Radio Ulster links

Thanks to Michael MacNamee and the team on BBC Radio Ulster’s Stephen Nolan show for making me welcome this morning. If you’re visiting this site for the first time after hearing me on Radio Ulster, then Welcome and I hope you’ll find something here to interest you.

For more information about the sites mentioned on today’s show please click on the following links

>> Say No To 0870
How to save money on callls to "non-geographic" numbers.

>> Go on a virtual diet
Build a 3D online virtual model of youself at DietFoods.com to see how you might look if you shed a few pounds.

>> Racing Frogs
The most addictive online game of 2004!

>> Organise your digital photos
Picasa is an excellent free software download designed to help you find, share and print your digital snaps.

>> How to get your computer to talk to you
If you’ve never had a French person declare undying love to you, now’s your chance, courtesy of the Interactive Multi-Lingual Demo.

If you like the look of any of these sites, please do have a look at some of the other links featured on this site, or try to catch my regular slot on Radio 2’s Steve Wright show on weekdays between 4.45 and 5pm. You can also suggest other sites I may like by clicking on the comments link.

Happy New Year to all Nolan show listeners!

The Norad Santa Tracker

Noradsanta>> The Norad Santa Tracker
Without a doubt this is my favourite site of this and any year: The NORAD Santa Tracker uses satellite technology to track the infrared signature of Rudolph’s red nose and tell you the exact moment that Father Christmas enters British air space. If you have small children do try to show them this site before they go to bed on Christmas Eve – It’s truly magical!

More Christmas links

Roastturkey>> British Turkey
Eliminate fears of underthawed or undercooked birds by using British Turkey’s calculator to work out the exact defrosting and roasting cooking time for your turkey.

>> 1do3 Xmas
This is the closest thing I’ve found to a cut-out-and-keep guide to all the useful things you may need to use the web for this Christmas. 1Do3 have tried to anticipate the most-searched for sites for UK web users and have provided short reviews of sites in a huge range of areas from gift ideas, to renting a christmas tree, decorating the house, cooking the turkey, watching telly and even managing stress.

More Festive Games

>> Santa Penalty Shootouts (Festive trivia quiz )
>> Slingshot Santa Game
>> Accessorise the Snowman
>> Santa Sleigh Simulator
>> Mince Pie Hard Game

Girls Aloud at Gt Ormond St

GirlsaloudI’m not going to get a chance to mention this on air today, but I’ve just heard that Girls Aloud are down at down at Great Ormond Street Hospital today giving away Zen Micro mp3 jukeboxes to the children who will be hospital there over Christmas.

Girls Aloud will also be signing an extra 10 Zen Micros to be auctioned on eBay between December 22nd and Christmas Day, with all proceeds going to BBC Children in Need

The Zen Micro is a similar device to Apple’s much touted iPod Mini, but has some extra features including more memory (and a wider choice of funky colours), longer battery life plus a spare replaceable battery and a built-in FM radio. Keep an eye on this site for some mp3 player reviews in the New Year.

>> Great Ormond Street Hospital
>> Girls Aloud
>> BBC Children in Need
>> Creative Zen Micro 
>> eBay Girls Aloud /Zen Micro auction (from Dec 22nd)
>> CNET Reviews compare the Zen Micro and the iPod Mini

Festive Games

DiscosantaEach year I find new festive online games and there’s never time to talk about all of them on air. Here are a few of this year’s favourites:

>> Disco Dancing Santa on North Pole.com
>> Sober Santa Games
>> Make-A-Flake (virtual snowflake creator)
>> Create a Santa (Make your own animated Santa caricature)

Confetti: Christmas Party Planning

Website of the Day: Wednesday 15th December

Confettichristmas>> Confetti: Christmas Party Planning
Confetti is best known as one of the UK’s leading sites for planning weddings, but their Christmas Celebrations section has just been named Web User magazine’s best festive party planner site. You’ll find sections on office parties, what not to do in front of the boss, plus a selection of festive recipes and a guide to creating a beautifully dressed festive table!

Find a local Santa

Website of the Day: Tuesday 14th December

Netmumsxmas >> Netmums: A Local Christmas
The first thing to say about this is it’s not just for mums! Dads, grandparents, godparents, and anyone else who ever looks after kids are all welcome at Netmums’ superb network of 94 local sites. Each site is  run voluntarily by local mums as an online meeting place for sharing tips, advice and information about any aspect of looking after or entertaining kids. Each site now has a dedicated Christmas section with details of where to visit Santa, plus info on pantos, carol concerts, festive  days out and domestic Christmas activities.

Charity Christmas Presents

Website of the Day: Monday Dec 13th

Christmaslist >> The Alternative Christmas List
Earlier this year we featured the Alternative Wedding List: A site which allows engaged couples to create an online list of charitable donations instead of conventional wedding gifts. Since June the site has helped to generate over £10,000 for charities and many people have requested a similar service for Christmas or birthday gift-lists.
The Alternative Christmas list now joins the wedding site as a not-for-profit initiative comprising suggested donations to a diverse range of charities. This site is aimed specifically at groups of people (whether families, friends or colleagues) who can collaborate to create a Christmas donations list and exchange charitable gifts drawn from the online suggestions.

Normal service is resumed!

6musicSorry it’s been a bit quiet here this week … Website of the Day only really accounts for an hour of my working day… the rest of the time I’m one of a small team who look after the website for Radio 2’s sister station 6 Music, and we’ve been stupidly busy for the last few weeks re-launching the 6 Music website. Even if you’re not a regular 6 Music listener, please take a look at the new site – we’re rather pleased with it and it’s a tasty shade of turquoise, which happens (coincidentally) to be my Mum’s favourite colour! Anyway all the 6 Music stuff meant I got a bit behind updating this site with the latest sites featured on Steve’s show, but it’s all bang up to date now! Lots more good Christmassy sites to come over the next week as well!

Compare book pirces

Website of the Day: Thursday 9th December

Fecthbook_1>> Fetchbook
There are a range of useful price comparison sites which will help you save money on book purchases, but most of them restrict their searches to online shops in the UK. FetchBook is an impressive addition to their ranks, as it searches a total of 102 online shops throughout the world, and automatically calculates total costs inclusive of postage to the country of your choice. You can also set up a price alert in order to receive an email when a book’s price drops to a certain level.