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Random Facts: Wimbledon

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This year is the 1,050th anniversary of a charter by King Edgar the Peaceful which referred to the area as Wimbedounyng. The Anglo-Saxons had called it Wynnman’s Hill after a local landowner. The… Continue reading

The Friday Funny: Making Your Bed

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Returning to Greater Power

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Advice from a Centenarian

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Random Facts: Chocolate

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7th July is World Chocolate Day, supposedly celebrating the day in 1550 when chocolate was introduced into Europe. However, although frequently repeated, the date of 7th July 1550 seems to be nonsense. Columbus… Continue reading

The Friday Funny: Not Suffering

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Know Your Focus Point

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Attraction

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Judge Not

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Random Facts: Asteroids

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There are thought to be a million asteroids in the solar system which could hit Earth and destroy a city, yet we have discovered fewer than 10,000. The 30th June 1908 Siberian Tunguska… Continue reading

The Friday Funny: Boo!

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Informed or Ignorant?

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Random Facts: Midsummer

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June 24 is the traditional date for Midsummer’s Day (in the Northern Hemisphere), which is also the feast day of John the Baptist. Astronomically, midsummer is the day of the summer solstice, or… Continue reading

The Friday Funny: Pool Party

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Dream On

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Mystery

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Random Facts: Beer

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National Beer Day is on 15th June and this year goes on until Father’s Day on June 18th. The date of June 15 was chosen for National Beer Day as it was the… Continue reading

Random Facts: Polar Bears

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The scientific name for the polar bear is Thalarctos maritimus from the Greek arktos, “bear”, and thalassa, “sea”. The word to mean “of or pertaining to the polar bear” is “thalassarctine”. The earliest… Continue reading

The Friday Funny: Hidden

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Just Wait

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Advice from a Centenarian

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The Summer Day

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Life

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Random Fact: Fish and Chips

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Battered and fried fish arrived in the UK in the 17th century. Chips joined it only in 1860. There are around 10,500 fish and chips shops in the UK. Ninety years ago there… Continue reading

The Friday Funny: Improved

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Less Is More

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Ego Control

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What To Give?

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Be Patient

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Random Facts: Guyana

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Guyana marked their independence from Britain on 26th May 1966. Guyana, formerly British Guiana, is the only country in South America in which English is the official language, but most Guyanese speak Guyanese… Continue reading

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