Mysteries of History : Camelot – Was it Real? Did it Exist?
May15

Mysteries of History : Camelot – Was it Real? Did it Exist?

HISTORY RECORDS ACTUAL EVENTS whereas myths spin tales that help explain a culture’s worldview. It’s where history and myth intersect that we find some of the most enduring legends. In this particular article we look at Camelot.

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The Origin of The Union Jack
May08

The Origin of The Union Jack

Is the Union Jack the coolest flag in the world? Well, it’s certainly one of the most recognisable. An instant design classic that is forever associated with Britain, the Queen and Empire. But how did it come about?

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Management Folklore : The Peter Principle, Dilbert Principle & Parkinson’s Law
May01

Management Folklore : The Peter Principle, Dilbert Principle & Parkinson’s Law

The Peter Principle, Dilbert Principle & Parkinson’s Law are all terms that you may have already heard of as tongue in cheek commentarys of the state of workplace management. But what are they really?

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Why do we get goose bumps when we are cold?
Apr17

Why do we get goose bumps when we are cold?

Goose bumps are small bumps on a person’s skin at the base of body hairs. Tiny muscles at the base of each hair contract and pull the hair erect. The most common type of goose bumps is a response to cold.

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What’s The Best Time to Post a Selfie (or anything else) on Facebook
Apr10

What’s The Best Time to Post a Selfie (or anything else) on Facebook

So, when is the best time to post something on Facebook? If you’re looking for a response, then don’t go for a lazy Sunday. Figures suggest that weekday posts are best between 12 and 3pm.

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Who is Cobo Alice?
Apr03

Who is Cobo Alice?

Ever heard of “Cobo Alice” ? I hadn’t until recently when a friend remarked her father would say this to her if he thought she was looking somewhat ‘dishevelled’.
In this article we look at the origin of this little piece of local folklore.

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The Semi-Colon – What’s the Point? & How to Use it
Mar27

The Semi-Colon – What’s the Point? & How to Use it

One of the most misunderstood punctuation marks in in the English Language – the Semi-Colon. So, whats the point of it and how should it be used ?

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When did Greenwich become the centre of every world map?
Mar20

When did Greenwich become the centre of every world map?

Most atlases put Britain at the centre of the world, with the Greenwich Prime Meridian running through the grounds of the Royal Observatory in south London. This line officially separates west from east. But how did this come about?

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Why does our hair go grey or white when we get old?
Mar13

Why does our hair go grey or white when we get old?

Some people get grey (or white) hairs in their twenties, and others still have dark hair well into their seventies and eighties. The process of greying can occur gradually over many years as individual hair follicles stop producing colour, or it can happen within a matter of months or a few years. How long depends a lot on genetics.

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Why Guiness is Less Irish than you Think
Mar06

Why Guiness is Less Irish than you Think

St Patrick’s Day, on March 17th, is an annual celebration of all things Irish – and of one thing in particular. Around Ireland, and all over the world, people celebrate with a pint or two (or more !) of Guinness, Ireland’s unofficial national intoxicant. But how Irish is it really?

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What is Computer Code?
Feb14

What is Computer Code?

From lifts to cars to airliners to smartphones, modern civilisation is powered by software, the digital instructions that allow computers, and the devices they control, to perform calculations and respond to their surroundings. Bute … “What is Computer Code?”

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More than Just a Funny Word – The Meaning behind and Origin of Abracadabra
Feb07

More than Just a Funny Word – The Meaning behind and Origin of Abracadabra

You might be tempted to think that the word ‘Abracadabra’, beloved of magicians and children’s party entertainers, is just a silly made up word – but you’d be wrong. It’s a very real and very ancient word with some sinister connotations.

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The Guernsey Markets – Was it always in Town and What existed prior to the “New Market Building” ?
Jan31

The Guernsey Markets – Was it always in Town and What existed prior to the “New Market Building” ?

In recent years the Guernsey Market buildings have undergone something of a grand transformation from the covered markets it was originally built for in the 19th century. They are certainly one of Guernsey’s most iconic landmarks, but its history has not always been as obvious. So, what was here before then and were Guernsey’s Markets always here ?

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What Makes us Right-Handed or Left-Handed?
Jan24

What Makes us Right-Handed or Left-Handed?

In a Nutshell – Researchers say it is in the genes.

It’s the same reason some people are brown-eyed and some are blue-eyed. The Human Genome Project tends to support the theory that a single gene is responsible for handedness

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Can People’s Past Injuries Predict When a Storm is Coming?
Jan17

Can People’s Past Injuries Predict When a Storm is Coming?

There are many people who often claim to have an arthritic joint with the power to tell the future, at least meteorologically. The idea that certain painful health conditions are affected by the weather is an ancient claim, dating back to at least Hippocrates in the 4th century B.C and no even doubt earlier. But can this phenomenon be explained?

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