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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How Were the Battlefields of WWI Cleared up After the War Ended ?
Nov13

How Were the Battlefields of WWI Cleared up After the War Ended ?

Whilst the First World War was a truly global conflict the area of devastation on the Western Front was, compared to WWII, more restricted in size. The devastation though was much more concentrated. So, once the killing had stopped how were the bloody, churned up, gas drenched battlefields cleaned up ?

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Monks on Herm
Nov06

Monks on Herm

Christianity arrived in the Channel Islands during the 6th Century AD. It was brought largely by Welsh refugees escaping the tyranny of the Anglo Saxon invaders in their home areas. In this article we look at one of the smallest Channel Islands – Herm – and how monks came to the island

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Why Are British Elections Always Held on Thursdays?
Oct02

Why Are British Elections Always Held on Thursdays?

It’s a time-honoured tradition that Brits choose their MPs on a Thursday, which was last broken in 1978, where voters in Hamilton, Scotland, cast their ballots on Wednesday, May 31. The reason? The opening match of the 1978 World Cup was on Thursday, June 1. But why are British elections always held on Thursdays?

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Mysteries of History : Troy – Was it Real? Did it Exist?
Aug21

Mysteries of History : Troy – 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 Troy.

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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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The Day the Gateway to the East was Renamed : When Constantinople became Istanbul
Jul24

The Day the Gateway to the East was Renamed : When Constantinople became Istanbul

On the 28th March 1930 – after 1,599 years, 10 months and 17 days – Constantinople, named after the Roman Emperor Constantine, became Istanbul.

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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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What’s in a Name – L’Ancresse Bay
Feb21

What’s in a Name – L’Ancresse Bay

L’Ancresse – The Anchorage. (place name) Corruption of Norman French ‘ancre’ – anchor
So, no surprise then that this flat sandy bay in the north of the island should be named as an “anchorage”. What is surprising though is one of the stories associated with how it was given this name. That is the story of when Robert “the devil” Duke of Normandy met the Abbot of St Michel du Valle

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More than Just a Funny Word – The Meaning behind and Origin of Abracadabra
Feb07

More than Just a Funny Word – The Meaning behind and Origin of Abracadabra

You might be tempted to think that the word ‘Abracadabra’, beloved of magicians and children’s party entertainers, is just a silly made up word – but you’d be wrong. It’s a very real and very ancient word with some sinister connotations.

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The Guernsey Markets – Was it always in Town and What existed prior to the “New Market Building” ?
Jan31

The Guernsey Markets – Was it always in Town and What existed prior to the “New Market Building” ?

In recent years the Guernsey Market buildings have undergone something of a grand transformation from the covered markets it was originally built for in the 19th century. They are certainly one of Guernsey’s most iconic landmarks, but its history has not always been as obvious. So, what was here before then and were Guernsey’s Markets always here ?

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Guernsey’s Occupation : Resistance & Punishment – Frank Falla’s Story
Nov22

Guernsey’s Occupation : Resistance & Punishment – Frank Falla’s Story

During the occupation of the Channel Islands it’s thought that about 1300 Channel Islanders were imprisoned in Jersey and Guernsey prisons during the occupation for acts of protest, defiance and resistance. Of these, at least 200 people were deported to Nazi prisons, labour and concentration camps on the continent. One of the most well known acts of resistance was the production of an underground News Letter “The Guernsey Underground News Service” or GUNS for short.

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Did You Know … Guy Fawkes was not Executed for Masterminding the Gun Powder Plot
Nov08

Did You Know … Guy Fawkes was not Executed for Masterminding the Gun Powder Plot

Did You Know … Guy Fawkes was not Executed for Masterminding the Gun Powder Plot

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Trafalgar : The Royal Navy’s Greatest Ever Victory ?
Oct18

Trafalgar : The Royal Navy’s Greatest Ever Victory ?

The Battle of Trafalgar was to witness both the defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte’s plans to invade Britain, and the death of Admiral Lord Nelson. It was never going to be any ordinary battle, and quickly acquired a heightened, almost magical, reality.

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English Language History : What Caused the Great Vowel Shift?
Oct04

English Language History : What Caused the Great Vowel Shift?

English is arguably the single most important and influential language in today’s world. It does however contain many vagaries and annoying inconsistencies. One of which is the variations of how vowel combinations should be pronounced. For example, the ‘ea’ in ‘bread’ is pronounced the same as the ‘e’ in ‘bred,’ and not the same as the ‘ea’ in ‘break. This is down to “The Great Vowel Shift”

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