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  • History Roundup 184 including Angels at Death and the First Selfies August 23, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 184 including Angels at Death and the First Selfies

    Today’s links follow. 1) More Great Science Moments: had twitter existed (part one a couple of days ago) 2) Freedom to Travel and the Right to Vote: early 20 cent women 3) Heart Attacks and the USSR: the fat came rolling in… 4) The First Selfies: American shots from the 1980s 5) More on that […]

    The Other Dream Team: Basketball and the Baltic August 23, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    The Other Dream Team: Basketball and the Baltic

    The Other Dream Team is the best history documentary Beach has watched since starting this blog four years ago. As it doesn’t seem to have the fame that it deserves here’s a shout out: even the almost ahistorical Mrs B. was moved. Some background. Lithuania is a small Baltic State of three million that has […]

    History Roundup 183 including Christian Orgies and Illegal Orgies August 22, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 183 including Christian Orgies and Illegal Orgies

        Today’s links follow. 1) Pyramid Shaped Tomb in Japan: banal or revolutionary? 2) Polish Archaeologists Study Celts: in France 3) Painting and Mummy Comparison: the bearded man 4) Arguments over the Hobbit: scientists kick each other 5) WW2 Cartoons: Japanese pow camp 6) How to avoid collapse of civilisation: lessons from the last […]

    The Oldest Flame August 22, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Contemporary, Modern
    The Oldest Flame

    Inspired today by the description of a nineteenth-century visit to a British church: a private chapel attached to the Arundell family house at Lanherne (Cornwall). Within the chapel there was a tabernacle and ‘the great interest is in the tradition that, since the house has always been in Catholic hands, the lamp before the Tabernacle […]

    History Roundup 182 including Gypsy King and Roman Coin in Sweden August 21, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 182 including Gypsy King and Roman Coin in Sweden

    Today’s post is on archaeological artwork from Cornwall and today’s links follow. 1) Great Moments in Science: had twitter existed… 2) Fishing for Monstrosities in Alexander Romances: big fish? 3) Augustus’ Tomb! A toilet… 4) Roman Gold Coin: in, er, Sweden 5) Black Death Horror: Barcelona: 6) King of the Gypsies: Lincolnshire 7) Torpedo patent: and […]

    Jane Stanley Paints Castle-An-Dinas August 21, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Contemporary, Modern
    Jane Stanley Paints Castle-An-Dinas

    Jane Stanley is an extremely talented archaeological reconstruction artist, based out of Cornwall. Castle-an-Dinas is an Iron Age fort in the middle of that county, a six-acre site second only, in terms of its natural charisma, to South Cadbury in Somerset. Put Jane and Castle-an-Dinas together and you get some of the best historical fiction around, […]

    History Roundup 181 including Oldest Baby Rattle August 20, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 181 including Oldest Baby Rattle

    Today’s post is on zwanzes and today’s links follow. 1) Eighteenth-century love phrases: ‘you, sir, do me an injustice’ 2) Oldest Baby Rattle: dug up 3) Analysing Ore: weird 18 cent machine 4) 200 Year Old Booze: The Baltic, historic wine cellar of the world 5) Cordon Sanitaire in China Town: went badly wrong 6) WW1 […]

    Zwanze in Wartime Brussels August 20, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Zwanze in Wartime Brussels

    Regular readers will remember previous posts in the jokes and practical jokes series: world war jokes, treasure hunting jokes, Derren Brown and spiders, the poor wife hunter and the classic of all classics, Brunelleschi’s cruelest scherzo, which sent a Florentine scurrying to the backwoods of Hungary. Today, we offer up a modest WW1 story from occupied […]

    History Roundup 180 including Historical GIFs August 19, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 180 including Historical GIFs

    Today’s post is on the ‘the poor little cripple‘, today’s links follow. 1) Lies in Pakistani Textbooks: go carefully… 2) Magic and the Fuhrer: actually a short story but cute 3) Historical GIFs: not sure about these! 4) The Angel of Badassery: Nellie Cashman 5) Visualising BIG History: graphics 6) Richard III a Drunk: 3 […]

    In Search of Enys Tregarthen: ‘The Little Cripple’ August 19, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    In Search of Enys Tregarthen: 'The Little Cripple'

    Imagine being born, in the winter of 1850, while your father is away at sea. You find yourself in a vulnerable but aspirational household, perhaps the worst nineteenth-century social gradient of them all in Britain. As you slowly emerge into consciousness you start to understand that your father, a seaman, is rarely present and by the time […]

    History Roundup 179 including Medieval Life Meets Medieval Death August 18, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 179 including Medieval Life Meets Medieval Death

    Today’s post is on last shot at Waterloo, the links follow. 1) WW1 Impact in UK: Aerial photos 2) Life Meet Death: medieval illustrations 3) Evidence Mummy Making: Oldest? 4) Lauren Bacall: RIP 5) Her Vagrant Majesty: gypsy royalty 6) Regency Steam Yacht: wow 7) Should Ireland Celebrate Home Rule: no/maybe? 8) Charles XI of […]

    The Last Shot at Waterloo August 18, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Last Shot at Waterloo

    Tomorrow Beach has an appointment to go through a Welsh text for six long hours, translating and puzzling. Today he thought he would post, then, this cute story from the early nineteenth century with a Welsh connection in partial celebration. It will be remembered that the Welsh had a long history of doing good service […]

    History Roundup 178 including Why Holes Matter August 17, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 178 including Why Holes Matter

    Today’s post on a mysterious poem and its even more mysterious author and links follow. 1) Pisces III: just twelves minutes of oxygen left 2) Seeing Fairies: review 3) Earliest Mobile Phone, 1946? video 4) Holes We Leave: Will they last 5) Saving the Klan: 1996 mob violence 6) End of Berlin Amusement Park: bizarre […]

    Searching for the Author of ‘Do Not Stand at My Grave’ August 17, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Searching for the Author of 'Do Not Stand at My Grave'

    ‘Do not stand at my grave and weep’ is one of the most quoted twentieth-century poems in English. It is not Auden or Elliot or Ted Hughes or Geoffrey Hill. It is what Orwell called ‘good bad poety’: and Beach says this without any sense of judgement having listened obsessively to Abba all week. What […]

    History Roundup 177 including Pre Clovis Emotion and Wax Meal August 16, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 177 including Pre Clovis Emotion and Wax Meal

    Today’s post is on chronic conditions and today’s links follow. 1) Deacon’s Last Meal: all in wax 2) Pre-Clovis Emotion: from the sea floor 3) Greek Coins Go Home: US 4) The Darien Gap: forgotten central America and a Scottish colony 5) Tombstone Censor: what a job 6) Fulham Palace: a bit of class 7) Gangs […]

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