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  • Stolen Horses and the Cunning Man October 15, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Stolen Horses and the Cunning Man

    Cunning men were the healers and magicians of the English countryside from the middle ages up until the reign of George V. They had various jobs: including making love potions, casting birth charts, healing animals and individuals, and undoing witchcraft. However, the activity that got them most in the newspaper was their talent for finding […]

    History Roundup 505 including Haunted Trains and Castles October 14, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 505 including Haunted Trains and Castles

    Today’s links follow. 1) Haunted Castles: Scotland 2) 19 Cent ‘Black’ Men: US 3) Earliest African DNA: Laboratory 4) Tom Jones, a Female Soldier: Britain 5) Boiling Puppies and Surgery: Medicine 6) Haunted Train: Stockholm and from the archives 7) Witch Body Vandalism Other links: pagan senator to be, Nina Simone, Ne Me Quitte Pas

    Daily History Picture: Kennedy at NASA October 14, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Kennedy at NASA

    Love watching or looking at Lyndon Johnson. He always looks so bored.  

    Why Do We Forget Soviet Murder? October 14, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Why Do We Forget Soviet Murder?

    Between 1917 when Lenin declared the revolution to 1956 and the invasion of Hungary Soviet massacres of innocents or opponents were frequent, massive and only seriously contested in the West by the small national Communist parties. Yet one of the extraordinary things about these bloody outbursts is that they have been forgotten by all but […]

    History Roundup 504 including Tomb Violence October 13, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 504 including Tomb Violence

    Today’s links follow. 1) Enigmatic Exit: England 2) Tomb Violence: Scotland 3) Something Between a Dog and a Calf: Wales 4) Spitfire Back from Dead: UK 5) Girl Scout Murders: US 6) The Great Hanging: and the Wikipedia page for background and from the archives 7) Transvestite Protestors Other links: Ankara blast (amazing photographs), Fairy […]

    Daily History Picture: Japanese Victory October 13, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Japanese Victory

    Japanese in the Philippines 1942

    Georgian Magic School October 13, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Georgian Magic School

    The Magus by Francis Barrett (London 1801) is a typical work of modern magic: plagiarized from earlier works with badly drawn Hebrew letters strewn about like rice at a wedding. But the author Francis had one novel feature in his book. His announcement of, Beach can barely hold back his excitement, a magic school in […]

    History Roundup 503 including Stepwells and Island Devils October 12, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 503 including Stepwells and Island Devils

    Today’s links follow. 1) Rude Letter Recreation: Russia (our take) 2) Solon in the North!! Bulgaria 3) Island Devils: Pacific 4) Stepwells: India 5) New Neolithic Earthwork: UK 6) Violent Amerindian Burial: US and from the archives 7) First Domesticated Animal: Snails Other links: Electrodes heal brains, Tears in the Rain

    Daily History Picture: One Eyed General October 12, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: One Eyed General

    Zizka leads his Czech warriors on

    Mythologised Suicides? Levi and Turing October 12, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Mythologised Suicides? Levi and Turing

    Suicides are not always easy to determine. Did the man who drove his car into a bridge support do so as a deliberate act because he had just learnt of his bankruptcy or did he do so because he had not slept for 24 hours and was exhausted and prone to error? Did the woman […]

    New History Books: The Secret War October 11, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: The Secret War

    Looks hopeful, a lot will depend on how many of the major powers are covered: The Secret War

    The Snake Tree October 11, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Snake Tree

    Beach was innocently looking for stories about human bodies in trees. This one has no human body, but it seemed too good to waste. A correspondent of the Horticultural Times contributes the following account of the so-called snake tree, which is said to exert such a terrifying influence upon the natives of the Mexican Wilds. […]

    New History Books: Steppe, Desert and Ocean October 10, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: Steppe, Desert and Ocean

    Cunliffe’s new book: his vision gets ever larger…

    Wolstanton, Ghost Assault and Real Battery October 10, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Wolstanton, Ghost Assault and Real Battery

    A nice folklore/ghostlore story from the English Midlands. The peaceable village of Wolstanton, near Newcastle [Lyme], vulgarly called ‘Hoositon,’ has, the last four or five weeks, been disturbed by a very ill-behaved ghost, which, (it is confidently said), has been knocking, scratching, &,c. at a most tremendous rate; and not driven away in the mean […]

    History Roundup 502 including World’s Oldest Glasses October 9, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 502 including World's Oldest Glasses

    Today’s links follow. 1) The Professional Corpse: US 2) World’s Oldest Glasses? Japan 3) Shipwreck Excavation: Greece 4) Witch Kills: US 5) Oldest Throne? Turkey 6) DNA Finds Rebel Heart: Ireland and from the archives 7) Greatest Marine of WW2? Other links: Snows of France and Holland (beautiful, dedicated to all those who have waited […]

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