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Locks & Keys – How did they come about?
Oct02

Locks & Keys – How did they come about?

Locks and keys are an everyday part of our lives … how could we secure anything without them ? Here’s some background on their development.

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Exotic Paper Planes
Sep28

Exotic Paper Planes

Paper planes don’t have to be boring. Here are some rather exotic designs to print out and fold …

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Chaos and Disorder – or Why does it always happen to me ?
Sep25

Chaos and Disorder – or Why does it always happen to me ?

Why do so many things seem to go wrong ? Sometimes you suspect that the universe is out to get you! We need to look at some scientific theories surround something called Entropy or the “The laws of thermodynamics”

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The RGLI – Royal Guernsey Light Infantry
Sep21

The RGLI – Royal Guernsey Light Infantry

“the war to end all wars” … that’s what it was called. No country in Europe was immune from its effects and Guernsey was no exception. In this article we look at the Royal Guernsey Light Infantry, Guernsey’s response to Britain’s call to arms.

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Glass
Sep18

Glass

A world without glass is unthinkable . Entire buildings today can be made up pretty much entirely of glass. But when did man first discover it, use it and eventually learn how to manufacture it?

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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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Origins of the Tea bag
Sep11

Origins of the Tea bag

Tea is our national drink and without the tea bag preparing it would be a whole lot fiddlier. But how did this little invention come about ?

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Dingbats
Sep07

Dingbats

Test your knowledge on phrases and sayings with these Dingbat graphics …

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Ground Source Heat Pumps
Sep04

Ground Source Heat Pumps

Ground Source heat pumps promise to supply most if not all the heating required for any new house without drawing ANY energy from the Electricity Grid! What are they? Ground source heat pumps use solar energy naturally stored in soil, bedrock and groundwater as a heat source. They do require electricity to operate, but efficiently produce up to five times as much heat energy for every unit of electricity they use. How does it work?A...

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Zero – the rise of nothingness
Aug31

Zero – the rise of nothingness

Zero is now so central to the way we think, and to our key technologies, that it’s hard to imagine a time before we had it.

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Pykrete – Aircraft Carriers made of Wood & Ice
Aug28

Pykrete – Aircraft Carriers made of Wood & Ice

Pykrete is a real substance made from wood chips and ice with strange and fantastical properties that were actually considered for use in building Royal Navy aircraft carriers during World War II.

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Does your handwriting say something about your personality ?
Aug24

Does your handwriting say something about your personality ?

Graphologists claim that individuals who share certain personality traits write in a similar fashion … Is this science or science fiction ?

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Milligan Magic
Aug21

Milligan Magic

As well as being king of surreal comedy Spike Milligan was an accomplished poet … so here’s some humorous poetry from the master of mirth … Mr Spike Milligan.

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The Guernsey Tom
Aug17

The Guernsey Tom

At its height there were 2,000 growers in Guernsey exporting nearly half a billion tomatoes every year. Today the industry is all but gone we look in this article at the rise and fall of a Guernsey legend.

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True or False, Fact or Fiction
Aug14

True or False, Fact or Fiction

A lot of what we ‘know’ to be true can sometimes turn out to be no more than an ‘urban legend’. Did the Nazi’s invent Fanta ? Does ‘Colgate’ means ‘go hang yourself’ in Spanish ? Can you tell whether they’re fact or fiction ?

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