Oct 062015

Today (6th October) is National Badger Day,which celebrates how magnificent and important one of the oldest native species is to the British countryside and its people. As part of the celebrations many badger groups around the UK are holding events  between the 4th and 12th October. They are very interesting animals and so it is not surprising that there are several weird and interesting titles containing ‘badger’. Disclaimer: some titles are not strictly about the animal!

Image of a postal stamp for the USSR, Zoo Relief Fund of a badger, from 1989.

Stamp of USSR, Zoo Relief Fund. Badger, 1989. Scanned and processed by A. Sdobnikov (Personal collection) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons from Wikimedia Commons.

  • Badger chess.
  • Badger buzz.
  • Badger trucker.
  • Maple Street Press Badger kickoff.
  • The Badger birder.
  • The Badger enterprise.
  • The Badger common tater.
  • The Menomonie badger.
  • The badger philatelist.
  • Badger saves the world.
  • Badger stamp notes.
  • Badger country : news and views from the Badger Brewery.
  • The Badger : newsletter of the Badge Collectors’ Circle.
  • The Badgerscope.

For more badger titles and other weird and wonderful journals take a look in SUNCAT.

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Sep 172015

The Rugby World Cup 2015 is nearly here! Twenty teams battling it out over 6 weeks in thirteen different match venues in England and Wales. The first match will be tomorrow (18th September) with England taking on Fiji at Twickenham. The final will be held on Saturday 31st October, also at Twickenham. It promises to be a great tournament.

A photograph of Christopher Tolofua of Stade Toulousian charging the defense of the Beneton Rugby Treviso team. Image taken during the Heineken Cup on 13 January 2013 at the Stade Ernest-Wallon in the match between Stade Toulousain and Benetton Rugby Treviso.

Stade Toulousian vs Benetton Rugby Treviso, Heineken Cup 2013. By Pierre-Selim (Self-photographed) [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons, 2013.

In SUNCAT you can find many titles on the subject of rugby, both rugby union and rugby league. Here are some weird and wonderful examples. We had to include a Welsh title, especially as when using Google Translate you get back “Reap the Whirlwind”!

  • Scrum down.
  • The great fester.
  • The Dead ball.
  • Tennent’s Velvet rugby record.
  • International rugby coaching. The collectors’ series : 36 coaching insights from world-leading rugby professionals.
  • Superplays : with Brian Smith, the greatest plays in world rugby.
  • In touch.
  • Hard Yards : the Gloucester rugby year book.
  • Medi’r corwynt : blwyddlyfr rygbi Cymru / Thomas Davies
  • Up & under : the official newspaper of London Irish Rugby Football Club.
  • Scrumbag : rugby supporters magazine.
  • @Holm.
  • The final hooter.
  • The egg chaser.
  • Another 6 tackles.
  • Murrayfield’s alive.
  • The Save & Prosper rugby union who’s who.
  • The Viking storm : the official Widnes Vikings magazine.
  • YES magazine : official magazine of the Young England Squad.
  • Wooden Spoon rugby world yearbook.
  • Front row.
  • Smirk’s handbook of northern rugby-union matches.

For more rugby serials and other weird and wonderful titles always look in SUNCAT.


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Jul 022015

Today (2nd July) is World UFO Day. It is dedicated to the existence of Unidentified Flying Objects and is celebrated to raise awareness about the undoubted existence of UFO’s and intelligent beings from outer space. This day is also used to encourage governments to declassify their knowledge about sightings throughout the history.

Below is a fascinating chart from the collections of The National Archives, one of our Contributing Libraries, showing Unidentified Flying Object sightings in the years ranging from 1947 to 1970.

An image of a UFO sightings chart showing drawings of UFOs sighted in years ranging from 1947 to 1970.

UFO Sightings Chart. The National Archives, c.1969.

Of course, there are some great weird and wonderful UFO periodical titles in SUNCAT.

  • Flying saucers.
  • The APRO bulletin / Aerial Phenomena Research Organization
  • Magic saucer : a magazine of unidentified flying objects for under 18s.
  • Quest international : the journal of UFO investigation.
  • UFO Info. Exchange Library.
  • Australian flying saucer review.
  • Flying saucers are fact.
  • Skeptics UFO newsletter.
  • The MUFON UFO journal. (Mutual Unidentified Flying Object Network unidentified flying object journal)
  • Journal of transient aerial phenomena.
  • Sightings : S.
  • Mystero.
  • The U F O pulse analyzer.
  • The Swamp gas journal.
  • The Flying saucer collector.
  • Synchronicity : the journal of the Anomalous Phenomena Research Agency.
  • Alien encounters.
  • Truth seekers review : publication of Truthseekers Research International.
  • The unopened files : access a number of well kept secrets …
  • Phenomenal news from Scotland.
  • Alien worlds : the search for extra terrestrial life.
  • Seriously strange magazine.
  • Into the unknown.
  • Odyssey : the strange truth about UFO’s.
  • Roswell : your travel guide to the UFO capital of the world!
  • Anomalous phenomenon review.
  • International who’s who in ufology directory.

For more titles with an extraterrestrial theme and other weird and wonderful titles take a look in SUNCAT.

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May 132015

This May is Local and Community History Month. Its aim is “to increase awareness of local history, promote history in general to the local community and encourage all members of the community to participate”. There are a range of activities happening across the UK, including trips, library exhibitions and local lectures. Why not uncover your local history? Libraries hold a wealth of resources on local and community history. It is a truly fascinating subject, made even more interesting with these weird and wonderful titles found within the collections of our Contributing Libraries.

An image of Holyrood Palace from Calton Hill in Edinburgh by James Valentine. 1878 or earlier.

Holyrood Palace from Calton Hill, Edinburgh by James Valentine. 1878 or earlier.

  • Olde Wisbeach.
  • Cornish banner.
  • Blaby courier.
  • The Epworth witness.
  • Manchester faces and places.
  • The town crier.
  • The Devonshire adventurer.
  • Trans-national Database and Atlas of Saints’ Cults : newsletter.
  • It could be verse.
  • SqueezeOC (Orange County, Calif.).
  • The ragged staff : the magazine of the Warwickshire County Officers’ Guild.
  • Home words for heart and hearth.
  • Something to shout about! : the newsletter of the new local history centre.
  • Frae the fit o’ the walk.
  • Cake and cockhorse : the magazine of the Banbury Historical Society.
  • OLHA! newsletter & diary.
  • JOURNAL of the English Place-Name Society.
  • Mochdre bygones.
  • “Know your place” local history bibliography.
  • In the shadow of the steeple.
  • The smoke & fire news.
  • Whistlewind.
  • Trees & forebears.
  • Sandpumpings.
  • The winding Roe.

For more titles with a local history theme and other weird and wonderful titles take a look in SUNCAT.

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Feb 262015

We are now well into the Fashion Week season for Autumn/Winter 2015. From 25th February to March 3rd is Milan Fashion Week, followed by Paris Fashion Week from 4th to 11th March. There is a fantastic array of fashion journals and magazines found in SUNCAT. Strut down the (SUN)CATwalk and take a look at these stylish titles. You’ll never be unfashionable again!!

Image of two models in the Ny Nordisk mode, Catwalk Show, 2012.

Ny Nordisk mode, Catwalk show. Benjamin Suomela/norden.org, 2012. [CC BY 2.5 dk (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5/dk/deed.en)], via Wikimedia Commons.

  • Flaunt.
  • The album of fashion : the highest Parisian authority on all matters relative to ladies’ and children’s dress.
  • The alamode : containing the English, French, and United States winter fashions for …
  • Plastique : explosive fashion.
  • Vogue. More dash than cash.
  • The “Standard” delineator of fashions, fancywork, and millinery.
  • Let them eat cake.
  • Oomph! : the code of style.
  • Rayon and synthetic yarn journal.
  • Lionheart magazine : for the roar in your heart.
  • Fantastic man : a gentleman’s style journal.
  • The milliner and dressmaker, and journal of fashion & the toilet.
  • The gentleman’s magazine of fashions and the tailors’ monthly pattern card of gentlemen’s fashions.
  • Phabrik.
  • View on colour : the colour forecasting book.
  • Another magazine : for men and women.
  • Hunger.
  • Hello Kitty fashion.
  • The glass of fashion up to date.
  • Loomis’ musical, masonic, and ladies’ fashion journal.
  • Belle prom : the prom magazine for the North East.
  • La belle assemblee, or, Bell’s court and fashionable magazine addressed particularly to the ladies.
  • Haute doll.
  • ffw>>mag!
  • The illustrated journal of fashions : gentlemen’s wardrobe.
  • Bias : journal of dress practice.
  • Devere’s half-yearly selection of Parisian costumes for English ladies.
  • The rake : the modern voice of classic elegance.
  • The fashionable magazine; or, Lady’s and gentleman’s repository : of taste, elegance, and novelty.

For more fashion-themed serials and other weird and wonderful titles take a look in SUNCAT.

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Feb 192015

Today (Thursday 19th February) is Chinese New Year, with 2015 being the Year of the Goat. Unsurprisingly, SUNCAT has quite a few weird and wonderful goat titles. In fact, it seems that anything with the word ‘goat’ in it is funny!! Hope you enjoy these.

Image of a goat, Kamandan, Azna County, Iran.

A goat in Kamadan Village, Azna County, Lorestan Province, Iran. Taken by Hamid Soufi, 2005.

  • The Dirty goat.
  • Irish goat news.
  • Billy goat banner.
  • Dairy goat gazette.
  • Canadian boer goat news.
  • Sheep and goat practice symposium.
  • Goats today : the monthly journal of the British Goat Society.
  • Dairy goat gazette and lively vivid escapades.
  • NSW sheep & goat situation statement.
  • The Official International Fainting Goat Association newsletter.
  • Ruminations : the Nigerian dwarf dairy goat journal.
  • Proceedings of the … annual Field Day of the American Institute for Goat Research.
  • Shades of brown : journal of the 3 Eyed Goat– Vegan-Communist.
  • Herd Book and Prize Record … with Kid Register and Stud Goat Register.
  • Wool & wattles : communications from the American Association of Sheep and Goat Practitioners.
  • People and dairy goats : newsletter of the Big Bend Dairy Goat Association.
  • Adventures in goatkeeping.
  • Hiking Washington’s Goat Rocks country.
  • S.L.A.N.T.: Saanen, LaMancha, Alpine, Nubian, Toggenburg.

For more goat-themed serials and other weird and wonderful titles take a look in SUNCAT.

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Feb 122015

As everyone knows, this Saturday is Valentine’s Day. There is no shortage of weird and wonderful love and romance-themed titles in SUNCAT. Here is a selection for you to enjoy!

Photograph of a small packet of love hearts

  • Love: the nuptial organ of the Cupid League. no. 1.
  • Cupid’s columns.
  • Cupid’s Cosmopolitan Courier : The only matrimonial publication printed in English and French.
  • Cupid : for love, courtship and marriage.
  • Marvel valentine special.
  • Valentine : (Valentine and TV Fan. Valentine and Roxy.).
  • The New Kids on the Block, valentine girl.
  • Valentine flowchart special.
  • It’s love, love, love.
  • Love buzz.
  • Cowboy love.
  • First love illustrated.
  • The Love School event.
  • Jacques Boivin’s love fantasy.
  • The dial of love.
  • The Batman adventures. Mad love.
  • Daily dose of love.
  • Mr. Anthony’s love clinic.
  • The Word love.
  • The Journal of Love.
  • How do I love thee? : the magazine for love poetry.
  • Love, Marriage & Common-Sense Series.
  • Dr. Anthony King Hollywood love doctor.
  • Famous Loves : true dramas of tender love and brooding passion.
  • The lamp of love.
  • The Delphick oracle, resolving the most curious questions in love and gallantry: as also in divinity, history … and all other arts and sciences … By a society of gentlemen.
  • Premier spas & romance.
  • Farm romance & adventure.
  • Kentucky romance quarterly.
  • Hospital Romance Library.
  • Purkess’s library of romance
  • Your Car. A magazine of romance, etc.
  • I’ll take romance!
  • Hopeless romantic news.
  • Satin sheets : a newsletter of romantic reading & living.
  • Rubies in the darkness : a magazine of traditional romantic and spiritually inspired poetry.
  • Room for romance. Great Britain and Ireland : the ultimate guide to romantic hotels.
  • The best places to kiss in Southern California : a romantic travel guide.
  • A moon, a girl, romance.
  • Ghosts : a magazine of romance and reason.
  • The romance of a great newspaper.
  • Sensation. A record of thrilling incidents & journal of sensational romance.

For more romance and love serials, as well as weird and wonderful titles in general, take a look in SUNCAT.

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Feb 062015

Tomorrow (February 7th) is National Libraries Day 2015. If, like the SUNCAT team, you love libraries, show it! Follow @NatLibrariesDay and check out #NLD15 on Twitter, like their FaceBook page, visit a library and event.

An image of the British Museum Reading Room

The Reading Room of the British Museum, 2004. Photograph taken by Riccardo Cambiassi (https://www.flickr.com/people/43671130115@N01). [CC BY 2.0 Generic (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/deed.en)], via Wikimedia Commons.

Here are some weird and wonderful titles with a reading theme from some of our 100 Contributing Libraries, plus CONSER, DOAJ and ISSN databases.

  • Read me.
  • Read this magazine.
  • The clicked and the read.
  • Learn to read with groovy animals!
  • Black & white & read all over.
  • I love to read Batman and Superman.
  • What romance do I read next?
  • The read all about all reg’d.
  • Have you read this?
  • Pepper Street the read-with-Mum weekly.
  • I’m too busy to read marketing report service.
  • Feet : what to read – South West Thames Regional Library Service.
  • Read these rules for running trains, & c. : with great care to notice changes / Boston and Maine Railroad.
  • La di da : a damned fine read for northern high society.
  • Mad dogs & Englishmen : the magazine to read in the midday sun.
  • The chap-book : being a miscellany of curious and interesting songs, ballads, tales, histories, &c. : adorned with a variety of pictures and very delightful to read.
  • The New Excitement; or, a book to induce young people to read; for 1838(-40). By the editor of the latter volumes of the Excitement.
  • Every Englishman’s French Journal, enabling everyone to read French with facility, by aid of copious explanations. no. 1-12.
  • Reading it write.
  • Cardiff Corvey : reading the romantic text.
  • The Reading ripple.
  • Candle light reading.
  • The Tessy & Tab reading club.
  • Die Reading Post.
  • Galaxy. A Magazine of Entertaining Reading.
  • The Home budget of wholesome reading for homely folk.
  • The Pearl, a monthly journal of facetiæ and voluptuous reading.
  • Marginalia: The Journal of the Medieval Reading Group at the University of Cambridge.
  • The New York Merry Masker. An illustrated journal of humorous and entertaining reading. vol. 1. no. 1. Oct. 1875.
  • The Hilton bedside book : a treasury of entertaining reading, selected exclusively for the guests of the Hilton Hotels.

For all manner of titles, weird and wonderful as well as generally fantastic, take a look in SUNCAT.

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Jan 202015

We have all experienced some stormy times over the last week or so. Thankfully, this seems to have abated – for now! Here are some weird and wonderful storm and wind-related titles found in SUNCAT. Warning – some are not actually about stormy weather!

Photograph of large waves battering the Ashton area of Gourock, Inverclyde in Scotland during the 8 December 2011 Winterstorm.

Large waves battering the Ashton area of Gourock, Inverclyde in Scotland during the 8 December 2011 Winterstorm, also knows as “Hurricane Bawbag”. By easylocum (http://www.flickr.com/photos/easylocum/6479148985/) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.

  • Storm courier.
  • Captain Storm.
  • Sew up a storm.
  • Storm Lake pilot.
  • Achilles storm featuring Razmataz.
  • Weathering the storm / Corus.
  • Manchester storm supporter survey.
  • Vision midweek storm.
  • Castle. A calm before storm.
  • The Pawn storm : journal of the Framingham Chess Club.
  • The Viking storm : the official Widnes Vikings magazine.
  • Battle with storm force.
  • Storm King sentinel.
  • The Commune : a herald of the coming storm.
  • Idiot wind.
  • Oh wind! Campbranch wind! Blow into my past! Oh wind!.
  • The Wind rose.
  • Practices of the wind.
  • Voices in the wind.
  • Whispering wind.
  • Wind-sock.
  • China wind sector : change of direction.
  • Into the teeth of the wind.
  • Wind up. A souvenir of ‘Breezy’ days at Gailes. Ed.: J.B. Nicholas.

For more storm and wind serials and other weird and wonderful titles have a search of SUNCAT.

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Dec 182014

The SUNCAT team would like to wish everyone a very merry Christmas and happy New Year. Thanks to everyone who has contributed and used SUNCAT throughout 2014. Here are some weird and wonderful Christmas-themed titles to enjoy.

Image of the EDINA Christmas tree with a SUNCAT poster in the background.

The EDINA Christmas tree with a SUNCAT poster in the background.

  • Country accents Christmas cookies.
  • Shortcut holiday cooking.
  • Prevention’s have a natural Christmas.
  • Sunset Christmas ideas and answers.
  • Christmas with Victoria.
  • Christmas from the heart : home for the holidays.
  • Early American life holiday foods.
  • Christmas at home by the fireside.
  • Santa Claus collection.
  • Selling Christmas decorations.
  • Quilter’s newsletter magazine’s quilt it for Christmas.
  • Turkey marketing guide.
  • Turkey call / National Wild Turkey Federation.
  • Poultry meat broiler and turkey edition.
  • Cranberries : the national cranberry magazine.
  • Marketing Massachusetts cranberries.
  • Marketing California brussel sprouts.
  • Christmas gifts of good taste.

We look forward to making the SUNCAT service even bigger and better in 2015!

 December 18, 2014  Posted by at 11:38 am Weird titles Tagged with:  No Responses »