Why did Europe Colonise the New World and not the other way around ?
Sep02

Why did Europe Colonise the New World and not the other way around ?

Why did Europe Colonise the New World and not the other way around ? – according to a bold theory put forward by anthropologist Jared Diamond – The answer may be linked to the shape of the continents which meant that Europeans had more advanced technology and worse diseases than Native Americans.

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Origins of Some English Eponyms : Juggernaut, Lynching, Malapropism, Maverick & Tantalise
Jun21

Origins of Some English Eponyms : Juggernaut, Lynching, Malapropism, Maverick & Tantalise

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 some eponyms like : Juggernaut, Lynching, Malapropism, Maverick & Tantalise.

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Origins of Some English Eponyms : Chauvinist , Draconoian, Hooligan, John Hancock & Mentor
Nov27

Origins of Some English Eponyms : Chauvinist , Draconoian, Hooligan, John Hancock & Mentor

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 some eponyms like : Chauvinist , Draconoian, Hooligan, John Hancock & Mentor.

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America goes dry – When Prohibition became law in the United States
Jan16

America goes dry – When Prohibition became law in the United States

On Friday 16th January 1920 America officially ‘went dry’. For it was on this day that prohibition became law in the United States. But how did this strange state of affairs come about ?

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Mayans, Incas & Aztecs – The South American ‘Classical Age’
Dec03

Mayans, Incas & Aztecs – The South American ‘Classical Age’

The people of medieval Europe were aware that there were other magnificent cultures and powerful rulers apart from their own in the near and far east. However they had no idea that west across the Atlantic, beyond the setting sun, there lay a vast continent where there flourished civilizations of unimagined wealth and brilliance, comparable with Europe’s own classical age of Greece and Rome.

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The Mayan Apocalypse that never was
Jan11

The Mayan Apocalypse that never was

The Mayan Apocalypse “predicted” for 21st December 2012 clearly never happened. However people everywhere were in a frenzy over a claims that the world would end on Friday 21st December 2012. But who were the Mayans and where did this apocalyptic vision come from? and more importantly how did the hype get so big ?

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How Does the US Presidential Electoral System Work ?
Nov06

How Does the US Presidential Electoral System Work ?

Hanging Chads, Electoral Collages, Primaries … the US electoral system can seem a bit confusing to Europeans. In this article we look at how the U.S. Presidential electoral system works.

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Jazz – A Short History
Sep14

Jazz – A Short History

Did you know that jazz was born in the US? Did you know that the drum set was invented by jazz musicians? Did you know that the word “cool” and “hip” were originally jazz terms?

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Some more historical myths debunked
May08

Some more historical myths debunked

Every nation has its favourite tales from the past, but how accurate are they? A lot of what we ‘know’ to be historically true can sometimes turn out to be no more than a : Who perpetuated historical myth. We look at a few here. Who really was the 1st US President? Did Mediaeval people really think the Earth was flat ?

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Some Historical Myths Debunked
Feb28

Some Historical Myths Debunked

Every nation has its favourite tales from the past, but how accurate are they? A lot of what we ‘know’ to be historically true can sometimes turn out to be no more than a perpetuated historical myth. We look at a few here. Did King Harold really die from an arrow in the eye? Did Slaves built the great pyramids in Eqypt ?

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The Story of Chocolate
Feb14

The Story of Chocolate

So where and when did the magic begin? Thousands of years ago is the answer, in the ancient Maya and Aztec civilizations of Central America.

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Thanksgiving – An American Tradition
Nov25

Thanksgiving – An American Tradition

Thanksgiving is a traditional feature of North American life. We explain the history and origins

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