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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The Night Castle Cornet Exploded
Nov14

The Night Castle Cornet Exploded

Around midnight on Sunday 29 December 1672 the Governor of Guernsey, Viscount Christopher Hatton, was suddenly awoken – by hailstones on his face. His mother lay dead beneath the remains of a ceiling and his house lay in ruins around him. This was the night that Castle Cornet literally exploded around its’ occupants.

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Living with the Enemy – Jersey’s  own “Anne Frank”
Oct24

Living with the Enemy – Jersey’s own “Anne Frank”

There are many stories various types of active resistance against the occupying forces. Indeed many islanders lost their lives, executed by the Germans for their opposition. In this article we look at one such act which has parallels with the Anne Frank storey in the Netherlands.

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Local Historic Figures and Celebrities – Can you name them ?
Oct03

Local Historic Figures and Celebrities – Can you name them ?

Moores Hotel has a rather curious mural on the wall of it’s upper level – a pantheaon of Baliwick historical figures and modern day celebreties (including a rather curious cat) … but can you name them ?

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Wordsmith – Test your Guernsey French
Sep12

Wordsmith – Test your Guernsey French

Guernsey French is theoretically the mother tongue of our island home, Guernsey. However it is dying out rapidly. So how many of these Guernsey French words do you know (or can guess)? Improve and test your Patois wordpower by matching each of the words below to one of the multiple possible definitions.

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Ancient Celtic offshore Banking
Aug22

Ancient Celtic offshore Banking

It looks like Jersey may have been an offshore banking centre for far longer than anyone has suspected. In June 2012 two metal detectorists uncovered a hoard of a staggering 70,000 late Iron Age and Roman coins. Their incredible find has since turned out to be the largest hoard ever found in Jersey.

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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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The Centenary of the Unveiling of the Victor Hugo Statue
Jul11

The Centenary of the Unveiling of the Victor Hugo Statue

July 7th 2014 was the centenary of one of the most iconic statues in Guernsey today – The Victor Hugo Statue in the grounds of Candie Gardens. It was a gift to the island from the French Goverment in gratitude for the hospitality shown to Hugo during is exile. It was a spectacular event in the islands history.

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