The Mayan Apocalypse that never was
Jan11

The Mayan Apocalypse that never was

The Mayan Apocalypse “predicted” for 21st December 2012 clearly never happened. However people everywhere were in a frenzy over a claims that the world would end on Friday 21st December 2012. But who were the Mayans and where did this apocalyptic vision come from? and more importantly how did the hype get so big ?

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Origin of the Months and Days of the Year
Jan01

Origin of the Months and Days of the Year

We use them everyday to order our lives to record, analyse and make sense of things. We’re talking about the days and months of the year. What are their origins ? You may be surprised in that they all have origins deep within our pagan past.

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Why do we kiss under the mistletoe?
Dec11

Why do we kiss under the mistletoe?

The innocuous mistletoe plant, now used to cop a cheap kiss or two, was once considered to be a sacred plant by the ancient Druids. But how did this Christmas tradition come about ?

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True or False, Fact or Fiction
Nov27

True or False, Fact or Fiction

A lot of what we ‘know’ to be true can sometimes turn out to be no more than an ‘urban legend’. IS : Chewing gum is a controlled substance in Singapore? or DOES An apple contains enough cyanide to kill a man ? : Can you tell whether they’re fact or fiction ?

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Wordsmith – Indian wordpower
Nov16

Wordsmith – Indian wordpower

Improve and test your wordpower against some Indian words that have found their way into the English language.

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Pontifications – answers to the fluff of everyday life
Oct16

Pontifications – answers to the fluff of everyday life

Answers to some of the amusing questions and fluff we muse on from time to time like : Why are typewriter keys layed out as they are ? ; How exactly does asprin find a headache ? ; Why is the Earth’s core still hot ?

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Exotic Paper Planes
Sep28

Exotic Paper Planes

Paper planes don’t have to be boring. Here are some rather exotic designs to print out and fold …

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Dingbats
Sep07

Dingbats

Test your knowledge on phrases and sayings with these Dingbat graphics …

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Pykrete – Aircraft Carriers made of Wood & Ice
Aug28

Pykrete – Aircraft Carriers made of Wood & Ice

Pykrete is a real substance made from wood chips and ice with strange and fantastical properties that were actually considered for use in building Royal Navy aircraft carriers during World War II.

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True or False, Fact or Fiction
Aug14

True or False, Fact or Fiction

A lot of what we ‘know’ to be true can sometimes turn out to be no more than an ‘urban legend’. Did the Nazi’s invent Fanta ? Does ‘Colgate’ means ‘go hang yourself’ in Spanish ? Can you tell whether they’re fact or fiction ?

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Wordsmith – Test your wordpower
Aug03

Wordsmith – Test your wordpower

Improve and test your wordpower against some 18th- and 19th-century words, still in use today.

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Our Living Language
Jun29

Our Living Language

The English language is a constantly evolving. New words are constantly being added. Even the alphabet is not immutable. For example did you know that not so long ago there were 27 letters on the alphabet ?

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How To … Fire a Musket
Apr20

How To … Fire a Musket

In the Napoleonic wars the cannon and musket was king of the battlefield. But how do you load and fire a smooth bore musket ?

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Wordsmith – Food for thought
Apr10

Wordsmith – Food for thought

Improve and test your gastronomic wordpower.

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Pontifications – answers to the fluff of everyday life
Mar06

Pontifications – answers to the fluff of everyday life

Answers to some of the amusing questions and fluff we muse on from time to time. What does the D in D-day stand for? Why are portholes round? … amongst other questions.

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