Three flash fiction competition winners! Stories that prove sometimes it is best to write what you know. These short stories are about ordinary people in everyday situations. Feeling the emotions and overcoming the challenges we all might face in that great journey we call life
Three flash fiction stories on the theme of war, exploring bravery, despair, resilience and consequences. Is battle as glorious as it is claimed, or merely a catalyst of destruction and human misery?
There are many moon superstitions and myths, many of them very ancient. We are fascinated by lunar lore, so come and explore how our ancestors saw the Moon and the stories they created around it
Helen Duncan was a famous British spiritualist medium who was convicted as a witch during World War II. But was she a fraud and did her prosecution warrant using the Witchcraft Act of 1735?
Harry Price was one of the pioneers of psychical research and investigated many hauntings and debunked fraudulent mediums and psychics. So find out more about this famous early ghost hunter
Could Black Shuck, the phantom black hound which haunts East Anglia, have been a real dog? Will the dog skeleton excavated by archaeologists prove to be that of the legendary hell hound?
Have you ever thought about what it would have been like to have been wounded on the Western Front? Find out what would have happened to you when you became a casualty in the First World War
On display in churches around Europe are the relics of incorruptible saints. But how did these holy relics remain incorrupt? Were these saints artificially preserved or was this a natural phenomenon?
Was Pharaoh Ramesses III killed in a Harem Conspiracy led by one of his own wives and courtiers? Can modern science reveal what really happened to this powerful Ancient Egyptian pharaoh?
Smithfield is an area of London known for its famous meat markets and quaint old streets and buildings. But did you know it was also where executions took place and heretics burned at the stake?
The loss of life was so great in the First World War that many grieving relatives had sittings with mediums to contact their dead loved ones. Why did spiritualism flourish during the Great War?
Life in the trenches during World War I was a terrifying, grim affair. But amid the horrors of the Great War, how did the soldiers spend their leisure time and enjoy themselves on the Western Front?
The Black Prince's Ruby is one of the most famous rubies of all time. But this huge gemstone hides a secret. Find out how its history and how it came to be part of the British Crown Jewels.
Are you a fan of the deep, sensual floral scent of jasmine? It is one of the essential perfume oils used in many expensive fragrances but why does jasmine perfume cost so much?
The tomb of Qin Shi Huang, the First Emperor of China, has never been excavated. Is this because there is a curse on those who enter the tomb or are there more scientific, practical reasons?
What do you know about the hanging coffins of China and the mysterious Bo People? How did they make the hanging coffins and how did they suspend them form the mountainside? And why the high burials?
All religions claim they are the only one, true belief system, but in reality many much older myths and traditions find their way into these new cults. So are we worshipping old gods and goddesses?
How did medieval artists make blue pigments like ultramarine and azurite? Find out about the colour blue from the middle ages to modern times and the invention of the first synthetic blue pigments
Blue is many people's favourite colour, but blue pigments were difficult and costly for ancient civilisations to produce. So what was the story of the colour blue in the ancient world?
Medical schools used to rely on cadavers for dissection supplied by The Resurrection Men. As demand rose, tragically, body snatching was soon to lead to murder
The Puritans fled England to escape religious persecution, but were the Puritan colonies in the Americas bastions of religious tolerance and freedom of thought?
Werewolves have a long history in Europe, so discover fascinating werewolf myths and legends and the human cost of belief in this supernatural creature
Why did Ancient Rome execute its prisoners in such a public, painful, humiliating fashion? Learn more of Roman public executions and who they punished and why.
Imhotep was one of the greats of Ancient Egypt, but his tomb has never been found. Will Imhotep's lost tomb, mummy and rich treasure ever be found at Saqqara?
They are one of our best loved garden birds, so find out European Robin facts, including their myths and legends and why they are on our Christmas cards!
Under London are plague pits used to bury victims of the Black Death and the Great Plague of 1665? Where are the plague pits in London and why were they dug?
Was Senmut the lover of Queen Hatshepsut? He was a courtier from humble beginnings and she was a controversial female Egyptian Pharaoh, but were they in love?
Kangaroo Island is one of the best places to see fascinating Australian animals, so find out more about its kangaroos, koalas,blue penguins, seals and sea lions
Have you heard of fish foot spas where Garra Rufa fish remove the dead skin from your feet? Is it safe to allow these fish to nibble your dry skin away?
KV5 is a fascinating tomb in the Valley of the Kings. Built as a tomb for the sons of Ramesses II, KV5 is the largest tomb yet found. Will more be discovered about Ramses the Great and his children?
There was once a Royal Menagerie in the Tower of London? Find out about the exotic wild animals, gifts from royal rulers, once kept there and their royal owners
What are the origins of spiritualism in 19th century Britain? Explore the development of the Spiritualist Churches, the popularity of seances and the fraudulent practices that led to decline
Caviar is a luxury delicacy and is very expensive. But what makes caviar so costly and such a rarity? Also is caviar production sustainable?
Styling heads are great toys, and playing with styling heads gives kids hours of creative fun. So buy the best styling heads online
An eruption of the Yellowstone super volcano would be a cataclysmic event that would kill many thousands and damage our planet. So is this huge caldera due to erupt in the near future?
How much would you pay for a lipstick? Do you know what the most expensive in the world costs? Plunge into the world of top-end luxury and find out what is the most expensive lipstick in the world
Marie Antoinette of France was known for her extravagance and frivolity, but was the infamous 'Affair of the Diamond Necklace' one of the catalysts of the French Revolution?
Kaftans are very versatile and comfortable garments. Find a trendy kaftan for the beach, an elegant kaftan dress for the evening or slinky kaftan sleepwear online today
Beetroot is the new superfood. Drinking the juice is really good for your health, as it is packed with nutrients and vitamins. The greens are highly nutritious as well. Learn more about this healthful vegetable!
Change the look of your toilet by choosing a great new toilet seat! Choose from wooden toilet seats, white toilet seats, novelty toilet seats and trainer toilet seats for toddlers
Invasive snakehead fish populations are becoming established in the USA. But what are the reals dangers and how damaging are they to local ecosystems?
Singing dolls and singing soft toys make great gifts for kids at Christmas and on birthdays. So why not have a look today to find your favourite singing doll
Do you love fun inflatable Christmas decorations? When it comes to the Christmas outdoor inflatable decoration the bigger and brighter the better!
Rocking horses are much loved toys, so discover their history, find out what types you can get and the best places to find them. Traditional wooden rocking horse or modern rocker toy?
What is the most expensive perfume in the world? Which is the most expensive perfume and what are the ingredients that makes a fragrance so costly and desirable?
Who were the parents of Tutankhamun? Little is still known about the life and death of the Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun, but recent DNA analysis on royal mummies of the Amarna period have produced some surprising results
Have you ever admired a friend's charm bracelet and wondered how to create one for yourself? It's easier than ever to buy charms and create your own unique piece of jewelry, so find out how today
If you or your kids enjoy dressing up, then why not dress-up as one of your favourite animals? There are a huge range of animal costumes available online, so dress-up as a cat, lion, bear, giraffe or hippo for that special Fancy Dress Party!
Snowsuits are the very best thing to keep your baby or toddler warm and cosy this winter. It is very important to keep your baby warm in the winter, so find out what to look for in an infant snowsuit
Need a great dress up costume? Then what about Disney fancy dress with Peter Pan, Tinkerbell and Captain Hook costumes to wear to a special fancy dress party?
Do you eat cherries or drink tart cherry juice? Research has shown that drinking it can help to protect you from developing serious health conditions, so why does it offer so many health benefits?
Apple Cider Vinegar is a very affordable and amazing natural remedy. Cider vinegar can help with a wide range of ailments and conditions and is easy to drink. Find out more about the health benefits of organic apple cider vinegar
Opals are famed for bringing both good and bad luck, but are beautiful and unique gemstones. So found out more about the opal, how to choose one and how to find the perfect stone for you
Tyburn was a famous site for public executions in London for many centuries. Many criminals and traitors against were executed on Tyburn Tree and hanging days were huge public spectacles.
Have you ever considered using an underarm whitener? Many women are embarrassed by the dark patches of skin under their arms, so what are the best ways to lighten your armpits naturally?
Turquoise is a stunning greenish-blue gemstone, that looks amazing set in silver jewelry. But where does it come from and how long have we been wearing exquisite turquoise jewelry?
Teddy bears are favourite children's toys. But how long have these cute stuffed animals been around and where did they come from? Enjoy a short history of the teddy bears!
Gold is the elixir of life, so learn about colloidal gold which is a health supplement believed to help arthritis, increase IQ and also tackle depression and anxiety
Britain abounds with legends from its dark,pagan past. One such tale is of Herne the Hunter leading his ghostly Wild Hunt through Windsor Forest on stormy nights. Do you dare join them?
There are many bird superstitions and myths. Learn more about bird legends, including some of the myths surrounding pelicans, owls, ravens, magpies, and doves
Ice cream makers take all the hard work out of making delicious home made ice cream! Find out about the different types of ice cream maker and which would be the best model for your needs.
Diane de Poitiers was the famous royal mistress of King Henri II of France, known for drinking a gold elixir to stay young and beautiful. She also plotted to keep his wife, Catherine de Medici, ruthlessly in the background. So find out more about the fascinating Diane de Poitiers
Summer Solstice occurs when the Sun is at its highest in the sky and the hours of daylight are longest. So how did our Celtic ancestors celebrate Midsummer and what customs have survived to this day?
Topiary is the ancient art of sculpting hedges and shrubs into the shapes of people, animals, balls and spirals. Learn about the history of topiary and how you can create topiary hedge sculptures.
What are the possible risks of using beauty products that contain parabens? So what are they and what are the health benefits of using only paraben free makeup and skin products?
Jane Shore was born to a respectable, prosperous family during the War of the Roses, but she was to become notorious as Yorkist King Edward IV's mistress. So find out more about her amazing life
Do you suffer from corns or foot calluses? We expect our feet to put in a lot of hard work every day walking and standing, so surely they deserve the very best care and attention?
The Tower of London has a sinister reputation, so it is not surprising there are so many tales of ghosts and hauntings. Learn more about these historic phantoms - if you dare!
How many famous executions took place in the Tower of London? From medieval times onward many noble and even royal prisoners were executed for treason, many of them beheaded on Tower Green.
Wrap yourself in angelic protection with a great angel charm or heavenly wings jewellery. Choose your own special guardian to wear every day and keep you safe and sound
A heart locket is a perfect love gift. Hearts are the symbol of love, so these necklaces makes the perfect romantic present, especially if they contain a gorgeous photo of you or your loved one.
Pharaoh Djoser is famous for having built the Step Pyramid at Saqqara, which is the first large monument to be built entirely of stone and the first pyramid built for a pharaoh of Ancient Egypt.
Turkish Delight is a delicious sweet of jelly-like consistency. Originating in Turkey, Turkish Delight has been around for hundreds of years and its popularity of has spread worldwide.
Whitby is an old town in Yorkshire, that is steeped with history. Whitby is also very haunted and boasts many stories of ghosts, apparitions and hell hounds. So come ghost hunting in Whitby?
So what are the mysterious Min Min Lights that hover in the nights skies of Outback Australia? A natural phenomenon that can be explained by science? Or are they UFOs, ghost lights or portents?
Intricately carved cameos have been produced since ancient times. Cameos are carvings of images in relief against a contrasting background. Read on for the history of cameos and buying cameo jewelry online.
Do you love dressing as a vampire? The days get shorter,mist swirls through the street, Halloween is getting close. So find out what you need to dress up as a vampire for your fancy dress party
Are you an admirer of Egyptian jewelry? Well if you love Egyptian jewelry, the ankh is the Ancient Egyptian symbol of life, so look online today for your favourite piece of Egyptian ankh jewelry!
Dolls have been around since prehistoric times and ancient dolls have been found in tombs in Egypt, Babylonia, Greece and Rome. Follow the history of dolls from wooden dolls of the 16th century, to wax dolls, porcelain dolls and the plastic dolls of today.
Invasive plant species have been introduced into the United Kingdom in various ways and they can have a devastating effect on native plant and animal species. So wnat are these invasive plant species and what effects are they having on the environment in Great Britain.
Queen Ahmose Nefertari was a powerful queen in Ancient Egypt and could be viewed as the mother of the 18th dynasty. Find out more about Ahmose Nefertari and her life in Ancient Egypt.
Do you use a night cream? Using a good moisturizer keeps my skin feeling much more hydrated, smoother, and looking better. Read on to find out about night creams and what they can do for your skin
There used to be many myths and beliefs surrounding mirrors and your reflection. So find out about some of the ancient superstitions and the history of mirrors.
How do you choose the perfect ruby? Rubies are beautiful red precious stones, which looking stunning set in gold. So discover how to pick a quality ruby now
How is New Year celebrated in Great Britain? Many New Years Eve traditions date from pagan times and Hogmanay in Scotland is the biggest revelry in the UK
Are you looking for a new bathrobe for yourself or as a gift? Well there is a huge selection of dressing gowns to choose from, so how do you decide from towelling, waffle, or chenille?
The history of British pub signs is a long and fascinating one. A trip around the pubs of England takes you on a journey through myth, legend, heraldry, sport, religion, transport, famous people and so much more.
London is a wonderful city to visit, but the weather in the UK can be unpredictable. So what can you do on your holiday in London if it rains? Come and take a tour around one small area—Westminster and County Hall—and see what London attractions you can enjoy.
Florida is experiencing a population explosion of very large Burmese pythons. These giant snakes can make a snack of an alligator and are threatening the fragile eco-system of the Everglades.
Did you know that Siberian chipmunks are living and breeding in the wild in France and Belgium? So what can be done about this invasive species and the damage they cause?
Want to visit the South Island of New Zealand in the winter? Well there are many places you can visit and many activities to enjoy. Choose from whale watching, skiing, snowboarding, kayaking, white water rafting, bungy jumping and many more!
The Elizabethan mystery of the death of Amy Robsart remains unsolved . Was she murdered to further her husband Robert Dudley's ambitions to marry Queen Elizabeth I or did she commit suicide?
Cracked heels, or heel fissures, is an unsightly and frequently painful condition. So what causes cracked heels and how to you get your feet looking and feeling good again!
How does a solar charger work and where would you use one? So find out how you can harness the power of the sun so you can use sunlight to charge all of your gadgets and electronic devices.
So you are in a country called New Zealand that has wonderful beaches and stunning scenery. But what can you do on NZ's North Island in the winter when it is cold and maybe the sun isn't shining?
Introduced species are a major menace to fragile ecosystems and native species. In Australia, feral animals are a particular problem leading to the destruction of habitat and native animals.
Queen Nefertari - 'she for whom the sun doth shine' - was the Great Royal Wife of the legendary Pharaoh Ramesses II his one true love or a match made for political and dynastic reasons?
The fate of the Princes in the Tower fascinates us. But who gain most from their disappearance? Their uncle Richard III, vilified by the Tudors and William Shakespeare? Or was it Henry Tudor?