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  • The 5 Greatest Historical Graphic Novels March 26, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Medieval
    The 5 Greatest Historical Graphic Novels

    Graphic novels must be, surely, the most underestimated genre in the modern arts: perhaps about 40% of the adult population have such strong feelings that, with the exception of Charlie Brown, they could not bring themselves to pick up a comic. This is a tragedy. There are great works out there that have been largely ignored and […]

    History Roundup 362 including Dogs of WW1 March 25, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 362 including Dogs of WW1

    Today’s links follow. 1) Charles II Speech for Sale: Auction House 2) Rich Old Varna Man: Bulgaria 3) Witch Elizabeth Runs Out of Luck: England 4) Huge Pan Mask: Israel 5) John Ruskin Photograph! Venice 6) Borders Regiment Founded: Scotland 7) Dogs of WW1: the Trenches… 8) Laughing at Smiles and Dentures: France and from […]

    Daily History Picture: Skinny Dipping Problems March 25, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Skinny Dipping Problems

    1926 a policewoman chases some little devils who have been swimming in the waters of Hyde Park

    The Eyes Have It: Lenin’s Screwing Orbs March 25, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Eyes Have It: Lenin's Screwing Orbs

    Eyes! Novelists are forever going on about them, even philosophers occasionally get excited about them: blue eyes are beautiful, brown eyes are sublime, Kant insists.  Beach personally has never understood all the fuss: of the twenty members of his family he probably has noticed the eyes of three and knows the colour of six or […]

    History Roundup 361 including Richard III’s Wrong Body! March 24, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 361 including Richard III's Wrong Body!

    Today’s links follow. 1) Village Life to Palace Life: India 2) Exorcising Anglican Style: England 3) Richard III Lies: A Carpark Near You 4) 18 Cent Serial Killer: Jamaica? 5) Thorstein Shiver: only in Iceland 6) Seeing Sodomy: Medieval Europe 7) Viking Army Needed: TV Land 8) The Archaeology of Beer: Ireland and from the […]

    Daily History Picture: Ancient Jerusalem March 24, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Ancient Jerusalem

    Wake up and smell the pomegranates

    Not the Shawl, Josephine! March 24, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Not the Shawl, Josephine!

    This is a chamber pot story, one which Beach stumbled upon during his recent research into chamber pot enemies. We are in France in the theatre at Saint-Cloud and during the first act, Napoleon’s wife, the Empress Josephine ‘was seized with an uncontrollable desire to make water’. This comes from an edition in 1896 and […]

    History Roundup 360 including Big Hair and Football Fairies March 23, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 360 including Big Hair and Football Fairies

    Today’s links follow. 1) I Have Run Away (Slave Collar): Rome 2) Big Hair (More): Britain 3) Death at Borodino: Russia 4) Tijepetir Blocks: A beach near you 5) Coral Pyramids: Micronesia 6) Medieval Imposture: London 7) Football Fairies: Ireland 8) Travel, Letters and Old Road Maps:…. and from the archives 9) French Kisses, Guinea […]

    Daily History Picture: Regretting the Holocaust March 23, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Regretting the Holocaust

    German soldiers watch evidence of the holocaust in 1945

    Dreadful Homecoming, Italy 1944 March 23, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Dreadful Homecoming, Italy 1944

    Sometimes when you read descriptions from history, something snags on your imagination and you can’t get loose: in fact the wool on your mental pullover starts to unravel… Sometimes it is hard to explain why. But for what it is worth here is a scene from history that could have featured as a vignette in […]

    History Roundup 359 including Iron Coffins and Disappearing Film Maker March 22, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 359 including Iron Coffins and Disappearing Film Maker

    Today’s links follow. 1) Roerich in the Mountains: Tibet 2) Domesticating Papaya: The Maya 3) Another Arab Ring in the North: Vikings 4) Disappearing Film Maker: France 5) Construction Sacrifice? Bulgaria 6) Country Spirit: Penn, US 7) Iron Coffins: US 8) Cervantes Found: Madrid (striking to see one of the greatest writers reduced to some […]

    Daily History Picture: Catapult Fun March 22, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Catapult Fun

    here comes the catapult and the poor operator…

    The Mystery of the Victoria Reservoir at Southport March 22, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Mystery of the Victoria Reservoir at Southport

    Southport is a Lancashire seaside town. In the nineteenth-century Southport had something of a reputation, tourists flocked from throughout the north and in 1860 Southport would build the second largest pier in Britain: a big deal back then when coast towns measured their self esteem by ‘how long’ they were. At the centre of these […]

    History Roundup 358 including Ostrich Egg Writing March 21, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 358 including Ostrich Egg Writing

    Today’s links follow. 1) Masquerade Balls: England 2) DNA in detail (abstract): Britain (been waiting years for this) 3) DNA in detail (BBC article): Britain 4) Collapse of a Kingdom: Mexico 5) Husband Killing: France 6) Non-Highwayman: England 7) More Elegy for Hatra: Iraq 8) Eulogy on an Ostrich Egg: Egypt and from the archives […]

    Death by Joke March 21, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Death by Joke

    The historical practical joke tag has now reached almost a dozen posts and Beach thought that he would celebrate with a brief survey of a particularly unusual form of practical joke: jokes that ended in the joker or jokee dying. Beach limited himself to British newspapers from 1 Jan 1880 to Dec 31 1899 and […]

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