I'd be surprised if you haven't heard by now about the arrival of Streetview to the UK. Streetview, which has been about in the States for a while now, allows you to explore panoramic ground-level images in pretty impressive detail.
At the moment, Streetview is available for 26 UK towns and cities, including Nottingham and Derby... This is where I lived in Nottingham when I was training to be a teacher!
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Exploring Bradford City Centre (including the "regeneration"!!) was also interesting...
If you want to have a play, you need to go to www.google.co.uk/maps - drag the little yellow man at the top of the zoom slider onto any of the streets that are highlighted in blue - and get exploring!!