Why do the dimples on golf balls make them fly further?
Mar25

Why do the dimples on golf balls make them fly further?

Those cute little dimples on golf balls aren’t just for decoration. They have a very real practical use.

Read More
How do Astronauts wash in space?
Mar11

How do Astronauts wash in space?

If you’re one of the human races few that are going to “boldly go where no man has gone before”, then keeping clean could be a problem in zero-gravity

Read More
How do 3-D films and 3-D glasses work?
Mar04

How do 3-D films and 3-D glasses work?

3-D films are all the rage at the moment, but how does it work? Turns out the technology is a lot older than you might think.

Read More
What mood was the Mona Lisa in?
Feb28

What mood was the Mona Lisa in?

When Leonardo da Vinci painted the famous Mona Lisa he gave her one of the most interesting of expressions. An enigmatic smile that has beguiled people for centuries. But what lies behind this expression?

Read More
Great British Battles – Part I
Feb25

Great British Battles – Part I

There are some events in history upon which turn the fate of nations. A point at which history can go either way. Battles have always played a part in defining what Britain is. Here we look at The Battles of Hastings; Agincourt ; The Spanish Armada & Waterloo.

Read More
The Evolution of the English Language
Feb18

The Evolution of the English Language

English is truly the international language of the world. It’s rise to prominence is due in no small part due to the British Empire and now to the all pervading American cultural hegemony. But what about the evolution of the language itself ?

Read More
Will the Earth ever stop spinning?
Feb07

Will the Earth ever stop spinning?

So here’s a question you might idly contemplate as you lie back one summers evening gazing into star bright night sky watching as the planets, the moon and the stars idly move on by, “Will the Earth ever stop spinning ?”

Read More
‘Who dunnit’ – Some Literary Sleuthing (Forensic Stylometry)
Feb04

‘Who dunnit’ – Some Literary Sleuthing (Forensic Stylometry)

In 2013 the Sunday Times ‘outed’ J.K. Rowling as the author of the detective novel “The Cuckoo’s Calling”, published under her nom de plume Robert Galbraith. They did this partly using a scientific technique called ‘forensic stylometry’. In this article we look at this ‘literary sleuthing’ method

Read More
Does subliminal advertising work?
Jan28

Does subliminal advertising work?

There is something rather disturbing about the idea that our actions could be influenced by ideas slipped into our unconscious mind. So does subliminal advertising work?

Read More
Les Misérables – The Guernsey Connection
Jan24

Les Misérables – The Guernsey Connection

Les Miserables. based on Victor Hugo’s novel of the same name, is the world’s longest running musical, now in its 28th year. The film adaptation of the stage show has brought this timeless story to a new audience. Although set against the backdrop of 19th century France, Victor Hugo finished writing his epic tale in Guernsey, an island he loved and upon which he has left an indelible mark. Although raised as a Royalist....

Read More
Where did all the water in the world’s oceans originally come from?
Jan10

Where did all the water in the world’s oceans originally come from?

When you look at pictures of our beautiful plant you can’t help but notice the startling blue of the world’s oceans. They occupy two-thirds of the planets surface but how did they get there ?

Read More
It’s New Year’s Eve, time to sing “Auld lang syne” again. But what does it mean ?
Dec31

It’s New Year’s Eve, time to sing “Auld lang syne” again. But what does it mean ?

When New Year’s Eve rolls around every year it’s inevitably time to Sing “Auld lang syne” again. But what does it mean ?

Read More
Nursery Rhymes – Origins & History III
Dec27

Nursery Rhymes – Origins & History III

Behind every nursery rhyme is a history and story that’s every bit intriguing as the rhyme itself : Three Blind Mice; Mary Mary Quite Contrary; Pease-pudding Hot; Little Miss Muffet; Little Jack Horner

Read More
30 Interesting Factoids about Christmas
Dec24

30 Interesting Factoids about Christmas

Norwegian scientists have hypothesized that Rudolph’s red nose is probably the result of a parasitic infection of his respiratory system. The Germans made the first artificial Christmas trees out of dyed goose feathers All the gifts in the Twelve Days of Christmas would equal 364 gifts. The “true love” mentioned in the song “Twelve Days of Christmas” does not refer to a romantic couple, but the Catholic Church’s code for God. The...

Read More
Christmas Crackers – A History of Tom Smith
Dec20

Christmas Crackers – A History of Tom Smith

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without the Cracker. That extra piece of trimming that helps make up the Christmas table with it’s paper hats, silly (sometimes usefull) gifts and jokes and mottos that we all like to groan at. Here we look at how the man behind this tradition, Tom Smith, developed them.

Read More

Pin It on Pinterest