Archive for August, 2009

Go Batty this Weekend!

August 28, 2009

This weekend is European Bat Weekend and there are events being held all over the country to encourage people to get out in the countryside and observe bats in their natural habitat. Organised by the Bat Conservation Trust you can find out about events near you here

http://www.bats.org.uk/euro_bat_weekend.php

and learn how to identify the different types of British bats

http://www.bio.bris.ac.uk/research/bats/britishbats/index.htm

and about the bats in general

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat

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Bookseer

August 27, 2009

Need to know what to read next? Just read a great book and want to read something else by the same author or in the same style? Just ask the bookseer. This little app returns some really good recomendations, just tell it what you’ve just read and it will recomend what you should read next. Simple.

http://bookseer.com/

(Thanks to L for this suggestion)

Alan! Alan! Alan!

August 26, 2009

This clip from the BBC’s Walk on the Wild Side will not only have you crying with laughter but also shouting Alan at everyone you meet!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4b4Zm6eNJw&feature=related

Jelly Battle

August 25, 2009

Here’s a rather addictive little flash game which really comes into it’s own when you play the multiplayer version. This pits your jelly baby against other players as you hop around the board picking up bonus and avoiding land mines. You need to be quick to save your baby from jelly oblivion.

http://www.gamenet.com/game/jellybattle/

Proceedings of the Old Bailey

August 24, 2009

The Central Criminal Court in the U.K is popularly known as The Old Bailey. It deals with major criminal cases from Greater London and, in exceptional cases, from other parts of Britain. It stands on the site of the medieval Newgate Gaol, on Old Bailey, a road which follows the line of the City of London’s fortified wall (or bailey), and gives the court its popular name.

In an exciting new project the Proceedings of the Old Bailey have been published online in a fully searchable database. It covers trials from 1674 to 1913 and is the largest body of texts detailing the lives of non-elite people ever published, containing 197,745 criminal trials held at London’s central criminal court.

This is a particularly valuable resources for people researching their family history. TOTD was able to locate two ancestors in the proceedings, both of which were witnesses (rather than criminals) in trials. It’s amazing to be able to read your ancestor’s actually words. Even if you can’t find a relative reading the transcripts are fascinating and the punishments sobering in there severity.

http://www.oldbaileyonline.org/

Ramadan

August 21, 2009

At midnight tonight the Islamic month of Ramadan begins. As well as fasting during daylight hours for those who are able to, other practices take place such as Taraweeh prayers in the evening and going into seclusion for the last ten nights. Here is a page from the BBC about it along with some health advice:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/islam/practices/ramadan_1.shtml

Chocks Away!

August 20, 2009

Right, that’s the last of the Maltesers gone. Now, the Science Museum in London has a new exhibition on called ‘Cracking Ideas’ celebrating creativity and innovation:

http://www.crackingideas.com/exhibition/

And here’s the game from the website:

http://www.crackingideas.com/exhibition/game

Thing of the Day would also like to congratulate all those who are getting their A-Level results today and wish them all the very best of luck for the future.

Edinburgh Festival

August 19, 2009

The Edinburgh Festival, celebrating a wide range of arts and culture is in full swing and here is a website for it:

http://www.edinburghfestivals.co.uk/

Of course, being a library blog, we couldn’t forget to highlight this:

http://westportbookfestival.org/

BBC Writersroom

August 18, 2009

Are you a budding script writer? Do you fancy writing for the radio or for TV? Got an idea for a radio play or a television drama, or even a sitcom?

If yes then have a look at BBC Writersroom. This is the perfect opportunity to send your scripts to the BBC and you may be in with a chance of having your work broadcast:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/writersroom/

The Writersroom also have a blog and roadshows where you can find out more about what they do along with links to other events of a similar nature.

Happy 500!

August 17, 2009

Thing of the Day has now reached 500 posts (we think) and have got a special treat for you today. The Guardian had a story the other day about another library blog showing books that very rarely get borrowed, if at all:

http://awfullibrarybooks.wordpress.com/about/

If we get a spare moment it’ll be interesting to see if any of those books are on our shelves…

Thing of the Day would like to thank you for your support over the last 500 posts and look forward to finding even more interesting stuff on the virtual highway!