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  • History Roundup 589 including Creepy Georgian Cats February 12, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups

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    Today’s links follow.
    1) Spectral Bird: Middlesex

    2) Havana Clean Up: Cuba

    3) Kidnapped Body: US

    4) Creepy Georgian Cats: UK

    5) First Nation Clay Medicine: US

    6) Nazis Conquer America: Fantasy

    7) Black Death Hides: Europe

    and from the archives

    8) Into the Lion’s Mouth

    Other links: Enoch Powell, Desert Island Discs (particularly enjoyed the WW2 section)

    Last King Killing February 12, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Last King Killing

    Armchair anthropologists (such as this blogger) often thrill over the stories of mutilated and better still murdered kings and the rituals described by Frazer and his heirs in the tropics and reconstructed (ahem imagined) in European history. The king is the land, and as he becomes old and frail he must be sacrificed so life […]

    Daily History Picture: East German Sentries February 12, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: East German Sentries

    East German Troops

    History Roundup 588 including First British Curry February 11, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 588 including First British Curry

    Today’s links follow. 1) Prehistoric ‘Sorted’ Graves: Jordan 2) Stolen Grave Treasures: Italy 3) First British Curry? Kitchen 4) New Bosch Painting: Gallery 5) Advanced WW2 Fighter: Germany 6) Houdini and the Dead: Spirit World and from the archives 7) Silent Fairies Other links: Galician Murder (best read of the week) Sensational Alex Harvey Band, […]

    Daily History Picture: End of Prohibition February 11, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: End of Prohibition

    Those eyes…

    Bogey Lanterns February 11, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Bogey Lanterns

    The whole question of where pumpkin heads or Jack o’ Lanterns come from is fascinating. No one has been able to drag the date convincingly back beyond the nineteenth century and the point of origin is very generally: ‘Britain’ or ‘Ireland’ with constant references to ‘the Celtic areas’, with the implication that the tradition is […]

    History Roundup 587 including a British Dracula February 10, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 587 including a British Dracula

    Today’s links follow. 1) Dracula from Devon: Britain 2) Mystery Monster and the Civil War: the US 3) Strangely Brilliant Roman Fresco: London 4) Astronomical Clocks: All Over 5) Early Cats: China (the horror) 6) Hitler Tamed by Prison: Germany 7) Stone Throwing Spook: Britain and from the archives 8) The Most Defective Family: Ptolemaic Family […]

    Daily History Picture: Out Driving February 10, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Out Driving

    Edwardian pic?

    The Realm of the Assassins February 10, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    The Realm of the Assassins

    This particularly forgotten kingdom was to be found in a small area of medieval northern Syria near Antarados (marked on white on the map above). At its height it included ‘ten strong castles with the villages and environs’ and perhaps 60,000 citizens: its real centre was at Kadmous and Masyad. So what, thinks the reader, […]

    History Roundup 586 including Mammoth Meat Legend February 9, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 586 including Mammoth Meat Legend

    Today’s links follow. 1) Mammoth Meat not Served at Meal: New York 2) More on Bronze Age Pompeii: Britain [a wooden box with its contents preserved] 3) A Real Werewolf: Georgia 4) 800 Kids: Morocco 5) My Dad Was a Ghost: Bed 6) Trumpet DNA: the Sea 7) Strangely Local Sacrifice Victims: Mexico and from […]

    Daily History Picture: Indian Mother and Child February 9, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Indian Mother and Child

    Blackfoot mother and child, Alberta?

    Worst Career: the Knocker Up February 9, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    Worst Career: the Knocker Up

    He knocks at doors wheer new-born babs Hev kaled him throo t’ black heawrs o’ dark; He knocks wheer deoth stalks in an’ grabs, Or age hes thrown fooak eawt o’ wark. He knows heaw mony raps ‘ll rouse Young lusty Dick, or sleepy Nan. He knocks ’em eawt o’ t’ second snooze, ‘Rat-tat, rat-tat, […]

    History Roundup 585 including Dreamed London February 8, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 585 including Dreamed London

    Today’s links follow. 1) Michaelangelo’s Arthritic Hands: Italy 2) Stonehenge Gendered Burials: Britain 3) Street Life: London 4) Dreamed City: London 5) Victor Hugo’s Breakfast: France 6) More Trouble from the Vikings: the Hospital and from the archives 7) Bird-Shit Island Other links: Food Timeline, Children on Trial (well meaning BBC docu-drama, I loved it, […]

    Daily History Picture: BEF Greeted February 8, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: BEF Greeted

    Supposedly a British family greeting the troops out of Dunkirk

    The Gandhi-Hitler Letters February 8, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Gandhi-Hitler Letters

    Love or hate Gandhi, and God knows there are plenty of reasons for both, there is something remarkable about this abortive correspondence between he and Hitler (see below the post): ‘correspondence’ might not be the right word as Hitler never wrote back. The first letter dates to late July of 1939 when the world was […]

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