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The Olympic Games
Jul20

The Olympic Games

The origin of the ancient and modern Olympic Games.

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Where did upper and lower case letters come from?
Jul17

Where did upper and lower case letters come from?

Capitalization rules tend to vary by language and can be quite complicated, but how did we get the mixture we have today in the English language?

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Are you a true Guern? … take the test
Jul13

Are you a true Guern? … take the test

Do you consider yourself a true Guern? What about if you had to take the test that’s part of the British citizenship exam?

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Corn Flakes
Jul10

Corn Flakes

The origins of one of the most famous world brands and something found on nearly every breakfast table.

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Even More Spike Milligan Side Splitters
Jul06

Even More Spike Milligan Side Splitters

Some random jokes, poems and quips from the master of quirky and surreal himself … Mr Spike Milligan …

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Mr Global Disaster
Jul03

Mr Global Disaster

What would you say if much of the causes of global warming and pollution that the world is currently struggling with could be traced back to one man ?

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Our Living Language
Jun29

Our Living Language

The English language is a constantly evolving. New words are constantly being added. Even the alphabet is not immutable. For example did you know that not so long ago there were 27 letters on the alphabet ?

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What is Art ?
Jun26

What is Art ?

What is Art ? Can it be defined or is beauty really only in the eye of the beholder?

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Canned Food
Jun22

Canned Food

We take food preserved in cans for granted today. But when and who invented the process ?

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How does a Microwave Oven Work ?
Jun19

How does a Microwave Oven Work ?

Microwave ovens are part of everyday life. But how to they work?

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Ockham’s Razor – The Elegance of Simplicity
Jun15

Ockham’s Razor – The Elegance of Simplicity

Pluralitas non est ponenda sine necessitate;” or “Plurality should not be posited without necessity.” A philosophical proposition that has shaped our world view.

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Forks
Jun12

Forks

A fork is a common every day object to all of us. But this wasn’t always so and their use and introduction is surprisingly recent.

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The Queen … “Our Duke”
Jun08

The Queen … “Our Duke”

“The Queen, Our Duke” – an odd thing to say, especially in a loyal toast to the English Sovereign. Nonetheless whenever Channel Islanders raise their glasses to her majesty that’s the toast that will be made.

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What’s stopping us falling through the floor?
Jun05

What’s stopping us falling through the floor?

Why is it that we don’t fall through the floor? What’s stopping us ? A stupid question, surely ? … not really when you consider what an atom is made up of.

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Penicillin – Wonderstuff
Jun01

Penicillin – Wonderstuff

The story of the miracle drug that we tend to take for granted today … Penicillan.

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