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Friday procrastination: link love – haggis, rude cartoons and Led Zeppelin

Kirsty in Oxford here with your weekly dose of link love. This is my last day in the office until January, so I’m in an extremely festive mood and looking forward to two weeks of food, family, and festivity. That said, I’ll be rushing around trying to get things finished, so I might not have time to procrastinate this afternoon. If you do, however, feast your eyes on these.

In the midst of blogs and articles full of people telling us which books they loved this year (have you been reading OUPblog’s Holiday Book Bonanza?), The Guardian asks which books were unjustly forgotten.

Here in the OUP UK publicity department we have developed a slight haggis fixation. The office has been alive with shouts of “Haggis camera 2!”

Seed Magazine has chosen Philip Ball’s Nature’s Patterns as one of their December giveaway books.

These cartoons were deemed too rude by the Victorians.

Why does American chocolate taste so different to our British stuff?

New Scientist reports that a brain scan might be able to tell who is likely to keep promises and who isn’t.

The Daily Telegraph’s Christmas Books Quiz 2009. One of our Very Short Introductions is an answer to one of the questions, but I’m not telling you which one! And while I’m on the subject, have you tried our Very Short Introductions quiz?

The BBC didn’t take to Led Zeppelin on first listen.

Who will be the UK’s Christmas number 1 single? Joe McElderry, latest winner of The X Factor (our American Idol, for those who don’t know) or Rage Against the Machine?

The changing face of Sherlock Holmes.

Cheese or font?

This is my favourite Christmas song. What’s yours?

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