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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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 Printing Press – Taking the written word to the masses
May15

The Printing Press – Taking the written word to the masses

Ideas that changed the World : The invention of printing & the printing press like many innovations evolved over time but there was one seminal moment when the printing press exploded on the scene and changed society forever.

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Nursery Rhymes – Origin & History II
Apr27

Nursery Rhymes – Origin & History II

Behind every nursery rhyme is a history and story that’s every bit intriguing as the rhyme itself.

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How was the order of our alphabet determined?
Apr17

How was the order of our alphabet determined?

Is there any particular reason why A comes before B or that Z is the last letter of the alphabet? We delve here into the origins of this and the system of writing.

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Chewing gum
Jan17

Chewing gum

Where, when and who invented Chewing gum ? Plus how did it become such a global phenomenon ?

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Origin of Some British Christmas Traditions
Dec09

Origin of Some British Christmas Traditions

We have a lot of traditions surrounding a good British Christmas which enjoy but never really question. But where did some of them originate from ?

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Reconstructing the 1st language
Oct21

Reconstructing the 1st language

Is it possible to recreate the language of Stone Age man, spoken between 30,000 and 100,000 years ago? Some linguists believe it is.

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The 1st English Dictionary
Oct11

The 1st English Dictionary

The first English dictionary was the work of a single man just over 250 years ago. Here’s some background to this epic achievement.

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The Origin of the Yard, Meter and Kilo
Sep30

The Origin of the Yard, Meter and Kilo

How many of us have a foot a foot long ?
What are the origins of some of the measurements we use today.

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Coca Cola
Sep23

Coca Cola

Coca Cola is a ubiquitous and iconic symbol of the U.S. but when & who came up with it?

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Donkeys, Toads & Crows
Sep09

Donkeys, Toads & Crows

Every country has it’s own national symbols. The Channel Islands are no different and there’s a surprising array of animals ascribed to each island and their people.

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Spectacles
Aug19

Spectacles

Spectacles … fashion item and indispensable ‘modern’ aid … but they’re far older than you think. Here we look at the origins of specs.

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Origin of Some Popular English Idioms
Jun10

Origin of Some Popular English Idioms

The origins of a selection of some popular English expressions and sayings.

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What is the origin of April Fools Day ?
Apr01

What is the origin of April Fools Day ?

When & how did April Fools day come about ?

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