Archive for December, 2011

2011 in Lego

December 23, 2011

Here is a suggestion from Puhua. It’s from the Guardian and has pictures of various events of the past twelve months using Lego!

Well, that’s all for Thing of the Day 2011. The Library will be closing soon as everyone goes off for their Christmas Holidays but wherever you are and whatever you do, have a very Merry Christmas and we look forward to seeing you in 2012!

Track Santa

December 22, 2011

Only a couple more days to go until Father Christmas goes on his rounds. If the kids want to know where he is you can show them with this NORAD Track Santa site:

That way you know when to leave the carrots and mince pies out as the sleigh approaches but make sure you don’t give him too much sherry…


December 21, 2011

On this day in 1913 the first crossword (or Word-Cross) puzzle was published in the New York World by the British journalist, Arthur Wynne. Crosswords are a very popular past time, particularly here in the Library. Here is a picture of it from Wikipedia. See if you can solve it:

And here’s the article where it came from:

Quiz of the Year

December 21, 2011

How well do you remember what has happened in the past twelve months? Try the BBC Quiz of the Year to see what events have stuck in your mind:

RSC Advent Calendar

December 19, 2011

Christmas would not be complete without an Advent Calendar so here is one kindly suggested by LJ:

Thank you very much.

Locating London’s Past

December 17, 2011

This site allows you to search a wide variety of digital historical resources, such as records of crime, plague deaths and archaeological finds, and plot these onto different base maps, including John Rocque’s well known map of London from 1746.

[Thanks to SW and GF for spotting this first]


Emotional Bag Check

December 16, 2011

Feeling stressed by Christmas and need to get something off your chest? Offload your problem here and maybe someone will suggest an appropriate song title that will help you along.


Cinema stunt

December 15, 2011

Not wishing to endorse any particular brand of lager, TOTD did enjoy this amusing piece of viral advertising that features a cinema full (almost) with mean looking bikers, plus some rather wary couples who are trying to get to the two remaining empty seats.


Every death on every road in Great Britain 1999-2010

December 14, 2011

A bit grim perhaps (there’ll be more jolly sites to round off the week), but with Christmas just around the corner and the liklihood of seasonal campaigns to stop people from drinking and driving, here’s a sobering map upon which is plotted every road collision in which someone died.

[Thanks to FS for this suggestion]

Mieders Toboggan Run

December 13, 2011

With a length of 2.8 km and a vertical descent of 640 m, the summer luge at Mieders in Austria has got to be one of the best roller coaster rides around. This is what it looks like if you descend without applying the brakes.