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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Old Guernsey Proverbs and Sayings
Aug01

Old Guernsey Proverbs and Sayings

We’ve gathered together here some of the old Guernésiais proverbs and sayings that time seems to have forgotten.

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Eleven Punctuation Marks you (probably) never knew existed
May16

Eleven Punctuation Marks you (probably) never knew existed

If you thought that you had a handle on all the punctuation marks in the English language then you might need to think again. In this article we look at some of the largely forgotten and esoteric punctuation symbols and characters that are technically still part of the English lexicon.

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Les Misérables – The Guernsey Connection
Jan24

Les Misérables – The Guernsey Connection

Les Miserables. based on Victor Hugo’s novel of the same name, is the world’s longest running musical, now in its 28th year. The film adaptation of the stage show has brought this timeless story to a new audience. Although set against the backdrop of 19th century France, Victor Hugo finished writing his epic tale in Guernsey, an island he loved and upon which he has left an indelible mark. Although raised as a Royalist....

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The Language of Shakespeare – Modern Terms Coined by the Bard
Jan07

The Language of Shakespeare – Modern Terms Coined by the Bard

We really do speak the language of Shakespeare today. You will be amazed at the expressions and words that we commonly use and are attributed to the great bard himself.

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