Archive for May, 2012

John Peel’s Record Collection

May 31, 2012

The late John Peel was a respected DJ and was known for his vast collection of vinyl records. You can now explore his record collection here

The website is beautifully designed and makes it a joy to get lost browsing through the record sleeves. You’ll certainly find many bands that you’ve never heard of!

Queen Victoria’s Journals

May 30, 2012

The Royal Archives, Bodleian Libraries and Proquest have teamed up to make Queen Victoria’s Journals free accessibly online for the first time. It seems appropriate in the Diamond Jubilee year of our own Queen that these wonderful documents are being made available especially as Queen Victoria was the first monarch to celebrate a Diamond Jubilee. 13 volumes of her journals survive and cover the period from Queen Victoria’s childhood days to her Accession to the Throne, marriage to Prince Albert, and later, her Golden and Diamond Jubilees. These amazing journals can be read in Queen Victoria’s own hand or through transcripts bring to life this historic archive giving us new insights and understanding of the past.

You can explore them for yourself here

Spaghetti Junction

May 24, 2012

Spaghetti Junction – that synonym for complexity – is 40 years old today!

A quick Google produces some terrific images (not all of the Gravelly Hill interchange):

And here’s a Guardian piece from today:

25 words

May 23, 2012

We thought we’d covered this before, but evidently not:

some marvellous words there. 

TOTD has long tried to introduce the word ‘dunk’ to the English language.  (The u is pronounced less like an ‘uh’ and more like a very soft ‘o’ so it’s *almost* like ‘doonk’ but with a much shorter vowel sound). It’s the Swedish word for the plastic containers you fetch water in while camping.  And of course they make a satisfying ‘dunk’  sound when you hit an empty one.

Most read books?

May 22, 2012

Our science librarian has found this:

Thank you A.


May 21, 2012

As long time fans of Sherlock Holmes and particularly taking great delight in the more recent tv series _Sherlock_, TOTD was excited to come across this on Pinterest:

Dementia Awareness Week

May 20, 2012
In a Thing of the Day extra we thought we’d highlight Dementia Awareness Week taking place in England, Northern Ireland and Wales from 20-26 May 2012 (ie. this week). There are some great materials at: 
Whether you just want to know more, happen to know someone with dementia, or are perhaps even caring for someone with all the difficulties that entails, we wish you well.
Other top links from Google: – supporting people with dementia and their carers

Legendary Laws

May 17, 2012

Is it really wrong to eat mince pies on Christmas day? Can you nip into anyone’s toilet if you’re caught short in Scotland? Will dying in Parliament get you a criminal record? Have a look at these to see if any of them are true:

National Flash Fiction Day

May 16, 2012

Today is National Flash Fiction Day. Also known as Microfiction, this form of creative writing involves composing very short stories of no more than 750 words or so:


Shakespeare’s Restless World

May 15, 2012

This spring, to herald in the British Museum’s latest Blockbuster Exhibition, BBC Radio 4 have a series of programmes about Shakespeare’s world and have made earlier broadcasts available too: