Wed2Music
Having already attempted to compile the ultimate wedding disco playlist, it seems only fair that we attempt to help out engaged couples who are looking for a live band to play at their wedding reception.
Et voila! This is a free-to-use directory of professional wedding musicians, DJs and entertainers in the UK. You can search the database by area, price range and style of music played.  A list of matches will always include contact details for each band (phone and/or email) and (whenever possible) a link to each band’s own website.

Is this the ultimate wedding disco tracklist?

Weddingdisco2Eagle-eared listeners may remember that in early October, I was looking for help compiling the definitive playlist for any wedding disco, just before my friends Joti and Carl got married. The response was overwhelming with over a hundred suggestions posted to this site in the hour after the programme. (See the full list of your suggestions here!) Since then I’ve had a number of emails asking to see the full list of tracks played at the wedding disco… We had to wait until the happy couple got back from honeymoon, but by popular demand, here goes with the full list (and I think you’ll agree it’s a fabulously eclectic selection!):

Name Artist
CHILLOUT SECTION
Albatross Fleetwood Mac
Weather Storm Massive Attack
Theme from Dr Who BBC Radiophonic Workshop
Daydream In Blue iMonster
Missing Everything But The Girl
I Think I’m In Love Spiritualised
Karma Hotel Spooks
Topknot Cornershop
Since I Left You Avalanches
Everybody’s Talkin’ Harry Nillson
King Of The Road Proclaimers
This Is The Last Time Keane
Where The Wild Roses Grow Nick Cave & Kylie Minogue
Father and Son Cat Stevens
Yellow Coldplay
This Time The Girl Is Going To Stay Elvis Presley
Something Stupid Frank & Nancy Sinatra
Something’s Gotten Hold Of My Heart Gene Pitney
Sweet Caroline Neil Diamond
Music To Watch Girls By Andy Williams
Delilah Tom Jones
Lucky Man The Verve
DISCO PROPER STARTS HERE
Digital Love Daft Punk
Mamma Mia Abba
Lady Marmalade LaBelle
Super Trooper Abba
Le Freak Chic
Stayin’ Alive Bee Gees
Blame It On The Boogie Michael Jackson
Daddy Cool Boney M
No Diggety Blackstreet
Boom-Shak-A-Lak Apache Indian
Romeo Basement Jaxx
It’s Raining Men Weather Girls
Uptown Top Ranking Althia & Donna
Baby Love Diana Ross & The Supremes
Dance The Night Away Mavericks
Macerena Los Del Rio
Mambo No 5 Lou Bega
500 Miles The Proclaimers
Twist And Shout Beatles
Back In The USSR Beatles
Going Underground The Jam
Rock the Casbah Clash
Don’t Leave Me This Way Communards
Praise You Fatboy Slim
Brimful Of Asha (Norman Cook Mix) Cornershop
Don’t Call Me Baby Madison Avenue
Buffalo Stance Neneh Cherry
Can’t Get You Out Of My Head Kylie Minogue
Groove Jet DJ Spiller
Music Sounds Better With You Daft Punk and Stardust
Get Into The Groove Madonna
Don’t You Want Me Human League
Tainted Love Soft Cell
Strict Machine Goldfrapp
Adam & The Ants Stand And Deliver
Heart Of Glass Blondie
Manic Monday Bangles
Rise Gabrielle
I Will Survive Gloria Gaynor
ABC Jackson 5
He Wasn’t Man Enough For Me Toni Braxton
No Scrubs TLC
Ms Jackson Outkast
Crazy In Love Beyoncé Knowles ft Jay-Z
Always On Time  Ja Rule ft Ashanti
Trick Me Kelis
Get By Talib Kweli
Last Night a DJ Saved My Life Indeep (?)
We Are Family Sister Sledge
Lady Modjo
Don’t Stop Moving S Club 7
Freak Like Me Sugar Babes
The Love Cats Cure
Sit Down James
Disco 2000 Pulp
Naive Song Mirwais
Kinky Afro Happy Mondays
Fools Gold Stone Roses
Brown Sugar Rolling Stones
Hey Ya Outkast
Butterfly Crazytown
Clint Eastwood Gorillaz
Forgot About Dre Dr Dre ft Eminem
Superstylin’ Groove  Armada
Yeke Yeke Mory Kante
Born Slippy Underworld
SLOW IT DOWN …
Brown-Eyed Girl Van Morrison
Love Fool Cardigans
Angels Robbie Williams
True Color Cindy Lauper
The First Cut Is The Deepest Rod Stewart
Stand By Me Ben E King
Close To You The Carpenters

Zookeeper Game

As I sat down at my desk this morning I already had that “Blimey, it’s been a long week” feeling, which isn’t a good sign! I suspect I’m beginning to panic about how close Christmas now is, and how much I have to get done by then. So, faced with the choice of finding a useful pre-Christmas site, or a light-hearted diversion, then it had to be the diversion, which we can play with for a few minutes and try to pretend that Christmas is months away!

Website of the Day: Monday 22nd November

Zookeeper >> Zookeeper Game
If you like addictive puzzle games like Tetris, you should like this one. The screen is filled with random cartoon animal heads… Pandas, hippos, giraffes, crocodiles and so on. You have to try and clear the screen, by lining up groups of three or more animals next to each other.
Just click on two adjacent heads and they swap places. Each time you align a group of animals, they disappear and their place is taken by new animals. Sounds complicated, but it’s not when you play, and like all these types of games it’s infuriatingly addictive (and cute as well)!

Children in Need 2004

Website of the Day: Thursday 18th November

Tel_puds>> Children in Need Music Marathon
At 7pm this evening Stuart Maconie and Dermot O’Leary launch Radio 2’s Music Marathon in aid of BBC Children in Need 2004. You have until 6pm today to bid in this year’s online auction,  but you can donate securely online at any time. You’ll also find information about different ways to donate offline and details of where your money goes.

While we’re on the subject of Children in Need, here’s an honourable mention for:
>> Togscalendar.org
"We have been raising money for BBC Children In Need for five years now, by selling a calendar packed full of photos of DJs and celebrities. Steve and Tim are in this year’s calendar."  Congratulations and thanks to the team behind this site for raising over £800 in their online auction.