Posts Tagged ‘BBC’

Spaghetti harvest

April 11, 2012

Ok, April Fool’s Day was over a week ago, however TOTD was pleased to be reminded of the absolutely classic Swiss Spaghetti Harvest story from the BBC in 1957. Hundreds were taken in by the story. It seems incredible now, although TOTD can remember a time when a plate of spaghetti was considered the height of exotic continental cuisine.


November 29, 2011

Volcanoes are both beautiful and terrifying and you can find out all about them as well as watch some awesome videos at this BBC microsite


7 Billion and Counting…

November 2, 2011

On Monday it was annouced that the world’s population has reached 7 billion! Now a number like that can make you feel pretty small, so to find out where you fit into this story of human life check out

This member of the TOTD is the

4,424,229,706th person alive on Earth

and the

78,996,761,824th person to have lived since history began

Think I feel even smaller now!

The Code

August 10, 2011

The Code is an excellent series about Mathematics that is currently being screened on BBC 2. This member of the TOTD team has always been a bit maths phobic so it’s testament to the programmes accessible style that even I’m finding it both enjoyable and fascinating. To accompany the series the BBC has created a fabulous microsite full of math related games and puzzles that are both enormous fun and might teach you something along the way. But be warned some of the puzzles are fiendishly difficult

If your feel your up to the ultimate challenge you can take part in the Treasure Hunt. Solve The Code’s puzzles and find a real-life treasure hidden somewhere in the UK! Find out more at

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.

Dalek 6388

June 13, 2011

One of our colleagues here at the library has a bit of a Dalek obsession! If you too love The Doctor’s arch-enemy and would like to know everything there is to know about the Daleks both in the series and as props check out

a history of Dalek props

May 26, 2011

We’ve long had a soft spot for Daleks – particularly since we took a life sized one to Freshers’ Fayre and launched our Facebook with it – but this site is possibly even more exhaustive (exhausting?) than really required.  A labour of love that’s worth a look:

Domesday Project

May 12, 2011

Back in 1986, the BBC launched an initiative to take a snapshot of life in Britain at the time. Now, twenty five years on, the results have been dusted down for all to see:

The Oramics Machine

April 7, 2011

It was reported recently that a machine created by the founder of the BBC Radiophonics Workshop has been acquired by the Science Museum in London. The device, invented by Daphne Oram, created sounds that were dependent on waveforms hand-painted on 35mm film.

You can view a short documentary about the machine here


April 4, 2011

Radioplayer, which was launched on 31st March, aims to give access to the output from every licensed radion station in the UK, including all BBC services. It gives you the ability to search by station, local radio location, programme title, presenter or topic of interest.