Archive for December, 2008

New Year’s Eve Is Fast Approaching…

December 28, 2008

New Year’s Eve is just around the corner, and you’re either someone who enjoys chomping shortbread and popping champagne corks as Big Ben strikes twelve – or you’re someone who would much prefer to get away from it all. It might be too late to do anything about it THIS year, but with New Year’s resolutions abounding, you could always make next year the one when you DO get away!

Anyone for Turkey…

December 27, 2008

The big day has been and gone… and only the leftover turkey remains…

If you’re sick of eating it with all the trimmings and can’t quite face a turkey curry, you might like to try one of these recipes instead.

Merry Christmas

December 25, 2008


Russian cake art

December 23, 2008

For many of us, any attempt to decorate the Christmas cake usually invloves plain white icing, a sprig of holly quickly plucked from the hedge by the main road outside, and a one-legged robin that has been handed down over generations.

Well, if you dream of doing something a bit more adventurous this year, take inspiration from these works of art produced at a bakery in St Petersburg.

The University Library will be closed from Wednesday 24 December 2008 to Sunday 4 January 2009 inclusive. We re-open on Monday 5 January 2009. Until then, TOTD would like to wish all our readers a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

Giant Microbes

December 22, 2008

A couple of things seem to have dominated the last week or two in the run-up to Christmas … the agony of choosing Christmas presents, plus the high number of friends and colleagues who have succumbed to the current round of seasonal bugs and viruses. It’s almost certainly too late to order now, but if you were looking for that last minute gift to give to someone suffering from an interesting ailment, then this could be just the thing.

Salmonella for Christmas, perhaps?

The Best of…

December 21, 2008

It’s that time of year when television provides us with a whole host of “best of” programmes…

Not to be left out, we thought we’d include a list of the Top 100 internet searches of 2008, as compiled by MSN…

Popular Toys of the 1900s

December 20, 2008

What with it being nearly Christmas and all, we thought it would be good to look at the most popular toys during the 1900s.

On this website there are also some titbits relating to the average bra size in the UK, and what you call the collecting of beer mats – it’s tegestology! Admittedly, these aren’t things you particularly need to know, but if you’re looking to impress the relatives over Christmas dinner…

Story generator

December 19, 2008

If you’re writing and stuck for an idea – this just might help:

(Although as it says, it’s more a story idea generator).

The larger site it comes from:
is both interesting, good for losing some time, and of use both to our writing courses perhaps and anyone’s general understanding of how TV (and much else) works.  It’s not a bad example of a wiki either.

Urban light pollution

December 18, 2008

Yesterday’s post brought back a memory of the senior member of staff showing us this kind of image:

and reflecting that his retirement plans meant moving from one of the brightest parts of the map, to one of the blackest.  Presumably, our cosmology department is a bit ‘above’ such things, as it were, but I would guess that one of the greatest hinderances to an interest in astronomy these days is a simple inability to actually see the starts.


December 17, 2008

TOTD doesn’t inhabit a part of the world where meteors are easy to spot (thank you urban light pollution), but here’s a short clip of one in Canada which the police caught on film: