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]

Who was Kung Fu Tsu?

Back in ancient times, around 550-478 bc, there was a Chiense philosopher named Kung Fu Tsu, whose name was westernized to Confucius. He was a servent in the government, but he wished to change his way of life and those of others by improving … [Continue reading]

When was the Alphabet invented?

It is believed that the parent alphabet dates back to 1700 bc and was derived from a North Semitic alphabet spoken and used by the people of Syria and Palastine. Before the invention of the alphabet, it is known that pictograms or syllabic signs … [Continue reading]

Why did the Japenese attack Pearl Harbour?

Japan realised that their natural resources were dwindling but that their population was rapidly growing. So in 1931 it 'annexed' the large northern province of Manchuria from China and with the fall of France in 1940 it allowed them to gain a … [Continue reading]

Who is the longest reigning monarch?

The history of the longest reigning monarch at present was Queen Victoria's reign for 63 years, 216 days. She became Queen on 20th June 1837 upto her death on 22nd January 1901. However, if our current monarch, Queen Elizabeth II continues her … [Continue reading]

What is a Jackstaff and Union Jack?

It all started back in 1603, when James VI of Scotland became James I of England, Wales and Scotland, uniting the three countries. He blended the St George's flag of red and white cross with the Scottish St Andrew's flag, which was white saltire … [Continue reading]

Why do people from Scotland have Ginger Hair?

Did you know that Scotland has the highest percentage of people with ginger hair. There is on average about 40% of people in Edinburgh that carry the gene with 13% of them expressing this through their hair colour.   It is believed that red … [Continue reading]

Where did Princess Charlotte of Cambridge get her name from?

It is thought the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge may have chosen Charlotte as it was a name they both liked and it is the feminine version of Charles, which honour's the Duke's father, the Prince of Wales. But did you know that the name also has … [Continue reading]

Why do people hate Cockroaches?

Probably as there are so many of them around the world!! There are more than 5,000 different species of cockroach, and they can be found anywhere apart from the Arctic and Antartic. They have white blood and can run up to a speed of 5.5 km/h, … [Continue reading]

Was Napoleon a short man?

History books would have you believe that Napoleon was indeed a short man, but he was about the average height of a French man back in the 1800's. He was known to be five feet two inches tall in French feet and inches which are actually different … [Continue reading]

Why is Raglan Castle in Wales unusual?

What makes Raglan castle stand out from most castles is that it is made of a polygonal design. All of it's towers and the gatehouse has six sides, not round or square which is the usual build for castles. Raglan Castle is one of the last true … [Continue reading]

How old is your dog in human years?

There is an old myth that states that you have to multiply a dogs age in years by seven to equal the age in human years. For example, your dog is 2 years old, which should make him 14 years old in our age - that I'm afraid is not correct. In … [Continue reading]

Who was the first Prime Minister of Great Britain?

The first Prime Minister of Great Britain was Sir Robert Walpole and he was born on 26th August 1676. He was appointed head of the government in 1721 when he was 45 years old and he was the longest serving Prime Minister to hold office, which he … [Continue reading]