The Knitting Industry in Guernsey
Aug21

The Knitting Industry in Guernsey

The knitting industry in Guernsey today is all but extinct. However there was a time when it used to be quite a sizable proportion of her GDP with the majority of her population involved in it in some way or another, both women and men.

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Alderney’s Elizabethan Wreck
Jul31

Alderney’s Elizabethan Wreck

In 1977 one of the most important marine archaeological finds in the British isles was discovered right here in the Channel Islands off of the treacherous coast of Alderney. The find was so great that it is considered second only to that of King Henry VII’s warship the Mary Rose

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Heresy and Infanticide in ‘Catholic’ Guernsey
Jul10

Heresy and Infanticide in ‘Catholic’ Guernsey

When we think of the reign of Queen Mary I we often reflect on the prominent Protestant victims but there was one victim, local woman Perotine Massey, who’s name is not a familiar but her death was none-the-less just as controversial as the higher profile victims.

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More Old Guernsey Proverbs and Sayings
Jun19

More 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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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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When Sark was a pawn in international politics
May08

When Sark was a pawn in international politics

The history of the Channel Islands is anything but dull. Even the little island of Sark has been invaded, abandoned, sacked and liberated several times in the course of its’ history. However none has been more intriguing than the 16th century tale involving the French, a Holy Roman Emperor, the Governor of Guernsey and a Flemmish pirate no less!

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The Guernsey Scottish – The Men from Guernsey who served with the Scots in WWI
Apr28

The Guernsey Scottish – The Men from Guernsey who served with the Scots in WWI

In October 1914 the States of Guernsey decided to offer volunteers from the Militia to serve overseas. As part of the agreement to offer these men, these ‘sub-unit’s were to be kept together with a Guernsey identity. This is the story of one of those units the 9th Scottish Divisional Ammunition Column and teh Guernseymen that made it up.

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The Guernsey Irishmen – The Men from Guernsey who fought with the Irish in WWI
Apr24

The Guernsey Irishmen – The Men from Guernsey who fought with the Irish in WWI

At the outbreak of war in August 1914 the Guernsey the Militia was mobilised in order to free the Regular Army units of the garrison for overseas service. The States of Guernsey decided to offer volunteers from the Militia to serve overseas. The majority in 1915 went to the 16th Irish Division. This is their story.

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Death & Retribution in the Priory of Notre Dame de Lihou
Apr17

Death & Retribution in the Priory of Notre Dame de Lihou

Lihou island off of Guernsey’s west coast, at first, looks like a tranquil, if not rugged, haven of peace and security. But there is a darker more salacious history to it that would even make readers of today’s gossip mags gasp. In this article we look at foul murders and dark deeds in what was supposed to be a place of spiritual contemplation and service for God.

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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 Guernésiais Cures, Remedies & Superstitions
Mar06

Old Guernésiais Cures, Remedies & Superstitions

Being a small community isolated from the rest of the world it’s no surprise that Guernsey used to posses a rich set of folklore tales, ancient cures and remedies for ailments and many superstitious tales. In this article we’ve gathered together some of the more intriguing and somewhat amusing wisdom of the old Guernésiais folk.

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Gourmet Guernsey – Seared Scallops and Bacon
Feb13

Gourmet Guernsey – Seared Scallops and Bacon

The waters around Guernsey are bursting with succulent sea food. None more so than Guernsey scallops. Try this mouth watering recipe with what I consider the king of all shellfish – Guernsey Scallops.

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Game for a Laugh – Some Channel Island Jokes
Jan23

Game for a Laugh – Some Channel Island Jokes

If you can’t laugh at yourselves every once in a while then something is seriously lacking. here we’ve gathered together a few Channel Island Jokes that play on the rivalries and stereotypes we as islanders like to apply to each other.

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A Shipwreck and a lot of wine and Laughter : Guernsey gets Merry
Jan02

A Shipwreck and a lot of wine and Laughter : Guernsey gets Merry

There may yet still be some people who can remember the strange wreck of a ship on the rocks at Albecq on October 1st 1937, the result of which caused a lot of drinking, laughter and general merryment.

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Has the Fabled Viking ‘Magic Crystal’ been discovered … in the Channel Islands ?
Dec05

Has the Fabled Viking ‘Magic Crystal’ been discovered … in the Channel Islands ?

This is a true story of a mystery that’s puzzled archaeologists for a long time. Namely how to explain the nautical prowess of the Vikings in an age long before the invention of reliable magnetic compasses.. Up until now only strange and vague references to their use of a ‘Magic Sun Crystals’ has been offered up as part of the solution to this conundrum.

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