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Why do trees drop their leaves ?
Oct17

Why do trees drop their leaves ?

As the reasons roll around we accept it as a natural part of life; Autumn arrives, the days get shorter and the leaves fall from the trees. But why is it this way? Why do trees drop the very means by which they gain sustenance? Why not just hang on to them at least until the new Spring growth ?

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Great British Inventions
Oct14

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 Reflecting Telescope; The Passenger Railway; The Tank and Stainless Steel

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Why are British Soldiers called ‘Tommies’ ?
Oct10

Why are British Soldiers called ‘Tommies’ ?

The British ‘Tommy’ going over the top to battle the evil Hun is synonymous with World War I and World War II but this slang term for the British soldier originated much earlier than this and is credited as being coined by one of Britain’s most famous Generals

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Aviation Antics – The Ground Crew Get Their Revenge
Oct07

Aviation Antics – The Ground Crew Get Their Revenge

In this article we’ve gathered together some maintenance complaints/problems made by pilots from the Australian airline QANTAS…and the cheeky responses the engineers and ground crew gave.

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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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How do Spiders build their webs over such long distances ?
Sep30

How do Spiders build their webs over such long distances ?

Here at guernseyDonkey.com we like to ask (and try to answer), some of life’s bigger questions: What is reality, what is consciousness … “How do Spiders build their webs over such long distances ?

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Inside the head of a trainspotter
Sep26

Inside the head of a trainspotter

So here’s a question … Is there a brain region that makes someone a trainspotter? Just to be clear we’re not having a go a trainspotting, we’re just being a bit flippant. What we’re really saying is that we all to some degree like collecting things but is there any psychological or physical evidence as to why some people do it more than others? The Collector in All of Us Some people take hoarding to...

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Great British Battles – Part II
Sep23

Great British Battles – Part II

There are some events in history upon which turn the fate of nations. A point at which history can go either way. Battles have always played a part in defining what Britain is. Here we look at The Battles of Mons; Battle of Britain; & D-Day.

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How to fail with real elan – Some More Heroic Failures
Sep19

How to fail with real elan – Some More 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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How did Trench Warfare begin in World War I
Sep16

How did Trench Warfare begin in World War I

Nothing epitomizes the First World War more than the trench. Trench warfare prevailed on the Western Front from 16 Sept 1914 up until the Germans launched their Spring Offensive on 21 March 1918, a staggering 4 and half years in which deadly, grinding attrition became the norm. Trenches stretched from the Franco-Swiss frontier in the south to the Flanders coast in the north, a distance of over 450 miles. But how did this situation come about?

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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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How Do Cats Survive Falls That Would Kill Humans ?
Sep09

How Do Cats Survive Falls That Would Kill Humans ?

There are many stories of cats surviving falls from great heights with only relatively minor injuries. So, How Do Cats Survive Falls That Would Kill Humans ?

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The Numbers Man – Fibonacci & the Origins of our Number System
Sep05

The Numbers Man – Fibonacci & the Origins of our Number System

If ever there was a unifying World language it would be that of numbers. The 10 digits we utilise are in universal use throughout the world. You have no problem ‘conversing’ with anyone in any culture. In this article we look at the remarkable story of numbers and how one man helped to introduce them into the European ‘vocabulary’ .

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How do plants feed ?
Sep02

How do plants feed ?

How do plants feed? The answers quite ingenious … most plants create meals for themselves in the form of sugar. This process is called photosynthesis (‘photo’ meaning light and ‘synthesis’ meaning to make) in other words making food with light !

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The Umbrella – Who invented it  ?
Aug29

The Umbrella – Who invented it ?

The umbrella is an iconic symbol of Britishness and especially useful in our wet and damp climate. However there was a time when they were ridiculed and looked down upon. In this article we look at the origins of this most useful piece of technology.

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