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  • Why Did the Axis Fight the US? June 7, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Why Did the Axis Fight the US?

    One of the neatest sentences about the Second World War is that the Allies won their victory because of ‘Soviet blood, British time and American resources’. This is an approximation, of course, to truth but a pretty effective one. The Soviets lost perhaps 26 million, enough dead to damn the river of German invasion. The […]

    History Roundup 113 including Another Atlantis and 9000 DDay Dead June 6, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 113 including Another Atlantis and 9000 DDay Dead

    Today’s post on a pet griffin in ancient Egypt and here are our links… 1) Lacedaemon: the true Atlantis? 2) The Sphinx was not a Sphinx: mmmm (video) 3) Cold War Shelters: across the US 4) Blame Humans Not Climate Change for Mammoth Death: big mammals disappear 5) Ancient Tradition Destroyed by Bureaucracy: the twenty-first […]

    How to Train a Griffin! June 6, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
    How to Train a Griffin!

    Beni Hassan is a collection of ancient Egyptian tombs in central Egypt. The tombs there have many precious illustrations of day-to-day life under the Pharoahs. And one of the most curious images is that above from the tomb of Khety (eleventh dynasty). Reader, what are you looking at? No, idea? Well, there is little doubt […]

    History Roundup 112 including Medieval Manholes and Samhain Babies June 5, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 112 including Medieval Manholes and Samhain Babies

    1) Parenting Guru: Attrocious mother 2) Inca Road: on high 3) The Seventeenth-Century Beached Whale that got Away: in a painting… 4) Medieval Manholes: Exeter 5) Mrs De Pont Travels in Style: Wow! 6) Digging at Montpelier: Madison’s legacy 7) 3000 Year Old Baby in Ireland: Samhain past? 8) Spooky Nest of Tunnels: at the […]

    Remembering and Forgetting Robert Herrick June 5, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Remembering and Forgetting Robert Herrick

    Robert Herrick is famous today for his bit part in The Dead Poet’s Society, where he makes Robin Williams look good (briefly). But he had a much greater range, writing about sex, alcohol, sex, death, sex, folklore, sex and (rather unconvincingly) God. Basically, his poems smelt of semen and noone who has ever read his […]

    History Roundup 111 including Syphillis Novel and Freaky Viking June 4, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 111 including Syphillis Novel and Freaky Viking

    Today’s story on Chinese giraffes and now the links 1) 93 Year Old Vet Parachutes Again into Normandy: BAD IDEA! 2) Stonehenge Houses: Bright and airy… 3) Saving Da Vinci’s Selfie: step in science 4) Joyce Syphillis: Ulysses explained? 5) Woops, Stone Age Site Lost: planning error 6) Freaky Viking Woman: Denmark 7) Darwin Plagiarist: […]

    Giraffes in Medieval China June 4, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    Giraffes in Medieval China

    The giraffe, it is hardly necessary to say, is not indigenous to China. Yet from at least the thirteenth century, rumours began to travel back to the Middle Kingdom about a strange, long-necked creature in the west. This beast, sometimes called by the medieval Chinese the Camel-Ox, aroused only moderate interest: did Chinese travellers in […]

    History Roundup 110 including Drugged Assassins and Medieval Violence June 3, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 110 including Drugged Assassins and Medieval Violence

    1) Saying Goodbye in WW1: heartbreaking 2) Life Before the Pharoahs: tomb 3) The Original Assassins: High and Doped? 4) Game of Thrones and Medieval Violence: Don’t blame the Vikings 5) Spanish Treasure Ship: Sneak Preview 6) Edison and the Buried Medium: Accusation from Germany 7) Confederate Spying: in Canada… 8) Great War as Computer […]

    A Travelling Chair June 3, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    A Travelling Chair

    Beach has recently been trying to explain to his daughters the meaning of an heirloom. Interesting how children lack the essential measure of time – Beach’s eldest is 5, and doesn’t really do ‘centuries’. ‘This ring was in our family before Granddad’s granddad was born’ cue blank expression and ‘Let’s watch Tom and Jerry’. Anyway […]

    History Roundup 109 including Anal Smoke Blowing and Oldest Trousers June 2, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 109 including Anal Smoke Blowing and Oldest Trousers

    Today’s post on dragons in Devon and today’s links 1) Oldest Trousers: 3000 years 2) Decoding Anglo-Saxon Art: possible? 3) Stealing Clothes from the Grave: monks…. 4) Berlin Exhibition for WW1: striking pictures 4) Information Destruction through History: nice graphic 5) 7800 Year Old Settlement: Bulgaria 6) Blowing Smoke Up Anus: the medical science behind […]

    Dragons in Sixteenth-Century Devon? June 2, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval, Modern
    Dragons in Sixteenth-Century Devon?

    Challacombe is a small village to the west of Exmoor in Devon in the south-west of the UK. On the edge of the moor there are many ‘hillocks of earth and stones, cast up anciently in large quantity’, i.e. prehistoric burial mounds. So far so normal, this is a classic landscape in a marginal agricultural area, that […]

    Beachcombed 48 June 1, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Beachcombed
    Beachcombed 48

    May is the laziest month. Exhaustion after the semester, a chance to relax… Watch some of the amazingly good American TV shows out there. Read comics. Potter in the garden. Waste time. Well, it was good but now it has come to the end. Hope to do some hard writing in the next three months […]

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