Archive for November, 2012

More women working in farming

According to statistics from the Office for National Statistics 6,000 more women are working in the agricultural sector than last year (23,000 in total).

A feature on today’s Woman’s Hour (c 16 mins in) explains that increased mechanisation and increasingly diverse career opportunities within the food production industry have been an important factor.

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New books

Did you know that when you visit the library catalogue you can see what new books, e-books, dissertations etc have been added to stock?  Look for the heading ‘Quick links’ and select ‘What’s new’.

If any titles say ‘processing’ this means that they are not yet in circulation, but will be very soon.

You can reorder the list by selecting an option from the drop down list ‘sort by’ on the right hand side of the screen.  A good option is ‘Class, title’.  This means that the items will be ordered by shelfmark, so if you know which section of the library most of the books relevant to your area are kept, you can then scroll through the list to find relevant items for you.  E-books and other online resources will be at the bottom of the list.

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Essex Gardens Trust: lectures, visits and study days

Writtle College is the venue for the 2012/13 Essex Gardens Trust lectures.  The first one takes place on Saturday 24th November at 2.15 in L53.  All staff and students are welcome to attend free of charge.  The full progamme of events for the year:

  • Marks Hall (lecture)
    24th November 2012
  • Italian Gardens (lecture)
    16th February 2013
  • Hidcote (lecture)
    16th March 2013
  • Ulting Wick, Maldon (visit)
    25th April 2013
  • Warley Place, Brentwood (study day)
    31st May 2013

For more information visit the Essex Gardens Trust website.

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Last typewriter comes off the production line

Whatever you think about using a typewriter in today’s world (although there are many who still do) typewriters will surely have a place in design and social history.

The last Brother typewriter has, according to BBC News, been manufactured at a factory in north Wales, but there are many who will be sad to see it go.

Try typing “typewriter art” into Google and YouTube to see the creative things you can do with a traditional machine.

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In the media

Ever thought of checking out radio and TV programmes relevant to your field of interest?  The BBC, via iPlayer and the radio player, have a number of current and archive programmes:

Countryfile (TV)
Sundays on BBC1

Farming Today (radio)
Daily magazine programme.  Mondays to Fridays at 05.45

Gardeners’ Question Time (radio)
Sundays at 2.00

A Guide to Farmland Birds (radio)
5-part series

The Life Scientific (radio)
Conversations with eminent scientists

The Living World (radio)

On Your Farm (radio)
Sundays at 06.35.  Latest series ended on 28th October 2012

Open Country full series details (radio)

Saving Species (radio)

Tales from the Wild Wood (TV)
Current series on BBC Four

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