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  • History Roundup 600 including Rebels against the Rebels February 29, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 600 including Rebels against the Rebels

    Today’s links follow. 1) New Christian History Relic Mystery: Bethlehem 2) 100 Jokes Changed History: multi media 3) Airships: look for the pics 4) Rebels Against Rebels: Confederacy 5) Medieval Scribe Jokes: the library 6) Secret Rooms: Museum and from the archives 7) Exotic Blood in Europe Other links: The Trump Presidency, Invented English Village, […]

    Daily History Picture: Armless Queen February 29, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Armless Queen

    Notice the sign behind and the curious crowds….

    Index Biography #27: Prize a book February 29, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    Index Biography #27: Prize a book

    ***Seb got this, scroll down for the answer*** 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 […]

    British Iron Age Peyote February 28, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
    British Iron Age Peyote

    There are lots of internet sites out there talking (and sometimes raving) about how to have visions courtesy of plants that grow in the British and Irish countryside: the ‘fruits of the forest’ as Beach’s disreputable younger brother calls them. This is not the aim of the present post. Rather it is to ask: what […]

    New History Books: 1956: The World in Revolt February 27, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: 1956: The World in Revolt

    Simon Hall, The World in Revolt Budapest and Elvis, intriguing…

    Thoughts on Poltergeists from Harry Price February 27, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    Thoughts on Poltergeists from Harry Price

    What do poltergeists like? Or, in more scientific terms, in what kind of environment do poltergeist phenomenon take place? Here is Harry Price, one of the most famous ghost hunters, with his views. Beach quotes this paragraph as part of a quest to understand what poltergeist phenomenon are. Price has the virtue here of concentrating […]

    History Roundup 599 including Old Fashioned Swearing February 26, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 599 including Old Fashioned Swearing

    Today’s links follow. 1) Last Viking Attack: Scotland (the bastards…) 2) Churchill on Democracy: UK 3) Old Fashioned Swearing: Dictionary 4) Clues Mummy Portraits: Egypt 5) Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Bed: Auction 6) Recovering Lost Texts: Library and from the archives 7) Episode Four of the Lost Planet Other links: Russian Folk Super Heroes, Stalemate in […]

    Daily History Picture: Teddy Women in London February 26, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Teddy Women in London

    Those hairstyles…

    Photo: The Four (and Ciano) at Munich February 26, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Photo: The Four (and Ciano) at Munich

    One of the great twentieth-century photographs. The four men who dominate Europe in late September 1938 stand side by side. On the left, looking as if he has an umbrella up his bottom, there is Neville Chamberlain, British Prime Minister and pioneer of Britain’s disastrous experiment with appeasement. Connoisseurs of the British national character will […]

    History Roundup 598 including Richest Man in History February 25, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 598 including Richest Man in History

    Today’s links follow. 1) Balloon Delivered Letter: Australia 2) Georgian Pancake Day: England 3) Killing Giant Birds: Australia 4) Tudor Underwear: England 5) Tailless Cats: Isle of Mann 6) Richest Man in History: Africa and from the archives 7) Knees Up at Hambleden Hill Other links: Taming robots, Assassin’s Teapot

    Daily History Picture: German Women Prisoners February 25, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: German Women Prisoners

    Luftwaffe prisoners under British custody

    Tom Dockin, Iron Toothed Child Killer February 25, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Tom Dockin, Iron Toothed Child Killer

    Here is another in our series of the minor monsters of British mythology, the terrible child-eating ‘Tom Dockin’. The name ‘Tom Dockin’ was associated with Sheffield (in what was then the West Riding of Yorkshire) and seems to date back at least to the late eighteenth century on the evidence of this intelligent-sounding correspondent, John […]

    History Roundup 597 including Devon Demons and Tess February 24, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 597 including Devon Demons and Tess

    Today’s links follow. 1) Water Clocks: Persia 2) Devon Demons: UK 3) Should We Dig Up Tess: England (no!!) 4) Dated Fashions: the Wardrobe 5) Highland Battle Cries: Scotland 6) First Fermented Fish: Scandinavia and from the archives 7) European in Pre-Columbian Baffin Island Other links: James Harvey, Isobel Gowdie

    Daily History Picture: Youngish Lenin February 24, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Youngish Lenin

    25, it was 1895.

    Urban Legend: the Clock Trick February 24, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Urban Legend: the Clock Trick

    One newspaper report includes this precious Victorian story, which Beach has been unable to track down elsewhere. It is satisfying so there must be other versions out there. There is an old story of a thief who, engaging the landlord of a country tavern a bet that he could not sit in front of clock […]

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