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Women in Science events at the University of Oxford[edit]

To celebrate the bicentenary of Ada Lovelace, Oxford IT Services, the Bodleian Libraries and Wikimedia UK are running four events next week (Monday 12 October to Thursday 15 October) around Women In Science. These include three events editing, improving and illustrating Wikipedia, plus a Wikisource transcribe-a-thon. If you can make it to Oxford, you'd be welcome to join us, but please email in advance. See the blog post for an overview or go to the project pages for more detail on what we're doing. MartinPoulter (talk) 13:13, 7 October 2015 (UTC)

World War I editathon, Tuesday 10th November, University of Oxford[edit]

Hi, participation is welcome in an editathon next week on the theme of Oxford in World War I. There are spaces available for Wikipedians who want to attend in person- follow the link for details. MartinPoulter (talk) 17:13, 3 November 2015 (UTC)

Infobox heading and link colours[edit]

Oxford College template with hard-to-distinguish colours.png

A July 2015 revision to Template:Infobox Oxford college changed the rendering of links from light orange to deep blue. This made the links hard to see when displayed against the dark primary colour of most of the college infobox headings (see example). It's not for me to decide whether the heading colours are more important than the link colours, so I have set them both back to the default pending a consensus that is legible for all possible college primary colours. Template talk:Infobox Oxford college is perhaps the best place for any discussion. - Pointillist (talk) 00:50, 8 March 2016 (UTC)

Oxford Colleges page[edit]

The Faculty of Theology website at University of Oxford lists Ripon College Cuddesdon as a College of the Faculty of Theology at Oxford. I feel this information should be included in the article.<>Corsairfud (talk) 16:14, 9 April 2016 (UTC)

Ripon College Cuddesdon is not one of the Colleges of the University of Oxford. Jonathan A Jones (talk) 19:29, 9 April 2016 (UTC)

The Deil's Hallowe'en[edit]

I tried placing this request at Wikipedia:WikiProject Resource Exchange/Resource Request, but this book is only known to exist at Oxford and the University of Glasgow, so I would very much appreciate any help that anyone here could give. I need a copy of The Deil's Hallowe'en, a poem by Young Glasgow (which may be a pseudonym) that was published in Glasgow in 1856, apparently as a standalone book. II do not need the entire poem, but only the page on which appears the line "A drappie o' the real McKay," plus any additional pages that may be needed to give the line context (e.g., does "real McKay" refer to a brand of whisky?). I believe this is page 25. This is for our article on real McCoy. John M Baker (talk) 15:54, 6 June 2016 (UTC)

I have called up the Oxford copy from stacks and hope to take a look tomorrow. Jonathan A Jones (talk) 16:10, 6 June 2016 (UTC)
Thank you so much, Jonathan. John M Baker (talk) 16:56, 6 June 2016 (UTC)

Here's the relevant text:

Beneath my twa reel-yeukin' cluits
There's what 'ill sharpen a' your wits,—
A drappie o' the real M`Kay,
Ye'll find it, deevils, when you try.
I red ye, lads, by horn and hoof!
It's jist a hunder over-proof.
I wadna gi'e a catholic damn
For an adulterated dram ;
But that, my joes, ye needna fear,
There's no a drap o' water here.

In context it's very clear that the reference is to whisky, but note the spelling: "M`Kay", and it's not clear that it's what we would now call a brand name, though it is consistent with that.

The book was very fragile so I haven't taken scans but I do have some bad iPhone photos I can provide if you email me. Jonathan A Jones (talk) 16:37, 8 June 2016 (UTC)

That's excellent, Jonathan! Thank you very much for this. I've seen you an email and would love to see the photos. John M Baker (talk) 18:16, 8 June 2016 (UTC)