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  • The Cuckold, the Painted Belly and the Lusty Merchant November 25, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Cuckold, the Painted Belly and the Lusty Merchant

    This is a weird sixteenth-century story/anecdote/joke about marital infidelity. It is also, frustratingly, only 95% complete. The punch line is missing. Beach has ‘translated’ the text into modern English. The original text though is in the screen capture below. Please email any serious mistakes. A cunning painter was living in London, and he had a […]

    History Roundup 740 including Cat-Sized Rats and Weird Surnames November 24, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 740 including Cat-Sized Rats and Weird Surnames

    1) Inoculation and Boston 1721: US 2) Bonny’s Sword: Scotland 3) Surname Searching: Library 4) Catching Cat-Sized Rats: Big Holes 5) Highway Robbery: and from the archives 6) Magic Cloak in Afghanistan Other links: Space Oddity

    Daily History Picture: Tank Battle November 24, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Tank Battle

    Crusader forward, Panzer on fire.

    Image: The Tsarina and the Prostitutes November 24, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    Image: The Tsarina and the Prostitutes

    This photograph is one of the most iconic from the Great War in Russia. Tsarina Alexandra and her two elder daughters, Olga and Tatiana, were photographed in 1914 in nurses uniform as hostilities began. Nor was this an empty boast, a bit of easy propaganda for Russia’s rulers. Alexandra and especially Olga and Tatiana worked for […]

    History Roundup 739 including Raunchy Neanderthals November 23, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 739 including Raunchy Neanderthals

    1) World’s First Temple: Turkey 2) Aztecs on the Good Life (!): Mexico 3) Saddest Fossil: the marsh 4) Eagle Huntress: Mongolia?? 5) Raunchy Neanderthals: Prehistory and from the archives 6) Japan Fights On Other links: Why the bomb was dropped…

    Daily History Picture: Counterfactual Moonlanding November 23, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Counterfactual Moonlanding

    Sorry…

    Exploding Witch Bottles November 23, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Exploding Witch Bottles

    Witch bottles were ceramic or glass or (sometimes) iron bottles into which a cursed man or woman put parts of their own body and sharp objects. Parts of their own body might be hair, nails and, classically, urine. Sharp things might be nails, pins and thorns. The logic behind all this was that the curser […]

    History Roundup 738 including Eating Cuneiform and Library Duties November 22, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 738 including Eating Cuneiform and Library Duties

    1)  Eating Cuneiform: the kitchen 2) Museums and Facts: court 3) Best Known Art Animal: Library 4) Remembering Little Big Horn: US 5) What Happened to Greenlanders? the far north and from the archives 6) Invisible Library Among Fairies Other links: Obama Curse, If Everyone Was Listening

    Daily History Picture: Charlie Meets Albert November 22, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Charlie Meets Albert

    This picture has become more famous with the years: Charlie Chaplin (in mature phase) meets Albert Einstein (who seems a little starstruck)

    Review: Postwar November 22, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Review: Postwar

    Tony Judt is often touted as one of the great historians of the later twentieth century. Yet really his writings are, with one exception, not the stuff that world reputations are made on The Burden of Responsibility: Blum, Camus, Aron, and the French Twentieth Century or Socialism in Provence 1871–1914: A Study in the Origins […]

    History Roundup 737 including Lost Manuscripts and Non Existent Libraries November 21, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 737 including Lost Manuscripts and Non Existent Libraries

    1) Cinema Occult Libraries: the big screen 2) Translating Obscenity: France 3) ****Missing Fairy Manuscript: US*** Beach pays bounty on this one… 4) Metallic Ink: Ancient Greece 5) Stolen Bestiary: England/Scotland and from the archives 6) Freedom of Information and Noah’s Ark Other links: Weird Arctic Noises, Spy Fun

    Daily History Picture: Spartacus Extras November 21, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Spartacus Extras

    Spartacus extras, the numbers are so Kubrick could shout them into position…

    Milk Stealers: Paleolithic or Neolithic? November 21, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Prehistoric
    Milk Stealers: Paleolithic or Neolithic?

    It is a snakey week and here is a second snake post in almost as many days. There are many legends about snakes and other reptiles taking milk from nursing mothers, there are also many legends about snakes and other reptiles (and sometimes birds) taking milk from cattle. Beach has given examples of these tales […]

    Night Soldiers: the World of Alan Furst November 20, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Night Soldiers: the World of Alan Furst

    Europe from 1933-1945, from Hitler’s arrival in office to the moment that the moustached one ends his life with a pistol in the bunker. What a truly remarkably, ear-splittingly screwed up continent! We travel from De Valera’s theocratic Ireland dancing  hopelessly at the crossroads, to men, women and children being taken downstairs to be shot […]

    New History Books: A Very English Scandal November 20, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: A Very English Scandal

    Jeremy Thorpe and the most bizarre of bizarre British scandals: ‘vote Liberal or we’ll shoot your dog etc’ John Preston, A Very English Scandal

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