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  • Beachcombed 56 February 1, 2015

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    flu beach

    Dear Reader,

    Crappy January with a long and stubborn flu, made worse by the fact that it was necessary to work through it. But it seems now almost to be over… Thanks, as always, to the multiple linkers: Amanda, Chris, Chris S, Joan, Ricardo, Wade and others. I’ve put the very best contributions below to the posts from this month. Thanks for all emails too.

    Beach

    Benedict’s Pool: Ray G with another bad monk…

    Chime Hours: Chris from Haunted Ohio Books and Southern Man broaden the geographical and temporal range.

    Churchill in Antwerp: Leif explains why the newspaper described rather than printing the photograph (obvious but it escaped me…)

    Droit de Foreigner: Bruce T with a painful parallel story…

    Execution Story: Chris S writes in with a claim that Goya’s picture and the peace sign are linked…

    Green Children of Woolpit 3: Bruce T with reflections on blue people and RS on redheads, Tacitus on jaundice and anemia and Loes M and Frank on Tibetan tradition!

    Green Children of Woolpit 5: Invisible invokes Edam….

    Forgot the Damn Suicide Pills: LTM identifies Bruce

    Fourteen Thousand Year Old Legend from Australia: Mike Dash and

    Ghost Riot in 1880: Chris from Haunted Ohio Books writes in with a Holy Ghost Riot…

    Horror of Electric Lights: Invisible with a comic parallel

    IELTS for Mothertongues: an anonymous IELTS examiner writes in with explanations.

    Saved by Birds: Bob S writes in with birds as weather warning, every army should have one…

    Seven German Mistakes: Tacitus from Detritus adds several more, a couple with curious echoes of WW2 and KHM makes the point that the person who wins the last battle wins the war

    Struell Wells: Invisible on Victorian nude bathing and Vox Hib makes the case for Christian origins, Finbar meanwhile is sticking to his guns…

    Tamils in Sumatra: BT writes in with some background on Chola expansion. Lehmansterms notes a problem with the number of planets…

    Tenth-Century Arabs in Madagascar: Bruce T with some informations on Arabs on the Cape

    The Mystery of Ghost Riots: Chris from Haunted Ohio Books with a US parallel and KMH with a look at motive…

    The Mystery of the Fairy Battery: Mike Dash points to a fairy gun platform and Neil H dives into the reference works…

    Witchcraft and the Walking Toad: Our friends at Obscuragator write in connecting the toad to the frog bone ritual and Bob S and Liz add to the fun…

    Witches and Brambles: Neil H writes in with a very recent British case…

    History Roundup 315 including Tattooed Princess Revealed January 31, 2015

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    History Roundup 315 including Tattooed Princess Revealed

    Today’s links follow. 1) Climate Change and Oral Memory: Australia 2) St Kilda Diaries: Scotland 3) Grumpy Eleanor of Acquitaine: ! 4) SS Great Britain Grounded: Northern Ireland 5) Dandies on Ice: worth it for the picture 6) What Happened to Louis Le Prince: France 7) Princess Revealed: Siberia and from the archives 8) Irish […]

    The Index Biography #15: Prize = A Good Book January 31, 2015

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    The Index Biography #15: Prize = A Good Book

    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 […]

    History Roundup 314 including Mysterious Egyptian Tomb January 30, 2015

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    History Roundup 314 including Mysterious Egyptian Tomb

    Today’s links follow. 1) Mysterious Tomb: Egypt 2) Hunley Coming Home: US 3) Neolithic Dairies: Ireland 4) The Death of Community: US 5) Red Numbers: Rome 6) Pirate  Medicine: the bottom of the ocean 7) Cervantes Found: Spain and from the archives 8) Werewolf of Temesa Other links: Time Travelling and Lloyd Cole Why I […]

    Daily History Picture: Snail City January 30, 2015

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    Daily History Picture: Snail City

    I have no idea….

    Ghost at Lynton January 30, 2015

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    Ghost at Lynton

    Beach is a sucker for these ghost stories from the Victorian, the Edwardian and immediate post Edwardian period. This particular series of horrors relates to the Ewings who lived as tenants at St Vincent’s Cottage, Lynton, 1937, ‘where a large number of bones have been found’. Here is Mrs Ewing: From the very start of our […]

    History Roundup 313 including Divine Oral Sex January 29, 2015

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    History Roundup 313 including Divine Oral Sex

    Today’s links follow. 1) France and Islam: love and trouble 2) Fashion Through the Ages: beautiful late nineteenth-century French work 3) George Psalmanazar: Germany 4) Arbeit Macht Frei: Poland 5) Spiritualist Writing: US 6) Divine Oral Sex: world wide strange customs 7) Bizarre Anatomical Machines: Italy and from the archives 8) Werewolf Faith Other links: Finnish […]

    Naked Christianity January 29, 2015

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    Naked Christianity

    Beach recently shared the splendours of naked fertility rituals in Missouri from Colonial times to the Great Depression. The author of that article (Vance Randolph, Nakedness in Ozark Folk Belief, The Journal of American Folklore 66, 333-339) also describes what may be spill over into local Christianity. In 1905 a preacher, Jim Sharp from Missouri, […]

    Daily History Picture: Bang Goes the Hindenburg January 29, 2015

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    Daily History Picture: Bang Goes the Hindenburg

    The Hindenburg comes crashing to earth, 1937… 36 died

    History Roundup 312 including Bone Music January 28, 2015

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    History Roundup 312 including Bone Music

    Today’s links follow. 1) Gypsy Winter Birth: Lincs 2) Burnt City Mysteries: Iraq 3) Re-enacting History: !!! 4) Women Soldiers in the Civil War: US 5) Drone and Archaeology: Italy 6) Archaeologist and Evil: I took this seriously for the first three paragraphs… 7) Bone Music: Soviet Union (fascinating) 8) Almost at Lost Colony: North […]

    Daily History Picture: Helen and Charlie January 28, 2015

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    Daily History Picture: Helen and Charlie

    Helen Keller meets Charlie Chaplin

    The Lost Tragedy of Anne Boleyn January 28, 2015

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    The Lost Tragedy of Anne Boleyn

    An entry in the burning libraries catalogue… In 1536 Anne Boleyn was executed for sexual betrayal and for plotting the murder of the king, her husband Henry VIII. Beach has examined these extraordinary claims in another post, sufficient to say for now that there was almost certainly no substance to them, but that Henry VIII […]

    History Roundup 311 including Reading Lost Roman Library January 27, 2015

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    History Roundup 311 including Reading Lost Roman Library

    Today’s links follow. 1) Oldest Gospel Fragment: Nova Scotia 2) Early Butchery: Spain 3) Ivan’s Lost Library:  Russia 4) Defending the Buttery: Scotland 5) Reading Pompeii Library: Italy 6) Roman Graffiti: the Empire 7) Folk Horror: England (and a bit in Scotland) 8) Poe’s Psychic Message: the other side and from the archives 9) Tenth-Century […]

    Daily History Picture: Running for Freedom January 27, 2015

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    Daily History Picture: Running for Freedom

    Hans Schumann runs for freedom in Berlin, 15 Aug 1961

    The Eighteen Year Old Problem: Murder in WW2 France January 27, 2015

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    The Eighteen Year Old Problem: Murder in WW2 France

    Beach had, as a historically-inclined teenager, a recurrent dream, where he was on an island in a lake and a Viking boat full of blond psychos was coming toward him (and there was nowhere to go and nowhere to hide). The extract below has something of the same terrible inevitability. Certainly, having read this a […]

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