Category Archives: Online resources

Balderdash

Balderdash In this word game players have to write a plausible definition of a real but obscure word. Points are awarded for the correct definition. All the definitions are then read out and further points awarded to players who identify the correct definition and also to the writers of false definitions erroneously selected as the correct definition… Read More »

A quick reminder

As an addition to the Christmas blog series, we would just like to remind those leaving Oxford in the vacation to make sure you know how to access materials from outside the Oxford network.  We know that you are most likely going to be busy with festivities but if you do decide to take a… Read More »

Is this the real life?

“Mama … just killed a man”* Not the happiest start to a Christmas blog post but nevertheless it is the striking line (after the preamble of course) to the only song to have been number 1 at Christmas twice and given that this is the last post in the series, it seems fitting to end… Read More »

It’s only make believe

This somewhat melancholy and mournful tune by Conway Twitty, was the 1958 Christmas number one.  Conway Twitty, (having changed his name and chosen two seemingly random towns as names), was an American singer and this was his first big hit.  The song was actually written whilst Conway was in Ontario, apparently he had become convinced that this is… Read More »

Hello, Goodbye

  Who can forget the 1967 classic ‘Hello, Goodbye’ by the Beatles? Perhaps not the most diverse set of lyrics of any Christmas number 1, indeed here is a short sample; “You say goodbye and I say hello Hello hello I don’t know why you say goodbye, I say hello Hello hello I don’t know… Read More »

Give me a C for Christmas

For the second post of our Christmas 2016 blog series we are going to take a look at an old and relatively unknown Christmas classic ‘Christmas Alphabet’ by Dickie Valentine (number one in 1955) and run through of some of the lesser known databases we subscribe to (or are free) in the Bodleian Law Library.… Read More »

‘Practical Law’ for practically everyone…

by Nicola Patrick, Research Support Librarian Dear readers, We thought we’d make you aware that we now have IP access to PLC. You can access this database in the normal way via the LawBod’s legal databases page: http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/law/popular-links/databases#p For those of you who haven’t come across PLC before, I’ve created a short Q&A crib sheet… Read More »