Archive for June, 2011

Doctor WHeasel: Confidential

June 30, 2011

Something for Doctor Who fans.

You can find more from this creative librarian here at Weasel Televisual Enterprises.



June 29, 2011

On the one hand, TOTD hates the wasteful and unnecessarily generous packaging of some products. On the other, it’s hard not to admire some elements of packaging design. TOTD thinks it is wise to hang on to a product’s box while it is still under guarantee but, many years on, finds it hard to throw away the beautifully designed packaging for Apple products, for example. Rather than spending tons of money on expensive toys, satisfy your desire to see shiny things being removed from boxes at this site.


June 28, 2011

Cakebook, part of the EAT! NewcastleGateshead food festival, features edible cake models of some of the most iconic structures in the Newcastle/Gateshead area. There is some terrific cake-baking talent here in the library. Could we do somethig like this for Portsmouth? The Spinnaker Tower might be tricky!

Your Paintings

June 27, 2011

The BBC has just launched a new website that aims to showcase the entire UK national collection of oil paintings. 63,000 items have been added for the launch and their aim is to include all the estimated 200,000 oil paintings that can be found in public institutions, including museums, libraries, hospitals and town halls. The University Library has quite a sizable collection of paintings and we have already submitted three works that you can find on the site.

lego and trademarks

June 22, 2011

An instantly recognisable object not protected by trademark law.

Like something out of Soylent Green

June 21, 2011

I’m not entirely sure this is research we want to know about:;_ylt=ArGiivkQlynovmBqMZAeBcqs0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTNmdjM4MjE4BGFzc2V0A2RpZ2l0YWx0cmVuZHMvMjAxMTA2MTUvamFwYW5lc2VzY2llbnRpc3RzY3JlYXRlc21lYXRvdXRvZmZlY2VzBHBvcwM1BHNlYwN5bl9tb3N0X3BvcHVsYXIEc2xrA2phcGFuc2NpZW50aQ



Talking Tree

June 20, 2011

And now for something a little different.  If you’ve always wanted to meet a talking tree, try:


Keeping track of all those passwords

June 17, 2011

Don’t forget that its wise to change your passwords periodically.  Of course, with University logins, social networking logins and a host of other passwords to recall, keeping track of them can be a nightmare.

This offers some possible solutions to give you hand:

Total Lunar Eclipse

June 16, 2011

Yesterday evening saw a Total Lunar Eclipse that could be seen from Europe, Africa, Central Asia and Australia. Hopefully you were lucky enough to see it but if like me your view was obscured by cloud check out these views of it online

and more about why they occur here


Magna Carta

June 15, 2011

The Magna Carta, one of the most famous documents in British history, was signed today in1215 at Runnymede. The document was a series of written promises between the king and his subjects that he, the king, would govern England and deal with its people according to the customs of feudal law.

You can view the British Libraries copy of the Magna Carta online and find out all about it’s importance in British History here