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      1. This page lists resources that I use on a regular or daily basis. It covers day to day essentials such as currency exchange rates, VAT rates, weather, travel information, postcodes and street maps.

        Currency Exchange Rates

        Pacific Exchange Rate Service fx.sauder.ubc.ca
        A service for academic research and teaching provided by Prof. Werner Antweiler at UBC's Sauder School of Business. Historical daily exchange rates are available for 87 currencies, some going back to 1971.

        Oanda Currency Convertor www.oanda.com
        Includes options for generating tables and graphs of historical data some of which goes back to 1990. The tables can be formatted as HTML, ASCII or CSV.

        Global Financial Data www.globalfinancialdata.com
        Current and Historical Data for the United States and over 150 countries, including stock markets from 1690, exchange rates from 1590, interest rates from 1700, commodities from 1500 and inflation from 1264. Data are recorded daily, weekly, monthly, and annually. There are several free annual data series including: inflation rates since 1264, interest rates since 1700, commodity prices since 1257, exchange rates since 1800. Subscriptions to the priced service range from USD 25 for some individual files to several thousand dollars for an annual subscription to the entire database.

        Purchasing Power over Time

        Current Value of Old Money

        Currency Abbreviations

        ISO 4217 Currency Codes www.xe.com/iso4217.php

        Currency Codes - Sortable list www.science.co.il/International/Currency-codes.asp

        Countries in the Eurozone

        Eurozone - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

        European Central Bank: Map of euro area 1999 – 2015


        VAT Number Validation ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/vies/vieshome.do
        Validate any EU VAT number by selecting the member state and entering the VAT number.

        VAT Rates Applied in the Member States of the European Community ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/resources/documents/

        PricewaterhouseCoopers: Global VAT Online
        Priced service only.

        UK Base Rates / Interest Rates

        Bank of England Monetary and Financial Statistics Division www.bankofengland.co.uk/statistics/index.htm
        Links to detailed information on exchange rates and interest rates. The Official Bank Rate History section provides details of UK interest rates, and when they became effective, going back to 1975 in spreadsheet, CSV, HTML and XML formats.

        Bank of England Official Bank Rate History www.bankofengland.co.uk/boeapps/iadb/repo.asp

        Industry Classification Codes

        Europa - RAMON ec.europa.eu/eurostat/ramon/
        If you don't know your NACE from your HS6, this site has many of the coding systems in use around the world including the Harmonized Commodity Description used in trade statistics services. Codes can be viewed online or downloaded in various formats

        North American Industry Classification System

        Property/Real Estate (UK)

        Land Registry www.gov.uk/government/organisations/land-registry
        The Land Registry guarantees the title to, and records the ownership of, interests in registered land in England and Wales.

        Land Registers of Scotland www.ros.gov.uk

        Land & Property Services (LPS) | DFP www.dfpni.gov.uk/land-property-services-lps

        Our Property - Property and house prices revealed OurProperty.co.uk
        One of the many services that repackage data from the Land Registry of England and Wales, and the Registers of Scotland. It gives the the address of the property, the date it was sold and how much it was sold for. It does not give the name of the owner or the name of the lender. There is also an email alerting service that enables you to monitor house prices up to 500 meters from a post code. The data goes back to 2000 and covers England, Wales and Scotland.

        House Price Index - Nationwide Building Society www.nationwide.co.uk/hpi/

        Environment Agency www.gov.uk/government/organisations/environment-agency
        Information on flood risk and pollution available by location or post code.

        Historic England www.historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list
        Search the National Heritage List for England (NHLE) for all listed buildings, scheduled monuments, protected wrecks and registered parks, gardens and battlefields. The Heritage List is the only official and up to date database of all nationally protected historic buildings and sites in England.

        Images of England www.imagesofengland.org.uk
        Images of England is a ‘point in time' photographic library of England's listed buildings, recorded at the turn of the 21st century. You can view over 300,000 images of England's built heritage from lamp posts to lavatories, phone boxes to toll booths, mile stones to gravestones, as well as thousands of bridges, historic houses and churches.

        Street Maps

        Google Maps maps.google.co.uk
        Can combine street map with "local search" for business, restaurants etc.
        Bing Maps www.bing.com/maps
        Open Street Map www.openstreetmap.org

        Postal Services

        UK Postcodes and Royal Mail postal rates

        Royal Mail www.royalmail.com

        UK Parcel Force

        Parcel Force www.parcelforce.com

        Post and Zip codes World-wide

        Links to Postcode Pages www.grcdi.nl/linkspc.htm

        UK Electoral Roll

        Electoral Roll Search UK www.whitepages.co.uk/electoral-roll-search-and-electoral-register-voters.html

        UK telephone codes and number "look-up" databases

        Online CodeLook www.telecom-tariffs.co.uk/codelook.htm
        Searchable web database but number of lookups is restricted. There is also a windows application that can be downloaded to look-up partial telephone numbers to find the locality and tariff band, and to look-up localities to find the code. Available to members only.

        Say No to 0870 www.saynoto0870.com
        Database of alternative geographic telephone numbers for 0800, 0808, 0844, 0845, 0870 and 0871 numbers.

        Who Calls Me? whocallsme.com
        "A user supplied database of phone numbers of telemarketers, non-profit organizations, charities, political surveyors, SCAM artists, and other companies that don't leave messages, disconnect once you answer, ignore the Do-Not-Call List regulations, and simply interrupt your day. If you received a strange call, most likely you are not the only one. Search for the phone number to see the reports of others. If there are no reports yet, leave your comment to start a conversation."

        Telephone Directories

        Telephone Directories on the Web www.infobel.com
        Annotated list of online telephone directories organised by continent and country.


        National Rail - the Gateway to Britain's National Rail Network
        Links to UK train companies, timetables, types of ticket, train running information (for example problems with the rail network in general, delays to services).

        Plan your journey | Traveline www.traveline.info
        Plan your journey using bus, rail, coach and ferry.

        Transport for London www.tfl.gov.uk
        Information and news on buses, underground (tube/metro) and trains in London as well as a journey planner. To buy or top up your Oyster Card go to Oyster online at https://oyster.tfl.gov.uk/oyster/

        List of companies operating trains in the United Kingdom en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_companies_operating_trains_in_the_United_Kingdom

        National Rail Enquiries - Maps of the UK National Rail Network www.nationalrail.co.uk/stations_destinations/maps.aspx

        Train delays: refunds for train delays & cancellations - MSE www.moneysavingexpert.com/travel/train-delays#trains
        Information on each of the train companies policies concerning refunds for delays and cancellations, together with links to their claim forms.


        BBC Weather www.bbc.co.uk/weather/
        The Met Office www.metoffice.gov.uk

        UK Storm Centre - Met Office www.metoffice.gov.uk/uk-storm-centre
        Information and updates on named storms in the UK


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