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  • Facts, Myths and Jean McConville May 8, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite, Contemporary
    Facts, Myths and Jean McConville

    The Jean McConville case is now history in as much as it took place over forty years ago: but it is living, bleeding history and in the last days it has landed an important Irish politician in the cells and rocked the peace process in the six counties. For non-British and non-Irish readers, who may […]

    History Roundup 86 including Dragons, David and Deep Cave Music May 7, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 86 including Dragons, David and Deep Cave Music

    Today’s post on duelling boys and today’s links… 1) King David’s Citadel: Israel 2) Modern Maria Celeste Mystery: South Pacific 3) Indian Dragons: Adrienne Mayor, guarantee of quality! 4) Prehistoric Caves as Recording Studios: flutes etc 5) Mystery Script Solved: shorthand… 6) Phineas Gage and Neuroscience: most famous patient 7) Paracas and Fairs? Inscriptions 8) […]

    Duelling Schoolboys May 7, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Duelling Schoolboys

    Duelling is really all about grown men acting like complete asses. However, at least in one case in 1874 it appears that early teens in Lincolnshire, the UK emulated their elders. One Gerald Maurice Burn shot, 7 March 1874, at George Seagrave, both boarders at a local school run by a reverend no less. Burn […]

    History Roundup 85 including Boney, Bottles and Neanderthal Stew May 6, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 85 including Boney, Bottles and Neanderthal Stew

    Today’s story is on Hawker and a pixy (opium involved) 1) Digging Up German Bottles: US 2) Thefts from Auschwitz: souvenirs 3) An Elf Story from Canada: Lugged off by the fairies 4) Neanderthal Stew: begging recreation 5) Memories of Prince Charlie: Saving a hotel 6) Lost Medieval Village Dug Up: Scotland 7) Napoleon’s Death […]

    Hawker and the Pixy? May 6, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Hawker and the Pixy?

    We have visited Robert Hawker before on this blog, not least in his gadding about as a mermaid. However, there follows a peculiar episode in which he claims to have seen a supernatural creature in a letter written in 1856 (or was the experience 1856, the source Byles Life and Letters is not clear?). R.A.J.Walling […]

    History Roundup 84 including Wet Sand and Sexless Food May 5, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 84 including Wet Sand and Sexless Food

    Been away for a few day’s but now back to business. Today’s post: not taking prisoners in ww2 and then there are the links… 1) Wet Sand: How they made the pyramids 2) War Artists History: UK 3) An Afternoon in St James’s Park: Painting 4) Dampening Desire with Food: 18 cent 5) Early Depiction […]

    Killing After Surrender in WW2: Parachutes and Submarines May 5, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Killing After Surrender in WW2: Parachutes and Submarines

    The laws of war dictate that if someone puts up their hands then they are prisoners and must be treated as such. However, despite the traditions of ages and now the strictures of various conventions mercy is ignored at times even by civilised armies. Two striking examples from the Second World War where the opposition […]

    1937 Cornish Black Dog Scare May 4, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    1937 Cornish Black Dog Scare

    The phantom dog of Linkinhorne was one of the south-western dandy dogs that have terrified locals since time immemorial. What is particularly interesting though about this dog from the past is that it returned in 1937 and caused a local panic. Here are a number of the best stories from the outbreak. The first reference […]

    Fighting the Plains Trains May 3, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Fighting the Plains Trains

    The transcontinental railways across the American plains not only made a nation, but destroyed the way of life of hundreds of free indigenous peoples living there. The train made military control of the interior easier and, of course, the train also brought the buffalo killers: the Federal Government and its agents had long understood that […]

    Neo-Pagan Partisans May 2, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Neo-Pagan Partisans

    Ask a well-read person today about neo-paganism and many will identify it as something that came out of flower power in the late 1960s. However, this is not, for the most part, true. Neo-pagans were actually around before the Great War and in some incarnations neo-paganism can be traced back to late nineteenth-century eccentrics, such […]

    Beachcombed 47 May 1, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Beachcombed
    Beachcombed 47

    Dear Reader, This has been a month of extraordinary strains. Mrs B is now – trumpet blares – just at the end of her first trimester of her third pregnancy and she has AWFUL pregnancies. I sometimes wonder whether we are the only family where the arrival of the baby means that we have more […]

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