Recommended Stuff by Pete Sipple

On this page is a now fairly outdated list of things that I’m happy to recommend:


Black Books DVD
Black Books

Great Channel 4 comedy, Black Books now runs to three series, and is a true classic. Do yourself a favour, and watch this series. Series 1 available From Amazon on DVD
or VHS video
For more on Black Books, and new series information, see the Radio and Telly Black Books page.
Don't Panic
Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy

If you’re a fan of the cult sci-fi comedy from the pen of the late Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – you’ll probably have a favourite format – either the books, the TV series, the 2005 film, or hopefully, the radio series.


If the original radio series is what got you hooked – check out the new series broadcast in 2004 and 2005

Take a look Radio and Telly’s Hitch-Hiker’s
for details of the various incarnations including the new
radio series aired in 2004 and 2005, and some of the behind-the-scenes
Advance Wars Screenshot
Advance Wars for GBA

The most addictive game for the Gameboy Advance – Advance Wars. It’s a turn-based war strategy game that pits you against computer foe, or your friends with a collection of different war maps and game options. Highly recommended! Advance Wars had me hooked for months… and as of July 03, I’ve managed to get the sequel “Advance Wars II: Black Hole Rising” before it’s UK release in Nov 2003.For details of Advance Wars 1 and 2, see the GBA
at ConsumerDeals.
Software Project Survival Guide
Software Project Survival Guide

Good book for those looking to get into Software Project Management. This explains the concepts, issues and terminology Click for info (Amazon books)

Apollo and Whistleblowers
Dark Moon: Apollo and the Whistle-Blowers

According to this book – we didn’t go to the moon in 1969 – the Apollo missions were all faked. Skeptical? I was too, until I read this book after seeing a TV documentary on the subject. 568 pages analysing the photos and footage, this book provides conclusive proof  that we didn’t go (allegedly!). Whether you believe we went or not, this book throws up some interesting discussion on the subject, and includes some (possibly doctored) photos from the lunar surface.Apollo and The Whistleblowers Review Click for info (Amazon books)
Coupling DVD

Coupling, is an excellent, and underrated, BBC 2 sitcom about six thirty-somethings and their complex love lives. Think ‘Friends’, but UK and with attitude. See how it all started with Series One from Amazon on DVD or VHS videoFor more on Coupling and a discussion forum, see the Radio and Telly Coupling page.
Black Box Book Cover
Black Box

Scary. Transcripts of Cockpit Voice Recorders, with the last words of pilots and air traffic controllers. Click for info (Amazon books)
Watch your back
Watch your back

These little rear-view mirrors attach to your computer monitor, so you can see behind you at all times. The convex mirror gives you a near-180° view of all the stuff going on behind your back Under £5 from I want one of those

LOVEFiLM offer

DVD rental from LOVEFiLM

If you’re into DVDs, rather than getting your own collection of DVDs that you only watch once, hire them by mail order.

  • LOVEFiLM offers a DVD subscription rental service. Members pay one fixed price each month and receive
    an unlimited number of DVDs through the post with no late fees. Watch as many DVDs as you can, and return them when you want. No late fees, and a free trial.
Tour LOVEFiLM to see what they have to offer in the range of tariffs


Here’s a few other gadgets you may want to check out:


  • Loc8tor – Find lost keys fast. Stick a tag somewhere, then use the Loc8tor to track it down
  • TomTomOne – Low-prices, but powerful in-car SatNav route-finder
  • Nabaztag – Wi-fi enabled clever little desktop bunny