Other Links of Interest

The fifth and final section gathers together other links that may be of interest to professional translators and interpreters but that are not strictly business related. The categories are:

Codes & Shortcuts,

Lifestyle, Miscellaneous,

Music & Background Sounds, Nature & Environment,

News & PoliticsPhotos, SEO, Sport & Exercise,

Travelling & Holidays, TV & Films and World Time zones.

The other four sections are: general dictionaries and glossaries; subject-specific dictionaries and glossaries; writing-related resources; and translation-related tools and links.


Codes & Shortcuts

  1. Alt Codes list of Alt key codes, symbols and characters
  2. ISO Language Codes
  3. Keyboard shortcuts in Windows
  4. Unicode character table
  5. Windows – Alt Key Codes


  1. BuyMeOnce a site combating our throwaway culture with info on products built to last
  2. CodeCheck app for smartphones to check food and cosmetics are free from toxins
  3. The Game Changers a film that could change your life
  4. GuppyFriend washing bag for your machine
  5. Sleepyti.me helps you calculate when you should go to bed based on 90-min sleep cycle & average time to fall asleep of 15 mins
  6. The Minimalists a site for clearing the physical and emotional clutter from our lives
  7. Nutrition Calculator by BBC Food: Are you getting all the nutrients you need?
  8. Veggiebag.net by feelhome
  9. Workrave program that can help prevent RSI by telling you when to have a break
  10. Zero Waste Home Office tips to refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle and rot

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  1. Adzuna job search engine & ValueMyCV
  2. Camtasia computer screen recorder and video editor
  3. Canva design program
  4. ClipX free clipboard history manager
  5. Committee on Publication Ethics COPE
  6. Dollar Street see how people from all over the world really live (project by Anna Rosling Rönnlund)
  7. Encrypt.me VPN (Virtual Private Network)
  8. Findmypastdna ancestry DNA testing
  9. Forebears search for genealogical records and meanings & distribution of surnames
  10. Summary of Intellectual Property Rights The UK Copyright Service
  11. Thriva home blood-testing kits (UK) so you can track your long-term health
  12. Worldometer interesting real-time worldwide statistics
  13. Zoom for audio or video conferencing and webinars

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Music & Background Sounds

  1. Brain.fm (free trial)
  2. Calmy Leon relaxing music and sounds
  3. Coffitivity background coffee-shop noise to aid creativity
  4. Focus@Will specially sequenced background music to increase your attention span (15-day free trial; from $6.25 per month)
  5. myNoise customisable soundscape website to aid concentration
  6. Noisli ambient sounds (e.g. rain, seaside, train, coffee shop & white noise), plus timer and distraction-free text editor
  7. Radio Garden live radio around the world
  8. Rain.today white rain noise
  9. Spotify (free with ads; premium from £9.99 per month)

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Nature & Environment

  1. Top Wildlife Experiences Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust
  2. Webcams The Wildlife Trusts

News & Politics

  1. ABYZ News Links
  2. FactCheck.org monitors the factual accuracy of what is said by major US politicians
  3. Full Fact UK’s independent fact-checking charity
  4. Hoax Slayer fact-checking site
  5. Nuzzel news feed based on what your connections are reading on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook
  6. Our World in Data research and data visualisation of worldwide human civilisation
  7. PolitiFact fact-checking US politics
  8. Politwoops all deleted tweets from politicians
  9. Pro-Truth Pledge pledge to fact check before sharing & honour the truth
  10. Snopes fact-checking site
  11. TheyWorkForYou parliamentary monitoring website. Find out how your MP is representing you.
  12. WriteToThem write to your UK local and national politicians for free

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  1. Can Stock Photo royalty-free stock photographs (cost from $9 for 12 credits)
  2. Creative Commons
  3. Flickr
  4. Fotosearch royalty-free stock photographs (cost from $3-12 per value image; credits and subscriptions also available)
  5. GoGraph: Stock Photography (cost $3-8 per photo; credits and subscriptions also available)
  6. Gratisography free photos by Ryan McGuire
  7. New Old Stock vintage photos free of known copyright restrictions
  8. Pexels free stock photos
  9. Picjumbo free photos
  10. PikWizard free photos, no attribution
  11. Pixabay free high-quality images
  12. SplitShire free stock photography
  13. Unsplash free high-resolution photos

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  1. Backlink Checker ahrefs
  2. BuzzSumo analyses content to see what performs best for any topic or competitor
  3. Copyscape plagiarism checker
  4. Link Explorer by Moz
  5. Online Broken Link Checker
  6. OpenLinkProfiler analyses links of any website for free
  7. Xenu’s Link Sleuth find broken links on websites

Sport & Exercise

  1. Breeze Rides HSBC UK organised bike rides for women
  2. Elliott Line for parkrun stats
  3. Find a Race for running, cycling and swimming
  4. Fix Events for runs, triathlons and other multisport events
  5. Get Britain Standing information on how to stop sitting all day
  6. Great Run Local 2k and 5k on Sundays
  7. NHS Fitness Studio exercise videos including Pilates & yoga
  8. Parkrun 5k runs organised every Saturday at 9.00 a.m.
  9. Parkrun – Christmas & New Year Compendium 2019/2020
  10. Parkrun Elevation Rankings UK
  11. Parkrun Volunteer Hub
  12. Race For Life running for Cancer Research UK
  13. Running Pace Calculator
  14. TimeOutdoors for running, cycling, walking and more
  15. Vegan Runners UK

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Travelling & Holidays

  1. BorrowMyDoggy for walks, weekends and holidays
  2. DogBuddy find a dog sitter for boarding, day care or walks in the UK
  3. Fly Me Anywhere
  4. HouseMyDog dog boarding, sitting and walking in the UK
  5. MyClimate non-profit climate protection organisation with footprint calculator & carbon offset suggestions for flights, driving, heating, etc. (EUR, CHF, GBP & USD)
  6. Rover.com home dog boarding in the UK
  7. The Man in Seat Sixty-One worldwide train travel information
  8. Trainline UK rail and coach platform
  9. TrainSplit split ticketing site to save on fares
  10. TrustedHousesitters find someone to look after your house and pets while you’re away, worldwide
  11. University Rooms book stays in university accommodation when not in use by students
  12. Visa List visa requirements and document checklist for 238+ countries

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TV and Films

  1. Internet Movie Database IMDb
  2. Marquee TV productions by The Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal Opera House, English National Ballet, etc.
  3. MUBI film website focusing on international arthouse cinema (£9.99 a month; free trial available)
  4. Netflix for films and TV programmes
  5. National Theatre YouTube channel
  6. The Shows Must Go On! Andrew Lloyd Webber’s YouTube channel

World Time

  1. timeanddate.com World Clock, Time Zones, Calendar, etc.
  2. worldtimezone.com World Time Zone Map

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