Some useful links

Here are some links to safe and reliable websites.

Brian’s other website The Brain Rummager Too explores the story of the English language, with examples from each main period, illustrations and maps. This is the link:

There’s more about Brian in a huge website devoted to Northern Rhodesia/Zambia in the 1950s and 1960s:
Scroll down to Contributions and find the box headed Brian Barratt. There are scans of about 300 photographs, books, magazines and rare historical documents.

There is a great deal of information and help for teachers of gifted and talented children on TalentEd, a website associated with the University of New England. Reviews of Brian's books can be read there, too:

Education Network Australia. EdNA Online is a service that aims to support and promote the benefits of the Internet for learning, education and training in Australia. It is organised around Australian curriculum and its tools are free to Australian educators.


I added a section about the fascinating Mandelbrot fractal on 13 June 2005. This link will produce a good working version if you have Java. I have used it and, as far as I can see, it is safe and reliable.

Students: Please ask a Maths and programming specialist to check this site before you attempt to use it. It requires a bit of technical know-how.

Be amazed when you explore the vast array of wonders and special exhibitions of The British Museum:

Be sure to browse through the wonderful Online Gallery at The British Library This website is an absolute MUST for people who love books:

Be informed and intrigued when you watch the video on human origins at:

If you love books, one of the most remarkable websites you’ll ever see is the famous and huge Gutenberg Project at

This is the best of many sites dealing with English words and phrases. It is regularly updated and has enormous archives:

Please take time to read about the life and language of an ancient, misunderstood and often persecuted people, the Roma (the Gypsies) at:

17th Century Record Print font is used in several places on these pages. It is available, with several other elegant and beautiful fonts and the “Wizardings” kit for children, from:

Crazy Diamond fonts were used in the magical and mysterious books of the Harry Potter films!

The Old English font used in some extracts in this website is called Beowulf. Another font used to show Old English style is Junius. They were created by Peter S. Baker and can be downloaded free of charge at various font sites. The site I use is:

Teachers, if you wish to contact me, substitute for the protective anti-spammer coding and use this address: bbarratt(AT)alphalink(DOT)com(dot)au

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