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  • Daily History Picture: Rasputin in Colour March 15, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Rasputin in Colour

    Love the beard pulling…

    Romans in Nineteenth Century Wales?! March 15, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Medieval, Modern
    Romans in Nineteenth Century Wales?!

    There is lots of enjoyable nonsense about the Welsh and the Romans. The medieval Welsh genealogies are full of supposed Welsh connections to Caesar and other luminaries of the Empire. If memory serves correctly Gerald of Wales claims that the Welsh of his time sported Roman hairstyles (or was it their clean beardless faces that […]

    Tjoelicks: Phantom Child Sacrifices in the East Indies March 15, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Tjoelicks: Phantom Child Sacrifices in the East Indies

    This is a fascinating case of a well attested nineteenth- and twentieth-century phenomenon: the connection of bogeymen to new technologies and foreigners (particularly when foreigners had, as in colonial societies, a great deal of power) [1862] A very curious superstition agitates at present in an alarming manner the native population [in Batavia, the Dutch East […]

    History Roundup 609 including Big Hair’s Back March 14, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 609 including Big Hair's Back

    Today’s links follow. 1) Big Hair: England 2) Revolution Pictures: Russia 3) Haunted Wardrobe: France 4) Christ’s Relations? Israel 5) The Old River Thames: UK 6) Tito, Freud and Hitler: Vienna and from the archives 7) Silvio Berlusconi (Maverick Leaders) Other links: The Crypt Collection, At the End of the Day

    Pythagoras and His Troubled Biography March 14, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
    Pythagoras and His Troubled Biography

    Pythagoras (c. 570-480 BC) is a shadowy figure who stands at the beginning of the Greek philosophical tradition: though we are not sure really whether he ‘did’ philosophy at all. He is also often sold as a kind of long-haired Greek guru: though others have argued that he had little interest in religious matters. Still […]

    New History Books: Japan’s WWII Legacy March 13, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: Japan's WWII Legacy

    Sherwin, Japan’s WWII Legacy Fascinating subject, let’s hope he delivers…

    The Last Judicial Burning March 13, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Last Judicial Burning

    When was the last occasion on which a western government burnt one of its citizens alive judicially? Well, there are several examples from elsewhere in the world, including a North Korean who was supposedly executed by flame thrower in 2014 and various ISIS murders. However, in a western country on the instructions of a judge? […]

    New History Books: For the Love of Wine March 12, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: For the Love of Wine

    Feiring, For the Love of Wine Georgia, of course. Always wanted to try Georgian wine…

    The Moro Séance #3: The Explanation March 12, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    The Moro Séance #3: The Explanation

    There has been much theorizing about what really happened at the séance. Let’s review the possibilities. The first possibility is that the séance never took place; that it was a simple legal strategy to give information to the police without having to actually implicate anyone or explain where that information came from. The second possibility […]

    History Roundup 608 including Star Struck Medici March 11, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 608 including Star Struck Medici

    Today’s links follow. 1) the Wizard and the Kidnapper: France 2) Star Struck Medici: France and Italy 3) Lost Town: Britain 4) What Rome Really Looked Like: ancient Med 5) Lizard Cult: Prehistory 6) Ghost Print Before a City a City: Manhattan and from the archives 7) The Monger-Goss Theory of Dragons and ABCs Other links: […]

    Daily History Picture: North Vietnamese Into Battle March 11, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: North Vietnamese Into Battle

    Remarkable shot as a unit crosses road

    The Moro Séance #2: The Protagonists March 11, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    The Moro Séance #2: The Protagonists

    In the previous post Beach introduced the Moro Seance. Here instead let’s go into more detail about the actors around the table. There were, by most accounts, twelve people including girlfriends, in the house that day but three names stand out: Romano Prodi, Mario Baldassarri and Alberto Clò. The three names were all economics professors […]

    History Roundup 607 including Teeth Snatching March 10, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 607 including Teeth Snatching

    Today’s links follow. 1) Streets of Old… London 2) Civil War Romance in Hospitals: US 3) Sound of the End of the War: Battlefield 4) Werewolves: Persia 5) Teeth Snatching: UK 6) Pyramids Up North: Poland and from the archives 7) Gore and Horror in Children’s History Other links: Short jokes, Stalin’s Dead

    Daily History Picture: Mary Poppins March 10, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Mary Poppins

    Stunt men being blown away….

    The Moro Séance #1: The Background March 10, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    The Moro Séance #1: The Background

    On 16 March 1978 the Rome commando of the Red Brigade carried out a deadly and efficient attack on a leading Christian Democrat politician Aldo Moro. They murdered five bodyguards on the spot and carried Moro into a two month captivity that would end with this death in the boot of a car. The Moro […]

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