Archive for December, 2010

Christmas Closing

December 23, 2010

The Universty Library closes today for Christmas and won’t reopen until Wednesday 5th January 2011. Here at TOTD we’d like to wish all our readers a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year with this amusing library cartoon.

http://www.unshelved.com/strips/20101220.gif

Thanks to JM for this suggestion.

How to wrap a cat for Christmas

December 22, 2010

TOTD has been struggling to wrap some tricky presents this year. This video shows that with a little patience even the trickest present can look lovely 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jm3dm5J5r0A&feature=player_embedded

Note: The cat appears happy and unharmed!

All Things Christmas

December 21, 2010

With Christmas nearly upon us, TOTD was searching for a site that would help us to make the most of the Christmas season. So here it is

http://www.allthingschristmas.com/

All Things Christmas has tips, tricks and info on all kinds of Christmas traditions from carols and recipes to decorations and cards. If you want to do something a little different this Christmas check out this site.

Herbs and Spices

December 20, 2010

TOTD recently enjoyed our end of term coffee morning all about spices. Much was learnt about the origins and uses of various spices and some delicious examples of their use in cookery were eaten.

Michael McIntyre has a wonderfully funny sketch about herbs and spices

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Az080LXT7FA

I’m sure many of you will recognise your own spice cupboards!!

Book of the Dead

December 17, 2010

Following on from yesterday’s post, it would be unfair not to mention another exhibition being held at the British Museum about the Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead:

http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/all_current_exhibitions/book_of_the_dead.aspx

Evolving English

December 16, 2010

A new exhibition opened at the British Library this week charting the evolution of the English language. Here is their website with details, events and a quiz:

http://www.bl.uk/evolvingenglish/

The World’s Most Expensive Book

December 15, 2010

Recently, John James Audubon’s Birds of America went on sale at Sotherby’s Auction House and made ¬£7,321,250. There are only one hundred and nineteen copies of this book available:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-11242275

Needless to say, it’s very unlikely anyone will be donating this to us anytime soon, but you never know…

Monkey Day

December 14, 2010

Today is Monkey Day, an unofficial holiday celebrated all over the world to raise awareness of monkeys and their roles in evolution, animal rights and nature. There are various competitions held all over the world such as monkey costumes, knitting and storytelling:

http://www.monkeyday.com/

Leslie Nielsen, 1926-2010

December 13, 2010

Canadian actor, Leslie Nielsen, sadly passed away a couple of weeks ago. After starting out acting in serious roles, he made his name in spoof comedy films such as Airplane, the Naked Gun Trilogy and Spy Hard. Here is a Wikipedia entry with links to various websites:

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

A new library amid the threat of cuts

December 10, 2010

Milldam Mail, the online newspaper run by the Journalism students at the University of Portsmouth, has a piece here about the new library that is due to open on the old Woolworths site in Southsea.

http://milldam-mail.co.uk/?p=1715

This will be a welcome addition to the services within the Southsea shopping centre, however it comes at a time when others are protesting about the ‘vandalism’ to our library services, as reported in this Guardian article.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2010/dec/06/writers-protest-vandalism-library-services

[Thanks to RG for highlighting this article]