Why is the colour blue associated with baby boys and pink associated with baby girls?
Dec31

Why is the colour blue associated with baby boys and pink associated with baby girls?

Why is the color blue associated with baby boys? Why is the colour pink associated with baby girls?

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Party Games For Christmas – The London Underground Game 2
Dec24

Party Games For Christmas – The London Underground Game 2

Christmas is a traditionally a time for family fun and games so why not try out this London Underground game (strictly speaking there are also overground and DLR ones in there as well). See how many London stations you can guess from this cryptic graphic we found on the internet.

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Why is Christmas the most Important Christian Holiday?
Dec17

Why is Christmas the most Important Christian Holiday?

To anyone looking from the outside, Christmas would seem to be the biggest festival of the Christian year. It has the 4 week build-up with Advent, there are more carol services than you can shake a yule-log at, and the churches are packed with people who may not have even stepped inside a church since last Christmas! So is it really Christianity’s most important festival ?

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How the food of Charles Dickens defined Christmas – plus an Alternate Christmas Recipe
Dec10

How the food of Charles Dickens defined Christmas – plus an Alternate Christmas Recipe

Charles Dickens was a serious food lover. His literature introduced a festive menu that has barely changed since the Cratchits gathered round their table in “A Christmas Carol”. In Dicken’s novel “Little Dorrit” the character John Chivery is rewarded for running “mysterious missions” with a banquet, for which Miss Rugg “with her own hands stuffed a leg of mutton with oysters.” Here is that menu.

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Saint Sampson – A Superstar of his Time
Dec03

Saint Sampson – A Superstar of his Time

It is St Sampson who is credited with bringing the Christian Gospel, to not only Guernsey, but the whole of the Channel Islands. He wasn’t just a local phenomenon but would have been regarded as something of a celebrity, a “rock star of his time”. We look at the the life and times of this remarkable man in this article.

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What Will Happens to the Earth if the Ozone Layer Keeps Ripping?
Nov26

What Will Happens to the Earth if the Ozone Layer Keeps Ripping?

Today you can’t pick up a newspaper or watch a nature programme without hearing about global warming and the damage we are doing to our planet. However this isn’t the first natural calamity, caused by man in the modern era – until a decade ago it was all about “the Ozone Layer”.

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How to Buy Your Own Country : The Biggest Real Estate Deal in History – Alaska
Nov19

How to Buy Your Own Country : The Biggest Real Estate Deal in History – Alaska

In August 2019 Newspapers started to report, what on the face of it seemed to be just another of President Trumps crazy rambling stream of consciousness ideas. He wanted to buy another country!

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Guernseys Lonely Sentinel – Brehon Tower
Nov12

Guernseys Lonely Sentinel – Brehon Tower

Dominating the entrance to the sheltered sanctuary of St Peter Port Harbour on the east coast of Guernsey is the Brehon Rock. Atop of which sits Brehon tower – a now lonely sentinel guarding the Little Russel. In this article we look at its military history.

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What would have happened if the gunpowder plot had succeeded?
Nov05

What would have happened if the gunpowder plot had succeeded?

Any answer to this question will be, of course , pure speculation. However, exploring the possible outcomes of a successful Gunpowder plot is useful in highlighting the underlying tensions at play in what was a very charged historical context.  What Actually Happened  A Catholic Plot The 1605 gunpowder plot to assassinate King James I and destroy the English parliament was a relatively small conspiracy – the action of...

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If Humans Could Fly How Big Would Their Wings Have to Be?
Oct01

If Humans Could Fly How Big Would Their Wings Have to Be?

Humans were clearly not meant to fly … we weigh a lot more in proportion to our size than birds, which have hollow bones. But is it possible to flay under our own power ?

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Why do we say Ping-Pong not Pong-Ping, Zig-Zag not Zag-Zig or Flip-Flops and not Flop-Flips?
Apr09

Why do we say Ping-Pong not Pong-Ping, Zig-Zag not Zag-Zig or Flip-Flops and not Flop-Flips?

Today we might use the term ‘ding-dong’ for the sound of a bell or maybe an argument. We’d never of course use ‘dong-ding’ just as we can never ‘dally-dilly’ or ‘shally-shilly’ or even have a ‘song-sing’. Nor would we ever walk in a ‘zag-zig’ whilst wearing ‘flop-flips’ But why ?

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Some Chaucer Factlets
Mar12

Some Chaucer Factlets

If you thought that Geoffrey Chaucer was only a middle English poet and writer then we have some Chaucerian faclets to show that he was this, and a lot more.

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How Did Different Human Skin Colours Come About ?
Feb26

How Did Different Human Skin Colours Come About ?

Skin colour is the result from the presence of a pigment called melanin, located in the epidermis, or outer skin layer, and produced by cells called melanocytes. But why would there be such a variety in Human Skin Colour ?

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The History of Shrove Tuesday
Feb19

The History of Shrove Tuesday

Modern Britain is a very secular society but there are many traditions that people still partake in that have a very religious significance without people really realising. Take for example ‘Shrove Tuesday’ – what exactly is the “shroving” bit about and why the obsession with pancakes on that day ?

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Go Tell it to the Bees
Jan22

Go Tell it to the Bees

You may have heard of the old expression – “Go tell it to the bees” – but what exactly does it mean and what is it that should we be telling them anyway ? In this article we look at the folklore behind this unusual expression.

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