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  • History Roundup 181 including Oldest Baby Rattle August 20, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups

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    Today’s post is on zwanzes and today’s links follow.

    1) Eighteenth-century love phrases: ‘you, sir, do me an injustice’

    2) Oldest Baby Rattle: dug up

    3) Analysing Ore: weird 18 cent machine

    4) 200 Year Old Booze: The Baltic, historic wine cellar of the world

    5) Cordon Sanitaire in China Town: went badly wrong

    6) WW1 Art: from US (striking)

    7) Cocaine Fiends of the Gilded Age: Bowery Boys

    8) Missing Plaques in Italian Prisoner Chapel: Orkney

    9) More Evidence of Kourion Earthquake: Cyprus

    and from the archives

    9) Moor Pirates in Iceland

    Other links: why do middle aged women cheat, and UFO cult and new documentary.

     

    Zwanze in Wartime Brussels August 20, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Zwanze in Wartime Brussels

    Regular readers will remember previous posts in the jokes and practical jokes series: world war jokes, treasure hunting jokes, Derren Brown and spiders, the poor wife hunter and the classic of all classics, Brunelleschi’s cruelest scherzo, which sent a Florentine scurrying to the backwoods of Hungary. Today, we offer up a modest WW1 story from occupied […]

    History Roundup 180 including Historical GIFs August 19, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 180 including Historical GIFs

    Today’s post is on the ‘the poor little cripple‘, today’s links follow. 1) Lies in Pakistani Textbooks: go carefully… 2) Magic and the Fuhrer: actually a short story but cute 3) Historical GIFs: not sure about these! 4) The Angel of Badassery: Nellie Cashman 5) Visualising BIG History: graphics 6) Richard III a Drunk: 3 […]

    In Search of Enys Tregarthen: ‘The Little Cripple’ August 19, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    In Search of Enys Tregarthen: 'The Little Cripple'

    Imagine being born, in the winter of 1850, while your father is away at sea. You find yourself in a vulnerable but aspirational household, perhaps the worst nineteenth-century social gradient of them all in Britain. As you slowly emerge into consciousness you start to understand that your father, a seaman, is rarely present and by the time […]

    History Roundup 179 including Medieval Life Meets Medieval Death August 18, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 179 including Medieval Life Meets Medieval Death

    Today’s post is on last shot at Waterloo, the links follow. 1) WW1 Impact in UK: Aerial photos 2) Life Meet Death: medieval illustrations 3) Evidence Mummy Making: Oldest? 4) Lauren Bacall: RIP 5) Her Vagrant Majesty: gypsy royalty 6) Regency Steam Yacht: wow 7) Should Ireland Celebrate Home Rule: no/maybe? 8) Charles XI of […]

    The Last Shot at Waterloo August 18, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Last Shot at Waterloo

    Tomorrow Beach has an appointment to go through a Welsh text for six long hours, translating and puzzling. Today he thought he would post, then, this cute story from the early nineteenth century with a Welsh connection in partial celebration. It will be remembered that the Welsh had a long history of doing good service […]

    History Roundup 178 including Why Holes Matter August 17, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 178 including Why Holes Matter

    Today’s post on a mysterious poem and its even more mysterious author and links follow. 1) Pisces III: just twelves minutes of oxygen left 2) Seeing Fairies: review 3) Earliest Mobile Phone, 1946? video 4) Holes We Leave: Will they last 5) Saving the Klan: 1996 mob violence 6) End of Berlin Amusement Park: bizarre […]

    Searching for the Author of ‘Do Not Stand at My Grave’ August 17, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Searching for the Author of 'Do Not Stand at My Grave'

    ‘Do not stand at my grave and weep’ is one of the most quoted twentieth-century poems in English. It is not Auden or Elliot or Ted Hughes or Geoffrey Hill. It is what Orwell called ‘good bad poety’: and Beach says this without any sense of judgement having listened obsessively to Abba all week. What […]

    History Roundup 177 including Pre Clovis Emotion and Wax Meal August 16, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 177 including Pre Clovis Emotion and Wax Meal

    Today’s post is on chronic conditions and today’s links follow. 1) Deacon’s Last Meal: all in wax 2) Pre-Clovis Emotion: from the sea floor 3) Greek Coins Go Home: US 4) The Darien Gap: forgotten central America and a Scottish colony 5) Tombstone Censor: what a job 6) Fulham Palace: a bit of class 7) Gangs […]

    Dealing with Chronic Conditions August 16, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite

    It’s high summer and while everyone is away at the sea I thought that I would sneak out this essay: a non-history post on what is typically a history blog. Background: I suffer from a sometimes debilitating chronic condition that has been, to one degree or another, in my life for about twenty years. What […]

    History Roundup 176 including the Welsh Mummy (and Stocking) August 15, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 176 including the Welsh Mummy (and Stocking)

    Today’s post is on papists and ovian firebombs and today’s links follow. 1) Welsh Mummy: brilliant murder story 2) 18 Cent Sculptureof Jesus: real human teeth(why?!) 3) The Massacre of Ramree Island: crocodiles ate a platoon? 4) Orwell’s Indian Home: and now a museum 5) 6500 Year Old Corpse: forgotten in basement for a century 6) […]

    Catholics, Dead Sheep and Fire Balls in Early Modern England August 15, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Catholics, Dead Sheep and Fire Balls in Early Modern England

    In 1531 Henry VIII began divorce proceedings with Roman Catholic Church and Latin Europe, the so-called English Reformation: all of modern English history pivots on that date, much as medieval English history pivots on 1066. The betrayal of English Catholicism was a brutal process in which some of the best Britons suffered intoleraby. But if […]

    History Roundup 175 including Ships Logs and Climate Change August 14, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 175 including Ships Logs and Climate Change

    Today’s post is on Chinese automata in antiquity and today’s links follow. 1) The Zonians! A forgotten US community in central America 2) Sunday Stroll: family holidays are hell and this picture shows it 3) First American Fighters in WW1: did the enemies sometimes travel together? 4) New Nazca Lines: thanks to high winds 5) […]

    Ancient Chinese Automata August 14, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
    Ancient Chinese Automata

    There are a series of early texts that describe automata, small mechanical toys that allegedly operated in antiquity and that carried out wonders. The most famous is perhaps Archytas of Tarentum’s work with mechanical birds (another post another day). He is said to have created, credibly enough, a mechanical pigeon in the fifth century B.C., […]

    History Roundup 174 including Wasp Waists and Early Asprin August 13, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 174 including Wasp Waists and Early Asprin

    Today’s post is on fairies among us and today’s links follow. 1) The First Chianti: pip 2) WW1 Medal Returns to Son: lost in a shed 3) Emerald Tablet Myths: and a modern ‘reconstruction’ 4) In Search of the Sea People: again… 5) Asprin in Pre Colulmbian America? Colorado 6) Wasp Waists: scary 7) Alexander […]

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