Portsmouth Police are working with the University of Portsmouth to offer free bicycle security marking events. The next event is on Thursday 10 November from 2-4 pm, and takes place in the Richmond Building forecourt, Portland Street.

During the event, bikes will be marked with a unique code and added to the national Bike Register database. The national database makes it easier for police forces across the county to reunite stolen bikes with their owners. It can also act as a deterrent to would-be thieves as the bike is permanently marked, making it more difficult for anyone other than its proper owner to sell.

"My own garden: the young gardener's yearbook" by Mrs Loudon. A toxic little book found in Leeds Library rare books collection.

Anyone who had read Umberto Eco’s 1980 novel “The name of the rose” might have thought poisoning people by contaminating a book with a deadly toxin is the stuff of fiction but books manufactured in the nineteenth century were often made with the most hazardous of substances. Green covers achieved using arsenical dyes and anti-fungal agents added glues make some books from this era positively dangerous to handle without gloves.

As of Monday 7th November 2022 day visitors must be over the age of 18. Visitors will be required to show proof of age if requested by library staff.

This is as a result of a spate of recent incidents of misbehaviour. The Library is working on a new process to enable access for under 18s who wish to use the Library for study purposes.

In the interim period the Library reserves the right to decline entry to visitors, entry will be granted for study purposes only and all visitors are reminded of the need to abide by the Library Regulations.

The desire for certainty is strong in most people but we should resist comfortable but false certainty.

I never thought I would be quoting the eponymous Urban Dictionary but one of the phrases recently added draws attention to how often we make unwarranted assumptions about other people: Schrödinger’s Queer. The term describes a person (usually in the public domain, a celebrity) about whose sexual orientation nothing is known, and argues that until evidence emerges like they marry someone or appear with romantic partners in public, no assumptions can safely be made about their sexuality. Like the eponymous unstable caesium atom in Schrödinger’s original thought experiment, we cannot know whether it has decayed (killing the cat) or not until we open the box and see whether the cat is alive or dead. Until the evidence presents itself, we are left with uncomfortable uncertainty.

Here we see the glazed smile characteristic of someone listening to one too many textbook chapters in a single sitting.

Everyone learns differently and yet most educational systems are produced for scale, risking a one-size-fits-none approach to learning. Happily, there is much you can do to personalise your world at university.

From visually collaging research to converting the printed word to and mp3 audio file, routine process automation and revision aids, we have everything you could possibly want.

A contraction of All Hallows’ Eve, Hallowe’en originally formed part of a three-day Christian season that was secularised during the Reformation, acquired the trappings of an ancient pagan festival celebrating the departure of the souls of the dead and the coming of Winter, and which has since become commercialised and augmented with the American tradition of displaying a Jack-o’-lantern.