When did the first Paralympic Games take place?

In Rome, Italy in 1960, the first Paralympic games were held and there were 400 athletes competing from 23 different countries. Followed by the 1976 Paralympics Winter games in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden. Although sports for atheletes that had … [Continue reading]

Most Popular Girls Names in 2015

Always a big decision for new parents or parents-to-be is what to name your little bundle of joy and with so many influences from celebrities in film, tv and music to choose from, or following a tradition family name it's a tough choice to … [Continue reading]

Most Popular Boys Names in 2015

One of the biggest decisions a new parent has to make is choosing their newborn baby's name. Parents are sometimes influenced by TV, film actors or pop stars to make their name choices and this is usually reflected in the popularity listings. So … [Continue reading]

When was the first recorded womens British football game played?

We all believe that womens football started to become popular in Britain with ladies in the lead up to the London Olympics in 2012. Well, think again! Women's football history dates back towards the end of the 19th century in Scotland. In … [Continue reading]

Leap Year Traditions

As you know a leap years only occurs once every four years, 2016 being the latest one. There are many traditions associated with 29th February, one of the main traditions is that a woman can propose to her man. There are a few theories of … [Continue reading]

Who is Roald Dahl?

Roald Dahl is probably one of the world's most famous children's authors of all time. He was born on 13th September 1916 in Llandaff, Cardiff and both his parents were Norwegian. He had three sisters, Astri, Alfhild and Else and they spent their … [Continue reading]

When was the first Eisteddfod held in Wales?

Part of Wales' heritage is the occasion of The National Eisteddfod. Different cultures come together to celbrate and compete against eachother in song, dance and writing. Eisteddfod means a sitting (eistedd means to sit), this could be in connection … [Continue reading]

Interesting facts about the Harp Seal

These beautiful mammels known as Harp seals are also sometimes called saddleback seals. This is due to the dark, saddlelike markings on their back and sides covering the light yellow or grey bodies. Between the months of February and April they … [Continue reading]

Where does the name January derive from?

Originally, the ancient Romans named the first month of the year Janus, who was the god of gates and doors, beginnings and endings. Janus was represented with a double headed face, which was to enable him to look in both directions at the same … [Continue reading]

What is National Hugging Day all about?

It all started back in 1986 in Clio, Michigan, USA by a man named Kevin Zaborney and has been held on 21st January every year since then. The reason behind National Hugging Day was that Kevin Zarboney believed that after the Christmas and New … [Continue reading]

Why is Guy Fawkes famous?

Back in 1605, thirteen English catholic men planned to blow up the Houses of Parliament, as they had hoped that King James I would be more tolerant of Catholics than when Elizabeth I had ruled, unfortunately this was not the case. Guy Fawkes was … [Continue reading]

Who was Alfred Russel Wallace?

Alfred Russel Wallace was the, until recently, unknown Welsh Scientist who is credited with co-conceiving the theory of 'Natural Selection' in animals and plants back in 1858 in a joint paper with Charles Darwin. He was born in a small village … [Continue reading]

When was the Children in Need appeal launched?

Believe it or not the first broadcast appeal for children, was on Christmas day back in 1927 on the radio, and it raised £1,143 18s 3d, which was split between 4 well known childrens charities. The first televised appeal didn't take place until … [Continue reading]

What is a Hanukkah?

A Hanukkah or Chanukah is an eight day celebration held by the Jewish community to commemorate the rededication of the temple to God and is also known as the "Festival of Lights". Hanukkah means "Dedication" in Hebrew and begins on 25th of Kislev … [Continue reading]

What is a Shelf Cloud?

A shelf cloud is a horizontal wedge-shaped cloud which hangs low in the air, and is usually associated with thunderstorms. The shelf cloud will attached itself to the underside of a parent cloud. The rising cloud motion looks severe as it rises … [Continue reading]

Egyptian Pyramid Facts

We've all seen pictures, photos and maybe even been lucky enough to visit the Pyramids in Egypt, but here are some interesting facts about them :- Pyramids were built as a huge stone tomb as a burial chamber for the Pharaoh's. All the Pyramids … [Continue reading]

River Nile Facts

The river Nile is probably one of the most renowned rivers in the world and here are some interesting facts to reveal why. The Nile River runs for approximately 6650 kilometres (4132 miles) and is located in Africa but also flows through parts of … [Continue reading]

What was a Shaduf used for?

A Shaduf, was a device designed by the Ancient Egyptians to raise water out of a well or reservoir, to help with the irrigation of their land. This hand operated piece of equiptment consisted of a long suspended wooden rod, which was balanced on a … [Continue reading]

Who were the Ottomans?

The Ottomans were converts to Islam and decendants of Turkish speaking people from Central Asia. The word 'Ottoman' is an European corruption derived from the name Osman, a Turkish leader whose great success as a "fighter for the faith" attracted … [Continue reading]

Facts about Grey Squirrels

Did you know that the grey squirrel was introduced to Great Britain in the late 19th to early 20th century from the United States of America. Grey squirrels are considered to be pests, as not only do they strip the bark off trees, pinch bird food … [Continue reading]

What is The Ashes?

The Ashes are a series of five test matches in cricket which are played between England and Australia at least once every four years. When Australia won the test series in 1882, a satirical obituary was put in 'The Sporting Times' by a cricket … [Continue reading]

Who built the first cars?

Although Henry Ford is credited with revolutionising the motor car, he was by no means the inventor of the first motor vehicle. Their were many contributors to the procedure of creating the car but the two most important pioneers were two German … [Continue reading]

Who was the Mahatma Gandhi?

He was an Indian political and religious leader named Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi who was born in 1869. He came over to London to study law and also spent some time in South Africa before returning to India in 1915 to lead a powerful movement from … [Continue reading]

When does our Summer Solstice occur and why?

Our Summer Solstice, which is also known as "the longest Day" is celebrated on June 21st and it happens when the tilt of the planet's semi axis in either the southern or northern hemispheres is more inclined toward the star that it orbits. The … [Continue reading]