Wordsmith – Test your Guernsey French
Sep12

Wordsmith – Test your Guernsey French

Guernsey French is theoretically the mother tongue of our island home, Guernsey. However it is dying out rapidly. So how many of these Guernsey French words do you know (or can guess)? Improve and test your Patois wordpower by matching each of the words below to one of the multiple possible definitions.

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How Do Cats Survive Falls That Would Kill Humans ?
Sep09

How Do Cats Survive Falls That Would Kill Humans ?

There are many stories of cats surviving falls from great heights with only relatively minor injuries. So, How Do Cats Survive Falls That Would Kill Humans ?

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The Numbers Man – Fibonacci & the Origins of our Number System
Sep05

The Numbers Man – Fibonacci & the Origins of our Number System

If ever there was a unifying World language it would be that of numbers. The 10 digits we utilise are in universal use throughout the world. You have no problem ‘conversing’ with anyone in any culture. In this article we look at the remarkable story of numbers and how one man helped to introduce them into the European ‘vocabulary’ .

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How do plants feed ?
Sep02

How do plants feed ?

How do plants feed? The answers quite ingenious … most plants create meals for themselves in the form of sugar. This process is called photosynthesis (‘photo’ meaning light and ‘synthesis’ meaning to make) in other words making food with light !

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The Umbrella – Who invented it  ?
Aug29

The Umbrella – Who invented it ?

The umbrella is an iconic symbol of Britishness and especially useful in our wet and damp climate. However there was a time when they were ridiculed and looked down upon. In this article we look at the origins of this most useful piece of technology.

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The Miracle of Mons – August 1914 : The BEF stand against the German Tidal Wave
Aug26

The Miracle of Mons – August 1914 : The BEF stand against the German Tidal Wave

The Battle of Mons marked the first battle between the British & German Armies in the First World War. It was a titanic struggle that threatened to completely overwhelm the small professional British Army in the hot summer of 1914.

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Ancient Celtic offshore Banking
Aug22

Ancient Celtic offshore Banking

It looks like Jersey may have been an offshore banking centre for far longer than anyone has suspected. In June 2012 two metal detectorists uncovered a hoard of a staggering 70,000 late Iron Age and Roman coins. Their incredible find has since turned out to be the largest hoard ever found in Jersey.

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Is it true that water empties out of sinks anti-clockwise in the northern hemisphere ?
Aug19

Is it true that water empties out of sinks anti-clockwise in the northern hemisphere ?

It’s often said that water draining out of a sink or bath swirls down the plughole anti-clockwise in the Northern Hemisphere and clockwise in the southern hemisphere .. but is that really true ?

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Why is the sea salty?
Aug15

Why is the sea salty?

A litre of seawater contains about 7 teaspoons of salt – that’s about 35g. But how did it get so salty ?

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Why is the Earth’s Core Still Hot ?
Aug12

Why is the Earth’s Core Still Hot ?

We know that the Earth’s core is hot, but not how hot. Actually, even geologists don’t know exactly what the temperature is, either, but they know it is almost as hot as the sun. Now that’s hot ! In this article we look at what’s going on down there and why it’s so hot.

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Oops didn’t mean to send that – Even More Text Bloopers
Aug08

Oops didn’t mean to send that – Even More Text Bloopers

Some hilarious text bloopers … courtesy of the iPhone’s auto correct feature !

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The Domino Effect – How Europe fell into World War I
Aug05

The Domino Effect – How Europe fell into World War I

The immediate trigger that led to the start of the Great War (or First World War as it was subsequently known) was, relatively, innocuous enough – another assassination in the volatile Balkans. However what followed quickly resolved itself into a direct causal sequence of mobilisations & declarations of war by all the major European countries in turn – like a line of toppling dominoes.

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World War One Timeline
Aug05

World War One Timeline

Some of the essential dates in the timeline of World War One.

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Old Guernsey Proverbs and Sayings
Aug01

Old Guernsey Proverbs and Sayings

We’ve gathered together here some of the old Guernésiais proverbs and sayings that time seems to have forgotten.

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10 Things you can do with a Coke (other than drink it)
Jul29

10 Things you can do with a Coke (other than drink it)

Coca-Cola has been around for well over 100 years now. As the advert goes … “Coke it’s the real thing”. The real thing for what though? As it turns out it has more uses than just a sugary, fizzy soda drink. In this article we look at 10 very alternative uses for Coke.

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