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What was the Braye du Valle Like before it was Reclaimed?
Feb05

What was the Braye du Valle Like before it was Reclaimed?

Before 1806 Guernsey was separated at high tide into 2 islands by a channel running across the island from the Vale church to modern day St. Sampson’s harbour. But what was it like before it was filled in ?

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If we can’t see a Black Hole, How do we know they exist?
Jan29

If we can’t see a Black Hole, How do we know they exist?

A black hole is perhaps one of the strangest objects in our universe. It is in fact the remains of a massive dead star that has run out of fuel and collapsed. But how do we know it’s there ?

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Go Tell it to the Bees
Jan22

Go Tell it to the Bees

You may have heard of the old expression – “Go tell it to the bees” – but what exactly does it mean and what is it that should we be telling them anyway ? In this article we look at the folklore behind this unusual expression.

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Why Are Men So Hairy ?
Jan15

Why Are Men So Hairy ?

Hairy heads, hairy legs, and hairy armpits-the human body is covered in the stuff! Although many of us attempt to get rid of it, it is still obvious that men have more body hair than women. So what is the point of body hair, and why are men so hairy?

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The Day the English Civil War Arrived in Sark
Jan08

The Day the English Civil War Arrived in Sark

Even sleepy little Sark couldn’t evade the ravages of the English Civil War. In this article Sark diarist Elie Brevint takes up the story as recorded in his diary entry for the 27th May 1644.

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Why Are There 5,280 feet in a mile?
Jan01

Why Are There 5,280 feet in a mile?

There are 5,280 feet in a mile – a pretty ‘odd’ number – buy why ?

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Party Games – Dingbat Mega Quiz – 64 Brain Fizzlers
Dec25

Party Games – Dingbat Mega Quiz – 64 Brain Fizzlers

Try out our mega dingbat quiz. Give your Christmas party a fizz with 64 brain teasers by testing your visual intuition and reasoning ability. You can download and print off the quiz – answers are included in the pdf … enjoy! 🙂

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Why Inn Keepers in the Nativity may have wrongly had a ‘bum rap’ for a long time
Dec18

Why Inn Keepers in the Nativity may have wrongly had a ‘bum rap’ for a long time

Every Christmas, innkeepers get a terrible ‘rap’. In schools, playgroups & churches up and down the land, Mary and Joseph duly arrive on their donkey in Bethlehem, only to be rejected by one or more innkeepers saying they don’t have any room at all in their inn. However it turns out this all revolves around the translation of 1 Greek word – kataluma – which can simply mean “guest room”. So whats the story behind this ?

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Guernsey Quiz – How Well Do you know the Bailiwick ?
Dec11

Guernsey Quiz – How Well Do you know the Bailiwick ?

How would you rate your knowledge of our dear old Sarnia Cherie ? Are you a ‘Bailiwick Brainiac’ or a ‘Channel Island Chump’ when it comes to an appreciation of the history and culture of THE best Channel Island ? Test your knowledge with 25 questions we’ve prepared to tempt & tease out those nuggets of knowledge from the recesses of your brain.

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The Christmas Turkey : Why are they so ugly ?
Dec04

The Christmas Turkey : Why are they so ugly ?

When the New World pilgrims celebrated the first harvest in 1621, the Wampanoag Indians brought slaughtered turkeys to the Thanksgiving feast. The Pilgrims noted that ‘The natives brought a bird more hideous than any creature I have ever seen’ – why is it so ugly ?

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What is a Black Hole?
Nov27

What is a Black Hole?

A black hole is perhaps one of the strangest objects in our universe. It is in fact the remains of a massive dead star that has run out of fuel and collapsed.

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How Should We Regard the Bible in the 21st Century?
Nov20

How Should We Regard the Bible in the 21st Century?

The Bible can be a very pejorative term. Stirring good~bad~indifferent feelings But can we look at it through a different lens putting aside the baggage we bring? “How Should We Regard the Bible in the 21st Century?” … some thoughts & observations in this article

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How Were the Battlefields of WWI Cleared up After the War Ended ?
Nov13

How Were the Battlefields of WWI Cleared up After the War Ended ?

Whilst the First World War was a truly global conflict the area of devastation on the Western Front was, compared to WWII, more restricted in size. The devastation though was much more concentrated. So, once the killing had stopped how were the bloody, churned up, gas drenched battlefields cleaned up ?

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Monks on Herm
Nov06

Monks on Herm

Christianity arrived in the Channel Islands during the 6th Century AD. It was brought largely by Welsh refugees escaping the tyranny of the Anglo Saxon invaders in their home areas. In this article we look at one of the smallest Channel Islands – Herm – and how monks came to the island

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How Are the Times of Sunrise & Sunset determined ?
Oct30

How Are the Times of Sunrise & Sunset determined ?

Given that astronomy is the oldest science and that sunrise and sunset are very basic celestial phenomena, you might have thought this would have been sorted out centuries ago. Not a bit of it!

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