Charley Says

Charley Says lets you discover (or rediscover) the wonderful public information films watched and adored by millions of British families in the 1970s.

Public information films were produced from the late 1940s by the Central Office of Information, and they played on television and cinema throughout the 1970s.  Many were safety warnings, featuring children being approached by strangers, how to cross the road safely, why you should learn to swim, and safety in the home.

The skill was designed for Alexa devices with screens, such as the Echo Show or Echo Spot.  However on a device without a screen you can still listen to the soundtrack.

You can enable the skill here:


To get started, say “Alexa, open Charley Says”.

Then, ask for the list of films:  “List the films”

To play a film, say its number from the list: “Play film number four”




Ambient Sounds: Snoring

Snoring Sounds is am ambient sound skill that simulates someone deep in a peaceful sleep, and gently snoring nearby.  It can…

  • help you relax and get to sleep yourself, especially if you normally have company but tonight you’re home alone
  • make your home seem cosier and bring some comfort, when you’re the only one at home
  • make people *think* you’re in, when you’re really out. (Use this super-power wisely!)
  • trick a friend or sibling into thinking you’re asleep in your own room, when you’re hiding in theirs (who would do such a thing?)
  • when played on two or more devices at different volumes, give the impression of a whole family in an occupied home.


Availability: US, UK, Australia, Canada and India.

To get started, just find the skill using the link above for your local Amazon store,  enable it, then say to Alexa,

“Alexa, start snoring sounds.”

Alexa might stretch and yawn, before settling down into to sleep and gently snoring.

The snoring sounds play for a few minutes before looping.  The skill continues to play and loop until you say “Alexa, stop.”

Get Ambient Sounds: Snoring from your local Alexa Skill store: US, UK, Australia, Canada and India.

Pass Phrase

Pass Phrase generates memorable pass phrases to use in place of passwords for your online accounts.

UPDATE: [March 12 2019]  Pass Phrase now supports Alexa devices with a screen, such as Echo Show, Echo Spot and FireTV.   Check it out!


Availability: US, UK, Australia, Canada and India.

Pass phrases are considered safer than passwords by many security experts, including the author of this skill, because they can be very long yet still memorable.   The skill suggests phrases by generating short, memorable sentences and numbers.  You can use the phrase as-is, or if your online account requires it you can add or remove parts of it, or insert punctuation characters.

They are also much more user friendly than passwords, because most people can read, then remember a few words long enough to enter them into a login page, without having to constantly re-check their notes.

Don’t forget to keep your pass phrases safe just like you would a password. Pass Phrase doesn’t store it and can’t get it back.

Things you can say:

“Alexa, ask Pass Phrase to get me a new pass phrase.”

The skill generates a short four-word pass phrase, and a random number.

“Repeat my pass phrase.”

After saying your pass phrase, the skill remembers it just long enough so that you can ask for it to be repeated if you are writing it down or typing it in.  Once you’ve asked for another, or ended the session, it’s gone!


Get Pass Phrase from your local Alexa Skill store: US, UK, Australia, Canada and India.



Scottish Facts

Scottish Facts is a skill to help you learn more about Scotland.  Whether you live here or are planning a future trip, this skill has lots of unusual information about this wonderful small country.  It’s very popular for children working on geography homework projects.


Availability: US, UK, Australia, Canada and India.


Things you can say:

“Alexa, open Scottish Facts.”

The skill plays a brief piece of Scottish bagpipe music, and prompts you to request a fact.

“Repeat that fact.”

If the fact is long, or you missed some details, the skill will repeat the same fact again for you.

“Play the Scottish National Anthem.”

There isn’t an official national anthem for Scotland, because it is part of the United Kingdom.  However, the skill will play a short clip of Flower of Scotland, a rousing piece of bagpipe music widely used to represent Scotland at international events.


Get Scottish Facts from your local Alexa Skill store:US, UK, Australia, Canada and India.



Bedtime Prayers

Bedtime Prayers is a simple skill to encourage children and their families to include a short prayer in their regular bedtime routine.  To keep things interesting, the skill has a small library of short prayers, so children can anticipate which one it will be tonight, and also learn and develop favourites.


Availability:  US and UK.

Things you can say:

“Alexa, ask Bedtime Prayers for a prayer.”

The skill picks a prayer at random, and reads it out slowly so that children can join in.

“Say the same prayer again.”

Sometimes the prayers are new, so children might like to hear the same one again and join in.  You can repeat the same prayer as often as you like just by asking, or just say “repeat that prayer”.


Get Bedtime Prayers from your local Alexa Skill store: US and UK.



Call Handler

Call Handler is a simple skill that handles two common phone call scenarios.

  1. Rejecting a telemarketer (or any unwanted caller) without getting annoyed.
  2. Stepping away for a moment to find a pencil & paper, or make coffee.


Availability: US, UK, Australia, Canada and India.

Things you can say:

“Alexa, ask Call Handler to handle this call.”

The skill prompts you to set the phone down near your Alexa device, then starts talking to the caller and playing music.  After a while Alexa politely tells the caller you don’t want to continue the call, and plays a simulated disconnect tone.

“Alexa, ask Call Handler to play hold music.”

The skill plays a relaxing instrumental music track from its library.


Note: Call Handler does not actually disconnect the caller.  You should come back after a few minutes and actually hang up your phone.

Get Call Handler from your local Alexa Skill store: US, UK, Australia, Canada and India.