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  • History Roundup 252 including Massive Moose Geoglyph November 7, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 252 including Massive Moose Geoglyph

    Today’s post is on Roma fairies  and today’s links follow. 1) Crossbows and the Police: China 2) Gladiator Gatorade: Ancient Rome 3) Massive Moose Geoglyph: Siberia 4) Celebrated Gormandizer: London 5) Medieval Chess Pieces: Northamptonshire 6) Practice Trenches: Derbyshire 7) God of Fear and Amazons: Greece 8) 270 Yr Old Shipwreck: Sea and from the archives 9) […]

    Daily History Picture: Praying for GIs in France November 7, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Praying for GIs in France

      Liberated French pray for dead American infantry soldier

    Greeks in Ancient India? The Heliodorus Pillar November 7, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
    Greeks in Ancient India? The Heliodorus Pillar

    The Heliodorus Pillar is one of those wrong place Euroasian antiques, which should make any self-respecting bizarrist choke up. It is a simple, still standing sandstone Hindu column, at Vidisha near Bhopal in India, known locally as the Khambh Baba. The column was placed there in about 110 BC so it is a good two thousand […]

    History Roundup 251 including Ghost Ships November 6, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 251 including Ghost Ships

    Today’s  links follow. 1) Cold War Rockets: Soviet Union 2) Roman Farmers and Hobnails: Britain 3) 10 Lesser Known Roman Traditions: Listverse 4) Tut Debate: Egypt and elsewhere 5) Auctioning Gunpowder Plot: England 6) Paying Off WW1 Debts: Various Countries 7) Ghost Ships: the 7 Seas and from the archives 8) The Day Wager (submarine madness) […]

    Daily History Picture: Pezolt’s Imaginary Minneapolis November 6, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Pezolt's Imaginary Minneapolis

    The Dominions and WW2 November 6, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    The Dominions and WW2

    The Dominions were a precise administrative category within the British Empire. They referred to the territories that had reached, according to omniscient London, the ability to govern themselves with minimum interference from the motherland. With many of the racist assumptions of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries it was believed that only white populations […]

    History Roundup 250 including Pre Clovis November 5, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 250 including Pre Clovis

    Today’s post is on Roma fairies  and today’s links follow. 1) Another Magical Well: Wales 2) Free History Books: Britain 3) July Crisis: Review 4) Constellation Cup: Greece 5) Pre Clovis: America 6) Clovis Find: New Jersey (liked the photo) 7) Horse’s War: Britain 8) The WW2 Flood that ever Was: London and from the archives […]

    Daily History Picture: Fighting the Sea People November 5, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Fighting the Sea People

      Ramses III fights the sea people (thanks to Wade): sacrificed focus for detail. Incredible.

    Roma Fairies at Blackpool November 5, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Roma Fairies at Blackpool

    There is not much to comment on here, just a very unusual passage in a classic Roma book, The Book of Boswell: Autobiography of a Gypsy (1970). The edition referred to here is the 1973 Penguin. Now to the fairies. Notice how they jump in rather matter of factly. Our author is remembering an idyllic […]

    History Roundup 249 including Best Dolls Houses November 4, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 249 including Best Dolls Houses

    Today’s links follow. 1) Huge Stone Circles: Middle East 2) Best Dolls Houses: UK 3) Ghost with Cough: Philly 4) Museum Falls Apart: UK 5) Headless Ranger: US 6) Kidnapping Nessie: England (not Scotland) 7) Pan was Pushed: the Med and Esoterx (always great titles) 8) Rationing and Intelligence: UK 9) Sacrifice Mystery: Peru and […]

    Daily History Picture: Chiang Wei-kuo as Nazi November 4, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Chiang Wei-kuo as Nazi

      Thanks to Tim for this classic, a Chinese Nazi trying to join the master-race.

    The Ripper and Thieves’ Candles November 4, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Ripper and Thieves' Candles

    The thieves’ candle is a longstanding tradition in Britain, America and, indeed, throughout the western world. Usually the candle was the hand of a dead man with one or more of the fingers made into candles. These candles were supposed to provide safety, invisiblity and be able to cast sleep spells on victims. For example, […]

    History Roundup 248 including Nuclear Attack Drama November 3, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 248 including Nuclear Attack Drama

    Today’s links follow. 1) Wilas Fairy: Eastern Europe 2) First Muslim VC: UK 3) Nuclear Attack Drama: Britain 4) Hitler’s Book Worth A Lot: Germany 5) Victorian Transvestism: UK 6) Prehistoric Auditory Illusions: in cave art? 7) Killing Nazis: Continent and from the archives 8) Dictators’ Lovers’ Underwear Other links: the horrors of deflation, and […]

    Daily History Picture: Sleeping Tommies November 3, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Sleeping Tommies

    Sleeping Tommies just arrived in France and going to the front. How many of these were still alive in 1918

    Mussolini’s Secret Weapon: Castor Oil November 3, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Mussolini’s Secret Weapon: Castor Oil

    Castor oil is a vegetable oil that in Beach’s parent’s generation was used as a panacea for problems of the digestive tract. Unlucky children who had complained of a poorly stomach, perhaps with the foolish idea of missing school, were given a table spoon. Castor oil has no miraculous effect on the body but it […]

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