So Why do the British Traditionally Eat Turkey at Christmas ?
Dec25

So Why do the British Traditionally Eat Turkey at Christmas ?

Christmas is probably the time of year when there is an overwhelming plethora of traditions and practices that we all enthusiastically embrace. In this article we look at one of the most enduring of British traditions … the Christmas Turkey.

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The Meaning of 12 Days of Christmas Carol
Dec22

The Meaning of 12 Days of Christmas Carol

There’s one particular Christmas Carol that continues to baffle people – “The Twleve days of Christmas”. What in the world do ‘leaping lords’, ‘French hens’,’swimming-swans’ and especially the partridge who won’t come out of the pear tree have to do with Christmas?

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Some Christmas Tree Factoids
Dec18

Some Christmas Tree Factoids

Today the Christmas Tree is a pretty ubiquitous symbol of the yuletide season. It wasn’t always so. In this article we look at a few historical Christmas Tree factoids.

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What Does Yule Really Mean?
Dec15

What Does Yule Really Mean?

Christmas is traditionally also known as “Yuletide”. Indeed the lyric from “Deck the Halls” goes “Troll the ancient yuletide carol.” Amidst all the fa-la-la-ing, did you ever ask yourself exactly what yuletide is?

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The Christmas Tree
Dec08

The Christmas Tree

The Christmas tree is a ubiquitous image of the season. Trees were a symbol of life long before Christianity. In this article we look at a very short history of the Christmas tree.

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Party Games For Christmas – The London Underground Game
Dec01

Party Games For Christmas – The London Underground Game

Christmas is a traditionally a time for family fun and games so why not try out this London Underground game. See how many London tube stations you can guess from this cryptic graphic we found on the internet.

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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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