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  • Daily History Picture: Injured Tommies October 31, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Injured Tommies

    6 Durham Light Infantry in North Africa

    Index Biography #35: Prize a book October 31, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    Index Biography #35: Prize a book

    ***Leif gets it, 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 […]

    New History Books: The Spartan Regime October 30, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: The Spartan Regime

    Paul Rahe, The Spartan Regime The craziest society before North Korea…

    Immortals: Memories of the Revolutionary War in the Late Nineteenth Century October 30, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Immortals: Memories of the Revolutionary War in the Late Nineteenth Century

    Another immortal, this time from the Grantham Journal 20 Sep 1873. Note that vagueness about Afro-Americans’ ages was often pronounced in the late nineteenth century. Several of the ‘oldest American’ stories are about ex-slaves in the south. According to the Louisville Journal, a wonderful old negro is at present living at the farm of Dr. […]

    New History Books: Undisclosed Files of the Police October 29, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: Undisclosed Files of the Police

    Whalen, Messing and Mladinich, Undisclosed Files of the Police The cover won me on this one…

    God on a Medieval Fish October 29, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    God on a Medieval Fish

      The idea that words or images spontaneously appear on natural objects has long fascinated gullible human beings, and perhaps particularly the Muslim faithful: the letters ‘Allah’ on the filaments of a cut eggplant etc. Quite why there should be more interest in the generation of natural words in Islam it is difficult to say. […]

    History Roundup 723 including Lesbian Vampires October 28, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 723 including Lesbian Vampires

    Today’s links follow 1) Lesbian Vampire Fun: Ireland 2) Occult Frankenstein: the library 3) Curious George and the Nazis: France 4) Revenge on Grave Robber: the cemetery 5) Arson Arguments and Witches: England and from the archives 6) Fairies and Game of Thrones Other links: Pearl Harbor: the view from Japan

    Daily History Picture: VE Day in Colour October 28, 2016

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

    Read all about it…

    Skinny White: the Cleverest Pickpocket in Europe October 28, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Skinny White: the Cleverest Pickpocket in Europe

    Beach continues to enjoy pickpocket stories. This one was told of James White (skinny White) a pickpocket, who died in 1895 and who was ‘the cleverest pickpocket in Europe’. His obituary is willfully quiet about some of his exploits. It for example, tells us nothing of the ‘curious tales’ about his fun at Monte Carlo. […]

    History Roundup 722 including Laughing Light October 27, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 722 including Laughing Light

    Today’s links follow 1) Laughing Jack O Lantern: Britain 2) Royal Skeleton and Murder? Germany 3) Eleven Literary Hoaxes: the Library 4) You are What you Eat? the kitchen 5) Creepy Vintage Clowns: US (I was scared) and while we are on the subject a history of the creepy clown and killer clowns  6) Ancient […]

    Daily History Picture: Flags Won October 27, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Flags Won

    US Marines with captures trophies: Battle Cape Gloucester

    Crash Ghosts October 27, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Crash Ghosts

    In 2008 that hoary old newspaper of the British right, The Daily Telegraph, all cobwebs and fox hunting, included a fascinating piece on a car-crashing ghost. Here follows a very brief edited version: Paranormal researchers are investigating the sightings of a girl in Victorian dress on a road in the West Midlands, which locals say […]

    History Roundup 721 including World’s First Crossword October 26, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 721 including World's First Crossword

    Today’s links follow 1) Colonial Baby DNA: US 2) First Crossword: Smyrna 3) POW archives: US 4) Brick of the Day (!!!!!): I’m without words… 5) Hitler’s House: Austria and from the archives 6) Nazis and Child Murder Other links: International Trailer, Rogue One (Star Wars does 7 Samurai)

    Daily History Picture: Artillery Victims October 26, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Artillery Victims

    German artillery team caught, late Oct 1918, by British artillery.

    Tudor Sex Romps October 26, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Tudor Sex Romps

    The lovemaking of other ages is often obscured from us. A natural reticence, which the twenty-first century has largely given up on, draws a veil around medieval or Tudor sex. Our few exceptions include some rare pornographic accounts and a handful of legal descriptions where sex was getting someone in trouble and needed to be […]

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