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  • Daily History Picture: Crete Defeat September 8, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Crete Defeat

    British troops surrender in Crete to German paratroopers. (May have been New Zealanders).

    History Roundup 481 including Petra Cave Paintings September 8, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 481 including Petra Cave Paintings

    Today’s links follow. 1) Jesus’ Wife More Details: Ancient Med 2) Big Hair Back: England 3) Letter Threats: Nebraska 4) Mermaid Images: Library 5) Nazi Treasure Tunnels: Poland 6) Amazing Petra Cave Paintings: Jordan and from the archives 7) Bullet Proof Mormon Underwear Other links: Kidnapped by gnomes, past and present photos, and a documentary […]

    Broomstick Accidents September 8, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Broomstick Accidents

    A simple question today. Are witch’s broomsticks dangerous? Well, anything that takes human beings out of the natural element, namely the earth and places them with the birds could go wrong and depending on how high witches were flying, horribly wrong. The greatest in flight danger that witches faced was accidentally saying a Christian name […]

    Daily History Picture: Anti-Lynching September 7, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Anti-Lynching

    Anti-lynching demonstration

    History Roundup 480 including Drawing Elephants Badly September 7, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 480 including Drawing Elephants Badly

    Today’s links follow. 1) Prehistoric Phobias: Palaeolithic 2) How Old is the Haunted Statue: Russia 3) Black Widow: France and UK 4) Bloody Executioner: Georgia 5) Drawing Elephants Badly: Medieval and Early Modern Europe 6) Lost Palace Found? Sparta and from the archives 7) Black Dog Books Other links: tomato wars in Spain, Angela Barrett […]

    The Churchill Coventry Myth September 7, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    The Churchill Coventry Myth

    Did Churchill allow Coventry to be bombed to save the Enigma secret?

    Daily History Picture: Marlene’s Most Amazing Kiss September 6, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Marlene's Most Amazing Kiss

    Picture of the month? I can’t believe I’ve never seen this before. Marlene Dietrich kisses a serviceman coming home, 1945.

    Last Magic Spell Cast in Battle? September 6, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval, Modern
    Last Magic Spell Cast in Battle?

    For many years this blog has run a weird wars tag, some of the most bizarre story from humanities adventures on the battlefield. Beach has recently got a sniff of one story that has greatly excited him, but he can’t track down the details. He throws open the problem to readers hoping that someone will […]

    New History Books: Black Holocaust September 5, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: Black Holocaust

    E.R. Bills, Black Holocaust: The Paris Horror and a Legacy of Texas Terror (Eakin Press Aug 2015). ‘From 1891 to 1922, Texans burned an average of one person of color at the stake a year for three decades. These burnings typically featured carnival atmospheres with thousands in attendance, including men, women and children who later […]

    Footfalls Echo in the Memory: Taunton September 5, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    Footfalls Echo in the Memory: Taunton

    ‘I’ve… seen things… you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion; I watched c-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate… All those… moments… will be lost, in time, like… tears… in… rain.’ Famous lines from Bladerunner. But what if instead of an exotic replicant at his death, we […]

    Daily History Picture: Hurricane Pilot September 4, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Hurricane Pilot

      A. G. Lewis DFC, July 1940 in the middle of the Battle of Britain. Dominion pilot (South Africa) who came, fought and survived the war.  

    History Roundup 479 including A Million Free Images from BL September 4, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 479 including A Million Free Images from BL

    Today’s links follow. 1) Sea Monster Figurehead: Baltic 2) Ancient Warrior Princess: Central Asia 3) A  Million Free Historic Images: British Library 4) Northern Cannibalism? Canada 5) Winged Monsters Disqualified: Utah 6) Scholar to Archive Thief: France and from the archives 7) Laddering: Punishment for Adultery Other links: the writer’s space, ten lists to change […]

    Immortal Meals #25: Champagne, Nests and the Courthouse September 4, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Immortal Meals #25: Champagne, Nests and the Courthouse

    Beach is not sure why he finds this meal so appealing, but it is probably something to do with the disregard for frontier law and the ability of Texans to improvise entertainment out of a goose, a shack and some eggs. Sherman is and was the capital of Grayson County in Texas. In 1858 a […]

    Daily History Picture: US Anger September 3, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: US Anger

    1976, a US flag becomes an unlikely weapon in a demonstration.  

    History Roundup 478 including A Martyr for Archaeology September 3, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 478 including A Martyr for Archaeology

    Today’s links follow. 1) A Martyr for Archaeology: Syria [compulsory reading] 2) Teen Takes Down Professor: US 3) Fake Diaries and Power: the study, the library 4) Irish American Fairies and Witchcraft: New England 5) Australian VC: Vietnam 6) Hippy Commune Photographs: US and from the archives 7) Eaten by Rats Other links: right-wing enemies […]

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