The Language of Caesar : Latin Phrases Everyone Should Know
Jun09

The Language of Caesar : Latin Phrases Everyone Should Know

A motley combination of Anglo-Saxon, Latin, and Germanic dialects, the English language (more or less as we know it) coalesced between the 9th and 13th centuries. Despite this we use a lot of Latin phrases to this day. In this article we look at some of the more common Latin phrases that we should all know.

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Red Hot Science – Teams wearing red are more likely to win
Jun06

Red Hot Science – Teams wearing red are more likely to win

Psychology 101 : “Teams wearing red are more likely to win” – True or apocryphal observation ?

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Asterix – Guernsey’s Own Roman Wreck
Jun02

Asterix – Guernsey’s Own Roman Wreck

On Christmas Day 1982 local Diver Richard Keen spotted the remains of a large wreck sticking out from the mud directly between the pierheads of St Peter Port harbour. It turned out to be the largest, most complete, seagoing Roman ship surviving outside the Mediterranean.

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Why Does Alcohol Make You Drunk?
May30

Why Does Alcohol Make You Drunk?

Alcohol has been used by humans for medicinal and recreational purposes for thousands of years (see the sidebar ‘When Was Beer First Brewed’), but scientists still aren’t entirely sure how it makes us tipsy

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Is the 5 Second Rule for Dropping Food on the Floor Legitimate ?
May26

Is the 5 Second Rule for Dropping Food on the Floor Legitimate ?

The five-second rule holds that it’s okay to eat an item you dropped on the ground, as long as it was there for fewer than five seconds. But is it actually okay?

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Heroic Failures
May23

Heroic Failures

In this article we relate some rather hillarious mishaps of some of our planetary brothers & sisters.

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Ancient Bacteria Brought Back to Life
May19

Ancient Bacteria Brought Back to Life

No this isn’t one of those crazy headlines beloved of certain ‘newspapers’, (think Sunday Sport : “WWII Bomber found on the moon”, then months later, “WII Bomber vanishes from Moon”), this is in fact a curious, if not slightly frightening, reality.

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Love Books? – 7 Words every Bibliophile Should Know
May16

Love Books? – 7 Words every Bibliophile Should Know

Are you a Bibliophile, someone who loves books? If you are you’ll know the joy of buying, collecting, owning, (smelling?), touching and of course reading these textual marvels. In this article we introduce you to some words I think every Bibliophile should know.

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Pouques & Other Guernsey Folklore
May12

Pouques & Other Guernsey Folklore

Legends and superstitions thrive in Guernsey and form a large part of its rich folklore heritage. Stories all of witchcraft and fairies, devils and ghosts have been passed through the generations from family to family

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Being British and the Art of Queuing
May09

Being British and the Art of Queuing

Being British can be a complex business and there is one part of our identity that will confuse ‘Johnny Foreigner’ no end – Queuing!

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Socrates’ Antidote to Gossip – The Three Filters
May05

Socrates’ Antidote to Gossip – The Three Filters

As the saying goes “There’s nothing new under the sun”. And nothing is truer than when it comes to people gossiping, even in ancient Greece over 2,000 years ago. Here’s how the great Socrates dealt with it, his three filters.

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Why Do We Forget?
May02

Why Do We Forget?

Forgetfulness is irritating and can be damaging and distressing, but it may also be necessary for basic survival – so why do we forget ?

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Who was Mary Magdalene ?
Apr28

Who was Mary Magdalene ?

Possibly one of the most maligned and mis-understood charaters in the Bible. Mary Magdalane has been variously described as a Prostitute, an Apostle and even the wife of Jesus. But who was she really?

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Does Being Cold Make You Sick ?
Apr25

Does Being Cold Make You Sick ?

“Winter is coming,” and we all remember our parents telling us to “put a jacket on to go outside or you’ll catch a cold!” But is this true? Does being cold make you sick ?

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The founding of the Eternal City – Rome – Fact & Fiction
Apr21

The founding of the Eternal City – Rome – Fact & Fiction

On the 21st April 753 BC, according to Plutarch, the city of Rome was founded. In this article we look at the myths and legends surrounding the foundation of the ‘Eternal City’.

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