Guernsey Legends – Duke Richard of Normandy and the Devil
Aug23

Guernsey Legends – Duke Richard of Normandy and the Devil

It is said that some of the strange imprints on some of the rocks and granite boulders in Guernsey were made by the Devil’s cloven feet as he has prowled around our island home. This legend is one such tale about how Duke Richard of Normandy actually met and fought the Devil

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Puerile Chemistry – or “What the boys get up to in the lab”
Aug20

Puerile Chemistry – or “What the boys get up to in the lab”

In this article we find proof that British Chemists do have a sense of humour .. well a puerile one at least.

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How Many Piano Tuners in Chigago ? – Or how to answer a question with little or no knowledge at all !
Aug16

How Many Piano Tuners in Chigago ? – Or how to answer a question with little or no knowledge at all !

Enrico Fermi showed how a whole range of scientific questions could be answered with very little basic knowledge and 1 simple rule. In this article we look at this amazing theory.

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How does Recycling Work ?
Aug13

How does Recycling Work ?

There is an ever growing collective awareness of the consequences of the damage that mankind is doing to mother Earth as a consequence of our mass consumer, throw away lifestyles. Consequently more and more people are getting into recycling. But what happens to it AFTER we place it in the recycling bins ? Where and how is it recycled ?

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Dingbats
Aug09

Dingbats

Test your knowledge on phrases and sayings with these Dingbat graphics …

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How did people tell the time & keep appointments before clocks were invented ?
Aug06

How did people tell the time & keep appointments before clocks were invented ?

It’s almost incomprehensible to the modern mind not to know the time and the date. Our world would cease to function in the way it does. So let’s imagine then an average man during the Dark Ages, in say in the 9th century. After a hard days work he decides to meet a friend for a drink. Was there an awkward pause after. ‘Okay, why don’t I meet you at my place at… ?’ …so how dis the world function before clocks ?

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Sark – A Potted History
Aug02

Sark – A Potted History

In this article we have a whirlwind look at the history of one of the most enigmatic of the Channel Islands, Sark.

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The Invention of Money – A Short History
Jul30

The Invention of Money – A Short History

From prostitution to dealing on the stock exchange, trading has been around for tens of thousands of years. But when did mankind move from a barter system to exchanging goods for bits of metal and paper ?

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Rubber
Jul26

Rubber

Rubber is a unique a wonderous material. However processing the raw latex into a durable and useful form proved very difficult. Charles Goodyear was a man obsessed with it. Here’s an account of his struggle.

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Daily Life as a Medieval Monk
Jul23

Daily Life as a Medieval Monk

Let it not be said that we at guernseyDonkey.com ever short change you when it comes to answering some of those random questions that have a habit of flitting across our minds from time to time, or that we skimp on adding to that great body of knowledge that we like to call “Internet Fluff” so … “What did Medieval Monks get up to ?”, “What was the daily life as a monk like ?”

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Did English used to have gendered nouns? … Yes!
Jul19

Did English used to have gendered nouns? … Yes!

In Romance languages (and many others), nouns have a gender. English today doesn’t but it wasn’t always so. In this article we look at how this situation came about.

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Radio Ga Ga
Jul16

Radio Ga Ga

We take radio and television signals for granted now. But if you really think about it radio waves really are a strange phenominon … invisibly beaming sound from one point to another through and around solid objects !

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Guernsey Folklore – Witches Seats
Jul12

Guernsey Folklore – Witches Seats

Witches Seats … something that you may not even notice but they’re there all right on many an old Guernsey cottage and farm house.

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What every body is saying  … when bodies start talking
Jul09

What every body is saying … when bodies start talking

Whether you like it or not your body leaks information about you. Every day in every interaction your body posture and movements are transmitting information about your inner thoughts and feelings without you knowing it .. this is “body language”. The trick is can you consciously control it or even read other peoples ?

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The Origins of the Modern Moggie
Jul05

The Origins of the Modern Moggie

It may surprise you to know that the origin of the modern moggie, one of the mysteries of veterinary science, has only very recently been solved by researchers.

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