The Science of Tea Making
Aug27

The Science of Tea Making

In this article we take a rye look at some of the great debates that rage in the world of tea making.

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Dingbats
Aug09

Dingbats

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

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Daily Life as a Medieval Monk
Jul23

Daily Life as a Medieval Monk

Let it not be said that we at guernseyDonkey.com ever short change you when it comes to answering some of those random questions that have a habit of flitting across our minds from time to time, or that we skimp on adding to that great body of knowledge that we like to call “Internet Fluff” so … “What did Medieval Monks get up to ?”, “What was the daily life as a monk like ?”

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Did English used to have gendered nouns? … Yes!
Jul19

Did English used to have gendered nouns? … Yes!

In Romance languages (and many others), nouns have a gender. English today doesn’t but it wasn’t always so. In this article we look at how this situation came about.

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Riddle me this … Can you solve these Riddles?
Jun28

Riddle me this … Can you solve these Riddles?

Pit yourself against some mind bending riddles and see if you can work out what each one is referring to.

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Who invented the comma ?
Jun07

Who invented the comma ?

Such a small thing, as symbols go, but it can make all the difference in meaning and understanding when used in a sentence. But wher did it come from ?

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Why do the Brits drink so much tea ?
May28

Why do the Brits drink so much tea ?

Tea certainly isn’t native to the British Isles so how did this come about? It certainly is an interesting story involving a Portuguese princess who was a tea addict, smuggling and even revolution.

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Wordsmith – Test your wordpower
May03

Wordsmith – Test your wordpower

Improve and test your wordpower by matching a word against multiple possible definitions.

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Origin of Some Popular English Idioms III
Apr05

Origin of Some Popular English Idioms III

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

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Emoticons … a history
Feb26

Emoticons … a history

Emoticons … those little smiley characters crop up everywher , texts emails , twitters. They instantly convey a whole gammat of meaning. Today you even get some representing Elvis, a rose and Homer Simpson. But who invented them and when ?

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Can a modern passenger plane glide? If so how far?
Jan22

Can a modern passenger plane glide? If so how far?

Whilst staring at the remaining working engine on a twin engined aeroplane one of the many thoughts that crossed my mind was “If that one decides to join its fellow engine and stop working , how far can we glide or can this thing even glide at all ?” In this article we look at the answer to this question.

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Speak Like a Saxon
Jan18

Speak Like a Saxon

Despite first appearances, the English we speak now is a direct descendant of Anglo-Saxon. So have you ever wondered what Anglo-Saxon might have sounded like ? In this article we look at how Anglo-Saxon was written and how it would have sounded.

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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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