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  • Daily History Picture: Philosophy… May 28, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures

    Plato

    Socrates makes his contribution to world history. Then there was sociology…

    Lost Sounds #2: London Street Cries, c. 1700 May 28, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Lost Sounds #2: London Street Cries, c. 1700

    Beach offers the second in his series of lost sounds: the noises that were familiar to our ancestors but that have now for ever vanished and that we struggle to reconstruct. Last time, the Lancashire clog charge, this time the criers of early eighteenth-century London. The idea of London street criers, perhaps particularly from Victorian […]

    Regency Love Signs May 28, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Regency Love Signs

    These were some interesting love tips from early nineteenth-century Britain. The sources is included, below, with apologies and joy, it is terribly wonderful. The good and bad signs are mixed naturally. If the maid has the first and last letters of her forename the same as the first and last letters of gentleman’s surname this […]

    New History Books: Saladin May 28, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: Saladin

    John Man, Saladin: The Sultan Who Vanquished the Crusaders and Built an Islamic Empire A new biography of the great Armenian leader of the Arab world.  

    History Roundup 660 including Cats Taking Over the World May 27, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 660 including Cats Taking Over the World

    Today’s links follow. 1) Science of Pointed Sticks: Prehistory 2) How Cats Took Over the World: London 3) Queen’s Dress Found in Church: UK 4) Satan in the Big Apple: US 5) Loch Ness Register: Scotland 6) Lost Gardens of E Dickinson: US and from the archives 7) English Doppleganger Other links:  Smoke gets in your […]

    Daily History Picture: Blitz Santa May 27, 2016

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

    Ho, ho, ho!

    The Earliest Broomstick Witch? May 27, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    The Earliest Broomstick Witch?

    Witches fly in many different cultures: the British anthropologist Needham argued that it was a way of expressing their power, their ability to bring maleficum to all who get in their way or on their nerves. But in the European tradition witches have been associated, above all, with broomsticks: though note that witches were also […]

    History Roundup 659 including Iron Age Music in Contemporary India May 26, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 659 including Iron Age Music in Contemporary India

    Today’s links follow. 1) The World’s Oldest Song: Sumer 2) Volcano Sediments: Naples 3) Early Shakespeare Theatre Square: England 4) Writing about an Infamous Mistress: UK 5) Iron Age Horns Still Used: India 6) Skull Disease Rediscovered: the Lab and from the archives 7) Historical Menage a Trois Other links: Brel, La Quete

    Daily History Picture: English Knight May 26, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: English Knight

    Always love the crests…

    Irish Horse Whispering in Co. Cork May 26, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Irish Horse Whispering in Co. Cork

    A lovely story from New Market in Co Cork in the wild west of Ireland and another episode from the series on horse charming. Not least interesting is the fact that this seems to be the origin of the modern phrase ‘horse whispering’. Among the curiosities of this district [New Market, 1810] may be properly included […]

    History Roundup 658 including Poetry in the Stars May 25, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 658 including Poetry in the Stars

    Today’s links follow. 1) Camel DNA: the Middle East 2) Poetry Found in the Stars: Ancient Med 3) Hiroshima Etc: US/Japan 4) 18C Flower Power: England 5) Finding Slave Graves by Crowd Source: US 6) Potters Field: New York and from the archives 7) How Gerbils Killed Millions Other links: Alien Kidnapping, London Punch and […]

    Daily History Picture: Commonwealth Sword May 25, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Commonwealth Sword

    Remarkable sword from the Civil War: brings out my inner cavalier.

    Immortal Meals #28: Bourbon at Surrender May 25, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Immortal Meals #28: Bourbon at Surrender

    Surrenders are never very easy moments but the meeting between William Tecumseh Sherman and Joseph E. Johnston at Bennett Place on 17 and 18 April 1865 as the American Civil War was winding down proved a generally civilized affair. Sherman, the Union commander, was a Democrat and had a natural sympathy for the south: despite […]

    History Roundup 657 including Kids Finds Ancient City May 24, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 657 including Kids Finds Ancient City

    Today’s links follow. 1) Kid Finds New Maya City: Canada 2) Nazi Nuclear Tunnels: Germany (sceptical) 3) Disappearing Ship: Australia 4) Retrieving Lost Language: New Zealand 5) Did the Vikings Meditate? The North (Mother of God!) 6) Spook Lights: US and from the archives 7) Good Swastikas Other links: Of course, there were elves… Wild […]

    Daily History Picture: Salvador Dali and His Pets May 24, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Salvador Dali and His Pets

    Paris, anteaters…

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