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News, Opinion and Politics

Published in The Gudgeon - January 2008

 

This is the first in a series of articles on websites that I like.

Each month, I will write on a different topic. I am starting with websites and podcasts relating to news, opinion and politics. In the future, I plan to write about travel, local interest, music, photography and social networking. If you have any ideas for topics, then please do email me.

All website links can be found at Delicious: http://del.icio.us/gudgeon. Delicious is an excellent bookmarking website for colllecting all the interesting websites and articles that you find and categorising and tagging them for future reference.

The first website I would recommend is the BBC’s. It is almost worth the TV Licence fee on its own. It has excellent articles on news, sports, entertainment, technology and your favourite programmes. It also has a great selection of podcasts.

Podcasts are radio shows that can be downloaded to your computer so that you can listen to them whenever it is convenient to you on either your MP3 player, iPod, or computer. You no longer need to be sitting by Radio 4 every Friday evening at 6.30 to get a dose of laughter because you can now subscribe to Friday Night Comedy at the BBC and giggle out loud to The News Quiz or The Now Show.

Other BBC podcasts include Andrew Marr's Start the Week, Melvyn Bragg's In Our Time and From our Own Correspondent. The Today Programme also makes its daily interview available for downloading.

All newspapers have their own news websites too Many allow you to become budding journalists by allowing you to have your say on the news of the day. It is also worth looking at The FIrst Post. This is an online newspaper developed specifically for the web.

If you want to find out how many speeches your MP has made in Parliament and how he has voted on major issues, then They Work For You is a very informative website. The Houses of Parliament website and No 10 also keep you informed of the machinations of government.

And if you want to have a bit of insider information, then the best place to go is Guido Fawke’s incendiary website.

If you have any suggestions for websites, then please send me an email and I will add it to http://del.icio.us/gudgeon with your comments.

 

2008 Articles

August 2008 - Music 1

July 2008 - Local Websites

June 2008 - Blogging

May 2008 - Social Networks

April 2008 - Photography 2

March 2008 - Photography 1

February 2008 - Travel

January 2008 - News

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