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From the first time I got onto the internet to the present day the bbc.co.uk has remained one of my favourites. Unfortunately it has shrunken a little bit over time. When I first went on the BBC site a few years ago there were all sorts of miscellaneous items that I found interesting like silly games. I played Tardis Tennis for weeks, if anyone remembers it?
There came a time when most of the great games had disappeared from the BBC site. Just last week came the terrible news that with cutbacks BBC 6 is to be axed and the BBC website is to be halved in size. I am really sad about this as it really is one of the best websites out there in cyber space even though it is ever shrinking nowadays.
Rather than cry on about all the things that might be cut I'd like to highlight some of my favourite bits of the website that are still at least for the moment up for people to use and enjoy. I won't mention the obvious ones like support information to current TV and Radio programs as these are blindingly obvious things that you would expect to find on the bbc.co.uk website anyway and they are in no danger of being cut.
Learning. Yes learning I would never have believed a website could share and teach so many wonderful things in such clever and inventive ways. I found myself spending hours and hours going through all the guides and interactive history, nature, science and arts sections.
bbc.co.uk is almost like being a casual university student able to trawl through subjects at will and digest whatever you feel like at the time.
I also found the sections on grammar and English really useful too. I sometimes forget what a semi colon is for or where an apostrophe should go. But when I look it up or work through a free BBC lesson on the subject I get enlightened. Unfortunately I have a memory like a sieve so not much sticks, but I can always look it up again when I get stuck. How brilliant a website bbc.co.uk is to offer learning for free. Really useful in depth learning too.
Courses search. Tied into the learning section is or possibly was -if you're reading this a few months after I've written the review - a search engine for learning courses in all subjects. So if I was reading a an article on Tai Chi or Maths I can just use the BBC courses search engine to find me somewhere local where I can enrol on a course. Everything from degree courses to no pressure general interest night courses or correspondence courses in included. How cool is that?
360 degree photos. I've clicked onto some BBC web pages of areas of the country that interested me only to find that somehow the BBC have managed to take completely seamless 360 degree photos of a well known local spot. The 360 degree castle view in Wales was my favourite. It was like visiting the place without leaving my living room.
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The above items represent some of my favourite things about the BBC website but there are millions of weird and wonderful things waiting to be discovered on bbc.co.uk
Why not go there now and check the site out for yourself while you still can, before the BBC implement their plan to halve the size of the website.
Thanks for reading my review.
The moment Andrew Gilligan broke the covenant of trust between the national broadcast media and the government, with that infamous 45 minutes quote, questioning the very legitimacy of the war in Iraq, the BBC, under its current guise, was doomed, not only under New Labour but the Tory's too, the pledge to get rid of Six Music and the Asian Network a rather desperate plea by the Director General to Cameron not to go further. Gilligan was correct to do what he did, diligent journalism indeed, and was proven right too, but when a government goes to war over its 'national interests abroad' it expects its main TV station to fall in line to tighten public support. The BBC fell in line for the Falklands back in the early 80s under Thatcher and I don't recall the word 'oil' being mentioned one single time back then, which we now know from recent drilling events in the South Atlantic is probably the real reason why we defended the islands full of penguins and sheep poo. The top 60 BBC board members and executives are paid more than the Prime Minister for that exact reason.
If you don't entertain any conspiracy theories over the war in Afghanistan and later Iraq then read this article from the Guardian and you may rethink your argument. This was really Gilligan's point...
Today, content wise, you can't help but feel a little bit sorry for the BBC, however painful that license fee. They are a heavily funded public service with 20,000 staff and so their remit is to provide niche programming that's an alternative to commercial broadcasting, by its very nature not a big audience grabber and so unfairly judged on that alone. That type of telly and radio can be very boring to the 80% of the audience it's not aimed at and so they get slated for showing dull telly by that 80%, the majority. Pundits who should no better then rail into them for that boring telly and so the BBC then dumb it down to the lowest common denominator to get bigger audiences to justify their license fee and we get Hole in the Whole and bloody Wipeout, probably the most moronic prime time television ever made.
Searching for the category of the 'BBC' on dooyoo kind of summed up where the corporation is right now, the BBC listed in all its little bits here, no one single body, everything from bbc/news to bbc/kids to write on, the corporation just too big now. Once digital radio was pushed then they had no choice but to start digital stations and so no surprise those audiences were small. I, like you, bought a digital radio but hardly ever use it, if just because it wastes electricity. I never had any problem with MW or FM and only bought my Pure One because they said they were going turn the old signals off soon. But it's half the digital stations on the dial that have already gone under.
A lot of these new stations were purely created to hit quotas, multicultural, gender and political ones, be it the audiences or BBC staff employed, 1-XTra and the Asian Network to name but two. Because older British Asians tend to listen to local stations in their own language and the younger ones go for the stations we all listen to at that age there's no real audience for the Asian Network. Apparently 1-Xtra has no audience and one of the reasons is the absurd Tim Westwood, hardly a black role model, his silly street patois not what black people want to listen to. Even Westwood has admitted he's talking to no one on air during his show. It will be interesting to see if the Asian communities kick up a fuss over losing their station, and if they do will Six Music, an extravagant middle-class treat, be cut instead, the plan all along if you ask me, the white middle-class majority in this country sadly the least amount of clout to complain these days.
Listeners of these stations would argue about waste elsewhere, the BBC's main building project in London alone over running disastrously, now looking at a bill in access of one billion pounds. So extravagant are they that they even built an additional studio in Venice for the Euro 2008 soccer championships to get a better view for the backdrop, that costing 250k. Alan Hansen and his co match of the day pundits not based in London run up a bizarre two grand chauffeur bill a week through the season to get to the show. Why doesn't the BBC employ local big name ex-players in that case?
I personally watch the intelligent terrestrial channels of BBC2 and Channel Four, ITV and BBC1 clearly aimed at the 'proles', soap operas and The One Show not for me. Some nights it's so bad I weld the button on to Channel Four and forget about them, the other channels content dull or repeat packed. If the BBC wants to make cuts then why not dump BBC3 and BBC4, shifting that often decent content on to the main channels? ITV 4 could definitely do that. It just seems the media got carried away with digital TV.
But we are here to talk about the website, also facing a 25% cut in funding, costing a mind boggling £100 million a year to run, an annual overspend of £31 million not helping their critics. But it brings in an impressive 29 million visitors every week so at least it works. One of the rags I work for the, Chronicle & Echo, has just two blokes running their website.
For that sort of money you expect the BBC website to be very good, which it is, but most of that spend is on journalists. The Chronicle & Echo website is basically the written rag cut n pasted up (without spell-check, in many cases) once a day and so it's unclear why the BBC needs to employ what is effectively duplication here. Why can't there be just one news room for all BBC TV, Radio and online news content? Why do they need separate journalists and admin to collate the same news? The £20 million pound cut would suggest that may well be coming, or something along those lines, the websites set to lose its teen services of Blast and Switch by 2013.
I do trust the BBC news more than any other. Why? Andrew Gilligan is why. The journalists are drawn to the BBC because the world trusts its truth, BBC World the most watched news service on the planet, the same with the BBC News website. BBC salaries are low compared to commercial news organisations and if you watch ITV news you can see the magazine flavour to it, certainly more divisive, some stories included purely to parry with the adverts. Although they provide news they want you to think their way and keep you in a mood to imbibe those commercials, why their weather forecasts are always positive!
The BBC website is not flash in any way because it doesn't carry any advertising...no applet sapping videos or animations racing around the front page. But because the websites budget is so huge they batter the competition on hits, ITV and the like unable to draw enough people to their websites to sell those commercials. This is the biggest bugbear the commercial world has with the BBC, especially during a decade of declining revenues. The internet is wear advertisers want to be now and the BBC is in their face, where most of us go for our news and sport online. I think ITV deserve that for still not mentioning oil and Iraq some 6 years after the war. Tell us the truth and we will come visit your website guys.
The news section is pretty good and bang up to date; the real edge the internet has over TV, punters also able to hyperlink through to relating and archive information on the breaking story. The sport section is my first choice for sport online and I also enjoy using the 606 message board. 606 is a cracking board which enables sports fans to have their say on their sports club, everything covered from football to ice hockey, snooker to women's netball. If you post on their then people in the sport are reading it. If you critic, for example, Robbie Savage on the Derby County board then he will read it. The 606 threads tie in nicely with the sport content on those same clubs and if your comment or quote is sharp or relevant enough you will be married into the story.
Where it needs to cut back is content is the stuff not related to its TV or radio output. This is an extravagant website and they even have a segment called Weird & Wonderful. They quite simply hoover up any revenue chances for other commercial sites online by doing this, not their remit. Religion and music is fine as is gardening and local news but health and science and nature makes it feel like a schools website.
= = = = Website content = = = =
Arts & Culture - Culture Show, Film...
Business & Money
Children- Bitesize, CBBC, CBeebies...
Food - Cook's Guide, Get Cooking, Recipes...
Gardening, Plant finder, Gardeners World, Advice...
Healthy Living, Illnesses, Parenting...
History - Ancient, Family History, Wars...
Learning - Bitesize, Languages,Schools...
Nations & Local - England,Scotland/Alba,Wales/Cymru,N.I.News
Politics, UK News, World News...
BBC iPlayer, Programmes, Stations...
Religion & Ethic Multifaith Calendar, Thought for the Day,
Quizzes... Science & Nature
Sport - Cricket, Football, Formula 1
Teens - Bitesize, Slink, Switch...
TV- BBC iPlayer, Programmes, Channels...
You can set your BBC front-page up how you like it and put the services you use on that front page. I have the Iplayer page, business, sport and news as my main ones. You can have your TV listings there if you so choose or the weather and cooking. It's a huge beast and you can see why those non funded struggling commercial news sites are jealous.
bbc.co.uk home- one of my favourite websites
This is a web site that I have set as my home page! The reasons why are that as soon as I get onto the internet I can see exactly what I want to- the news, weather etc....
As soon as you open up the website, you get the impression that it is modern (Laid out in a very simple way) and appealing. This is because all different sections are separated across and vertically over the page!
With bbc.co.uk, you can personalise what you want your homepage to look like! You can set your location- (the weather links with this) and you can choose what information you would like to see on your page. For example; you could have the weather/ news/ i-player/ sport/ children/ music and lots more!!
Good features of this page are that it has an analogue clock at the top of the page which actually adds to the style and it has BBC written in a simplistic way- also enhances the modern feeling.
You can find out the latest news, forthcoming weather and basically everything from this website as there is search bar which finds information in less than 1 second at times!
Sometimes this website takes a long time to load up which can be quite annoying I suppose but apart from that this is an excellent website!
Very Useful for lots of purposes! 5/5
bbc.co.uk is the home of the British Broadcasting Corporation on the World Wide Web(Internet). I use the BBC website virtually everyday to check out the latest news and sport, especially football. From this homepage, as well as accessing news , there are also a wide range of other pages which you can access from the BBC on a range of things. There are various sections on the homepage which can be moved around. On first look the site does look quite messy and hard to get around and find what you want but once you find what you want you can move it to a more suitable place for you on the homepage. The site gives you the option to customise it so it is easier for you to use which is definitely useful as there are alot of things on the homepage. For example if you like to view sports news you can move that section to a position near the top or middle to make it easier to access. There are of course all the other sections such as Childrens, i Player, weather, radio, tv guide etc.
The BBC homepage is probably not the best it could be and is maybe a little cluttered. It does though get you to some great content and is one of the best places to go on the web for reliable news and information. As it is the BBC the site is also advert free which is definitely a good thing with the number of adverts around on the internet these days with popups as well. The licence fee is useful for a few things like this I guess.This also probably helps it to be faster to use and access. I am mainly a user of the news and sports sections which are covered very well with good insight and opinions as well. The weather is also a useful section as well as the now very popular i player.
Overall it is a highly recommended site which will get you to some great content on the internet. One of the most useful and most used sites for me and probably alot of others on the web.
Having used many sites for just sport or just news I think the BBC website is the best one as it incorporates everything. If you are looking for sport why go to seperate sites like skysports when everything is housed under one roof. The great thing about the BBC is that are such a large company they can bring you almost any bit of information and news you need on a day to day basis.
On the first page of the site until you are used to it, it can be a bit daunting with so much squeezed into a small space but the navigation is fine once you know what you're doing and what you want to access.
A great advantage of the site is that you can edit the layout yourself so can move things about as you want them which is a great interactive approach and makes you feel more in control. The other thing I would say about the BBC in my opinion is they are more reliable than other sites and get the most up to date information right to your door. I would trust them to get the real story more so than other sites. I use it for sport more than anything else but wouldn't really look at many other sites now that I use this
What are you looking for? News? Sport? Radio? TV? Maybe its Entertainment or Science & Nature? Well the BBC website has it all! Literally everything and anything can pretty much be found on this website. The BBC is such a huge company that it can supply everything you need in just one website. The main problem you may find is trying to actually get to the page you want!
When you first get to the website the first thing that comes to my mind is clutter. There are pictures scattered everywhere in many different boxes with subtitles. None of these subtitles seem to be in any particular order. This makes it hard to find the actual subject you're looking for. When I wanted to find out about entertainment I had to scroll down searching everywhere looking for it.
There is one difference about this webpage however; you can edit the layout yourself. It is a pain trying to find what you want, but you can move each box to where you want it for the future. You can also edit each subtitle box and even delete ones you are not interested in. As much as BBC have designed this so each person can personalise the site to how they want, I prefer to have a basic layout to the site so I can find what I want first time rather than having to mess about trying to organise it myself.
Once you click in a subject it will lead you to a completely fresh site which has been designed in the basic manor. These sites are a lot easier to navigate through which I find easier. Rather than using the BBC home page I now just type in the separate web addresses to what I want. I find this a lot easier after the hassle I went through to start with.
The content in each of the pages however couldn't be any better. There is everything you possibly need to know whether it's the latest news over the world, UK or just regional. If you are into sports it can fulfil all of your needs straight away. I personally use it for Sport, News and Radio on a daily basis.
Overall I think the homepage isn't the best design and could confuse many people new to computers and the internet, however the content is some of the best on the world wide web and I cannot fault this at all. This is why I still give it 4/5.
Description: Home of the BBC on the Internet.
bbc.co.uk (also known as "BBC Online") is the official website for the British Broadcasting Company. It was first launched to the public in 1997.
I don't buy newspapers so use this website every day to check the news and the weather. I find that the news is reliable and the site is also updated very regularly, meaning that breaking news is quickly available. There are loads of different news sites but I have found that this one is the best, and because it is the BBC, it tends to have more credibility than others.
There are various sections, so you can check localised news across Britain, across the world, read sports and entertainment information, health, politics, science and environment and more. There is also interactive areas where you can have your say or send in your photographs. I also use this site a lot to check the weather.
There are videos on this site too, so you can often see live interviews etc on revelant news items. You can search historic stories to find items of interest and the whole site is incredibly easy to navigate. It is also very fast, so you don't find yourself waiting around for pages to load.
I definitely recommend this site, it is my number 1 for news and weather and I use it every day - if you haven't used it before, give it a shot, hopefully you will find it as informative as I do!
Whether you need to know the latest news headlines, the football results, the coming week's weather, or even what time Dragon's Den is on next, the BBC website will cater to all your needs.
The homepage is well laid out, but if you think you could do better you can move things around to better suit you (I'm not sure how they remember your settings, I assume it's cookie related). If you like history, but can't stand sport, just move the history box to the top of the page, and move sport to the bottom. Each of these boxes contains a couple of news headlines (which are links to the main story), and the actual box title links to the category homepage. For example, the sport category today has the headline Late Goal boosts Argentina Hopes. Clicking this would take me to the news story relating to Argentina's 2-1 World Cup qualification victory against Peru. If I just clicked the "SPORT" part of the box, it would take me to the BBC's sport section, from where I could select pretty much any sport you can think of and catch up on the latest news.
There is also a link on the BBC homepage to go to their iplayer service, which allows you to watch / listen to a selection of the BBC's most recent tv and radio programs.
The entire BBC site, whatever you're looking for, is very easy to navigate, and is often the best place to go to find out about the most recent breaking news.
BBC.co.uk, which may be better known as "BBC Online", is the official website for the British Broadcasting Company. It was first launched to the wider public in 1997 after it was granted rights to use the television license fee to cover its costs. It has grown considerably throughout its development and is said to contain over two million unique webpages within the domain.
I regularly find myself using BBC Online to check local weather conditions. The website has changed its interface numerous times but I feel that their newest design is the least appealing to me. I've noticed that when logging on to the homepage there is a noticeable time lag on my computer. Upon further investigation, I found when bbc.co.uk runs in a new Firefox tab it spikes my memory usage by 15 MB. As someone who prefers to conserve limited computer resources, this is a very high number for me. The time lag is quick to expire and the website is generally quick and responsive to any further action after the initial load. BBC Online does offer users simple interface customization by clicking "Display Options". This will load a page which allows users to change the overall appearance of BBC Online to their personal preference. To counter my complaint regarding lag, I change all available setting to "simple" or the nearest equivalent. This reduces the strain on my computer to 5 MB and is a much more comfortable process for my computer to handle.
Interface issues aside, the content of BBC Online is usually of a higher standard. I find that the weather section of the website is clear and easy to read. The details are accented by appropriate images, for example clouds to indicate a typical British overcast day, which further allows a high level of accessibly to the wider public. I have never had issues with inferring upcoming weather conditions just by use of the images alone but a quick glimpse at the average temperatures confirms any possible queries.
BBC Online is also home to a formidable news site. While the BBC is not my personal news source of choice, the website does offer extensive coverage of national and international current events. I have always found that major events have at least some coverage through the BBC. Local coverage, however, is lacking and I generally opt for a more nearby website to receive the goings-on in my region. Interested parties can also access sports related content, business and financial updates and entertainment news.
Overall, BBC Online provides a satisfactory one stop website for all of one's news and information. I have experienced no problem with navigating the website and the load times are generally very fast. I would happily recommend BBC Online without hesitation.
To start I must say that the BBC website is so good, it is currently set as my internet homepage. BBC has so much information on their website, its unbelievable. It doesn't matter what your looking for, it can easily be found here. Whether it be breaking world news, news in your local area, weather reports, sports news, you name it, they have it.
The websites layout and design is also so simple and easy to use and its homepage has each different topic is put into different sections. For example, sports has its own section and weather has its own section but all on one page. This may sound confusing but it really isn't. It also updates you with the latest news articles.
One of the best things about this website is the updated and accurate weather reports. It gives you not only weather reports for the whole country but also for individual towns so you can gather a much more accurate idea of what the weather will be like in your local area. It gives you this report by the hour to so you know how the weather will progress over the course of the day. It also gives you this for the 5 following days.
Overall, I think that bbc.co.uk is one of the best websites to be updated on news, sports and weather.
One of the staple sites that I use regularly, bbc.co.uk is a one-stop gold mine of the most up to date news, sports, weather, entertainment etc.
The site is run off licence fee money and just like the bbc tv channels is free of commercial advertising. It's nice to visit a site that doesn't have various flashing ad banners telling me I'm the 285,543,765th visitor and have possibly won a motorised camel. The lack of advertising helps the site to run much smoother and quicker.
If I can't get to a tv (like when I'm at work) and need to know the latest news or sports scores then I go straight to bbc.co.uk. the front page is pretty crammed but it's kind of like organised chaos in that you can pick out what you need. The news and sport sections are very prominent on the left hand side of the screen and as well as displaying their respective links there are also headlines of the most important stories.
The weather, tv and radio sections dominate the centre of the home page with the bbc iplayer on the right.
One of my favourite parts of this site is sports. The bbc cover a vast array of different sports. Unlike a lot of other sites you get to view decent coverage of things like boxing and athletics. The cricket coverage is always good as they have a live text section that is always irreverent and a lot of fun. It's also really easy to interact because if you can manage to put together a witty remark and text it to them it will get put up on the site, right in the middle of the live text coverage for all to see. Even I got a comment put up there once. The main cricket guy even has a dodgy name - Ben Dirs.
I am also very impressed with the news section on this site. The breaking news stories are always well covered. Being the bbc you can always expect a high quality of journalism. The irreverent "also in the news" section often throws up a great little story like a cat chasing a bear up a tree (this really happened).
Another impressive feature is how you can personalise the homepage to show some local news by inputting which part of the country you live in.
But by far my favourite part of the bbc site is the Radio 5 Live film reviews section. This gives a comprehensive look at what Messers Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo have been watching at the cinema and their views. Kermode is like marmite, you either love him or hate him. I think he is brilliant. His Pirates Of The Caribbean 3 rant is the stuff of legend and can be found along with 100s of other great movie reviews in the archives of the Mayo and Kermode 5 Live part of the site. I always listen to their weekly podcast.
The negatives? Well, the site had a bit of an overhaul last year which has slowed it down slightly. Other than that I can't fault this site.
Overall this is one of the best sites on the internet. The great thing about it is that you can trust the bbc site to be impartial and an advert-free site is always a good thing as far as I am concerned.
Oh, and here's a link to the cat chasing the bear up a tree story:
This is the British Broadcasting Corporation's official website.
It contains information on an enormous amount of subjects, including news (local, national and international), television programmes, history, languages, etc.
Layout: The main page is organised by sections (e.g. 'News', 'Sport', 'Weather'...), each neatly contained in "box" format.
* Users can choose to customise their main page by selecting which sections they want shown.
* They can set their location, to receive the pertinent weather and local news information.
* They can also choose from a range of colours which one thay want their homepage to be in, or choose to rotate the colours, in which case ever day there will be a different colour.
I have chosen to have the news, the entertainment news, the weather and history featured on the main page.
The 'history' application is a very simple one, that for some reason I am very fond of!
It lists a few important events that have happened on that same day throughout history.
Today, for example, Tuesday 14 July, the list is:
- 1789: The French Revolution begins with the storming of the Bastille prison during a popular uprising in Paris.
- 1933: Nazi Germany legalises forced sterilisation to prevent 'hereditarily diseased offspring'.
- 1969: The 'Football War' breaks out between Honduras and El Salvador after a World Cup match in San Salvador.
Underneath these features are links to the many different areas of the BBC website: Arts & Culture; Health; Business; Children; Science and Nature; Gardening; History, etc...
Users can choose to have the iPlayer, which plays BBC programmes on demand, featured on the homepage for easy access, or just click on the link under "TV".
The site is easy to navigate and contains a huge wealth of information on the various subjects featured.
There are local, national and international news, as well as links to the BBC Sports website where all the sports news can be found.
The news are frequently updated, and the site has links to relevant audio and video clips, as well as allowing to stream the BBC News channel.
BBC programmes can be watched and/or downloaded using the BBC iPlayer.
This is one of my favourite websites for the sheer wealth of information, and I had it as my homepage for years.
Nowadays I don't use it as much for the news, as I find Google News much better for that purpose, but it is still one of my favourite websites.
The BBC website has to be one of the most information packed sites on the internet! It has absolutely everything you may be looking for from breaking world news, news in a village, sport, weather, you name it! They have undergone a site redesign recently and it has improved the user experience making it flow more smoothly.
The BBC homepage has the latest news articles on it and a snapshot at the weather amongst other things. It also features the links to the other areas of the site such as sport, which covers every sport there is and provides updates as they happen. Next we have the weather page where we can look at single day forecasts for individual towns or the whole of the UK and the same applies to the 5 day forecast which gives us details on weather, temperature, wind etc.
Last but not least and by no means a complete list of BBC features on their website, comes the iPlayer. This is the BBC resource where you can find all BBC programmes in an archive for you viewing incase you missed them on tv!
A simply great website!
This is my homepage for my web browser. The reason this is the first page I see over my morning cereal is that it is the best news site out there.
the BBC.co.uk site underwent an overhaul in the last year to make it much more user friendly and interactive. It was a move that has certainly improved the viewing experience for me.
The new innovation has enabled the user to select which tabs the bbc.co.uk site keeps, and which you no longer have to see. So, personally I keep sport and news along with iplayer at the top of my page as these are the places I most visit on the site, and is therefore not cluttered by sections such as 'food' which I never look at.
Another key innovation on the bbc site is the increased link to outside articles. For example, news items are sourced from online newspapers, and bbc now provides links to the original article for your perusal.
Furthermore, there is enhanced use of video. On most news items now on the bbc site there is a portion of video attached that just gives the viewer another way to look at the days news. Also, in the sport section ,there is the opportunity to watch live events (should you already possess a tv licence) like the tennis and formula 1, which is a really great addition to any sports fan.
The King of websites! I love the new clean customisable layout of the site. This is a website that I have recommended to a large number of my students for all sorts of different reasons. The BBC Website is like going into the Library at a good university.
The News sections tends to be factual and reliable. The section is laid out in order of geographical regions as well as by subject matter. http://news.bbc.co.uk/
There are resources for teaching adults new skills. The site uses good standard English making it ideal for oversees surfers to brush up on their English. If I have students here who need to improve, I have devised exercises based on BBC content. There is a complete section to teach English using real life settings. http://www.bbc.co.uk/learning/adults/
There is an excellent section (BBC RAW) to teach people who are not computer literate all about the Internet, as well as mouse and keyboard skills (BBC Webwise Computer Tutor) http://www.bbc.co.uk/webwise/
If you enjoy digital Photography you can submit your work for all the world to see. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/in_pictures/default.stm
Is cooking your thing? you can find recipes and food facts on the BBC website. Watch video clips print off recipes.
Do you want to know more about health ? There is a huge pool of health information on the BBC website. http://www.bbc.co.uk/health/
There are also resources for school children to help with their school work at all levels and for all subjects. http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/
You name it you will find it. If for any reason you do not like using Google, then use the search box on the BBC website to find out information about any subject.