“Sarnia Cherie” – Guernsey’s Unofficial Anthem
Jun03

“Sarnia Cherie” – Guernsey’s Unofficial Anthem

The song “Sarnia Cherie” is arguably Guernsey’s most well known “Unofficial Anthem”. It gets sung on numerous ‘patriotic’ and sporting events from Liberation day on 9th May each year to the Island Games medal ceremonies. But if you look at the lyrics it isn’t extolling any particular patriotic fervour of people on the island but rather a melancholic longing of someone who is far from Guernsey shores. In this article we look at its origins and place in Guernsey social history.

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The “Other” Guernsey – Guernsey County : Guernsey Pioneers in The New World
Apr29

The “Other” Guernsey – Guernsey County : Guernsey Pioneers in The New World

Most people will be familiar with our sister island’s namesake in the US – New Jersey, but less well known is that there’s also a Guernsey in the US , or to be precise a Guernsey County in Ohio. Guernsey County is almost as old as the United States itself. It was formed on the 10th March 1810 when the US was only 24 years old. The County is located in the State of Ohio and rests in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains.

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Guernsey and the French Revolution
Apr15

Guernsey and the French Revolution

The years following the French Revolution in 1789 were dramatic in the history of the island. Many emigres found refuge in Guernsey and the island even ended up as a centre for a spy network operating against the newly formed republic. In this article we look at this pivotal period in Guernsey history.

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Basiel Sarniensis – The First Channel Islander Recorded in History?
Mar18

Basiel Sarniensis – The First Channel Islander Recorded in History?

Baslel Turbeli filius Gallinaria, Sarniensis  – a name that emerged from the ground in the town of Algaiola in northern Corsica one day in 1916. A long dead name that had not seen the light of day for over 1000 years. The name of a Roman Marine or sailor serving in the fleet of Miseniense and quite possibly the first Channel Islander’s name ever recorded in History.

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More Guernsey Folklore Tales – The Singing Rock & The Broken Kettle
Feb25

More Guernsey Folklore Tales – The Singing Rock & The Broken Kettle

A small island community like Guernsey is rich in folklore tales. Here are but two such tales … “The Singing Rock” & “The Broken Kettle”

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How Has The Bayeux Tapestry Survived for So Long ?
Feb04

How Has The Bayeux Tapestry Survived for So Long ?

The Bayeux Tapestry tells one of the most famous stories in British history. It has survived revolution, war, clumsy restorations and even ‘kidnapping’ and has been threatened with destruction at every turn of these events. So how has it survived for nearly 1,000 years?

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Ice Age Guernsey – What was it Like ?
Jan14

Ice Age Guernsey – What was it Like ?

Guernsey and the other Channel Islands have not always been islands. In fact Guernsey has been an island and not an island several times over the millennia with the waxing and waning of various ice ages. But what was it like ?

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Saint Sampson – A Superstar of his Time
Dec03

Saint Sampson – A Superstar of his Time

It is St Sampson who is credited with bringing the Christian Gospel, to not only Guernsey, but the whole of the Channel Islands. He wasn’t just a local phenomenon but would have been regarded as something of a celebrity, a “rock star of his time”. We look at the the life and times of this remarkable man in this article.

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Guernsey Quiz – How Well Do you know the Bailiwick ?
Apr16

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 information that we’re sure you will have squirreled away somewhere in the recesses of your brain. And if not, and it’s all new to you, then, hey – “Every day is a school day” as they say 🙂

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Wordsmith – Test your Guernsey French
Mar05

Wordsmith – Test your Guernsey French

Guernsey French is theoretically the mother tongue of our island home, Guernsey. However it is dying out rapidly. So how many of these Guernsey French words do you know (or can guess)? Improve and test your Patois wordpower by matching each of the words below to one of the multiple possible definitions.

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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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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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Wordsmith – Test your Guernsey French
Oct09

Wordsmith – Test your Guernsey French

Guernsey French is theoretically the mother tongue of our island home, Guernsey. However it is dying out rapidly. So how many of these Guernsey French words do you know (or can guess)? Improve and test your Patois wordpower by matching each of the words below to one of the multiple possible definitions.

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Why Did the Normans have such Odd Haircuts?
Jul31

Why Did the Normans have such Odd Haircuts?

Maybe you didn’t even know they had “odd” haircuts – but even by today’s liberal standards they were decidedly “odd”. In this article we look at the (probable) reasons why.

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Wordsmith – Test your Guernsey French
Jul10

Wordsmith – Test your Guernsey French

Guernsey French is theoretically the mother tongue of our island home, Guernsey. However it is dying out rapidly. So how many of these Guernsey French words do you know (or can guess)? Improve and test your Patois wordpower by matching each of the words below to one of the multiple possible definitions.

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