A big welcome to the new students who are joining us this month.
And, of course, a welcome back to everyone who has been on holiday.
Don’t work too hard!
A recent article advocates “nap stations” in university libraries:
Since college students frequently are observed asleep wherever they are throughout the day, research indicates universities should consider the advantages to students of providing an area where they can nap safely and comfortably. The library seems to be ideally situated for this, since students are in the library studying when they may need to take a break, and it is usually open many hours. (Wise, 2018)
It mentions a pioneer – the University of East Anglia, no less – that has a Nap Nook in its student union. Other universities have library “nap pods”.
INTO UEA Resource Centre originally had some beanbags, but they attracted noisy students, rather than sleepy ones, not to mention an English teacher with a tendency to snore. (He subsequently took to the sofa, as pictured.)
Wise, M. J. (2018) ‘Naps and sleep deprivation: why academic libraries should consider adding nap stations to their services for students’, New Review of Academic Librarianship, 24(2), pp. 192-210. doi: 10.1080/13614533.2018.1431948.
‘A cold coming we had of it,
Just the worst time of the year
For a journey, and such a long journey:
The ways deep and the weather sharp,
The very dead of winter.’
T. S. Eliot, ‘Journey of the Magi‘ (1936)
Happy Christmas reading!
Bloomberg Businessweek is – astonishingly – a weekly magazine about business. You can read 10 articles online without paying, while UEA Library provides full access.
The main page for UEA access is here. You can search the magazine and browse issues. There may be a delay of a few days before the latest issue is available.
The current issue, for example, has several articles on Bitcoin:
Unolingo, from Smithsonian.com, is a crossword puzzle in which you complete the words using each letter of the alphabet only once. There are no clues.
For example, if you decide the top word is STALKING, you use the letters A, L and G, which are then unavailable to complete any other words.
Puzzles with one star, like the one shown, are the easiest. The hardest have four stars.
Some examples of articles:
Sounds Familiar? [requires Flash] from the British Library examines accents and dialects in Britain.
You can listen to recordings of people talking: for example, Pam from Norwich. There is an analysis of her accent and use of that as a subject pronoun (instead of it).
A few maps show where people use “non-standard” forms such as I were and you was.
As part of UEA Library’s 50th anniversary celebrations, you can take a virtual tour of the building.
During the Christmas holidays you might talk to local people in and around Norwich. As you will have noticed, the local accent is a bit different from the “standard” English of the BBC or most of your teachers.
There are also some differences in grammar and vocabulary.
You can listen to some examples of the Norfolk dialect in the Survey of English Dialects (under View by – County – M-O – Norfolk).