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  • Daily History Picture: Football Testing December 31, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Football Testing

    Shocking stuff…

    History Roundup 560 including Scotland Centre of the World December 31, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 560 including Scotland Centre of the World

    Today’s links follow. 1) Political Antiquities Thief: Israel 2) Mein Kampf is Back: Germany 3) First Published Woman: Britain 4) Astrology Fun: Europe 5) Centre of the World: Orkney 6) Nazi Wind Tunnels: Washington DC and from the archives 7) Churchill, De Gaulle and Waterloo Other links: Debussy, La Mer

    Index Biography #25: Prize a book December 31, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval, Modern
    Index Biography #25: Prize a book

    The Index Biography is a new form of biography pioneered by this blog and introduced in a previous post. The creator must find a biography of a famous individual from history, they must turn to the index and write down eight peripheral facts about the individual’s life. We offered up previously here Sheridan le Fanu and Joseph […]

    Daily History Picture: 1914 Advance Through Flowers December 30, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: 1914 Advance Through Flowers

    Incredible image as the German army advances towards the Allied lines…

    History Roundup 559 including Christ’s Tomb in Japan December 30, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 559 including Christ's Tomb in Japan

    Today’s links follow. 1) Soldier Ghosts: The Trenches 2) Karma Kills: France 3) Jesus Christ’s Tomb: Japan 4) Shelley and the Occult: Britain 5) Murder Fun: Scotland 6) Marble Sphinx: China and from the archives 7) Procopius, Britia and Britain Other links: Polyamory, Princess Leia Theme

    How to Get Rid of a Poltergeist December 30, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite, Contemporary
    How to Get Rid of a Poltergeist

    James McClenon is a sociologist who has written on the paranormal and parapsychology. His books are to be recommended in the highest terms, not just for their arguments, put perhaps most of all for their reasonable yet never irritating openness to the unexplained; something which does not offend even a hoary old materialist like Beach. […]

    Daily History Picture: Illuminated Elephant December 29, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Illuminated Elephant

    Angry?

    History Roundup 558 including December 29, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 558 including

    Today’s links follow. 1) Romans in the Americas: !!!! 2) Fertile Desert: Sahara 3) Agony Column Advice, 1690s: Britain 4) Christmas Stories: Press 5) Victorian Monster Insects: UK 6) Decapitated Roman: Britain and from the archives 7) Pulling Things Out of Rivers Other links: Murder Castle Saved, Logan’s Run (more nostalgia), euthanasia scene

    Pennsylvania Church Witch Tests a Member December 29, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Pennsylvania Church Witch Tests a Member

    Here is a cute witchcraft story from the wrong side of the Atlantic, where Salem is supposed to have put paid to any witch hunt shenanigans. What Beach loves about this account is that we are clearly dealing with very sincere people who are making it up as they go along on the basis of […]

    Pan in Warwickshire?! December 29, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    Pan in Warwickshire?!

    In 1885 a neophyte priest William Herbert Seddon arrived at the parish of Painswick in Warwickshire. Seddon had a strong classical background, he appears for instance in that monument of Victorian learning, The Concordance to the Septuagint, as an important contributor. And he was interested to find, on his arrival, that until the early nineteenth […]

    Daily History Picture: Cleaning Up After Waterloo December 28, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Cleaning Up After Waterloo

    The day after….

    History Roundup 557 including US Piracy December 28, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 557 including US Piracy

    Today’s links follow. 1) Youth Culture Explosion, 1966: the West 2) Christmas in the War: Trenches 3) Piracy: US 4) Agriculture and Population: Prehistory 5) Beethoven Discovery: America 6) Hitler and that Testicle: the lab and from the archives 7) Fairy Sighting on Skye Other links: Shakespeare letters (fun), Space 1999 (a bit of nostalgia)

    Sugar Hell December 28, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Medieval, Modern
    Sugar Hell

    Nutritionists disagree on almost everything. However, if you go and visit several score one of the few points of consensus (along with ‘eat vegetables’) is that sugar is bad for us: in fact, there is far more agreement about sugar than about fat. Humanity’s dalliance with sugar dates back to the first time that a brave […]

    New History Books: Katanga! December 27, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: Katanga!

    Christopher Othen, Katanga 1960-1963 Always been curious about Katanga, two many bad 1980 novels…

    White Woman of Bell Island December 27, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    White Woman of Bell Island

    Beach recently had the immense pleasure or reading John Widdowson’s If You Be Don’t Be Good, a collection (and analysis) of bogeys used by Newfoundland parents in the interwar and immediate postwar. JW’s purpose was to examine how parents controlled their children in Atlantic Canada, particularly through folklore. But he also picked up many fascinating, […]

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