Category: Thing of the Day

A round-up of the bizarre and brilliant of the web corralled by the University of Portsmouth Library.

Turner & Paige no.74 July 24th 2017

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Open Access room PC refresh

We are updating the PCs in several of our computer rooms as part of the ongoing refurbishment programme that keeps all our facilities as reliable, fresh and powerful as you would expect from a leading library.

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From bin to bookshelf

A Colombian refuse collector has rescued 20,000 books from the dustbins he empties, distributed some to poorer areas and used them to build a small private library called “The Power of Words” that local families use to help their children with their homework.  Hector Urquhart was right:

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Turner & Paige no.73 June 26th 2017

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Happy “Eat your vegetables” Day!

Only in George’s Marvelous Medicine (if you haven’t read it, the local public library holds copies so now is the time) does eating cabbage make you grow downwards.   In reality, eating at least five portions of fruit and vegetables

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Break out the blankets for National Picnic Week

National Picnic Week starts this Friday, so grab something to sit on or find a park (Ravelin Park is conveniently close!) and make the most of the summer weather by dining al fresco.  If you are struggling for creative picnic ideas and

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National Clean Air Day (15 June 2017)

Did you know that air pollution on side streets is often at least 20% lower than on busy roads? Or that the most polluted place to be on the roads is inside a vehicle because they gather pollution? The UK’s

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Walls have ears and train carriages have eyes

If you ever find yourself working on a multi-million pound business deal or indeed just updating your LinkedIn profile in public, you should always be aware who may be watching, listening, and waiting a few paces away with a USB

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The Library closes at midnight tonight

For the first time that practically anyone can remember (apart from perhaps our budget holders), the University Library will be closing at midnight tonight.  We will be open again tomorrow but we will be operating Summer Vacation opening hours from tomorrow

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Further sources of stress-relieving mindful colouring

If you have run out of things to colour in to de-stress, you can find free downloadable colouring sheets online, and for those who like to colour images of objects rather than geometric shapes, the British Library has made images

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