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  • History Roundup 211 including First Afro-American Film September 23, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups

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    Today’s post is medical poison duel and today’s links follow.

    1) H.G. Wells Tribute: UK

    2) Butterflies of Doom: US

    3) 4 Amazing Industrial Restorations: UK

    4) First Century Female Revolutionaries: Vietnam

    5) Destruction of Patrimony: Syria

    6) First Afro-American Film: US

    7) Gruesome Somme Reconstruction: BBC

    8) Strange YoYo Libel: US

    and from the archives

    9) Last Words of the Condemned

    Other links: new Chinese fungi, and netflix piracy myth.

    Daily History Picture: Pampered in the Middle Ages September 23, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    Daily History Picture: Pampered in the Middle Ages

    A masseuse, a garland lady, a wine carrier and a bellow lady. It doesn’t get better than this…

    The Poison Duel 4#: The Medical Origins of the Poison Duel? September 23, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval, Modern
    The Poison Duel 4#: The Medical Origins of the Poison Duel?

    The earliest nineteenth-century poison duel seems to have been that almost fought in 1821 in Virginia. However, there are pre-nineteenth-century records and strangely they concern doctors. The earliest record anywhere that Beach has been able to dig up was an alleged reference in the Iranian poet Nizami (obit 1209). Nizami in one poem (Treasury of […]

    History Roundup 210 including Spy Silence Test September 22, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 210 including Spy Silence Test

    Today’s links follow. 1) Mesoamerican Book Returns Home: Mexico 2) Covent Fire Garden 1808: UK 3) Spy Silence Test: UK 4) Fighting Underground at Gallipoli: Turkey 5) Georgian Nursery Furnishing: England 6) Milky Alcohol: MesoAmerica 7) Wizard War: Algeria 8) Eloped with Ghost: England (of course) 9) Weird Ronald Reagan Photo: and some absolutely pointless […]

    Daily History Picture: Come On, Shoot Me! September 22, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    Daily History Picture: Come On, Shoot Me!

    Testing Murphy’s bullet proof vest, 1923: this is a black and white picture that has been coloured

    Modern Magic in Afghanistan: Omar and the Prophet’s Cloak September 22, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Modern Magic in Afghanistan: Omar and the Prophet's Cloak

    Acts of magic are rare in the modern world. But every so often things happen that individuals and more importantly crowds interpret in this light. 4 April 1996, Mullah Omar, the one-eyed Taliban leader, appeared in central Kandhar in front of a crowd of over a thousand devout muslims. Omar was about to undertake an […]

    History Roundup 209 including Slave Cemetery and Roman Jokes September 21, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 209 including Slave Cemetery and Roman Jokes

    Today’s links follow. 1) Slave Cemetery: Nashville 2) How Funny Are Ancient Jokes: Romans 3) Roman Period Village: Carpathians…. 4) Neolithic Child Workers: Britain 5) Holocaust Archaeology: Poland 6) I am the Death Angel: US 7) Rag Bag: UK (found this one fascinating) 8) Beautiful Roman Cockerel: Circencester and from the archives 9) Converting Martians […]

    Last of the British? September 21, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite
    Last of the British?

    There are sixty million Britons, yet if you go house to house through England, Wales, Scotland and the six counties you will find that relatively few people actually define themselves in this way. If a family from Glasgow, Cardiff or Sheffield turn up in a French hotel they will probably write (under nationality) respectively: ‘Scottish’, […]

    History Roundup 208 including Devil in a Diving Suit September 20, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 208 including Devil in a Diving Suit

    Today’s post is on baby trouble and today’s links follow. 1) Ancient Hair Extensions: Egypt 2) Golding and the Archive: Exeter 3) Union Vote Poem: Britain 4) Pharaohs Out East: Jordan 5) The Devil in a Diving Suit: US 6) Neolithic Swimming Bath? Ireland 7) Easy Rider Bike for Sale: US 8) WW1 Machine Gun Turns […]

    Daily History Picture: Charlie Chaplin Meets Ghandi September 20, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Charlie Chaplin Meets Ghandi

    A meeting between two comic geniuses? Ghandi and Charlie Chaplin

    D’Annunzio as Father: the Ballroom Babies September 20, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    D'Annunzio as Father: the Ballroom Babies

    Motherhood comes naturally, says the sage, fatherhood, instead, must be learnt. That is certainly the experience of the present blogger with two young daughters (soon to be, God willing, three) and he was amused to come across this dream in the works of Gabriele D’Annunzio, Italian genius and cad, one of the most self referential […]

    Daily History Picture: First British Mermaid? September 19, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: First British Mermaid?

    Coventina was a Romano-British goddess or undine associated with a well in the north of England.

    The Poison Duel 3#: Poison at Dawn in Virginia September 19, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Poison Duel 3#: Poison at Dawn in Virginia

    Throughout the poison duels series Beach has noted their essential lack of veracity: that is most seem to be made up or at least there is no respectable proof that they took place. Here, however, is one case that seems quite reliable. There was not, admittedly, a poison duel: but someone suggested such a duel […]

    History Roundup 207 including Taking Off the Iron Mask September 18, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 207 including Taking Off the Iron Mask

    Today’s links follow. 1) The Iron Mask Solved? France 2) Deadly Double Dice: US 3) Mughal Spheres: India 4) 8 Reasons Not to Get Married: 19 cent 5) Taking Down the New Ripper: UK 6) Neolithic Baby Cemetery: Egypt 7) Nalanda is Back: India 8) Men they couldn’t hang: and Strange History Take and from […]

    Daily History Picture: Tricking Medieval Tiger September 18, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Tricking Medieval Tiger

    Knight gives tiger mirror while stealing cub: early thirteenth century, Bestiary of the Second Family.

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