Glass
Sep18

Glass

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?

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The Queen … “Our Duke”
Jun08

The Queen … “Our Duke”

“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.

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The Printing Press – Taking the written word to the masses
May15

The Printing Press – Taking the written word to the masses

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.

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Some more historical myths debunked
May08

Some more historical myths debunked

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 ?

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How was the order of our alphabet determined?
Apr17

How was the order of our alphabet determined?

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.

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The Spread of Christianity in the Ancient World
Apr06

The Spread of Christianity in the Ancient World

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.

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When there were two Guernseys
Mar16

When there were two Guernseys

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.

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Roman Alderney – Ruin Found to be Roman Fort
Mar02

Roman Alderney – Ruin Found to be Roman Fort

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.

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Some Historical Myths Debunked
Feb28

Some Historical Myths Debunked

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 ?

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The Costa Rican Connection
Feb03

The Costa Rican Connection

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.

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New Year in Different Cultures
Dec27

New Year in Different Cultures

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.

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Who is Father Christmas ?
Dec13

Who is Father Christmas ?

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 ?

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Thanksgiving – An American Tradition
Nov25

Thanksgiving – An American Tradition

Thanksgiving is a traditional feature of North American life. We explain the history and origins

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Roman Guernsey – Lisia
Nov15

Roman Guernsey – Lisia

Contrary to to popular belief the Romans didn’t call Guernsey Sarnia. It is likely that the name they gave it was Lisia.

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Remember Remember the 5th of November
Nov01

Remember Remember the 5th of November

Remember, remember, the fifth of November, Gunpowder, treason and plot….. what lies behind this quintessentially British event ?

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