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  • My Name Writ on Glass January 15, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    My Name Writ on Glass

    One of the eternal human problems is how to transmit facts – history, fame, infamy, love… – from one generation to another. We have tried to do it on calf skin, on papyrus, on the tongues of the tribal singers and on stone. But never forget we have also tried to do it on glass. […]

    History Roundup 569 including Tree Bending Paths January 14, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 569 including Tree Bending Paths

    Today’s links follow. 1) Communal Piggy Bank and Its Guardian: UK 2) Bierce Dance Book: US 3) Haunting Troubles: Scotland (don’t trust O’Donnell!!) 4) Tree Bending Paths: America (amazing and credible) 5) Nessie an Eel: Scotland 6) 800 Yr Old Prints: the Library and from the archives 7) Lord Acton’s Lost Works Other links: Bookshelf […]

    Daily History Picture: Challenger in Flames January 14, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Challenger in Flames

    Horror…

    Phantom Rabbit Monster: Rochdale, Lancashire January 14, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Phantom Rabbit Monster: Rochdale, Lancashire

    Beach has recently been looking for the stranger monsters of British mythology and with some pride he comes today to the Baum-Rappit, a monster from Rochdale in Lancashire. What was the Baum-Rappit? Well as the name suggests it seems to have been a diabolical rabbit. Wright in his incredibly useful dialect dictionary comes up with […]

    History Roundup 568 including Skating Adultery January 13, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 568 including Skating Adultery

    Today’s links follow. 1) Forgotten Cholera Outbreak: Scotland 2) Omnibus Wardrobe: Paris etc 3) Skating Adultery: US (we’ve all been there) 4) Prehistoric Tummy Problems: Alps 5) Cold War Space Wars: Outer Orbit 6) Poetry, Pain and Opium: England and… and from the archives 7) Lonely Cottages Other links: Ikea secrets, The Syrian Refugee and the […]

    Daily History Picture: Camouflage Fun January 13, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Camouflage Fun

    British humour, sorry

    Did the Russians Off Archduke Ferdinand?! January 13, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Did the Russians Off Archduke Ferdinand?!

    There follows that rarest of things. A credible conspiracy theory. Our two heroes are Dragutin Dimitrijević (aka Apis, obit 1917) Chief of Serb Military Intelligence and Viktor Artamonov (obit 1942), a Russian military liaison officer in Serbia. Apis is remembered by history as the organizer of Archduke Ferdinand’s assassination and the organizer of the Black […]

    History Roundup 567 including Skrats and Molten Iron Madness January 12, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 567 including Skrats and Molten Iron Madness

    Today’s links follow. 1) First Boobie Selfie: US (accidentally opened this with my daughters…) 2) Skrats: Fairyland 3) Unusual Grave: Alberta 4) Mysteries Cave Art: Prehistory 5) Molten Iron Madness: China 6) Capturing 132 Germans Single-Handed: Western Front and from the archives 7) America and Amerigo Vespucci Other links: Part, Fur Alina

    Daily History Picture: Kobe Bombed January 12, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Kobe Bombed

    Kobe bombed and photographed…

    Cellphones and the Paranormal January 12, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite
    Cellphones and the Paranormal

    Beach this last weekend enjoyed re-reading one of the greatest books ever written on the supernatural, Andrew Lang’s Cock Lane and Common-Sense (1894). Lang, an extremely learned Victorian Scot, has a simple position. There are, he believed, a core of paranormal experiences that repeat themselves in every culture at every time: invisible knocking, levitation, throwing […]

    History Roundup 566 including Picnic Hell January 11, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 566 including Picnic Hell

    Today’s links follow. 1) Bogus Roman Handshake: The Empire 2) Medieval Dwarfs: The Cold North 3) Death by Rose Petal: Ancient Rome 4) Hemingway Useless KGB Spy: not surprised… 5) Lots of Historical Photographs: NYC 6) Picnic Hell: Cornwall and from the archives 7) Capital Problems Other links: Eating the Past (food history lecture)

    Daily History Picture: Bison Pyramid January 11, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Bison Pyramid

    Imagine climbing that…

    Lovers Leaping, Shooting and Drowning January 11, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Lovers Leaping, Shooting and Drowning

    Love suicides are happily today a rare thing. But they were common enough from 1700 to, say, after the Second World War to enter folklore: many places in the English-speaking world have their ‘Lovers Leaps’. (Derbyshire, a small British Midland county has four!) Why were love suicides so popular? Perhaps we can separate the pull […]

    New History Books: The Earliest Christian Meeting Places January 10, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: The Earliest Christian Meeting Places

    Adams, The Earliest Christian Meeting Places Where two or more are gathered in my name…

    The Noontide Hag in Luton! January 10, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Noontide Hag in Luton!

    Walter Scott refers, in one of his poems, to ‘the noontide hag’, a creature he explains in a note as ‘a tall, emaciated, gigantic female figure, is supposed, in particular, to haunt the district of Knoidart’ and ‘which, contrary to the general rule of ghostly creatures, appeared in the full blaze of noon.’ Quite how […]

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