Sark’s Lancaster Bomber
Aug14

Sark’s Lancaster Bomber

On the evening of 22nd November 1942, 21 year old Flight Sergeant Eric Singleton sat in the cockpit of his Lancaster bomber, W4107 at RAF Scampton. By 4am the next morning this beautiful machine lay wrecked in a field on Sark. So what is the story of this bomber, its crew and how it ended up on Sark?

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Would You Eat Insects to Save the Planet ?
Aug07

Would You Eat Insects to Save the Planet ?

So – The Question … “Would You Eat Insects to Save the Planet ?” – There are at least 3 reasons why eating insects makes sense – whether that’s “palatable” to you is another question all together 😉

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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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How Do we See Colour?
Jul17

How Do we See Colour?

The human eye and brain work together to perceive colour. Light is sensed on the retina at the back of the eye. The centre of the retina contains about 6-7 million cells called cones. Different ones are sensitive to red, green, and blue light.

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When Left Can be Right and Right Can be Wrong – Left & Right Handed Molecules
Jul03

When Left Can be Right and Right Can be Wrong – Left & Right Handed Molecules

Our Universe is a remarkable place and not a little odd in some of the ways it works. For instance have you ever heard of left and right handed molecules ? Or been told that, chemically speaking, an orange is a ‘left-handed’ lemon!

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Why Do We Cry?
Jun19

Why Do We Cry?

Why Do We Cry? In a Nutshell : Crying is beneficial to health and mental well-being. A good cry is great for body and mind.
We also look in this article at the very complex plumbing system and tear film layers that work hard to protect your eyes.

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So How Long is Once in a Blue Moon ?
Jun12

So How Long is Once in a Blue Moon ?

People have been using this phrase to imply “hardly ever” for at least 400 years. But in the last 150 years it has a new meaning that allows us to actually be more precise …

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The (Unintended) Fastest Object ever launched by Man
Jun05

The (Unintended) Fastest Object ever launched by Man

If you were asked what you thought the fastest object ever launched by man was – what would you say? A hypersonic jet, a spacecraft ?

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How Much is the Earth Affected by the Other Planets?
May29

How Much is the Earth Affected by the Other Planets?

While the planets may not affect us in ways astrologers would have us believe, events on Earth are undoubtedly influenced by the gravitational pull of our celestial neighbours and the results are rather more important than liaisons with tall dark strangers. But what exactly are the effects?

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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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