Do Babies “Speak” with an Accent ?
Apr30

Do Babies “Speak” with an Accent ?

Could babies, who can’t even speak yet, be “googling”, “gurgling” and “gaaing” with an accent. This article looks at some recent research.

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An Uncertain Future – Predicting Movements of Objects
Apr26

An Uncertain Future – Predicting Movements of Objects

We like to think that science has all the answers and that the more we learn the more we’ll be able to predict and control our environment. But what if there was a limit after which there’s too much uncertainty.

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The Tipping Point – The Day Rome Embraced Christianity
Apr23

The Tipping Point – The Day Rome Embraced Christianity

Christianity has shaped Western society and the way we perceive the world. In this article we look at the event that propelled a dynamic new religion to official state sponsored religion.

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The Guernseyman who prints the World’s Money
Apr19

The Guernseyman who prints the World’s Money

Take a look at a Guernsey fiver or pound note and you’ll notice something curious. Tucked away among the complex calligraphy and imagery you’ll see three little words ‘de la Rue’. Further more if you happen to be Malaysian and look at the corner of your ringgit note you’ll see the same thing.

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Lost in Translation – Misadventures in English
Apr16

Lost in Translation – Misadventures in English

English is the global language of communication which means that when it collides with local languages it can have hilarious results. Here we’ve gathered together the results of some of the planets finest misadventures in English.

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Some Notes on a not so ‘Civil’ War
Apr12

Some Notes on a not so ‘Civil’ War

The English Civil War was a complex affair. Even today historians are unable to completely agree on the exact causes of it. In this article we look at some simple notes and observations on this seminal conflict that gave the British the democracy and constitutional monarchy they still enjoy today.

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When does a pile of sand become a heap ? – The Sorites Paradox
Apr09

When does a pile of sand become a heap ? – The Sorites Paradox

If you add individual grains of sand to a pile at some point it becomes a heap. But when ? Also what makes a heap, a heap ? In this article we look at how we traditionally approach problems with a certain type of logic and realise we may have to re-appraise how we do this.

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Origin of Some Popular English Idioms III
Apr05

Origin of Some Popular English Idioms III

The origins of a selection of some popular English expressions and sayings.

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Do Animals have a built in compass ?
Apr02

Do Animals have a built in compass ?

How do birds migrate ? And do other animals have a built in compass ? In this article we look at ‘Animal Magnetism’.

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Going Dutch – Dutch Influences on the English Language
Mar29

Going Dutch – Dutch Influences on the English Language

We’re familiar with the idea that the French, German and Nordic languages have had a great impact on the English language. Lesser known is the impact of Dutch. In this article we look at how our modern English language has subsumed Dutch words and expressions with out us even knowing it.

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All in a Spin – Our Amazing Universe
Mar26

All in a Spin – Our Amazing Universe

The Universe is an amazing place ! Just how amazing is hard to comprehend sometimes. In this article we look at some astounding things happening in the Crab Nebula.

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Great British Inventions
Mar22

Great British Inventions

The British have always been an innovative and inventive nation. Just how inventive may surprise you. In this article we look at just four of the inventions that Britons have made without which, life today would be very different indeed.

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What are Emotions for ?
Mar19

What are Emotions for ?

Emotions are very curious thing. Happiness, sadness, rage. What possible use could they be ?

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The Oldest Living Organism on Earth
Mar15

The Oldest Living Organism on Earth

What is the oldest living organism on Earth. You’ll be surprised to find that it started life before the wheel was even invented

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The Guernsey Militia : A Short History – Part II
Mar12

The Guernsey Militia : A Short History – Part II

Guernsey and the other Channel Islands lived for hundreds of years right on the front line of conflict between Britain and France. Islanders had to train and be ready to fight to defend their homes at a moments notice. To do this a Guernsey Militia was formed. In this article we track it’s illustrious history.

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