Ancient Bacteria Brought Back to Life
May19

Ancient Bacteria Brought Back to Life

No this isn’t one of those crazy headlines beloved of certain ‘newspapers’, (think Sunday Sport : “WWII Bomber found on the moon”, then months later, “WII Bomber vanishes from Moon”), this is in fact a curious, if not slightly frightening, reality.

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Love Books? – 7 Words every Bibliophile Should Know
May16

Love Books? – 7 Words every Bibliophile Should Know

Are you a Bibliophile, someone who loves books? If you are you’ll know the joy of buying, collecting, owning, (smelling?), touching and of course reading these textual marvels. In this article we introduce you to some words I think every Bibliophile should know.

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Pouques & Other Guernsey Folklore
May12

Pouques & Other Guernsey Folklore

Legends and superstitions thrive in Guernsey and form a large part of its rich folklore heritage. Stories all of witchcraft and fairies, devils and ghosts have been passed through the generations from family to family

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Being British and the Art of Queuing
May09

Being British and the Art of Queuing

Being British can be a complex business and there is one part of our identity that will confuse ‘Johnny Foreigner’ no end – Queuing!

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Socrates’ Antidote to Gossip – The Three Filters
May05

Socrates’ Antidote to Gossip – The Three Filters

As the saying goes “There’s nothing new under the sun”. And nothing is truer than when it comes to people gossiping, even in ancient Greece over 2,000 years ago. Here’s how the great Socrates dealt with it, his three filters.

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Why Do We Forget?
May02

Why Do We Forget?

Forgetfulness is irritating and can be damaging and distressing, but it may also be necessary for basic survival – so why do we forget ?

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Who was Mary Magdalene ?
Apr28

Who was Mary Magdalene ?

Possibly one of the most maligned and mis-understood charaters in the Bible. Mary Magdalane has been variously described as a Prostitute, an Apostle and even the wife of Jesus. But who was she really?

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Does Being Cold Make You Sick ?
Apr25

Does Being Cold Make You Sick ?

“Winter is coming,” and we all remember our parents telling us to “put a jacket on to go outside or you’ll catch a cold!” But is this true? Does being cold make you sick ?

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The founding of the Eternal City – Rome – Fact & Fiction
Apr21

The founding of the Eternal City – Rome – Fact & Fiction

On the 21st April 753 BC, according to Plutarch, the city of Rome was founded. In this article we look at the myths and legends surrounding the foundation of the ‘Eternal City’.

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Secrets of The Bayeux Tapestry : Hidden Meanings & Gestures
Apr18

Secrets of The Bayeux Tapestry : Hidden Meanings & Gestures

The Bayeux Tapestry is an historical artifact that never fails to impress depicting as it does such a pivotal moment in British and Channel Island history, that of the invasion & conquest of England by William the Conqueror in 1066. But look closely and you will come across oddities that are hard to explain, mysterious characters, some named, some not, appear in the main body and borders. Add to that some of the cuirious rather theatrical gestures they appear to be making and there emerges a sense of mystery.

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Guernsey Ways – Vraicing
Apr14

Guernsey Ways – Vraicing

Few island customs, except perhaps the Clameur de Haro, which survive today can claim as ancient a history as that of ” vraicing.”

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How Did Something Come From Nothing?
Apr11

How Did Something Come From Nothing?

How Did Something Come From Nothing? : Questions do not come much deeper than this and until the 1970s only theologians and philosophers felt able to take it on (plus physics students still in the bar at closing time)

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Modern Compensation Culture and the Ancient Practice of Wergeld
Apr07

Modern Compensation Culture and the Ancient Practice of Wergeld

If there is one thing that is a blight on modern life it is the rise of ‘compensation culture’. The idea that someone else is always to blame and you are entitled to some compensation no matter what. But the origins of this are far older than you might think.

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How did WWI End ?
Apr04

How did WWI End ?

The First World War, which has become a byword for a static war of attrition, ended in 1918 just as it had begun in 1914, as a mobile war. But it was a final throw of the dice by the Germans in the Sping of 1918 that was to be a ‘catalyst of the end’.

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Why didn’t Napoleon Ever Invade the Channel Islands?
Mar31

Why didn’t Napoleon Ever Invade the Channel Islands?

Given that Britain and France were at war almost permanently between 1792 and 1814, it does seem strange that Napoleon Bonaparte made no effort to occupy what were almost exclusively French-speaking islands just a few miles off the French coast.

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