This page lists resources that we at RBA use on a regular or daily basis. It covers day to day essentials such as currency exchange rates, weather, postcodes, telephone directories, biographies and acronym finders.

Currency Exchange Rates

Pacific Exchange Rate Service
A service for academic research and teaching provided by Prof. Werner Antweiler at UBC's Sauder School of Business. Historical daily exchange rates are available for 87 currencies, some going back to 1971.
Oanda Currency Convertor
Includes options for generating tables and graphs of historical data some of which goes back to 1990. The tables can be formatted as HTML, ASCII or CSV.
Global Financial Data
Current and Historical Data for the United States and over 150 countries, including stock markets from 1690, exchange rates from 1590, interest rates from 1700, commodities from 1500 and inflation from 1264. Data are recorded daily, weekly, monthly, and annually. There are several free annual data series including: inflation rates since 1264, interest rates since 1700, commodity prices since 1257, exchange rates since 1800. Subscriptions to the priced service range from USD 25 for some individual files to several thousand dollars for an annual subscription to the entire database.

Purchasing Power over Time

Current Value of Old Money

Currency Abbreviations

World Currencies - Listed by ISO 4217 Currency Abbreviation
See also World Currencies - Listed by Currency Name and World Currencies - Listed by Country Name

Countries in the Eurozone

Eurozone - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
European Central Bank: Map of euro area 1999 – 2009


VAT Number Validation
Validate any EU VAT number by selecting the member state and entering the VAT number.
VAT Rates Applied in the Member States of the European Community

PricewaterhouseCoopers: Global VAT Online
Priced service only.

UK Base Rates / Interest Rates

Bank of England Monetary and Financial Statistics Division
Links to detailed information on exchange rates and interest rates. The Official Bank Rate History section provides details of UK interest rates, and when they became effective, going back to 1975 in spreadsheet, CSV, HTML and XML formats.

Industry Classification Codes

Europa - RAMON
If you don't know your NACE from your HS6, this site has many of the coding systems in use around the world including the Harmonized Commodity Description used in trade statistics services. Codes can be viewed online or downloaded in various formats.
UK SIC 2007 Codes
North American Industry Classification System

Property/Real Estate (UK)

Land Registry
The Land Registry guarantees the title to, and records the ownership of, interests in registered land in England and Wales.
Our Property - Property and house prices revealed
One of the many services that repackage data from the Land Registry of England and Wales, and the Registers of Scotland. It gives the the address of the property, the date it was sold and how much it was sold for. It does not give the name of the owner or the name of the lender. There is also an email alerting service that enables you to monitor house prices up to 500 meters from a post code. The data goes back to 2000 and covers England, Wales and Scotland.
House Prices - Nationwide Building Society
Land Registers of Scotland
Environment Agency
Information on flood risk and pollution available by location or post code.
Images of England
Web site set up by English Heritage National Monuments Record containing information about listed buildings.

Street Maps

Google Maps
Can combine street map with "local search" for business, restaurants etc.
Bing Maps

Postal Services

UK Postcodes and Royal Mail postal rates

Royal Mail

UK Parcel Force

Parcel Force

UK licensed postal operators

Licensed postal operators - Postcomm
Lists the 28 organisations licensed to operate postal services in the UK.

Post and Zip codes World-wide

Links to Postcode Pages

UK Electoral Roll

UK Electoral Roll - Priced service.

UK telephone codes and number "look-up" databases

Online CodeLook
Searchable web database but number of lookups is restricted. There is also a windows application that can be downloaded to look-up partial telephone numbers to find the locality and tariff band, and to look-up localities to find the code. Available to members only.
Say No to 0870
Database of alternative geographic telephone numbers for 0800, 0808, 0844, 0845, 0870 and 0871 numbers.
Who Calls Me?
"A user supplied database of phone numbers of telemarketers, non-profit organizations, charities, political surveyors, SCAM artists, and other companies that don't leave messages, disconnect once you answer, ignore the Do-Not-Call List regulations, and simply interrupt your day. If you received a strange call, most likely you are not the only one. Search for the phone number to see the reports of others. If there are no reports yet, leave your comment to start a conversation."

Telephone Directories

Telephone Directories on the Web
Annotated list of online telephone directories organised by continent and country.

Acronyms and definitions

Acronym Finder
Google define: command Prefix your acronym or word with define: For example define:GDP


BAA - UK Flight Arrivals, Flight Timetable, Airport News

Real time information on flight arrivals at Heathrow, Stansted, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Southampton.
National Rail - the Gateway to Britain's National Rail Network
Links to UK train companies, timetables, types of ticket, train running information (for example problems with the rail network in general, delays to services).
Ticket and reservation service.
Transport Direct - Connecting People to Places
Information on buses and trains in the UK.
Transport for London
Information and news on buses, underground (tube) and trains in London as well as a journey planner. To buy or top up your Oyster Card go to Oyster online at


The different language versions of Wikipedia are not always translations of each other, but sometimes contain articles by different authors with a different bias. Some celebrity and politicians' biographies are obviously written by their PR office but viewing previous versions of the articles using the history option can reveal additional information. Bear in mind, though, that information may not be correct and may be deliberately misleading.
Credo Reference Formerly xRefer. Provides access to information from a wide range of established and respected publishers. Priced service.
Biography Center
Biographies of famous people including classic authors, movie stars, kings and queens, mythical gods, cartoon characters.
Who named it
A biographical dictionary of medical eponyms

Online Bookshops

Amazon UK
Amazon US Bookshop
Abebooks and (formerly Just Books)
Second hand, out of print and antiquarian books.
A community for exchanging used books that lets you give away books you no longer need in exchange for books you really want.
iBooknet: the independent booksellers' network British cooperative of used books booksellers. Over 500,000 books listed by 40 established independent booksellers. Books bought and sold.
viaLibri Searches for old and rare books on eighteen different web sites that aggregate the inventory of hundreds of antiquarian booksellers world-wide.


BBC Weather
The Met Office

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