Bruce – a journey to China

Oh this is so exciting! As promised – a log of my very exotic holiday by Bruce The Badger.

Friday  – Early start from Heathrow – Passport √  Ticket √ Bag √  all set to go.

Short flight to Schiphol airport where I have a chance to stretch my legs by clambering up a fancy porcelain teacup handle – what no tea!

A longer flight to China, definitely time to catch up on much needed sleep zzzzzzzz.

Saturday – Oh, nearly there – Beijing. It’s very humid and warm.  Busy busy, rush rush only enough time for my human to collect luggage and check in for her flight to her hometown Shenyang….. she doesn’t have much spare time to show me around, not even an ice cream! Sorry no time for a photoshoot either.

Here’s a photo of me taken on the flight from Beijing to my human’s hometown of Shenyang in north-east China. It looks a really comfortable and relaxing seat.

Finally I am safely home in Shenyang. Phew! Very warm here, 31 degree and a bit jet lagged. So is my human minder but she’s delighted to be home and reunited with her  family just in time for lunch and a much needed rest.

Tuesday, 30th May, today is the Dragon Boat Festival, held on the 5th day of the 5th lunar month also known as Double Fifth Festival. This is fantastic I can join in the celebrations. I am so lucky too as I get to eat a real delicious Zongzi – traditional food for Dragon Boat Festival. It is different in the different regions, but mine is home-made dumplings.



Bruce in the Land of Fire and Ice

Bruce definitely needed a woolly scarf for his week in chilly Iceland with one of the library humans.


He explored deep inside a glacier at Langjokull – only the humans had to wear crampons. Badgers were exempt!

Bruce pretended to be a Viking while his humans rode Icelandic horses along a lava trail. He then enjoyed a bowl of soup made from geo-thermally grown tomatoes. Amazing what you can grow in Iceland with natural heat from the ground!


The thermal pools and hot springs at Geysir were a bit too hot for Bruce! Ouch! So he cooled down a bit on a mini iceberg at Jokulsarlon  glacial lagoon. That’s more like it!!


Bruce admired Oraefajokull volcano at Hvannadalshnjukur (from a distance, just in case!) and watched Gullfoss waterfall from afar! He didn’t fancy getting too close to this amazingly beautiful and powerful waterfall.


Bruce enjoyed the view of the cheerfully multi-coloured buildings in Reykjavik from the top of the Hallgrimskirkja Cathedral before relaxing with a well-earned Icelandic beer! It’s been a busy week for this badger.


Watch this space … Bruce is off somewhere warmer in a few weeks time!!

Library staff help row 125km

Staff from the Library Team took part in the challenge to row 125km. More than 200 students and staff from the University and Gateway Gym members stretched muscles and pulled on the oars to reach this amazing target. Well done!

This was just one of the many “125 themed” challenges that Bucks New University has been running to commemorate its 125 years milestone.




Statista on trial

We have just entered a trial of one of the world’s leading statistical data resources. The Statista platform provides an innovative, time saving and intuitive tool for researching quantitative data from industry, market and consumer reports all searchable by industries, companies and range of media, business and society topics. Statista also provides clear downloadable infographics for your use.

The trial is open to students and staff on and off campus via Shibboleth. To get to the link go to the Library Organisation in Blackboard and look in the left-hand panel for the Resources on Trial for a Limited Period section.

The trial of this resource ends on 6th April and any feedback should be sent to

Try Out Bloomsbury Fashion Central

The Library is offering staff and students trial on-campus access until 29 April 2017 to the amazing fashion resources of the Berg Fashion Library and the Fashion Photography Archive which make up part of Bloomsbury Fashion Central.

Berg Fashion Library is the authority on world dress and offers a wealth of resources including encyclopedias, seminal writings on fashion, e-books and lesson plans.

The Fashion Photography Archive contains more than 600,000 high quality runway, backstage and street style images which are inspirational to fashion design students.

You can access this fantastic fashion resource on-campus from the Library organisation in Blackboard – Resources on Trial for a Limited Period. Please feedback your comments to Elik Borrill, Subject & Research Librarian,


Library Fines Go to Good Causes

The Library is looking forward, once again, to supporting Bucks Students’ Union’s charities by donating all library fines paid during Student Volunteering Week to Pepper Children’s Hospice at Home and Medical Detection Dogs.

We’re not encouraging our students to incur fines on their library books, honest!! But should students have any library fines on their books, paying them off between 20 and 26 February will ensure those monies go to very worthwhile causes. Thanks for your support and let’s see how much we can raise together!


Bruce’s Christmas mini holiday

Welcome back everyone!

Bruce’s human minder had a great time this Christmas exploring London and some exciting places around HighWycombe.

Waddesdon Manor definitely felt Christmasy! Oh Bruce! What did you get up to in the wine cellar?


Never mind that, you soon made up for it in Oxford, the city of culture, visiting the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology.


Marlow was quite a refreshing break but extremely noisy with those pesky seaguls swooping down and snatching bread in mid-air amongst geese and elegant swans.


London on the other hand was just thrilling, travelling in all manner of public transport, the train, the bus and the tube but Bruce spent most of his time hiding in his human’s cosy and safe backpack as he was fearful of getting lost in the huge and bustling capital….. Oxford St., Leicester Square, Chinatown were just too frantic a pace for him and even the British Museum was so crowded with visitors that he finally managed to find refuge in the British Library.


There at last he could come out of his human’s rucksack, explore and stretch his legs a bit in the peace and calm of this vast monument to human knowledge – which reminded him of home at Bucks New Uni.

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