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What Does Yule Really Mean?
Dec15

What Does Yule Really Mean?

Christmas is traditionally also known as “Yuletide”. Indeed the lyric from “Deck the Halls” goes “Troll the ancient yuletide carol.” Amidst all the fa-la-la-ing, did you ever ask yourself exactly what yuletide is?

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An Alternative to Christmas Pud – Panettone Pudding
Dec11

An Alternative to Christmas Pud – Panettone Pudding

If you’d like to make an alternative to Christmas pud, or maybe you don’t even like Christmas pudding at all, then why not make this panettone bread and butter pudding in its stead? In this article we look at one such recipe.

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The Christmas Tree
Dec08

The Christmas Tree

The Christmas tree is a ubiquitous image of the season. Trees were a symbol of life long before Christianity. In this article we look at a very short history of the Christmas tree.

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Guernsey Legends – Guernsey Pouques
Dec04

Guernsey Legends – Guernsey Pouques

Three short tales of the “Pouques” that, as every Guernsey countryman knows, sometimes help sometimes hinder mortal men.

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Party Games For Christmas – The London Underground Game
Dec01

Party Games For Christmas – The London Underground Game

Christmas is a traditionally a time for family fun and games so why not try out this London Underground game. See how many London tube stations you can guess from this cryptic graphic we found on the internet.

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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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Where do the Space Station Astronauts get their Air?
Nov24

Where do the Space Station Astronauts get their Air?

Astronauts first moved into the International Space Station in October 2000 and since then they have been supplied with oxygen created by a process discovered by the chemist William Nicholson over 200 years ago : Electrolysis

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What is smashed in an Atom-Smasher (or particle accelerator) ?
Nov20

What is smashed in an Atom-Smasher (or particle accelerator) ?

The popular image of an atom-smasher – or particle accelerator – is of a device that somehow smashes atoms together with such high energy that they break apart and we can see what’s inside them – but is this true ? What goes on in these mysterious machines ?

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Just the Job – (Genuine) Job Performance Reviews
Nov17

Just the Job – (Genuine) Job Performance Reviews

Next time you find yourself pondering on how to fill in those job performance reviews for your staff or team then you might like to consider some of these more witty, pithy and just down right funny comments .

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More Old Guernésiais Cures, Remedies & Superstitions
Nov13

More Old Guernésiais Cures, Remedies & Superstitions

Guernsey used to posses a rich set of folklore tales, ancient cures and remedies for ailments and many superstitious tales. Some of the more intriguing and somewhat amusing wisdom of the old Guernésiais folk.

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The Poppy and the Bleuet – Symbols of Enduring Rememberence
Nov10

The Poppy and the Bleuet – Symbols of Enduring Rememberence

“In Flanders Fields” is a poem which contains some of the most famous lines ever written about the Great War. In it lies the seeds of why we use the Poppy as the symbol of remembrance.

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Do Goalkeepers Stand a Chance Against a Penalty Kick?
Nov06

Do Goalkeepers Stand a Chance Against a Penalty Kick?

If you’re a football fan then you’ll be able to relate to the agonies of watching penalty shootouts when used to decide a game. But does a goalie ever stand a chance and what can he do to help himself ?

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Otto von Bismarck – The Iron Chancellor
Nov03

Otto von Bismarck – The Iron Chancellor

On the 1st of April 1815 a little boy was born in Kniephof, Prussia, a little boy destined to be known by history as “The Iron Chancellor”. A man around whom history would pivot, a man who would be the subject of many historical “What Ifs” with regard to his demise at the hands of the unstable “Kaiser Bill” and the path to World War I.

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Why Do Leaves Turn Different Colours?
Oct30

Why Do Leaves Turn Different Colours?

The Autumn display of colours when trees begin to lose their leaves is a pretty spectacular thing. But why and how does it occur?

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Why do tides ebb and flow?
Oct27

Why do tides ebb and flow?

In a nutshell … tides are caused by the gravitational attraction between the moon and the Earth. In this article we look at how.

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