Website of the Week:

This week’s  Website of the Week, is

Begun in 2013 this musical gem of a website allows the listener to transport themselves to any country in any decade and listen to a curated playlist of music from that era and place. Built by DJs, record collectors and music lovers our website of the week this week can transport you not only around the world but through time!!

Build your own soundtrack on a serendipitous journey across the the world and through time. You can travel in:

Shuffle Mode                                   Taxi Mode                                  Islands Mode is a great way to get exposed to new (and old) music from near and far with the details for each recording (Song Title, Artist, Country and Year of Release) shown so you can follow up anything that truly grabs you.







Food Science and Nutrition Students Hone Their Survey Skills

This week Mr Reeves’ Level 3 Food Science and Nutrition class had a remote tutorial on creating and using online surveys for their research project.

Mr Bull and Mr Reeves led the students through their top tips for designing great survey questions as well as some of the pitfalls of using online surveys to gather feedback and provide primary research for their essays.

Some of the online survey tools mentioned were Surveymonkey, Crowdsignal and Google Forms. Tools such as Crowdsignal integrate seamlessly with Twitter, WordPress and Facebook.

For more survey tools and reviews click here.


2020 : A Reader’s Year

As a Teacher-Librarian an important part of my job revolves around reading. I try to stay up-to-date with contemporary adult and young-adult authors as well as reading older, classic literature that has somehow passed me by. I also think it is crucial to read non-fiction as well as fiction.

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In these challenging times with remote learning and the current lockdown affecting us all, I think it is imperative that we strengthen, rediscover and cultivate our reading habits. If you are still on campus we can arrange to get books to you in house or if not why not try our excellent eBook service via Sora? If you would like a Sora login just get in touch by email or click here to leave a message on the blog.

In 2020 I pledged to read 37 books over the year and once again I just managed to get over the line! Last year I also completed several unabridged audio books which was a first. I hope setting myself a challenging but achievable target (40 books for 2021) will give me the motivation to read steadily all year. The full list of books from my 2020 challenge is here.

So, on New Year’s Day I usually start a new, large, hardback book by one of my favourite authors. Last year it was The Institute by Stephen King. This year I chose Perks of Being a Wallflower author, Stephen Chbosky’s second novel, Imaginary Friend.

I hope you will join me in the 2021 Goodreads Reading Challenge.

Happy New Year and Happy Reading!

Mr Bull

Head of Library

Goodreads Choice Awards Result Announced

Winners of the 12th annual Goodreads Choice Awards were announced this month. These awards are decided by readers not critics or industry moguls. Check out the shortlists and winners for all the major categories below:

Search our Heritage Catalogue to see which titles we already have or visit our Suggestions Box to order something in.

Best Fiction

Best Mystery & Thriller

Best Young Adult Fiction

Best Historical Fiction

Best Non-Fiction

Introducing the Book Butler

Library Staff have once again provided an excellent selection of newly acquired Fiction and Non-Fiction books which can be borrowed from the Staff Common Room. In addition, Staff members were emailed an invitation to let the ‘Book Butler’ make a suggestion or two for their Christmas holiday reading. Some staff provided detailed lists of current favourites, areas of interest etc, while others were happy to accept ‘Pot Luck’ in their pigeonhole.

Promoting and facilitating reading amongst the whole Staff body is just one of the strategies the Library is using to build a whole school reading community here at Millfield.

Read what you like; Like what you read!

Website of the Week: Our World in Data

This week’s  Website of the Week, is Our World in Data.

Poverty, disease, hunger, climate change, war, existential risks, and inequality: The world faces many great and terrifying problems. It is these large problems that the work at Our World in Data focuses on.

This website, began in 2011 to try to collect, analyze and publicize the ‘big data’ trends for a myriad of factors globally. There are multiple, detailed graphical representations of global and national statistics and trends on a huge range of important topics.

Thanks to the work of thousands of researchers around the world who dedicate their lives to it, we often have a good understanding of how it is possible to make progress against the large problems we are facing. The world has the resources to do much better and reduce the suffering in the world.

You can choose articles with interactive graphs on Health, Demographics, Poverty, Warfare and lots of other important topics.

Our World in Data believes that a key reason why we fail to achieve the progress we are capable of is that we do not make enough use of this existing research and data: the important knowledge is often stored in inaccessible databases, locked away behind paywalls and buried under jargon in academic papers.

You can even track the progress of the UN Sustainable Development Goals here.

Scottish Debut Novel Wins 2020 Booker Prize

Douglas Stuart has won the 2020 Booker Prize for Shuggie Bain, his debut novel about a boy in 1980s Glasgow trying to support his mother as she struggles with addiction and poverty.

Douglas Stuart is a Scottish – American author. His debut novel, Shuggie Bain, is published by Grove Atlantic in the US and Picador in the UK. It is to be translated into eleven languages.

He wrote Shuggie Bain over a ten year period and is currently at work on his second novel, Loch Awe.

His short stories, Found Wanting, and The Englishman, were published in The New Yorker magazine. His essay, Poverty, Anxiety, and Gender in Scottish Working-Class Literature was published by Lit Hub.

Born in Glasgow, Scotland, he has an MA from the Royal College of Art in London and since 2000 he has lived and worked in New York City.

The Booker Prize Shortlist novels are compared and discussed here in the Independent Newspaper.

2020 International Booker Prize

The International Booker Prize is awarded annually for a single book, translated into English and published in the UK or Ireland. The vital work of translators is celebrated, with the prize money divided equally between the author and translator.

The 2020 winner is The Discomfort of Evening by Marieke Lucas Rijneveld (Dutch-Netherlands), translated by Michele Hutchison, published by Faber & Faber.

The 2020 shortlist was:

The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree by Shokoofeh Azar (Farsi-Iran), translated by Anonymous, published by Europa Editions.

The Adventures of China Iron by Gabriela Cabezón Cámara (Spanish-Argentina), translated by Iona Macintyre and Fiona Mackintosh, published by Charco Press.

Tyll by Daniel Kehlmann (Germany-German), translated by Ross Benjamin, published by Quercus.

Hurricane Season by Fernanda Melchor (Spanish-Mexico), translated by Sophie Hughes, Published by Fitzcarraldo Editions

The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa (Japanese-Japan), translated by Stephen Snyder, published by Harvill Secker

The Discomfort of Evening by Marieke Lucas Rijneveld (Dutch-Netherlands), translated by Michele Hutchison, published by Faber & Faber


Website of the Week: Big Think

This week’s  Website of the Week, is This website provides a very interesting platform for big, deep and new ideas on all sorts of topics. It has a dedicated Video Talk area much like Ted Talks. The emphasis for the topics seems to be on cutting-edge, problem-solving Science, Psychology, Economics; Big picture, breakthrough research and discoveries on important and sometimes controversial topics.


Every idea on  comes from their ever-growing network of 2,000 Big Think fellows and guest speakers, who comprise the top thinkers and doers from around the globe. Their editorial team regularly sources ideas from these experts, asking them about the most important ideas in their respective fields. Their editors then sift through the submitted ideas and determine which qualify to appear on Big Think, subjecting each to the  simple, three-pronged standard geared to your interests:

a) significance — how will this idea change the world and impact your life?

b) relevance — what groups and individuals does this idea most affect?

c) application — how can this idea change the way you think or act?

The site is divided into VideosArticlesPlaylists, Experts, Podcast and Edge. Take a tour of the site and get thinking, Big Thinking!

You can also find Big Think articles popping up on the Millfield Library Blog via their RSS Feed or subscribe to Big Think email newsletters directly here.