How did people tell the time & keep appointments before clocks were invented ?
Aug06

How did people tell the time & keep appointments before clocks were invented ?

It’s almost incomprehensible to the modern mind not to know the time and the date. Our world would cease to function in the way it does. So let’s imagine then an average man during the Dark Ages, in say in the 9th century. After a hard days work he decides to meet a friend for a drink. Was there an awkward pause after. ‘Okay, why don’t I meet you at my place at… ?’ …so how dis the world function before clocks ?

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What every body is saying  … when bodies start talking
Jul09

What every body is saying … when bodies start talking

Whether you like it or not your body leaks information about you. Every day in every interaction your body posture and movements are transmitting information about your inner thoughts and feelings without you knowing it .. this is “body language”. The trick is can you consciously control it or even read other peoples ?

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The Origins of the Modern Moggie
Jul05

The Origins of the Modern Moggie

It may surprise you to know that the origin of the modern moggie, one of the mysteries of veterinary science, has only very recently been solved by researchers.

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Who invented the comma ?
Jun07

Who invented the comma ?

Such a small thing, as symbols go, but it can make all the difference in meaning and understanding when used in a sentence. But wher did it come from ?

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Why do the Brits drink so much tea ?
May28

Why do the Brits drink so much tea ?

Tea certainly isn’t native to the British Isles so how did this come about? It certainly is an interesting story involving a Portuguese princess who was a tea addict, smuggling and even revolution.

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The Humble Potato – a History
May24

The Humble Potato – a History

The potato’s story begins about 8,000 years ago near Lake Titicaca, in South America. In this article we look at how it became the one of most popular foodstuff in the world today.

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Do Babies “Speak” with an Accent ?
Apr30

Do Babies “Speak” with an Accent ?

Could babies, who can’t even speak yet, be “googling”, “gurgling” and “gaaing” with an accent. This article looks at some recent research.

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The Guernseyman who prints the World’s Money
Apr19

The Guernseyman who prints the World’s Money

Take a look at a Guernsey fiver or pound note and you’ll notice something curious. Tucked away among the complex calligraphy and imagery you’ll see three little words ‘de la Rue’. Further more if you happen to be Malaysian and look at the corner of your ringgit note you’ll see the same thing.

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Origin of Some Popular English Idioms III
Apr05

Origin of Some Popular English Idioms III

The origins of a selection of some popular English expressions and sayings.

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Do Animals have a built in compass ?
Apr02

Do Animals have a built in compass ?

How do birds migrate ? And do other animals have a built in compass ? In this article we look at ‘Animal Magnetism’.

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Going Dutch – Dutch Influences on the English Language
Mar29

Going Dutch – Dutch Influences on the English Language

We’re familiar with the idea that the French, German and Nordic languages have had a great impact on the English language. Lesser known is the impact of Dutch. In this article we look at how our modern English language has subsumed Dutch words and expressions with out us even knowing it.

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All in a Spin – Our Amazing Universe
Mar26

All in a Spin – Our Amazing Universe

The Universe is an amazing place ! Just how amazing is hard to comprehend sometimes. In this article we look at some astounding things happening in the Crab Nebula.

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Emoticons … a history
Feb26

Emoticons … a history

Emoticons … those little smiley characters crop up everywher , texts emails , twitters. They instantly convey a whole gammat of meaning. Today you even get some representing Elvis, a rose and Homer Simpson. But who invented them and when ?

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How the Ancient Romans built the Railways of the World
Feb12

How the Ancient Romans built the Railways of the World

How on earth can Ancient Romans have built our modern railway system ? We take a side-ways look at this claim.

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In Politics Why Does Left Mean Liberal and Right Mean Conservative ?
Jan08

In Politics Why Does Left Mean Liberal and Right Mean Conservative ?

We use the terms ‘Left wing’ and ‘Right wing’ in politics without really thinking about it. It’s a pretty odd thing to say. So how did these expressions come about ?

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