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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True or False, Fact or Fiction
Feb10

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’. Van Gogh only sold 1 painting or a Tulip could cost as much as a house. Can you tell whether they’re fact or fiction ?

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Origin of Some Popular English Idioms II
Jan24

Origin of Some Popular English Idioms II

The origins of a selection of some popular English expressions and sayings.

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Origin of Some British Christmas Traditions
Dec09

Origin of Some British Christmas Traditions

We have a lot of traditions surrounding a good British Christmas which enjoy but never really question. But where did some of them originate from ?

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Krampus – The ‘Anti-Santa Claus’
Dec06

Krampus – The ‘Anti-Santa Claus’

Meet a new and disturbing character to add to the pantheon of Christmas mythical beings … Krampus!

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Dingbats
Nov11

Dingbats

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

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Donkeys, Toads & Crows
Sep09

Donkeys, Toads & Crows

Every country has it’s own national symbols. The Channel Islands are no different and there’s a surprising array of animals ascribed to each island and their people.

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Wordsmith – Test your wordpower
Aug12

Wordsmith – Test your wordpower

Improve and test your wordpower by matching words to one of a multiple possible definitions.

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Origin of Some Popular English Idioms
Jun10

Origin of Some Popular English Idioms

The origins of a selection of some popular English expressions and sayings.

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