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  • Daily History Picture: Civil War Skulls September 29, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures

    skulls at the battle of the wilderness

    Sometime after the Battle of the Wilderness…

    Pook’s Hill and Kipling September 29, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Pook's Hill and Kipling

    There are two versions of the history of Pook’s Hill: the official version; and the official-official version. First, the official version. Kipling wrote in the Edwardian period a book for his children about English history: Puck of Pook’s Hill, published in 1906. A fairy, Puck, introduces Kipling’s two children to the marvelous wonders of the […]

    History Roundup 701 including Fairy Blasts September 28, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 701 including Fairy Blasts

    Today’s links follow 1) Michaelangelo’s hidden pictures: Florence 2) Joe Reap: US 3) Fairy Blast: Ireland etc 4) Soviets Map US: Washington 5) Coloured Statues: Greece and from the archives 6) Sunk three times in an hour Other links: interesting British illegal killings in the six counties strangehistorylinksATgmailDOTcom for consideration of links

    Daily History Picture: Skating in Early 1800s September 28, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Skating in Early 1800s

    Love the ‘Dangerous’ and the little girl…

    The Unquiet Dead September 28, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite
    The Unquiet Dead

    The unquiet dead. One put his head on a railway line and was decapitated by an obliging train. One was stabbed between twenty and thirty times by her ex boyfriend. The third was drowned in a canoeing accident late one night. These three incidents are the closest that Beach has come to violent death. Happily […]

    History Roundup 700 including Atom Bombs and Fire Pillars September 27, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 700 including Atom Bombs and Fire Pillars

    Today’s links follow 1) Five Men Watch Exploding Atom Bomb: …. 2) Fire Pillar: Egypt 3) Bible from Plato! Ancient Med 4) Listen to Otzi: Alps 5) George Washington and the Donkey: US and from the archives 6) Roman adventures in Ethiopia Other links: Mumford and Sons, I’m on Fire strangehistorylinksATgmailDOTcom for consideration of links

    Daily History Picture: Knights of the Circumference September 27, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Knights of the Circumference

    Bit weak, but it appealed…

    A Goat, A Man and Two Prostitutes September 27, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    A Goat, A Man and Two Prostitutes

    Beach recently ran across this sordid but fascinating episode in Otis, Prostitution in Medieval Society (71). Those of a sensitive disposition might just want to go and do the washing up now. Those who are determined to read on prepare yourselves… Significant, too, is the Venetian court register that records, in the trial of a […]

    History Roundup 699 including Ancient Cats and Dogs September 26, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 699 including Ancient Cats and Dogs

    Today’s links follow 1) Ancient Dogs Hunters? Japan 2) World’s Most Ancient Population: Australia 3) Colourised Photos: US 4) Disabled Grave: US (reminded me of this) 5) Ancient Cat Journeys: all over… and from the archives 6) Written gibberish and magic Other links: ghost riders, something so fascinatingly kitsch about DO staring at Jacob strangehistorylinksATgmailDOTcom […]

    Daily History Picture: Siegfried Sassoon Autograph Copy September 26, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Siegfried Sassoon Autograph Copy

    ‘Good morning! Good morning’ the general said

    Alabama Treasure Ghosts September 26, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Alabama Treasure Ghosts

    Some enjoyable treasure ghosts from the deep south… Though  this tract is now largely cleared and settled, these  traditions and ghost stories are still told and  believed by the negroes, Creoles, and ignorant  whites, Poinquinette, an old Creole fisherman and  a repository of interesting lore, has related some  of his personal encounters with the Magazine […]

    New History Books: Seven Skeletons September 25, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: Seven Skeletons

    Lydia Pyne, Seven Skeletons  Looking forward to this one, too….

    Victorian Urban Legends: Sewer Snakes September 25, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Victorian Urban Legends: Sewer Snakes

    The search for the original sewer dwelling creature continues. The first reference to sewer snakes comes from a British newspaper in 1888. It is agreeable to recall that, not long ago, a huge boa-constrictor was discovered in a Vienna sewer, the serpent having evidently escaped from a menagerie, and either taken refuge there from cold, […]

    New History Books: London in Fragments September 24, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: London in Fragments

    Ted Sandling: London in Fragments Father Thames gives up his treasures…

    Snowball Atrocities #5: Urban Legends Snowballs September 24, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Snowball Atrocities #5: Urban Legends Snowballs

    Beach recently ran across this marvelous nonsense: Probably the most remarkable manner of extinguishing fire has occurred at Boswell, a mining town in Pa., America. Hundreds of men, women, boys, and girls saved the town from destruction by throwing snowballs. The town says (the veracious chronicler) has no fire department and water is scarce. The […]

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