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  • Beachcombed 52 October 1, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups

    pregnant woman sunbathing at a Caribbean beach

    Dear Reader, Sun still shining in Italy and Mrs B with six more weeks till baby touchdown. Some tension here not least because she has opted for a home birth… den! den! den! doooorn! Huge thanks to those who sent in emails below and also to Borky, Invisible, Chris S, Ricardo, Wade and Amanda for sending in links. Well done finally to Peter G for winning the index biography.

    Have a great October while the weak northern sun lasts.

    B

    A Westerner in Early Medieval China: ANL points to earlier silk contact up the Danube…

    Astarte’s Pierced Nipples: Louis manages, against all the odds, to bring garden gnomes into it.

    Capital Punishments and Prehistoric Barrows: Bruce on his executioner relative…

    Did a Minnesota Bear Almost Start WWIII: Marvin on missile types…

    Earliest Written Reference to Britannia: Lehmansterms has some thought on Roman coins.

    Exclaves: NH with two crackers!

    Family and the Durability of Memory: Skuntz on some long family memories for one of my favourite posts…

    ISIS Cobblers: Ricardo reports on the delusional Islamists taking over Iberia now…

    Killer Sheep: Probably puerile but for me the email of the month was Bob’s long list of sheep killers. So many…

    Last Human Sacrifice: Bruce on some Gothic connections…

    Last of the British: ECorcoran on Spengler at the Asian Times

    Late Witch Attack: Chris from Haunted Ohio Books with some brilliant late witch stories from the US

    Modern Magic in Afghanistan: Invisible with two beautiful examples of medieval photography…

    Mysterious Boggart Body Found in Manchester: Invisible and Borky with very different explanations…

    Osama Bin Laden in the White House: LTM might have found another Bin Laden

    Poison Duel 1: Andy the Mad Monk and Tacitus both remember a popular film…

    Poison Dominoes: Filip with a breakthrough, proof of a duel finally!

    Preferring Hell to Heaven: SMeyers juggles Columbus and Billy Joel

    Stalin Meets China: Mike Dash with some brilliant Chinese-Russian fencing in future visits.

    Swallowed by a Whale: Louis with some thoughts on pressure.

    The Mystery of Hadrian’s Wall: AnonAnon agrees with the Count

    Watch Out for the Fairies Among Us: Bast on a film I’d overlooked.

    Daily History Picture: Black Power! October 1, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Black Power!

    In 1968 at the Olympics

    History Roundup 217 including House of the Rising Sun September 30, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 217 including House of the Rising Sun

    Today’s  links follow. 1) Stories and Fires: Prehistory 2) Junior Psychopath or Polt: Cornwall 3) House of the Rising Sun: US 4) Putting Animals on Trial: Europe 5) The Twentieth Centuries Most Powerful Idea: self determination and devolution 6) Plundering Brits in WW1: Greece 7) Lost City Found: Cambodia 8) Rich Cremations: Poland and from the […]

    Daily History Picture: Massacre on the Day of Bartholomew September 30, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Massacre on the Day of Bartholomew

    Massacre in Paris of Protestants, 1572.

    Index Biography #11 September 30, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Index Biography #11

    *** Peter G wins this. The wife with same name gave away… For answer spool down*** 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 […]

    History Roundup 216 including Arm Wrestling History September 29, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 216 including Arm Wrestling History

    Today’s links follow. 1) Bringing Mithras Back: London 2) Clever Museum Video: Hamilton 3) Marriage Bust Ups in the 1800s: UK 4) The Most Famous Arm Wrestling Match in History: US 5) Amazing Gold from Stonehenge: UK 6) Potty Training Through Time: the west 7) Into the Trenches in Red and Green: WW1 8) Digging Up […]

    Daily History Picture: Fat and Slim September 29, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Fat and Slim

    A photograph from the 1890s showing a side-show couple: fat boy and slim boy boxing.

    The First Funeral Wreath, c. 60,000 B.C.? September 29, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Prehistoric
    The First Funeral Wreath, c. 60,000 B.C.?

    Archaeology is an extremely vague art and the greatest danger its practitioners face is the temptation of joining chance findings together to create imaginary narratives. Take the first flower funeral in history. In 1960 Ralph Solecki, a US archaeologist, excavated a Neanderthal grave in Iraq in the famous Shanidar Cave: one of several Neanderthal graves […]

    History Roundup 215 including Modern Midwest Witchcraft September 28, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 215 including Modern Midwest Witchcraft

    Today’s post is on the bear that almost started a nuclear war and today’s links follow. 1) Nail Polish History: France et alia 2) Uncolonised Map: Africa (fascinating) 3) Modern Witchcraft: midwest US 4) More on Amazon Names: Scythian? 5) Golfing Ghost: Scotland 6) The Sex Doll: US and Europe 7) Fossil Faeces: South America 8) Vaporising […]

    Did a Minnesota Bear Almost Cause World War III? September 28, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Uncategorized
    Did a Minnesota Bear Almost Cause World War III?

    The story is often told because it is a thrilling and terrifying one. In the midst of the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962 a bear triggered an alarm at a US base leading personnel to believe that their airfield was under attack by Soviet saboteurs. US nuclear bombers on the airfield were scrambled and were […]

    Daily History Picture: Blitzed Books September 27, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Blitzed Books

    A bookshop hit by German bombs, Britain, 1940.

    The Poison Duel 5#: Poison Dominoes in Poland September 27, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Poison Duel 5#: Poison Dominoes in Poland

    The poison duel is dramatic enough: two men with two glasses before them, one poison, one not. Both swig at the same time. But just imagine now, instead, that you add dominoes into the mix. Yes, dominoes… Perhaps only death by lawn bowling or tiddlewinks could be more exciting. This story dates to 1882 when […]

    History Roundup 214 including the Last of the Mitfords September 26, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 214 including the Last of the Mitfords

    Today’s post is on change and humanity and today’s links follow. 1) Last of the Mitfords: UK (sister of one of the few women to sleep with Hitler) 2) New Geoglyphs: Kazakhstan 3) Amazon Names on Vase Amidst Nonsense: Greece 4) Nazi Counterfeiters: US and Germany 5) Augustus’ Rooms! Italy 6) Problems of Archaeology in […]

    Daily History Picture: Medieval Circumcision September 26, 2014

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

    The earliest European picture of cirumcision? Oh for anaesthetic or laughing gas.

    Human Knowledge of Change September 26, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Contemporary, Medieval, Modern, Prehistoric
    Human Knowledge of Change

    Humanity began its long escape from the seasons about 10000 years ago when the Neolithic Revolution saw a nomadic primate named homo sapiens start to settle, grow plants, drink beer and domesticate animals. Though some of our cousins in the Amazon rainforest and the Pacific still keep up an essentially natural animal existence, most of […]

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