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  • Black Rock Knocking Ghost December 15, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Black Rock Knocking Ghost

    Lots of ghosts knock, but this one was monotonous in technique and timetable. We are in Black Rock just outside Dublin. During the last four or five weeks, the residents in Blackrock have been kept state of excitement the constant nocturnal visitations of a rival of the ancient spectral denizen of Cock Lane. The place […]

    Daily History Picture: Waiting in the Trenches December 14, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Waiting in the Trenches

    Aussies at Gallipoli

    History Roundup 547 including Eye Snuff December 14, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 547 including Eye Snuff

    Today’s links follow. 1) The Librarian Who Revolutionised Folklore: Finland 2) Eye Snuff: England 3) Stonehenge, Second Hand Monument: Wales? 4) Virgin Mary Photography: Indiana 5) Bloody Circus at Boarding House: New York 6) Catching Fleas: England and from the archives 7) Cat clocks Other links: Kate Perry, Roar (daughter obsessed with this; she is fascinated […]

    History, Ignorance and American University Students December 14, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite
    History, Ignorance and American University Students

    How well do American and European secondary schools train children in history? Beach is a world-weary type and so is rarely surprised by just how badly his students do: but he does sometimes find himself wondering whether we couldn’t do better. Here is a nice example of the low levels of general knowledge among university […]

    New History Books: In Search of Japanese Christians December 13, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: In Search of Japanese Christians

    Ok a re-release but I somehow missed this… John Dougill, In Search of Japan’s Hidden Christians  

    The First Toothache and Tooth Worms December 13, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
    The First Toothache and Tooth Worms

    Try and decode this Babylonian text from the seventh century B.C. After Anu [a god] had created the heaven Heaven had created the earth The earth had created the rivers, The rivers had created the marsh And the marsh had created the worm. The worm went weeping before Shamash [god of Justice] His tears flowing […]

    New History Books: The Wise King December 12, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: The Wise King

    Simon R. Doubleday, The Wise King Mirror of kings… Not my favourite genre but this one is in Spain.

    Witch Blood Scratching and Keeping? December 12, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Witch Blood Scratching and Keeping?

    Beach has over the years collected, particularly with the help of readers, a number of stories of blood spilling and witches. The idea is that by spilling blood, typically taken with a bramble, you can cure the witch’s overlooking. There are though some variations on this theme, including to judge by this report from 15 […]

    Daily History Picture: Postwar Courtship December 11, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Postwar Courtship

    British soldier with French girls

    History Roundup 546 including Evil Buddha December 11, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 546 including Evil Buddha

    Today’s links follow. 1) Evil Buddha: Burma 2) Georgian Prisoner of War Camp: England 3) Soldier Righteous Gentile: US 4) Where Did Romulus Go: Italy 5) Death of Alchemy: England 6) Ancient Prenups: Egypt and from the archives 7) Mermaid killing in Exeter Other links: book covers, one of the greatest pixar sequences, UP

    Two Centuries of Historical Memory? December 11, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    Two Centuries of Historical Memory?

    In the 1980s Beach read an article on Ronald Reagan that described the then President (born in 1911) talking to veterans of Gettysburg as a child. It was a spark on kindling for the historic imagination. Here is a striking nineteenth-century equivalent that has given Beach much pleasure today. It was recorded in 1851 in […]

    Daily History Picture: Unicorn Dies December 10, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Unicorn Dies

    The death of a unicorn at the hands of a bear (?)

    History Roundup 545 including Nazi Rabbits and First Map December 10, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 545 including Nazi Rabbits and First Map

    Today’s links follow. 1) D B Cooper Mystery: US 2) Angora Rabbit Scandal: Germany 3) St Bernard Morgue: Alps 4) First Map? Prehistory 5) Virus Fingerprints: Finland 6) Shakespeare’s House: England and from the archives 7) Witty Gravestones Other links: 15 Amazing Libraries, Genesis Firth of Fifth

    A Canadian Fear Census December 10, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    A Canadian Fear Census

    John Widdowson is one of our finest British folklorists and some of his most interesting work has been on how to scare the living bejesus out of ten year olds. Indeed, his first book had the winsome name If You Don’t Be Good and describes how parents, in the 1960s and 1970s, in Newfoundland (Canada), […]

    Daily History Picture: Icons and Computers December 9, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Icons and Computers

    Sorry again…

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