Origin of Some Popular English Idioms II
Jan24

Origin of Some Popular English Idioms II

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

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The S.S. Stella
Jan20

The S.S. Stella

The Steam Ship “Stella” has entered local history as a byword for tragedy when she was sadly wrecked in 1899 off of Alderney.

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Chewing gum
Jan17

Chewing gum

Where, when and who invented Chewing gum ? Plus how did it become such a global phenomenon ?

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Top Five Thought Experiments
Jan13

Top Five Thought Experiments

Thought experiments are mental hypotheses, used by philosophers as ways of illuminating complex ideas. Here’s 5 of the top hot topics.

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Ormer Casserole
Jan10

Ormer Casserole

Ormer is the local name for what are known worldwide as abalones and is found on Guernsey & Jersey shores. This casserole recipe has been around since at least 1673.

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How does language influence the way we think ?
Jan06

How does language influence the way we think ?

Does our language influence the way we think and perceive the world around us? Psychologists think it does.

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Photo Voltic Cells (Solar Panels)
Jan03

Photo Voltic Cells (Solar Panels)

Solar cells, or photovoltaic cells, convert energy from sunlight into electricity… but how? What principles lie behind this technology?

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New Years Treat – Oliebollen
Dec30

New Years Treat – Oliebollen

Why not try a new really scrummy winter treat from the ‘Dutch Masters’ … Olliebollen – Delicious Dutch traditional winter fayre.

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New Year in Different Cultures
Dec27

New Year in Different Cultures

News Year Eve in the West means December 31st. However for a large part of the World this isn’t the prelude to a new Year.

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Christmas Cards
Dec23

Christmas Cards

Christmas cards are a tradition that we don’t probably give a second thought to. But there was a time when no one sent them. Here’s some details on their origins.

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The Winter Solstice
Dec20

The Winter Solstice

REASON FOR THE SOLSTICE In astronomy, the solstice is either of the two times a year when the Sun is at its greatest distance from the celestial equator, the great circle on the celestial sphere that is on the same plane as the earth’s equator. In the Northern Hemisphere, the winter solstice occurs either December 21 or 22, when the sun shines directly over the tropic of Capricorn; the summer solstice occurs either June 20 or...

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Nursery Rhymes – Origin & History
Dec16

Nursery Rhymes – Origin & History

As children we’re taught many different nursery rhymes. Most seem frivolous and amusing however behind every one is a history and story that’s every bit intriguing as the rhyme itself.

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Who is Father Christmas ?
Dec13

Who is Father Christmas ?

Saint Nicholas, Father Christmas, Santa Claus, Sinterklass … whatever you call him he has a rich set of folklore and traditions surrounding him. But are they even the same person ?

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Origin of Some British Christmas Traditions
Dec09

Origin of Some British Christmas Traditions

We have a lot of traditions surrounding a good British Christmas which enjoy but never really question. But where did some of them originate from ?

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Krampus – The ‘Anti-Santa Claus’
Dec06

Krampus – The ‘Anti-Santa Claus’

Meet a new and disturbing character to add to the pantheon of Christmas mythical beings … Krampus!

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