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  • Sowing the Land with Salt October 19, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Modern
    Sowing the Land with Salt

    What do you do if you really dislike someone? Hurt them, tax them, kill them obviously… But if you really hate them you salt their land… Confused? Let’s head back to mid eighteenth century Portugal. The Tavora executions were some of the bloodiest from the eighteenth-century west: even fifty years later the family would have […]

    Daily History Picture: Into Germany October 19, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Into Germany

    US Paras into Germany

    History Roundup 715 including Bodysnatching Tips October 18, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 715 including Bodysnatching Tips

    Today’s links follow 1) Mata Hara and the Palmreader: Paris 2) Norman Conquest from the Conquered Point of View: England 3) Bodysnatching Tips: Britain 4) Imperial Boredom: the British Empire 5) Fortean Flower Pots: US and from the archives 6) Postcard Terrorists Other links: academics censoring themselves, Innocent When You Dream (‘the whole song is […]

    Daily History Picture: Against Vietnam October 18, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Against Vietnam

    Let’s hope that Google can’t read pictures 25 Oct 2016, Filip G comes back on Google: Well, when you process the photo with Tesseract OCR engine you will get: Emma W “‘1’ 176mg ISLlKE V FUCKINC‘FOK. ” Almost there… (at least for the F**KING). Tesseract OCR was created by Google, but I guess they use […]

    Wrong Place Castaways October 18, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Medieval, Modern
    Wrong Place Castaways

    Right through history castaways have been thrown up on foreign shores after a shipwreck, a storm or an argument on board (in many navies marooning was a form of punishment). For those of us interested in Wrong Place and Wrong Time phenomena these castaways are crucial. But how many were actually left behind. For example, how many […]

    History Roundup 714 including Dogheads and Astral Bells October 17, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 714 including Dogheads and Astral Bells

    Today’s links follow 1) A Brief History of Trolls: Scandinavia 2) Astral Bells: England 3) Dogheads: all over (our take) 4) Hidden in the Walls: Downunder 5) William the sodding Conqueror: England and from the archives 6) Lonely Cottages Other links: Giving the nobel prize to Dylan, 15 best folk songs (?)

    Daily History Picture: Weak 19C Women October 17, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Weak 19C Women

    Love this from a Victorian novel. This is how the lovers meet in rough Lancashire…

    Dumb Duels #2: Whip Duel October 17, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Dumb Duels #2: Whip Duel

    Beach has neglected for some time the honourable pursuit of dumb duelling: duels where either the weapon or the motive or preferably both were absurd. Here is one from 1853 from France. It is reported in a contemporary English newspaper so it may even, say it quietly, be true. Enter the whip duel A singular duel […]

    New History Books: Strangers in a New Land October 16, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: Strangers in a New Land

    J. M. Adovasio and David Pedler, Strangers in a New Land The happy miles, the parts of America that had not yet then seen a human face….

    Death by Plane October 16, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Death by Plane

    Death by plane, the latest in the unusual execution series. Imagine, you are bundled, for a terrible crime, into a bomber bay and tied to a bomb. The bomb is, then, dropped, after a terrifying wait, from 10,000 feet on the enemy. Will you die by explosion or by falling? Some stories are so terrible that […]

    New History Books: Strange Lands October 15, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: Strange Lands

    Andrew Paciorek, Strange Lands OK not a new history book, but one that has just swum onto my radar. Heard good things and love the art samples…

    John Trew and an Elizabethan Tank? October 15, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    John Trew and an Elizabethan Tank?

    Beach recently enjoyed Robert Hutchinson’s The Spanish Armada, particularly this short passage about an Elizabethan inventor, John Trew: Periods of national crisis often throw up the more eccentric among us. John Trew wrote to the queen in December offering his services for ‘her preservation and salvation… Though an old man, I desire to be employed […]

    History Roundup 713 including Cannabis Burial October 14, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 713 including Cannabis Burial

    Today’s links follow 1) Cannabis Shroud: Desert 2) Rings, Mirrors and Combs in a Grave: Greece 3) Paranormal in Africa: Zululand 4) Latin Computer: Britain 5) American Containment: Russia and from the archives 6) Juliana Jumps Other links: what are ghosts, toxic parents, Recycled Disney (found this fascinating)

    Daily History Picture: Hitler and the Prince October 14, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Hitler and the Prince

    Napoleon and Hitler Coincidences October 14, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Napoleon and Hitler Coincidences

    Personally Beach has always found the ‘coincidences register’ the most irritating of all genres. Typically, an historically illiterate conspiracy freak, notices some interesting parallels between two different events or more usually individuals. He or she, then, sends out a communication pointing out the ‘striking’ parallels. Then, other readers note other parallels (occasionally making them up) […]

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