The Origin of the Yard, Meter and Kilo
Sep30

The Origin of the Yard, Meter and Kilo

How many of us have a foot a foot long ?
What are the origins of some of the measurements we use today.

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Coca Cola
Sep23

Coca Cola

Coca Cola is a ubiquitous and iconic symbol of the U.S. but when & who came up with it?

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Mind & Body – Where do they begin and end
Sep16

Mind & Body – Where do they begin and end

The Mind-Body problem. One of philosophy’s great topics of conjecture and debate. How are mental phenomena explicable in terms of, or otherwise related to, physical states and events in the body ?

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Donkeys, Toads & Crows
Sep09

Donkeys, Toads & Crows

Every country has it’s own national symbols. The Channel Islands are no different and there’s a surprising array of animals ascribed to each island and their people.

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What is the difference between Ale and Lager
Sep02

What is the difference between Ale and Lager

There are 2 basic categories of beer : Lagers and Ales. But what is it that makes them so different ?

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1204 – The Birth of Guernsey’s Constitution
Aug26

1204 – The Birth of Guernsey’s Constitution

Guernsey today is an independent crown dependency. How did this state of affairs, common to all the Channel Islands, come about ?

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Spectacles
Aug19

Spectacles

Spectacles … fashion item and indispensable ‘modern’ aid … but they’re far older than you think. Here we look at the origins of specs.

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Wordsmith – Test your wordpower
Aug12

Wordsmith – Test your wordpower

Improve and test your wordpower by matching words to one of a multiple possible definitions.

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Pasteurised Milk
Aug05

Pasteurised Milk

Microbes are everywhere … feeding, multiplying, in the air, soil, on our hands, in food, in our intestines. Their effects can be deadly. Read how 1 man discovered a simple technique to neutralise them.

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Winnie’s Wicked Wit
Jul29

Winnie’s Wicked Wit

As well as being one of Britain’s greatest ever leaders Winston Churchill was endowed with a sharp wit and turn of phrase.

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How To … Brew Mead
Jul22

How To … Brew Mead

Mead is an ancient alcoholic brew made with honey, fresh spring water, and yeast. Mead making became well known in Europe but died out as people became urbanized. This happened about 500 years ago in Europe.

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The Bayeux Tapestry
Jul15

The Bayeux Tapestry

The Bayeux Tapestry is a fascinating historical artifact. It depicts such a pivotal moment in British and Channel Island history, that of the invasion & conquest of England by William the Conqueror in 1066. It’s a beautiful artifact that’s nearly 1,000 years old!

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Flags of the World
Jul08

Flags of the World

I’ve always been interested in flags. Fascinated in how they embody identity, nationality, pride, a sense of belonging. People can love them, hate them and even die for them. I like to collect the flags of the numerous countries that I’ve visited. Here are a few and their origins and symbolisms… Australia The Australian flag has a dark royal blue base with a depiction of the British Union Jack in the upper left...

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Renoir in Guernsey
Jul01

Renoir in Guernsey

In 1883, the famous French impressionist painter spent the summer in Guernsey, creating 15 paintings in little over a month. Most of these feature Moulin Huet bay. These paintings were the subject of a set of commemorative postage stamps, issued by the Bailiwick of Guernsey in 1983.

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Jokes and One Liners
Jun24

Jokes and One Liners

Some jokes and one liners that you might’ve associated with Les Dawson

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