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.
Psychology 101 : “Teams wearing red are more likely to win” – True or apocryphal observation ?
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.
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
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?
In this article we relate some rather hillarious mishaps of some of our planetary brothers & sisters.
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.
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.
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
Being British can be a complex business and there is one part of our identity that will confuse ‘Johnny Foreigner’ no end – Queuing!
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.
Forgetfulness is irritating and can be damaging and distressing, but it may also be necessary for basic survival – so why do we forget ?
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?
“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 ?
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’.