Caesar Decrees a new Calendar – and we’re still using it (mostly)
Feb03

Caesar Decrees a new Calendar – and we’re still using it (mostly)

The calendar we use today is little different to that decreed by Julius Casear over 2,050 years ago. In this article we look at the details surrounding this historic and seminal event.

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How do Immunization Vaccines Work ?
Jan30

How do Immunization Vaccines Work ?

So how do those scary injections that the nurse at the surgery give you really work ?

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When it’s raining what’s the best way to keep dry – Run or Walk ?
Jan27

When it’s raining what’s the best way to keep dry – Run or Walk ?

When it then starts raining and you don’t have your umbrella with you the question is should run or walk. If you run, think of all those extra raindrops that you are colliding with. On the other hand, if you walk you will be out in the rain for longer.

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Why doesn’t the Earth move when we move our eyes ?
Jan20

Why doesn’t the Earth move when we move our eyes ?

This is another of those questions to which the 1st response is often ‘Why should it?’ But think about it – when something moves in the external world, its image moves across the retina, the ‘screen’ at the back of the eye. If something is stationary in the external world and we move our eyes past it, its image will move across the retina in the same way. – How do we tell the difference ?

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Is eating fish really good for your brain?
Jan13

Is eating fish really good for your brain?

Is eating fish really good for your brain?

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Americana – 7  Wacky Words Born in The USA
Jan09

Americana – 7 Wacky Words Born in The USA

The U.S. may have won independence from Britain, but the English can gloat that Americans still speak a language named after them. American English, however, has spawned more than a few wacky words In this article we’ve brought together some of the more unusual terms.

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So Why is the Day After Christmas Called Boxing Day?
Dec26

So Why is the Day After Christmas Called Boxing Day?

In Britain, Boxing Day is usually celebrated on the following day after Christmas Day, 26 December. But why is it called boxing day ?

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How Did Xmas Come to Stand for Christmas?
Dec16

How Did Xmas Come to Stand for Christmas?

The use of the colloquial “Xmas” has often been singled out as an example of how this religious celebration has been commercialized and robbed of its religious content. So how did Xmas come to stand for Christmas?

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Did the Romans invent Christmas?
Dec12

Did the Romans invent Christmas?

The Romans were pagans for the first 300 years of Christianities existence.We’ll see in this article that Christianity has been very clever in subsuming pagan festivals and replacing them with their own, especially when the exact dates of some Christian festivals cannot be pin-pointed precicisely.

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Has the Fabled Viking ‘Magic Crystal’ been discovered … in the Channel Islands ?
Dec05

Has the Fabled Viking ‘Magic Crystal’ been discovered … in the Channel Islands ?

This is a true story of a mystery that’s puzzled archaeologists for a long time. Namely how to explain the nautical prowess of the Vikings in an age long before the invention of reliable magnetic compasses.. Up until now only strange and vague references to their use of a ‘Magic Sun Crystals’ has been offered up as part of the solution to this conundrum.

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Is it ever “too cold for snow” ?
Dec02

Is it ever “too cold for snow” ?

When it’s bitter winter and the sky is leaden grey there’s invariable some bright spark who’ll stair at the sky, sniff and say “it sure is cold , but too cold for snow”. But is that ever true ?

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Geek Speak – 8 Terms to Help You Navigate the World of ‘Techno Speak’
Nov25

Geek Speak – 8 Terms to Help You Navigate the World of ‘Techno Speak’

Our lives today are inextricably linked to the world of Technology.The English language is constantly evolving and creating new terms to describe and keep up with the technology. It can be quite baffling at times so in this article we’ve brought together some of those terms to help you navigate the world of ‘Techno Speak’.

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How did the Dodo become extinct?
Nov18

How did the Dodo become extinct?

The Dodo bird has come to symolise extinction, and man’s folly in his destructive overuse of natural resources. Indeed Jersey’s own Durrell Wildlife Trust’s – which is dedicated to saving specise from extinction – symbol is the Dodo. So how did this ungainly bird become extinct ?

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Why are British Soldiers called ‘Tommies’ ?
Oct10

Why are British Soldiers called ‘Tommies’ ?

The British ‘Tommy’ going over the top to battle the evil Hun is synonymous with World War I and World War II but this slang term for the British soldier originated much earlier than this and is credited as being coined by one of Britain’s most famous Generals

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How do Spiders build their webs over such long distances ?
Sep30

How do Spiders build their webs over such long distances ?

Here at guernseyDonkey.com we like to ask (and try to answer), some of life’s bigger questions: What is reality, what is consciousness … “How do Spiders build their webs over such long distances ?

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