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Everything you've always wanted to know about liquorice

Everything you’ve always wanted to know about liquorice

Once, in Iceland, I joyfully bit into my first mystery bar and found… liquorice. Liquorice pieces within the chocolate bar. The horror.

Daylight saving time: Why do we have to lose an hour's sleep?

Daylight saving time: Why do we have to lose an hour’s sleep?

You might be surprised just why and how Daylight Saving Time started…

British words which originated elsewhere

British words that originated elsewhere

The history of the English language is understandably a tad murky. With waves of immigration dating back to prehistory, it’s not surprising our wonderful language has taken a lot of influence from around the world. Here are some words that you probably use every day, without even thinking about how far they’ve travelled.

7 Christmas traditions: Pantomimes

Pantomimes | 7 Christmas traditions

Christmas is a time of tradition and ritual, such as singing “We wish you a merry Christmas” to the Christmas pudding as it emerges, alight, into the dining room… (OK, so that’s a personal tradition, but I have only just found this out. I thought everyone did this up until last year!)

Unusual voting systems from around the world

Unusual voting systems from around the world

Just in case you didn’t already know (I mean, it’s not as if anyone’s mentioned it at all…), millions of Americans will today be voting for the guy they want to be their president for the next four years – the guy who’s already been doing it for the last four years, or the guy who hasn’t. So, not being immune to all this election fever, we decided to investigate unusual voting systems from around the world.