Saint Sampson – A Superstar of his Time
Dec 3, 2021 | Channel Islands, General Interest, Guernsey, Religion, Sark |
The Bible – A Timeline of Key Events
Mar 19, 2021 | Religion |
The History of Shrove Tuesday
Feb 19, 2021 | Food & Drink, General Interest, Religion |
Why Inn Keepers in the Nativity may have wrongly h...
Dec 18, 2020 | General Interest, Religion |
How Should We Regard the Bible in the 21st Century...
Nov 20, 2020 | General Interest, Philosophy, Religion |
Monks on Herm
Nov 6, 2020 | Channel Islands, Herm, History, Religion |
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
The History of the Christmas Pud
Dec 20, 2019 | General Interest |
A Brief History of St Patrick’s Day
Mar 8, 2019 | General Interest, Religion |
A (brief) History of Christmas – Part 2
Dec 18, 2018 | General Interest, Trivia |
A (brief) History of Christmas – Part 1
Dec 14, 2018 | General Interest, Trivia |
Why Did the Magi Bring Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh?
Dec 11, 2018 |
Since the early days of Christianity, Biblical scholars and theologians have offered varying interpretations of the meaning and significance of the gold, frankincense and myrrh that the magi presented to Jesus. The latest one is that the magi “from the East” may have presented Frankincense to the baby Jesus for its’ healing properties.Read More
Christmas Carols – The Oldest ones are the best – Some Origins
Dec 4, 2018 |
Christmas carols are mostly a Victorian tradition along with trees, crackers and cards. In this article we look at why the popularity of Silent Night has never faded, why there’s always a place for Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, and why the British fondness of Good King Wenceslas has yet to subside.Read More
How Was the Christian Bible Put Together ? Who Wrote it All ?
Oct 2, 2018 |
How Was the Christian Bible Put Together ? Who Wrote it All ?Read More
Surprising Science : Would You Adam & Eve it … They DID exist!
Aug 31, 2018 |
Reality is sometimes stranger than we’d ever credit. Believe it or not but Scientists are actually saying that they can prove that Adam & Eve, that is a single set of ancestors, are parents to us all!Read More
Is it Possible to tell what Jesus looked like ?
Jan 16, 2018 |
Jesus is arguably the most influential person in history as well as the most painted figure in all of Western art, but paradoxically we have no idea what he looked really looked like when he walked the earth.Read More
Is it True that Opera Singers Really Can Shatter Wine Glasses by Singing ?
Jan 9, 2018 |
The renowned soprano Dame Nellie Melba is reputed to have performed this trick and in 1971 the audio-tape maker Memorex based a very successful advertising campaign around Ella Fitzgerald shattering glass both when singing live and when recorded on its tape cassettes (a claim the company still stands by today).Read More
5 Classic Christmas Carols and their Origins
Dec 19, 2017 |
They say the old songs are the best and when it comes to Christmas Carols they may well be right. In this article we look at the origins of several popular carols both sacred and secular.Read More
Christmas Traditions – The First Ever Nativity Play
Dec 12, 2017 |
Even in modern, secular Britain there is one tradition that still holds sway at Christmas – The Christmas Nativity Play. In this article we look at the 800 year old origin of this Christmas institution.Read More
Have Yourself a Merry Patois Christmas – Silent Night in Guernsey French
Dec 8, 2017 |
Ever wondered how to sing your favourite carols in Guernsey French ? Well now you can. In this article we’ve listed the Guernesiais version of Silent Night along with the phonetic pronunciationRead More
Christmas is Cancelled – The Puritan assault on Christmas during the 1640s and 1650s
Dec 5, 2017 |
As the year 1645 came to a close Englishmen had little cause for celebration. The country was 3 years into a vicious civil war and if that wasn’t bad enough any of the traditional festivities that they might have looked forward to had been abolished by order of the two Houses of Parliament sitting at Westminster – this was Puritan England’s assault on Christmas.Read More
Who was Mary Magdalene ?
Apr 28, 2017 |
Possibly one of the most maligned and mis-understood charaters in the Bible. Mary Magdalane has been variously described as a Prostitute, an Apostle and even the wife of Jesus. But who was she really?Read More
How did people in the Middle Ages Celebrate Christmas?
Dec 13, 2016 |
Today we celebrate Christmas with a spirit of merriment, gift giving and (over) indulgence. But that begs the question … How was Christmas celebrated in the past? Or more specifically for our aricle here – the Middle Ages?Read More
Christmas Factlet : Jesus’ Mum didn’t call him Jesus
Dec 6, 2016 |
This is one of those things we all think we know until some bright spark pops up to say .. “that’s not true”. So here is the low-down on why Jesus’ Mum didn’t call him Jesus.Read More
Was Jesus a Real Person ?
Aug 16, 2016 |
Should we regard the Jesus described in the New Testament as a myth. That is that Jesus either didn’t do the things he’s said to have done in the New Testament, or even that there was a real person on whom the Jesus legend was based ?
In this article we look at evidence OUTSIDE of the Bible.
The Day St George lost his head … literally
Apr 19, 2016 |
On the 23rd April 303 AD in Nicomedia, (near today’s Istanbul), St George of dragon fame was beheaded on the orders of the Roman emperor Diocletian. As you’re no doubt aware he went on to become the patron saint of Englend, and quite a few other places as well as it happens. The story of his life and death is no less fascinating.Read More
The Death of a Saint and the Start of a Romantic Tradition – The Martyrdom of St Valentine
Feb 12, 2016 |
Monday 14th 270 AD was quite a day for Bishop Valentine of Interamna (now Terni in Umbria), for on that day, in Rome, he was stoned to death and then beheaded on the orders of Emperor Claudius II Gothicus.Read More