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  • Constellation Plate and the Music of the Spheres May 26, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern

    Here is a curiosity: a plate that plays magical music to your sleeping ear. The passage comes from the writing of John Beaumont (obit 1731) a geologist and reluctant British mystic who sometimes saw ‘spirits’. In one of his works (Account, 188) Beaumont claims:

    I may here note, That some Persons have told my self, that they have seen a constellated Plate here in London, made of such Electrum, which if put under a Man’s Pillow at Night, will make him hear Heavenly Music.

    Well, the general sense is clear, but at least for Beach some of the individual words are a struggle: the following is based on a half hour in dictionaries. ‘Constellated’ means in its first and magical sense something made under a given constellation: i.e. created with astrological considerations in mind. Or it can mean something decorated to look like a constellation. Presumably the first here. Electrum was a magical metal described thus by Parcelsus: ‘it is made up of a blend of a seven separate metals [seven planets presumably] and drives away evil spirits’. We are not talking about Electrum, then, as understood today. The next question is where can we get an electrum plate to listen to the music of the spheres? Here unfortunately John Beaumont is not forthcoming. If any readers can help with this or any similar magical devices: drbeachcombing At yahoo DOT com

    History Roundup 842: War May 26, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 842: War

    Today’s links follow 1) Curious George and the Nazis: US 2) Horrors of Revolution: France 3) 5 Naval Battles Changed History: 7 Seas 4) Nazi Enclave: US 5) Blood and Bullet: US and from the archives 6) Dual death of Harold II Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: 3 […]

    History Roundup 841: Lies and Legends May 25, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 841: Lies and Legends

    Today’s links follow 1) Rumour Clinics: US 2) Hitler Fake Baby Photo: Dark Room 3) Tear Bottle: England 4) Listening to the Dead: US 5) Frankenstein: all over! and from the archives 6) Atlantis in the East Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Former CIA, Media and Crime Victims

    Daily History Picture: Who Would Win? May 25, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Who Would Win?

    History Roundup 840: Vandalism and Extinction May 24, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 840: Vandalism and Extinction

    Today’s links follow 1) Roman Arch and Truck: UK 2) Bio-Security Destroy 19C Relics: Australia 3) Vanished Smells: the lab 4) Hill Fort Vandalised: UK 5) Dinosaur Minutes Away from Avoiding Extinction: Prehistory and from the archives 6) Hitlerian Invisible Library Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Weird Nostalgia

    Review: Meredith Kercher, Amanda Knox and Murder in Perugia May 24, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Review: Meredith Kercher, Amanda Knox and Murder in Perugia

    Nina Burleigh, The Fatal Gift of Beauty In 2007 a young British student Meredith Kercher was murdered in her flat in Perugia, Italy: she had possibly been raped before her death. The crime was a horrible one, but the victim was all too often forgotten in the events that followed. The prosecutors in Perugia decided […]

    Daily History Picture: Welsh Peasants May 24, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Welsh Peasants

    History Roundup 839: Weird Customs Past May 23, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 839: Weird Customs Past

    Today’s links follow 1) Electric Gardens Past: UK 2) Meteorite Beads: the market place 3) Nude Races: England (our take) 4) Random Deaths: Middle Ages 5) Sacrificial Architecture: Korea and from the archives 6) Mongol Elephants in America Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Satie, Gnos 3

    Daily History Picture: Weapon Factory May 23, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Weapon Factory

    Woolwich UK 1917

    Freedom in the Classroom: An Outdated Concept? May 23, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite
    Freedom in the Classroom: An Outdated Concept?

    It is absolutely unsurprising that there is a strong liberal bias in university classrooms, particularly in the social sciences and to a slightly lesser extent in the humanities: and that this is true throughout the Anglo-Saxon and, indeed, the western world. It has been estimated, for example, that only one in forty sociologists in the […]

    History Roundup 838: Supernatural May 22, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 838: Supernatural

    Today’s links follow 1) Hill of Dwarves: India 2) Devil: Symphony 3) Fairy in a Box: UK 4) Well Beast: US [unusual?] 5) Pub Ghost: Staffs, UK and from the archives 6) Bat Men and Moon Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Graphology is nonsense, Crime and the Media […]

    Daily History Picture: Smoking Car May 22, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Smoking Car

    1920s?

    Lincoln’s Assassination Advertised? May 22, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Lincoln's Assassination Advertised?

    A busy day in paradise today. Exams. However, Beach ran, a few months ago across this story and wondered whether this was just journalistic bluff, sheer coincidence (very possibly) or a little bit of Civil War history that had been lost. The Evening Bulletin of San Francisco, dated February 24, 1885, is said to have […]

    History Roundup 837: Myths, Lies, Stories… May 19, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 837: Myths, Lies, Stories...

    Today’s links follow 1) Caligula’s Horse: Italy 2) Volcano Memory: Australia 3) Dracula Problem: Romania 4) Arthur and Film History: Cinema 5) The Cross: Art, mainly and from the archives 6) Oft Hung John Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Korea Reuniting (good luck with that)

    Urban Legend: the Magic Letter May 19, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Urban Legend: the Magic Letter

    In the last months Beach has put up a number of posts on possible nineteenth-century urban legends: as they are reported as facts though and as the nineteenth-century was a foreign country (‘they did things differently there’) it is difficult, perhaps impossible with any certainty to distinguish the legendary from the simply bizarre. This is […]

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