14th November 2005: USA STATE COUNTIES: Our huge index to USA State Counties is now completed - all counties are listed both alphabetically and by state, and there are now links from all 3138 entries! Not an entirely-easy area to build, but fascinating, now it's completed, to see how different areas of the United States have developed in vastly different ways.
Having finally tracked down all the Parishes in Louisiana - challenging in the extreme! - it was delightful to discover that New Orleans is back on track, with many shops and restaurants already open, and many more due to re-open in January 2006 - see the Louisiana page, Orleans Parish.
Another major discovery was the "gaps" in available websites, in North Dakota and particularly South Dakota, the final state we searched through. Eventually we discovered that stretching across this and other states are two million square kilometers within which are the Great Sioux Nation Reservations.
We've created a special area for this on the South Dakota page, with links to websites about 11 tribes and 9 other links to related areas including The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI)'s plan to establish their own "Embassy of Tribal Nations" (funding help urgently needed) and the wonderful Native Wind project to "harness the inexhaustible wind resources of the Dakotas to generate renewable power".
The United Sioux Tribes wish to offer clean electricity to towns and cities, to mitigate air pollution and climate change - whilst dually generating funds to revitalise Native economies. There's a Native Renewables Energy Conference taking place in Denver, Colorado on Tuesday to Thursday this week, November 15-17 2005 (see here to download the brochure). The core message of the conference is: "Tribes and Cities can help each other".
At a time when the USA is facing many natural crises it is wonderful that the United Sioux Tribes are taking such positive steps to safeguard the country's future and restore a better overall climate balance.
4th November 2005: FREE FRENCH WORKSHEETS: We're delighted to say that "WALL-TO-WALL FRENCH" is now - finally! - linked in and open for visitors. Five years from when we first started building the French area, and our deepest thanks to Rita for her dedicated work in checking all the content of the free worksheets and overview pages. The 800 linked worksheets are all "dual language" (English-French and French-English) and because all the vocabulary is structured and interlinked by "themes", you can explore the French language in a way that simply hasn't been possible before. The "Wall-to-Wall French" pages can be printed off or viewed on line for revision, as can the worksheets themselves.
28th October 2005: ANDY'S GUIDE TO POKÉMON: As promised, all the new Cheats, Tips & Shortcuts went up on line at Andy's Guide to Pokémon in time for half term :) and thanks to everyone for the e-mails now flooding in. Glad you found the new stuff useful :)
28th October 2005: USA STATE COUNTIES: Work is still progressing on this area (next few weeks, probably) but there are over 1000 USA State Counties linked in now, and we're starting to link the listings in from our Schools USA page. The links give a fascinating insight into what life is *really* like in different areas of the USA, and you should be able to locate school boards and local schools via most of the county links.
10th October 2005: FREE MATHS RESOURCES: Our thanks to Kaiya Williams (who first wrote to us in May 2005 about this resource) for details of updated internet addresses for the free maths practice books and lesson plans available on line from the "Centre for Innovation in Mathematics Teaching". Links to all workbook sets (years 1-6, 7, 8, 9, GCSE and advanced level) have been added from the Maths index page here [select relevant age group]. You may also want to refresh the selected Maths Key Stage page (on the site here) before you try the link to CIMT, as many of our index pages are cached (and not always immediately updated) by major servers due to the very high traffic levels.