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Fresh Air Really IS Good For You !
Aug28

Fresh Air Really IS Good For You !

There is a deep-rooted idea in the Western world that fresh air and sunshine are good for us. Going back to medieval times, the spread of disease was often blamed on bad or malodorous air. The idea that fresh air could cure has been current right up until our recent history. Well, it looks as though all those medics of yesteryear may have been on to something after all.

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Why Are Eggs Egg Shaped ?
Aug24

Why Are Eggs Egg Shaped ?

Another one of those random questions that seem to come out of nowhere as it flits across our minds – Why Exactly are Eggs egg Shaped ?

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Origins of Some English Eponyms : Caesarian Section, Bikini, Bayonet, Armageddon
Aug21

Origins of Some English Eponyms : Caesarian Section, Bikini, Bayonet, Armageddon

Eponyms are one of the most fascinating examples of how the English language gains new words. In this article we take a colourful look at the phenomenon that is the eponym gathering together the stories of the people behind the words that have passed into our everyday vocabulary : Caesarian Section, Bikini, Bayonet, Armageddon

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Come on You Green Lions ! – GFC Chants in Guernsey French
Aug17

Come on You Green Lions ! – GFC Chants in Guernsey French

In this article we share with you some “suitable chants” in Guernsey French, as given to us in a GFC programme in the 2016 season.

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What Colour Were Dinosaurs?
Aug14

What Colour Were Dinosaurs?

Until recently, we knew nothing of the skin of dinosaurs. Depiction of their colour was left to the imagination of illustrators. In 2009, however, that all changed when remnants of skin and ‘proto-feathers’ , actually hairlike filaments—sometimes called dino fuzz, were found on some dinosaur remains in China.

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Origins of Everyday Inventions we use in the Office : Selloptape; Photo-copier Post-It Notes
Aug10

Origins of Everyday Inventions we use in the Office : Selloptape; Photo-copier Post-It Notes

We can take a lot things for granted in our day to day lives. Take your office for example : Who came up with the idea of those little yellow rectangles that are indispensable for leaving a note stuck to your colleagues screen or the photo-copier that will faithfully churn out copies of a document your boss forgot he absolutely positively needs 5 minutes before a crucial meeting.

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Brew Time Conundrums : Why does a kettle of water quieten down just before it starts to boil ?
Aug07

Brew Time Conundrums : Why does a kettle of water quieten down just before it starts to boil ?

They say that “a watched pot never boils”, but next time you’re in the kitchen waiting for the kettle to boil for a fresh brew take a moment to listen, rather than watch, to what happens just before your kettle reaches boiling point. A short period where it actually gets quieter – so what’s going on here then ?

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Historical Superstitions We Still Observe Today
Aug03

Historical Superstitions We Still Observe Today

We like to think that our modern world is free from superstition – we are enlightened people living in an age of science fact. Well, not quite, we still find ourseves observing superstitions – sometimes consciously and sometimes by habit. In this article we look at some historical superstitions we still observe today.

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Emoji Shakespeare – Can you Guess what the Shakespeare Quote is from these Emojis ?
Jul31

Emoji Shakespeare – Can you Guess what the Shakespeare Quote is from these Emojis ?

Shakespeare’s plays and quotes are always a good source for visio-cryptic style quiz questions. So in this article we’ve gathered together some cryptic Emojis we found floating around the internet, so see how many of Shakespeare’s eponymous quotes, or names of his plays you can name

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Free, Free At Last – When the Truth Could Finally be Told in Guernsey
Jul27

Free, Free At Last – When the Truth Could Finally be Told in Guernsey

On the 9th of May 1945 Channel Islanders tasted freedom for the first time in nearly 5 long and terrifying years for it was on that day that the British forces finally liberated Guernsey from German Occupation. One of the first casualties when the Germans arrived on the island on 30th June 1940 was the truth, or at least the right to press freedom. In this article we look at a remarkable story that cou;d finally be told after the war.

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Did You Know … Between AD 208 and 211 the entire Roman Empire was governed from York
Jul24

Did You Know … Between AD 208 and 211 the entire Roman Empire was governed from York

A Rare Known Factoid …  “Between AD 208 and AD 211 the entire Roman Empire was governed from York.” Some Random Romano British Factoids For 3,000 years, chickens were farmed primarily for their eggs. Only when the Romans came to Britain did it dawn on them to eat the bird. Ruyton-XI-Towns, Shropshire, is the only place in Britain whose name contains Roman numerals. When the Romans first arrived in Britain, they found...

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Before Mechanised Transport How Far Could Someone Expect to Travel In a Single Day on Horseback or Stagecoach?
Jul20

Before Mechanised Transport How Far Could Someone Expect to Travel In a Single Day on Horseback or Stagecoach?

Before Mechanised Transport How Far Could Someone Expect to Travel In a Single Day on Horseback or Stagecoach?

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Spidey Senses : Why don’t spiders stick to their webs? ; Can One Spider Get Caught in the Web of Another Spider?; Why is it Called a CobWeb?
Jul17

Spidey Senses : Why don’t spiders stick to their webs? ; Can One Spider Get Caught in the Web of Another Spider?; Why is it Called a CobWeb?

We bring you some random creepy crawly spidey factoids for you in this article : Why don’t spiders stick to their webs? ; Can One Spider Get Caught in the Web of Another Spider?; Why Is a Spider’s Handicraft Called a Cobweb?

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Strange but True : Medical Scanners from Old Battleships
Jul13

Strange but True : Medical Scanners from Old Battleships

The idea that all war is forever over and that swords will be put to a more peaceful use is appealing, but seemingly ever beyond our grasp. The literal forging of weapons into a better purpose seems far fetched, so it will surprise you to know that today we literally are doing this! Medical Scanners are being made from old WW2 and pre-WW2 Battleships. But why ?

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English Words that Used To Have Vastly Different Meanings To What We Understand Today
Jul10

English Words that Used To Have Vastly Different Meanings To What We Understand Today

How would you rate your vocabulary ? Average; Better than Average ; Exceptional ?
It may not matter how good you think your command of English is because in this article we reveal some surprising revelations about some of the words, you may have thought you had a thorough understanding of, had, in point of fact, some VERY different meanings in the past.

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