Reading Ancient ‘Unreadable’ Texts Lost for Centuries
Aug18

Reading Ancient ‘Unreadable’ Texts Lost for Centuries

Any Bibliophile will appreciate, or at least empathise (if you’ve never had the opportunity), the exquisite pleasure of gazing upon an ancient book or scroll and reading the words engraved on its pages hundreds or thousands of years ago.

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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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Did Chaucer ‘invent’ Valentines Day ?
Feb14

Did Chaucer ‘invent’ Valentines Day ?

Did Geoffrey Chaucer invent Valentine’s Day? – In this article we look at how he may have influenced it.

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Winnie the Pooh – A Real Bear with a WWI Story
Oct04

Winnie the Pooh – A Real Bear with a WWI Story

It may surprise you to know that the lovable bear, Winnie the Pooh, is actually based on a real Bear. A Canadian bear actually with a direct link to World War I.

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More Milligan Magic
Aug12

More Milligan Magic

Some humerous poetry from the wacky world of the master of mirth … Mr Spike Milligan.
I’m not frightened of Pussy Cats.
They only eat up mice and rats,
But a Hippopotamus
Could eat the Lotofus

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Hugoids – Some Victor Hugo Factoids
Jul15

Hugoids – Some Victor Hugo Factoids

Victor Hugo is well known locally as a world renowned literaty genuis and for his exile from his beloved France spent in his second home, Guernsey. However we’ve gathered together some rather less known factoids – or Hugoids as we like to call them.

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Milligan’s Magical Mirth
Jul08

Milligan’s Magical Mirth

Some humerous poetry from the wacky world of the master of mirth … Mr Spike Milligan.
There are holes in the sky
Where the rain gets in,
But they’re ever so small
That’s why rain is thin.

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George Métivier – Guernsey’s national poet
May13

George Métivier – Guernsey’s national poet

Have you ever heard of Guernseyman George Métivier? Well if you haven’t then you might like to know that he’s been described as “Guernsey’s Robert Burns” by no less than Victor Hugo himself, and even considered the island’s national poet!

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English Literary Giant – Charles Dickens – ‘the cheerfullest man of his age’
Mar15

English Literary Giant – Charles Dickens – ‘the cheerfullest man of his age’

On Friday the 7th of February 1812, in Portsmouth the greatest – or at least the most prolific – of the great 19th-century novelists, Charles Dickens was born. Lionised when alive, still venerated almost two centuries later, he penned a whole pantheon of unique works.

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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 Languages (& Translations) of the Bible – Linguistic Conundrums
Jul28

The Languages (& Translations) of the Bible – Linguistic Conundrums

Much of the Christian Bible was written in Greek so why don’t we read the Bible in Greek? How many languages has it been translated into? and Why does it matter? It turns out that the answer to the last question is very important indeed when you study the linguistic differences, subtle nuances and context in which writtings can appear within a passage of scripture.

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Resurrecting a language – Hebrew’s remarkable story
Jun23

Resurrecting a language – Hebrew’s remarkable story

Various new languages have been invented from time to time and you may even have heard of a few of them such as Klingon and Esperanto. However very few ‘dead’ or ancient languages have ever been revived on a national and international level. Hebrew is one of them. Another remarkable fact surrounding this is that it was all down to the work of one man.

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Guernsey’s Place in Literary History – ‘Les Travailleurs de la Mer’ by Victor Hugo
May29

Guernsey’s Place in Literary History – ‘Les Travailleurs de la Mer’ by Victor Hugo

Victor Hugo is, without a doubt, the most famous literary figure ever to have lived in the Channel Islands. He completed many of his most famous works whilst in exile from France in Guernsey. He wrote an entire novel in dedication to his adopted home, “Les Travailleurs de la Mer” – The Toilers of the Sea.

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Chaucer – Medieval Master Wordsmith
May22

Chaucer – Medieval Master Wordsmith

English is a very rich languange indeed and is possibly the greatest gift that Britain has bestowed to the world. In this article we look at one of the oldest masters of them all Geoffrey chaucer, often described as the father of English literature.

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The Book of Ebenezer Le Page – Quintessential Guernsey eh !
Mar27

The Book of Ebenezer Le Page – Quintessential Guernsey eh !

If you’ve ever stumbled across ‘The Book of Ebenezer Le Page’ (by G.B. Edwards, first published in 1981) and wondered if it’s worth the read – well, here is Guernsey Donkey’s humble opinion on the matter … read on

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