Origins of Some English Eponyms : Chauvinist , Draconoian, Hooligan, John Hancock & Mentor
Nov27

Origins of Some English Eponyms : Chauvinist , Draconoian, Hooligan, John Hancock & Mentor

Eponyms are one of the most fascinating examples of how the English language gains new words. In this article we take a colourful look at the phenomenon some eponyms like : Chauvinist , Draconoian, Hooligan, John Hancock & Mentor.

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Where do the Space Station Astronauts get their Air?
Nov24

Where do the Space Station Astronauts get their Air?

Astronauts first moved into the International Space Station in October 2000 and since then they have been supplied with oxygen created by a process discovered by the chemist William Nicholson over 200 years ago : Electrolysis

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The Poppy and the Bleuet – Symbols of Enduring Rememberence
Nov10

The Poppy and the Bleuet – Symbols of Enduring Rememberence

“In Flanders Fields” is a poem which contains some of the most famous lines ever written about the Great War. In it lies the seeds of why we use the Poppy as the symbol of remembrance.

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Do Goalkeepers Stand a Chance Against a Penalty Kick?
Nov06

Do Goalkeepers Stand a Chance Against a Penalty Kick?

If you’re a football fan then you’ll be able to relate to the agonies of watching penalty shootouts when used to decide a game. But does a goalie ever stand a chance and what can he do to help himself ?

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When did the US start dropping the U from words such as colour?
Oct20

When did the US start dropping the U from words such as colour?

Did the American’s hi-jack the English language and have applied what seems, on the face of it, some rather arbitary descions to spell various words differently. Why remove the U from words like colour? In this article we look at the rather querky reasons for this.

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Ahoy there … 9 Fascinating Nautical Terms
Oct16

Ahoy there … 9 Fascinating Nautical Terms

Britain is a nautical nation. Indeed her Empire was built on the command of the seas. So it’s not surprising that the nautical world has contributed many of it’s specialised terms to the English language, terms we use every day often without knowing their true meaning or origin. In this article we’ve brought together some of those terms to help you ‘navigate’ the world of ‘Nautical Speak’....

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Terms Coined from World War I
Sep15

Terms Coined from World War I

In wartime nations are often galvanised into frenzied action to innovate and invent in order to try to gain the upper hand in their struggle for survival. As well as technical innovation the language and grammer of war changes also. In this article we look at some of the terms, still in use today, that owe their origins to this conflict.

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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – The Recipe
Sep11

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – The Recipe

You’ve read the book … now eat the recipe !!

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The Rise of Football – The Beautiful Game
Sep08

The Rise of Football – The Beautiful Game

The Beautiful Game, complete with even medieval hooligans, is older than you might think.

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The brain-wave-reading alarm clock that knows when to wake you up
Sep01

The brain-wave-reading alarm clock that knows when to wake you up

If you’re tired of waking up feeling like you haven’t even been to bed, then a new alarm clock that reads your brain waves to pinpoint the best time to wake you up – so that (in theory, at least) you rise feeling fresh and raring to go – could be for you.

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The Knitting Industry in Guernsey
Aug21

The Knitting Industry in Guernsey

The knitting industry in Guernsey today is all but extinct. However there was a time when it used to be quite a sizable proportion of her GDP with the majority of her population involved in it in some way or another, both women and men.

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The Clock inside the Rock – How do they date ancient rock ?
Aug14

The Clock inside the Rock – How do they date ancient rock ?

Geologist often trot out some incredible facts without a second thought – “This rock is 4.4 billion years old…” said geologist Simon Wilde in 2001 as he introduced the oldest known piece of the Earth, but how did he know?

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Slugs (and vampires) watch out! – Eco friendly ways to kill them
Jul21

Slugs (and vampires) watch out! – Eco friendly ways to kill them

Slugs (and vampires) watch out! – Researchers at Newcastle University have found eco friendly ways to kill them.

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Who Runs the Internet ?
Jul14

Who Runs the Internet ?

Contrary to ‘popular’ belief the internet is not run by the a secretive group of ‘internet elders’, nor is is contained in a little black box with a flashing red light. Who runs the internet is a pretty big question, and one that we can help clarify with a handy info-graphic in this article.

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Origin of Some Popular English Idioms IV
Jul03

Origin of Some Popular English Idioms IV

“Mumbo Jumbo”, “Going great guns”, “going to the dogs” – The origins of a selection of some popular English expressions and sayings.

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