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  • Beachcombed 53 November 1, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Beachcombed

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    Dear Reader, the Beachcombing family is now awaiting Emily with trepidation: Mrs B can, as of today, give birth to a non-premature baby and the midwifes are buzzing like flies around ripe stilton.

    Huge thanks to those who sent in emails below and also to Invisible, Chris S, Ricardo, Wade and Amanda for sending in links. For the first time in a year no one has won the index biography. I’ll give it another 48 hours then reward myself a book.

    BTW Beach stumbled upon this naughty link (the gods of copyright will be very angry if you open), but it is, well, simply incredible: enjoy…

    Have a great November and think of Mrs B in her birth pangs. Rather her than me.

    Beach

    Animal Poison Duels: James H reintroduces skill into the poison duel…

    Bathing Mystery at Lahinch: Vox Hiberionacum sees a saint, Tom circumcision and Southern Man looks at the demographics.

    Could Japan Have Thought On: Nathaniel and Gus on counter-factuals, sun gods and dads on boats with KMH on a decapitation theory.

    Crossing Poison Pills in Louisiana: Southern man sends in some extra stories…

    Drilling Out Demons: Chris from Haunted Ohio Books with some exceptional parallel cases of group madness

    Faking History on the Internet: Leif blames advertising…

    FoI and the Ark: KMH on the animals of the ark and global warming…

    Last of the British: Seb writes in with some thoughts about USSR turncoats

    M.R. James’ Invisible Library: Chris from Haunted Ohio Books fills in some blanks

    Manned Kite Flight in China: Esoterx with some supplementary Chinese flying

    Mystery of Hadrian’s Wall: ANL gets all Keynsian

    Neo-Pagan Partisans: An amazing description of modern pagan partisans from RD

    Oldest Flame: Ruththeunstoppablycurious sends in a link to a natural eternal flame

    Origins of the Two-Finger Salute: RR and Sweet Jane on mutations of the Agincourt legend

    Sham Virgins: KMH on miracles trumping miracles…

    Sink or Swim on the Rhine: American Indians doing a sink or swim on your settler baby thanks to JDB

    Speaking to Tens of Thousands: Mike Dash talking about the problem of speaking and tactics…

    Superman versus Hitler: ANL on the Jewish origins of superman

    Very Late Witch Case: Invisible and Femme Malheureuse looking at flowers and names and Norfolk Tours with a date

    Westerner in Early Medieval China: Hans and Ursula Sims-Williams making the westerner caucasian.

    Who Was the First Machine Gun Victim: Mike L with an amazing proto machine gun from the eighteenth century

    History Roundup 245 including 1822 Ghost Story October 31, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 245 including 1822 Ghost Story

    Today’s links follow. 1) The Bear Who Fought the Nazis: Poland 2) 1822 Ghost Story: UK 3) Notebook Found Under Ice: Arctic 4) Plaster Cast Moon Boot: Dallas 5) Saving Monet from Hitler: Germany 6) Forgetting WW1 Heroines: Britain 7) High Living Ice Agers: Peru 8) Travelling the Silk Road: Europe-Asia and from the archives […]

    Index Biography #12 October 31, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Index Biography #12

    The Index Biography is a new form of biography pioneered by this blog and introduced in a previous post. The creator must find a biography of a famous individual from history, they must turn to the index and write down eight peripheral facts about the individual’s life. We offered up previously here Sheridan le Fanu and Joseph […]

    Daily History Picture: Last Hitler Picture October 31, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Last Hitler Picture

    Smelling the Russian artillery… Goodbye to bad rubbish

    History Roundup 244 including Really Amelia? October 30, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 244 including Really Amelia?

    Today’s post is on first machine gun casualty and today’s links follow. 1) Dogs of War: Somme etc 2) Amelia Found: Pacific 3) Leonardo, Magic and Hitler: Turin 4) Nazis in the CIA: US 5) World’s First CD Rom: Crete 6) Stolen Bodies: the graveyard 7) Witches through the Ages: Africa 8) Napoleonic Memories: France (amazing […]

    Daily History Picture: French Medal Giving October 30, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: French Medal Giving

    Jauffre getting all kissy in WW1

    Who Was the First Victim of a Machine Gun? October 30, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Who Was the First Victim of a Machine Gun?

    The machine gun was one of the most vicious military innovations of the late nineteenth century; and in the twentieth century, it slaughtered more individuals than the motor car, Ebola and ISIS put together. However, who had the honour of being first penetrated and killed by a machine gun bullet? The answer depends, of course, on […]

    History Roundup 243 including Earliest Stonehenge Reference October 29, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Uncategorized
    History Roundup 243 including Earliest Stonehenge Reference

    Today’s post is on non-saluting German and today’s links follow. 1) Earliest Stonehenge Reference: England (convincing!!!!) 2) Musical Ex-slave Review: Novel warning 3) Radioactive Coyotes: US 4) Holy Mowers: Devon 5) Mike Tyson, History Buff: wth! 6) Voyaging in Strange Seas: Review (promising?) 7) Oxford Traditions: hiss, boo… 8) Women’s Clothes Sizes: US and from […]

    Daily History Picture: Surviving the Blitz October 29, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Surviving the Blitz

    Baby and baby probably in 1940/1941

    The Poison Duel 11#: Poison Duels in Plays and Conclusion October 29, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    The Poison Duel 11#: Poison Duels in Plays and Conclusion

    Woe, the poison duel series is over, at least till someone else finds some new evidence. Here though are two bits of supplementary evidence, poison duels in plays. This slightly bitchy review appeared in 1835. Another new burletta, entitled An Affair of Honour, was also produced during the week at this theatre. The main interest […]

    History Roundup 242 including Butcher’s Secret Language October 28, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Uncategorized
    History Roundup 242 including Butcher's Secret Language

    Today’s links follow. 1) Henry VIII’s Cap on Maintenance: Ireland 2) Butcher’s Secret Language: Australia 3) Dinner with Michael Scott: Esoterx 4) Doctor’s Ghost Story: Derbyshire 5) Violent Trans ‘Husband’: Britain 6) Testicle Transplant: from a few years ago but interesting… 7) Turin Shroud for Easter: Italy 8) Gum Disease Past and Present: Britain and […]

    Daily History Picture: Sermon on the Mount October 28, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Sermon on the Mount

      Sublime beato Angelico at San Marco, note poor Judas…

    Churchill Urinating in Germany October 28, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Churchill Urinating in Germany

    An unseemly story as the title suggests. 24 March 1945, Churchill visited the first occupied areas in Germany and more particularly the famous Siegfried Line. He was travelling with several British dignitaries including Montgomery and Brooke. An American, Lieutenant General William Hood Simpson asked Churchill, some miles prior to Germany’s last line of defence, whether […]

    History Roundup 241 including Homer’s Flames October 27, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 241 including Homer's Flames

    Today’s post is on non-saluting German and today’s links follow. 1) The Flames that inspired Homer? Turkey 2) MI5 Foiled Nazis: Britain 3) Columbus, a Flawed Hero: Spain and the Americas (love the lead picture!) 4) First Space Walk: Outer Space 5) How Africa Should Look Today: Mapland 6) Robert Louis Stevenson Unplugged: Scotland 7) […]

    Daily History Picture: Samurai Bow Training October 27, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Samurai Bow Training

      Late nineteenth century samurai training.

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