Software I find useful: – A superb free Open Source office suite for Windows, Macintosh and Linux. Excellent file compatibility all-round and includes very capable drawing and presentation applications that support .svg vector images – A most versatile free image manipulation utility. View, convert, resize and much more, including batch processing

Tech & Gadget Blogs: - Coolest Gadgets – reporting on the latest cool gadgets. - Gizmag – new and emerging technology news. – OhGizmo! – another gadget blog.

Design Resources: – OCAL – The Open ClipArt Library - This project aims to create an archive of clip art that can be used for free for any use and offers .svg vector as well as .png raster downloads. Thousands of entries and growing fast. – FONTSPACE – Thousands of free fonts for Windows & Mac. – Old Book Illustrations: pictures scanned from old books – large collection including some vectors. Also check out the SCRAPBOOK. – OBI SCRAPBOOK – The frequently updated blog from Old Book Illustrations.

Rail Travel Planning & Real Time Information: – BR Fares is an independent website that allows expert users to fully explore the variety of fares offered by the train companies in Great Britain, without having to plan a journey or specify times and trains. - Accessible UK train enquiries for times & fares. Nice feature for saving common searches as simple hyperlinks/bookmarks.  Also has a a live map of trains, showing approximate positions of trains on approach to a particular station. There’s a live Tube map too. - Open Train Times takes train information from Network Rail using their real-time data feeds service. Includes various train describer maps showing positions of all trains along selected busy routes. - Rail information across the British rail network bringing together a variety of data sources including Network Rail timetables,  train describer signalling feeds and London Underground’s Trackernet. Mobile apps are also available for iPhone and Android. – Live departure boards for all UK stations & tube line status.

Other Rail Interest Sites: – RailMiles Mileage Engine – calculates distances between rail stations. – A historic record of UK steam-hauled main line excursions and listings of planned upcoming tours with timings, haulage details and links to tour operators.

Mapping: - The Free Wiki World Map - OpenStreetMap is a free editable map of the whole world. – The New Adlestrop Railway Atlas - a historical map of Britain’s railways, a work-in-progress. - Carto.metro has highly precise railway maps of urban transport around the World, including London’s Tube, Overground & DLR systems.