Instead of swearing, some people say “Gordon Bennett”  – Why and who was he?
Mar20

Instead of swearing, some people say “Gordon Bennett” – Why and who was he?

Instead of swearing, some people say “Gordon Bennett.” But why? Did he exist and, if so, who was he?

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Guernsey Icons – The Guernsey Milk-Can
Mar07

Guernsey Icons – The Guernsey Milk-Can

Today the Guernsey milk-can has almost disappeared. We still see them of course, but we see little silver ones in jewellers’ shops and bigger ones in copper in old houses and in antique shops. However there are still some people who make them in the old way.

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The Evolution of the English Language
Feb18

The Evolution of the English Language

English is truly the international language of the world. It’s rise to prominence is due in no small part due to the British Empire and now to the all pervading American cultural hegemony. But what about the evolution of the language itself ?

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Nursery Rhymes – Origins & History III
Dec27

Nursery Rhymes – Origins & History III

Behind every nursery rhyme is a history and story that’s every bit intriguing as the rhyme itself : Three Blind Mice; Mary Mary Quite Contrary; Pease-pudding Hot; Little Miss Muffet; Little Jack Horner

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Christmas Crackers – A History of Tom Smith
Dec20

Christmas Crackers – A History of Tom Smith

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without the Cracker. That extra piece of trimming that helps make up the Christmas table with it’s paper hats, silly (sometimes usefull) gifts and jokes and mottos that we all like to groan at. Here we look at how the man behind this tradition, Tom Smith, developed them.

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Guernsey Patois – A Language Apart
Oct25

Guernsey Patois – A Language Apart

Guernsey Patois is a very ancient tongue indeed. A descecdant of old Norman French and developed in splendid isolation within the island it has become a true ‘language apart’.

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“Punctuation Marks Save Lives” – When Was Punctuation First Used in Language?
Oct08

“Punctuation Marks Save Lives” – When Was Punctuation First Used in Language?

Punctuation really does add more meaning to the written word than we often give these little characters credit for. But when was punctuation first used in any language ?

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The Origin of Writing
Aug30

The Origin of Writing

Writing – The invention that enabled science and knowledge to flourish. However it seems that is wasn’t invented for prose or love poems or literature but for the more mundane and prosaic task of taxation and bookkeeping.

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The Invention of Money – A Short History
Jul30

The Invention of Money – A Short History

From prostitution to dealing on the stock exchange, trading has been around for tens of thousands of years. But when did mankind move from a barter system to exchanging goods for bits of metal and paper ?

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Rubber
Jul26

Rubber

Rubber is a unique a wonderous material. However processing the raw latex into a durable and useful form proved very difficult. Charles Goodyear was a man obsessed with it. Here’s an account of his struggle.

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The Origins of the Modern Moggie
Jul05

The Origins of the Modern Moggie

It may surprise you to know that the origin of the modern moggie, one of the mysteries of veterinary science, has only very recently been solved by researchers.

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Who invented the comma ?
Jun07

Who invented the comma ?

Such a small thing, as symbols go, but it can make all the difference in meaning and understanding when used in a sentence. But wher did it come from ?

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Emoticons … a history
Feb26

Emoticons … a history

Emoticons … those little smiley characters crop up everywher , texts emails , twitters. They instantly convey a whole gammat of meaning. Today you even get some representing Elvis, a rose and Homer Simpson. But who invented them and when ?

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Keeping it together – The Screw Thread
Feb01

Keeping it together – The Screw Thread

The screw thread … a simple device that cranked technology to new levels. Without the humble screw thread our world would literally fall apart.

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Origin of the Months and Days of the Year
Jan01

Origin of the Months and Days of the Year

We use them everyday to order our lives to record, analyse and make sense of things. We’re talking about the days and months of the year. What are their origins ? You may be surprised in that they all have origins deep within our pagan past.

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