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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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The Languages (& Translations) of the Bible – Linguistic Conundrums
Jul28

The Languages (& Translations) of the Bible – Linguistic Conundrums

Much of the Christian Bible was written in Greek so why don’t we read the Bible in Greek? How many languages has it been translated into? and Why does it matter? It turns out that the answer to the last question is very important indeed when you study the linguistic differences, subtle nuances and context in which writtings can appear within a passage of scripture.

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How do Sunflowers and other plants track and always face the Sun?
Jul24

How do Sunflowers and other plants track and always face the Sun?

Sunflowers are among several plant species – especially desert plants – that have the ability to either grow or move in response to stimuli from sunlight to maximise the amount of direct solar radiation received for photosynthesis and growth. Here’s how they do it.

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Slugs (and vampires) watch out! – Eco friendly ways to kill them
Jul21

Slugs (and vampires) watch out! – Eco friendly ways to kill them

Slugs (and vampires) watch out! – Researchers at Newcastle University have found eco friendly ways to kill them.

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How To Talk To Fish
Jul17

How To Talk To Fish

If you have the opportunity to speak with any fish, I suggest you don’t choose herring. Herring communicate by shooting a burst of bubbles out of their anus. In this article we look at Fish Communications.

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Who Runs the Internet ?
Jul14

Who Runs the Internet ?

Contrary to ‘popular’ belief the internet is not run by the a secretive group of ‘internet elders’, nor is is contained in a little black box with a flashing red light. Who runs the internet is a pretty big question, and one that we can help clarify with a handy info-graphic in this article.

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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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How Did So Many Soldiers Survive the Trenches ?
Jul07

How Did So Many Soldiers Survive the Trenches ?

One of the most common myths about World War I was that ‘Most Soldiers Died’. The horrific stories and images from the front line all reinforce the idea that fighting in the trenches was one long bloodbath. However the fact is that nearly 9 out of 10 British ‘Tommies’ survived the trenches. But how?

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Origin of Some Popular English Idioms IV
Jul03

Origin of Some Popular English Idioms IV

“Mumbo Jumbo”, “Going great guns”, “going to the dogs” – The origins of a selection of some popular English expressions and sayings.

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Great British Inventions
Jun30

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 : The Electric Telegraph; The Lightbulb; Carbon Fibre and The Toothbrush

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Do Animals have a sense of Fairness or Equity ?
Jun26

Do Animals have a sense of Fairness or Equity ?

Have you ever wondered whether animals have any sense of fairness or inequality? Many dog-owners believe their pets are almost human. In this article we look at some of the research into this with dogs.

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Resurrecting a language – Hebrew’s remarkable story
Jun23

Resurrecting a language – Hebrew’s remarkable story

Various new languages have been invented from time to time and you may even have heard of a few of them such as Klingon and Esperanto. However very few ‘dead’ or ancient languages have ever been revived on a national and international level. Hebrew is one of them. Another remarkable fact surrounding this is that it was all down to the work of one man.

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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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Why do men go bald?
Jun16

Why do men go bald?

There are 193 species of monkeys and apes in the world today, but only one of them is hairless: us ! The average person has around 100,000 hairs on his or her head, so why do some men go bald ?

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Thomas Edison – America’s Greatest “Inventor” (or was he?)
Jun12

Thomas Edison – America’s Greatest “Inventor” (or was he?)

Thomas Alva Edison, hailed as ‘the greatest practical genius America has ever produced’, was born on Thursday 11 February 1847 in Milan, Ohio. However he wasn’t all that he claimed he was. In this article we look a little closer at his life.

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