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  • History Roundup 596 including Swedish Massacre February 23, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 596 including Swedish Massacre

    Today’s links follow. 1) The Oldest City: Russia 2) First Volcano Film: US 3) Unusual Grave Monument: US 4) Last Princess: Vietnam 5) The Prisoner of Kilda: Scotland 6) Massacre at Fort: Sweden and from the archives 7) Britain’s Indian Prime Minister Other links: Why we change politics, Nick Cave Into My Arms

    Daily History Picture: Pict’s Pictures February 23, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Pict's Pictures

    Sorry

    Wrong Place Stories February 23, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Wrong Place Stories

    In 1975 Jeremy Thorpe, the then leader of the British Liberal Party, lost his head. After a homosexual affair had gone wrong – and in a period where this would have lost him his job and his name – he had a friend, telephone a ‘heavy’, Andrew Newton, to go and threaten his ex-boyfriend, Norman […]

    History Roundup 595 including Upright Buried Man February 22, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 595 including Upright Buried Man

    Today’s links follow. 1) War Was Not the Answer: Easter Island 2) Giordano Bruno’s Art of Memory: Italy 3) Upright Buried Man: France 4) Haunted Blackboard: US (loved this) 5) Sexist English: the Dictionary 6) First Comics: Maya! and from the archives 7) The Feast to End all Feasts Other links: Head with no body […]

    Daily History Picture: Gods Walk the Earth February 22, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Gods Walk the Earth

    Hendrix on Carnaby Street, note the girls behind

    Witches and Paganists: In Search of a Term February 22, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Medieval, Modern
    Witches and Paganists: In Search of a Term

    A terminological problem that readers might be able to help with: drbeachcombing At yahoo DOT com. Historians of witchcraft break down into two categories. The vast majority believe that the witch craze was essentially all a horrible misunderstanding and that the men and women found guilty of crimes were innocents. A small minority, but not […]

    New History Books: One Child February 21, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: One Child

    Mei Fong, One Child  Always been curious about this policy and its social effects…

    Bogeys, Snot and Monsters February 21, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval, Modern
    Bogeys, Snot and Monsters

    A few weeks ago Beach had the very great pleasure of looking at the genealogy of various words with a root in bugge: these related to such monsters as bogeyman, boggles and boggins (all nasty fairies). That post was dedicated to following an almost pathetically inadequate trail of breadcrumbs through the Indo European forest. This […]

    New History Books: Black Thursday February 20, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: Black Thursday

    Martin Caidin, Black Thursday A disastrous WW2 raid

    Tony Judt’s Lost Classic February 20, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Tony Judt's Lost Classic

    Invisible books are, as long time readers of this blog will know, books that have never existed save in the imagination. Beach has offered, over the years, many such invisible titles, most dreamt up or taken from books (where there are shelves and shelves of these non-existent volumes). However, a new sub-category of invisible book […]

    History Roundup 594 including Anthony and Cleopatra’s Grave February 19, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 594 including Anthony and Cleopatra's Grave

    Today’s links follow. 1) Undead: Romania 2) Tortoise Feasts: Israel 3) Gorilla and Human Divorce: Africa 4) Anthony and Cleopatra’s Grave: Egypt 5) Haunted City: Edinburgh 6) Poison Gloves: Italy and from the archives 7) Gaelic Argentinian Indians Other links: We need shield maidens, Wish Me Luck, Gracie Fields

    Daily History Picture: Howard’s Kills February 19, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Howard's Kills

    The happy combination of imperial suns and swastikas…

    Poetic Justice and Four British Traitors February 19, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Poetic Justice and Four British Traitors

    The second in our Poetic Justice series (covered Molotov in Mongolia a year ago) is dedicated to George Blake, Donald MacClean, Kim Philby and Guy Burgess. Beach has treated these sorry four briefly on another occasion: Dealing with Double Agents. But for the uninitiated all were British spies whose night job was to work for […]

    History Roundup 593 including Pyramid Boat February 18, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 593 including Pyramid Boat

    Today’s links follow. 1) Pyramid Toothpaste: Egypt 2) Out of Taiwan Theory: Pacific 3) Naughty Medieval Cards: the table 4) Horse Graves: Ohio 5) New Pyramid Boat: Egypt 6) Jane Austen and the Infamous Mistress: England and from the archives 7) Black Dossier and Invisible Library Other links: Gobbledygook in radical organizations, Who Wants to […]

    Daily History Picture: Washington Carved February 18, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Washington Carved

    Mount Rushmore, Washington’s face

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