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The Diet of the Ancient Romans – More unusual than you’d think
Mar25

The Diet of the Ancient Romans – More unusual than you’d think

Archaeologists exploring sewers and cesspits at Herculaneum in 2013 made the startling discovery that, contrary to the long-held belief that ancient Romans survived on a basic diet of bread and olive oil, they in fact enjoyed a rich variety of fish, fruit and spicy dishes

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Why do things burn?
Mar22

Why do things burn?

Burning, technically known as combustion, is a chemical reaction where a substance combines with oxygen and releases energy in the form of heat and light, which we see as flames. The substance starts off in a higher energy state, and by combining with oxygen ends up in a lower energy state.

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Word Challenge : Spondulicks , Collywobbles Intenerete and more
Mar18

Word Challenge : Spondulicks , Collywobbles Intenerete and more

English is one of the richest languages in the world. At the last count there were estimated to be over 1 million words in the English lexicon. In this article we’ve gathered together just a few of the more unusual ones to see if you know (or can guess) what they mean.

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English Literary Giant – Charles Dickens – ‘the cheerfullest man of his age’
Mar15

English Literary Giant – Charles Dickens – ‘the cheerfullest man of his age’

On Friday the 7th of February 1812, in Portsmouth the greatest – or at least the most prolific – of the great 19th-century novelists, Charles Dickens was born. Lionised when alive, still venerated almost two centuries later, he penned a whole pantheon of unique works.

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Guernsey on the Map – The First and Oldest Post Box in the British Isles
Mar11

Guernsey on the Map – The First and Oldest Post Box in the British Isles

Guernsey is a major landmark on the philatelic map – The Island has one of the first and certainly the oldest post box in all the British Isles

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Pivotal Moments : March 8 1265 – The First English Parliament
Mar08

Pivotal Moments : March 8 1265 – The First English Parliament

There are key moments in history when on the decisions and actions of men the course of human history is changed forever. Sunday March 8th 1265 was such a day when the actions of the nobleman Simon de Montfort still reverberate down the centuries to us today, for on that day the first ever English Parliament sat.

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How do birds know when to migrate?
Mar04

How do birds know when to migrate?

In the springtime we see migratory birds returning to us whilst in the Autumn we bid them farewell as they head for warmer southern climes. But how do they know when to leave our shores ? – and why do they bother to return again ?

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Failing with Elan – Some Truely Heroic Failures
Mar01

Failing with Elan – Some Truely Heroic Failures

It’s part of the human experience that despite our best efforts “Things just don’t work”. Here we look at some amusing examples of how to fail with real elan.

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Never Surrender – The Japanese Soldier who was still fighting World War II 29 years after it ended
Feb26

Never Surrender – The Japanese Soldier who was still fighting World War II 29 years after it ended

On the 17th January 2014 Hiroo Onoda, an old Japanese war veteren, died at the age of a 91 – nothing unusual in itself – the generation of soldiers who fought in War War II gets smaller every year. However unlike his comrades this Japanese imperial soldier fought the war a staggering 29 years longer than anyone else

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Who ‘discovered’ the Atom ?
Feb23

Who ‘discovered’ the Atom ?

The simplest of experiences can hatch eureka moments. Legend has it that despite all his inherited wealth and global travels, the ancient Greek philosopher Democritus hit upon one of the most fundamental of ideas in physics while sitting in the comfort of his own home.

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The Meaning of Some Guernsey Surnames
Feb19

The Meaning of Some Guernsey Surnames

There’s a rich variety of traditional Guernsey surnames. Surnames that have been in the island for generations and with which we are all very familiar but may never have given any thought as to what they might actually mean. In this article we look st some of them.

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Great British Inventions
Feb16

Great British Inventions

The British have always been an innovative and inventive nation. Just how inventive may surprise you. In this article we look at just four of the inventions that Britons have made without which, life today would be very different indeed :

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The Death of a Saint and the Start of a Romantic Tradition – The Martyrdom of St Valentine
Feb12

The Death of a Saint and the Start of a Romantic Tradition – The Martyrdom of St Valentine

Monday 14th 270 AD was quite a day for Bishop Valentine of Interamna (now Terni in Umbria), for on that day, in Rome, he was stoned to death and then beheaded on the orders of Emperor Claudius II Gothicus.

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Bet you can’t say that in English – Some Untranslatable Words From Around The World
Feb09

Bet you can’t say that in English – Some Untranslatable Words From Around The World

Thanks to the British Empire and laterly the rise of the American hegemony English is pretty much THE World language. By some estimates the English language has more than a million words and it’s generally agreed that no other language has nearly as many. So you would think that English must have a word for everything, right? No – Not even close. In this article we look at some words in other languages that just seem to defy...

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Onward Christian Soldiers : When the Salvation Army took on the Nazis – In Guernsey
Feb05

Onward Christian Soldiers : When the Salvation Army took on the Nazis – In Guernsey

The German Occupation of the Channel Islands is a dark period of the islands history. A time when slave labourers were worked to death in the islands to help complete Hitlers Atlantic wall defence system. Practical resistance was virtually impossible. However one courageous member of the Salvation Army stands out – Major Marie Ozanne

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