Discovered by Captain Cook during his second voyage in 1774, Norfolk Island is an island with an unusual & chequered history.
“the war to end all wars” … that’s what it was called. No country in Europe was immune from its effects and Guernsey was no exception. In this article we look at the Royal Guernsey Light Infantry, Guernsey’s response to Britain’s call to arms.
A world without glass is unthinkable . Entire buildings today can be made up pretty much entirely of glass. But when did man first discover it, use it and eventually learn how to manufacture it?
“The Queen, Our Duke” – an odd thing to say, especially in a loyal toast to the English Sovereign. Nonetheless whenever Channel Islanders raise their glasses to her majesty that’s the toast that will be made.
Ideas that changed the World : The invention of printing & the printing press like many innovations evolved over time but there was one seminal moment when the printing press exploded on the scene and changed society forever.
Every nation has its favourite tales from the past, but how accurate are they? A lot of what we ‘know’ to be historically true can sometimes turn out to be no more than a : Who perpetuated historical myth. We look at a few here. Who really was the 1st US President? Did Mediaeval people really think the Earth was flat ?
Is there any particular reason why A comes before B or that Z is the last letter of the alphabet? We delve here into the origins of this and the system of writing.
They were unlikely leaders. Most knew more about mending nets than winning converts. Yet 2,000 years later, all over the world, the apostles are still drawing people in.
There was a time when Guernsey consisted of 2 separate islands. It was military expendiency that drove the effort to re-unite the 2 parts of ‘Sarnia’ again.
Up until 2011 virtually no trace of Roman occupation or influence had been found in Alderney. That all changed when one of the best-preserved Roman military structures in the world was found.
Every nation has its favourite tales from the past, but how accurate are they? A lot of what we ‘know’ to be historically true can sometimes turn out to be no more than a perpetuated historical myth. We look at a few here. Did King Harold really die from an arrow in the eye? Did Slaves built the great pyramids in Eqypt ?
On the other side of the World one of the sons of Guernsey is held in such high regard that he has appeared on bank notes and stamps, had statues raised to him and is credited with transforming that country from being the poorest to the wealthiest in Central America.
News Year Eve in the West means December 31st. However for a large part of the World this isn’t the prelude to a new Year.
Saint Nicholas, Father Christmas, Santa Claus, Sinterklass … whatever you call him he has a rich set of folklore and traditions surrounding him. But are they even the same person ?