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  • Daily History Picture: Painting Virgins April 20, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Painting Virgins

    Beautiful late medieval painting of painting

    Life on Mars, c. 1900: Rainmakers and Unicorns April 20, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Life on Mars, c. 1900: Rainmakers and Unicorns

    In 1897 one Mr West of Shirland Road, Paddington London began a series of seances to discover the truth about life on Mars. H.G.Wells’ War of the Worlds had just come out and perhaps the ‘spirits’ wanted to calm human fears about the red-skinned ones. In any case, a Martian named Silver Pearl offered to […]

    History Roundup 385 including Viking Indian Child April 19, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 385 including Viking Indian Child

    Today’s links follow. 1) Baby Teeth: Ireland 2) Abraham Lincoln’s Last Photograph: US 3) Hunchback King Secret: England 4) Blitz Photos: London 5) Canadian WW1 History: France 6) Stone Age Axe Cognition: the Neolithic and beyond 7) 18c Sex Device Lost in Latrine: Baltic 8) Viking Indian Child: Iceland and from the archives 9) Calleva […]

    Daily History Picture: Yet More Monkeys April 19, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Yet More Monkeys

    Those damn medieval monkeys again. Why did they find them so fascinating?  

    50 Shades of Grey Without the Sex Scenes April 19, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite
    50 Shades of Grey Without the Sex Scenes

    The copy of 50 Shades arrived on a pendrive. The movie was in English but had Chinese subtitles. Instead of the regulation 125 minutes the film ran to 120 minutes. The reason? Every sex scene had been cut from the sex film of the year by censors: think Indiana Jones without the stunts, Lord of the […]

    History Roundup 384 including Man vs Leopard April 18, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 384 including Man vs Leopard

    Today’s links follow. 1) Northern DNA: Scotland 2) Children in the Holocaust: Poland/Germany 3) Concentration Camp Photos: Belsen 4) Leonardo’s Resume: Italy and France 5) Man vs Leopard: Africa 6) Ancient wine: Greece 7) Mysterious Voice and Knight: Catalonia 8) Ancient reincarnation proof: India and from the archives 9) Harry 150 yr old survivor of […]

    The Campestres, Romano-British Fairies? April 18, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
    The Campestres, Romano-British Fairies?

    Fairies appear in nineteenth-century folklore collections, seventeenth-century spells, sixteenth-century plays, tenth-century charms and (at least in Ireland) early medieval tales. How wonderful it would be to drag the evidence back into the Roman period and beyond for our native fauns. One strategy for doing so has been to turn to Romano-British inscriptions which may (just […]

    History Roundup 383 including Wrong Place Carthaginian Coin April 17, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 383 including Wrong Place Carthaginian Coin

    Today’s links follow. 1) Charming Love Letter: US 2) Pre Columbian Trade: Alaska 3) Out of Place Carthaginian Coin: UK 4) Quarter of a Million for Enigma: Auction House 5) Wild Women Photos: US 6) Grey Ghost Cat: Kent 7) First Submarine: Italy 8) Errant Wife or Mistreated Spouse: England and from the archives 9) […]

    Canary Slaves in the Arab World April 17, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    Canary Slaves in the Arab World

    It is sometimes said that the furthest travelled people in the ancient and medieval world were slaves. Consider four points. First, average men and women were not foolish enough to pass beyond the frontiers. Second, when they were foolish enough to travel they often risked becoming slaves (St Patrick, Frumentius… there are many examples). Third, […]

    Daily History Picture: Take Another Piece of My Heart April 17, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Take Another Piece of My Heart

    Late medieval cannibalism

    History Roundup 382 including Goering’s Sweat April 16, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 382 including Goering's Sweat

    Today’s links follow. 1) Men and Women Time Travellers Kill Hitler: Germany 2) Alice the Detective:Chicago 3) Jesus’ Grave AGAIN: Palestine 4) Earliest House Too Early: Oregon 5) Fighting Mac: Australia 6) Goering’s Sweat: Germany 7) Prince Charlie Film: Scotland (here we go…) 8) Stage Thunder and Lightning: UK and from the archives 9) Book […]

    Daily History Picture: Exorcism! April 16, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Exorcism!

    Get thee gone, Demon!

    Two Prison Faces April 16, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Two Prison Faces

    There have recently emerged a selection of Edwardian mugshots from North Shields, an industrial town in the grimiest part of the industrial north: lots of Beach’s ancestors came from this part of the world and had to fight to get out. Leenks has put up the individuals in question with the following comment: ‘When looking […]

    History Roundup 381 including Undetectable Poisons April 15, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 381 including Undetectable Poisons

    Today’s links follow. 1) Tasteless, Odourless Poisons: Italy (long but very good) 2) Lincoln’s Bedspread: US 3) Greek God Family Tree: Comic 4) Wilkes Booth Telepathy! US 5) Oldest Neanderthal DNA: Italy! 6) Matricide in the 1920s: Scotland 7) Ballroom Philosophy: UK 8) First Abbey? Scotland and from the archives 9) Last Axe Decapitations in […]

    Daily History Picture: Last Rites in Vietnam April 15, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Last Rites in Vietnam

      Dickey Chapelle celebrated American photographer has just trod on a mine.    

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