I also have a box of 5.25" floppies that I want try and read any data off - they've been untouched for decades, is there anything I should/shouldn't do before plugging in the floppy drive and spinning them up?
Good summary of potential disk/drive issues and cleaning options: http://www.retrotechnology.com/herbs_stuff/clean_disks.html. Spatula-shaped cotton wool buds are handy for cleaning drives, as there might not be much room inside.
As per the article, http://stardot.org.uk/ is a good resource for all things BBC Micro in general.
Edit: You can connect a BBC Micro (and many other 8-bit micros) to the standard OSCC. It simply doesn't have the plug on the board, you will need an adapter cable.
I'd love to have a beeb to play with (I just missed the wave first time around - went from PET at school to PC at work), but they are going for silly prices on ebay. Maybe a garage or junk sale will turn up something!
Didn't make me play any better though.
I just used to enjoy Chuckie Egg, Mr. EE, Dare Devil Dennis, Exile, Mission Impossible and Firetrack. Brilliant music on Firetrack.
And not just vanilla ones. They have a "monster Z80" that does more per clock cycle and a very fast clock, for example.
* https://laughtonelectronics.com/Arcana/KimKlone/Kimklone_sho... (https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=16564257 https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=3070169)
He also convinced me of getting RetroGames' TheC64 maxi: a C64 lookalike running a variant of VICE inside, with full working keyboard, petscii codes and all!
TBH about the only hardware I really miss are the better CRT options compared to how limited modern displays are or how much processing power it takes for a level of detail that looks close to as good. A lot of older games look better on a CRT than the same games scaled to 1080p or higher.