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  • History and Earthquakes February 21, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Medieval, Modern
    History and Earthquakes

    I’ve recently been wasting my time reading about earthquakes in British and Irish history. This does not reflect a new interest in geology, or local plate tectonics. It has rather to do with my perennial fascination for the way that historical sources are utterly unreliable and utterly skewed. When do earthquake records begin? Well, as […]

    History Roundup 19: Shape-Shifting Christ February 20, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 19: Shape-Shifting Christ

    Note that in Feburary, as an experiment, we’ll be releasing history links roundup most days at 12.00 GMT. If you want the proper post on the Egyptian mortuary lynching, then please click. Torrential rain here but great excitment as the tortoises are emerging from hibernation. Bring it on!!!! 1) Shape-shifting Christ: and the prerogatives of exaggeration 2) […]

    The Mummy, the Slitter and the Mortuary Mob February 20, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
    The Mummy, the Slitter and the Mortuary Mob

    Been reading a lot about Egyptian mummies recently. There are nauseating details, intermershed with fascinating stuff. Here is the single most famous description to come down to us in Herodotus: The best process is this one: as much as possible of the brain is taken out through the nose with an iron hook, and what […]

    History Roundup 18: Underwater Chinese City February 19, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 18: Underwater Chinese City

    Note that in Feburary, as an experiment, we’ll be releasing history links roundup most days at 12.00 GMT. If you want the proper post on the Scapa Flow Scuttling, then please click. 1) Underwater Chinese City: perfectly preserved 2) Arguing About the Nazis: the sins of the fathers the loves of the sons 3) Skeleton at Skulgrave: […]

    The Most Exciting School Trip in History: 21 June 1919 February 19, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    The Most Exciting School Trip in History: 21 June 1919

    School trips are often fairly maudlin affairs: go to a local zoo, don’t pet the lions; walk through a city park, buddy up as you pass the homeless people; polish the sun-washed floors of the local museum with fifty infant feet… But one school trip that any of us would have wanted to be on […]

    History Roundup 17: First Ashore on DDay February 18, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 17: First Ashore on DDay

    Note that in Feburary, as an experiment, we’ll be releasing history links roundup most days at 12.00 GMT. If you want the proper post on Finns and murder and magic, then please click. Five hours of exam invigilating today. Very productive in my experience and so much power…. 1) Sapper at DDay: one of the first ashore […]

    Finns, Magic and Murder February 18, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval, Modern
    Finns, Magic and Murder

    ***Dedicated to Leif who always gets me good Viking stories!*** There are Viking traditions dating back into the Middle Ages about the magic abilities of Finnish sorcerors (almost certainly Lapplanders). It is, though, bewildering to find a version of this belief surviving as late as the 1860s. This from a British newspaper. On Friday, Kar […]

    History Roundup 16: Interactive Gene Map February 17, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 16: Interactive Gene Map

    Note that in Feburary, as an experiment, we’ll be releasing history links roundup most days at 12.00 GMT. If you want the proper post on the Tomatoes and poison, then please click. 1) Interactive Map for Genes: incredible if true… 2) Wanted Posters: Jesse James et alii 3) Pius and Elizabeth – A Friendly Gesture: After Lepanto […]

    Tomatoes and Poison: Humanity’s Innate Conservatism February 17, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Tomatoes and Poison: Humanity's Innate Conservatism

    Tomatoes are one of the fundamentals of modern cuisine in all continents. Yet just five hundred years ago they were a practically unknown Andean plant of the nightshade family that, when grown in New England or French or Italian gardens, were labelled as ‘ornamentals’: i.e. no one put a tomato near their mouth. Why were […]

    History Roundup 15: Hitler in Orange County February 16, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 15: Hitler in Orange County

    Note that in Feburary, as an experiment, we’ll be releasing history links roundup most days at 12.00 GMT. If you want the proper post on the Ranties (an Irish fairy (?) people), then please click. 1) Hitler Memoribilia in Orange Country: with bullet proof tyres from Israel 2) Vintage British Flood Pictures: moving stuff from deep England […]

    A Forgotten (Fairy?) People: the Ranties February 16, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    A Forgotten (Fairy?) People: the Ranties

    Early medieval historians estimate that there were perhaps two hundred separate tribes or kingdoms in Ireland c. 500 but that these tribes were slowly subsumed or at least yoked to the growing Irish monarchy (and foreign successors) that reached an apogy under Brian Boru in the eleventh century. However, long after those times, the memory […]

    History Roundup 14: Watch Out, Nazi Mosquitoes! February 15, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 14: Watch Out, Nazi Mosquitoes!

    Note that in Feburary, as an experiment, we’ll be releasing history links roundup most days at 12.00 GMT. If you want the proper post, on the British invasion hysteria then please click. 1) Nazi Mosquitoes?: You’ve heard of bat bombs… 2) Summerians in Oman: Magan sites dug 3) Late Valentine: Heart breaking card to Edgar A. Poe […]

    Interview: Invasion Scares (Harry Wood) February 15, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    Interview: Invasion Scares (Harry Wood)

    I am very happy today to be able to invite Harry Wood of the University of Liverpool, historian and blogger, to talk about his speciality, British invasion scares, something we looked at last month. Harry, thanks so much for joining us for this brief discussion. You run a very enjoyable blog, Island Mentalities, and you […]

    History Roundup 13: Valentine Day Special February 14, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 13: Valentine Day Special

    Note that in Feburary, as an experiment, we’ll be releasing history links roundup most days at 12.00 GMT. If you want the proper post, on the first moustache (with Invisible’s very early contribution) then please click. 1) Ancient Jewish Aphrodisiacs: Kosher Sex 2) Valentine Massacre: Haunted Ohio Books 3) Top Ten Victorian Bizarre Love Stories: marrying corpses, wife […]

    The Earliest Moustache in History? February 14, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
    The Earliest Moustache in History?

    The strangest things survive in the strangest places. Take the separated moustache of antique Persia, which is sometimes found in ancient visual representations. Heading this post is a Roman sculpture of a dying Persian and, here below, is a Parthian woolen piece that somehow survived from the first century B.C. and which is kept in […]

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