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  • Beachcombed 17 November 1, 2011

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Beachcombed , trackback

    Fraternal greetings to historians, archaeologists, anomalists and bizarrists!

    First of all an apology is due: Beachcombing fell behind on correspondence in October. He enters the second half of the term contrite and determined to do better.

    Of the posts in the past month Cocaine and Ancient Egypt drummed up the most visitors, though surprisingly little mail. Most mail was produced by the Wold Cottage Meteorite. Beach’s three personal favourites, meanwhile, were Nag Hammadi and Yemeni Wives and Blondie at Cresson. But, as we have noted before in this place, there is no accounting for taste.

    As to best offworld things there were many instances sent in by readers and in, one case, family. Mrs B is presently having a crisis of vocation: to be or not to be a think tank coordinator. She put Beachcombing onto this Jungian vocational test: that is neither historical nor bizarre but that riled the present author by telling him that he should become a social worker! Another of the highlights passed our way has to be this flow chart created for one of the less bright European leaders to explain the recent Euro rescue scheme. Keynesian Voodoo? Or what about the psychological solution to an Australian WW2 mystery? Another class act was revealed by Ricardo, namely, this beautiful work of internet archaeology. Or what about some eternal love from six feet under? We must ask too: any Mayan Shamans out there? If so check out this ad at Freelancer and scroll down for the replies. Then, finally, Chris Ostlund sent in ‘The Baptism of Christ‘ by Aert de Gelder  (1645-1727). Beach is, as in most things, a sceptic here, but if he was going to start to pick out hunks of intergalactic or interdimensional metal in grand masters, he’d start with the Baptism.

    Next the news round up, then we print below the best emails posted this month with thanks to their various authors from Geoff Holder and Louise Yeoman sorting out Maggie Walls to Dianne Purkiss and Invisible on fairy eggs and mermaids. Gratitude and kudos to correspondents! These are the ten thousand most important words from the blog in October.

    Maggie Walls:

    Caterina Sforza’s Skirt:

    Meteorite Hits Pub:

    Seventeenth-century Icarus:

    Last Witch Killing:

    Deviant Burials:

    Wold Meteorite:

    Destroying Cassino:

    Mermaids, Fairies and Eggs:

    Jesus Christ and an Egg from Leeds:

    Cocaine in Ancient Egypt:

    Archaeological Fantasia:

    World Centre:

    Wives, Cases and Escapes:


    Joy Riding on the Moon:


    Hitler in Argentina:


    Nineteenth-century Deaths:

    Good November to you all!