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  • Daily History Picture: Stone Bulls April 10, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Stone Bulls

    The Toros of Guisando in Spain

    Big Ben Superstitions April 10, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    Big Ben Superstitions

    Big Ben the great bell that rings out from Westminster is a central part of British identity: not least because its chimes have, for many years, sounded on national radio and television programs. It would hardly be surprising then that there are superstitions about Big Ben, but what is surprising is that these seem not […]

    Natural Ghosts April 9, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    Natural Ghosts

    These words came from an article in All the Year Round 1869 trying to explain ghosts as problems of sensation. It is unusually well written, and goes into some areas of perception that modern studies don’t deal with: we tend to be obsessed by sight. Next to sight, hearing is the sense most frequently imposed […]

    Thirteenth-Century Eurasia April 8, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    Thirteenth-Century Eurasia

    In 1989 Janet Abu-Lughod published her Before European Hegemony. In a series of graphics and discussions she attempted to map out not the trade routes, but the trade zones (‘trade circuits’) that divided up Eurasia and, indeed, Africa to the north of the Sahara and down the Horn. As with many bold economic books, these […]

    History Roundup 808: 19 & 20 Cent April 7, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 808: 19 & 20 Cent

    Today’s links follow 1) Kennedy Myth: US 2) Smelling Safety: New York 3) Mythic Poster: UK 4) Very Old: New Zealand 5) Forbidden Lands: Britain and from the archives 6) A Travelling Chair Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: West End Girls

    Daily History Picture: Irish Travels April 7, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Irish Travels

    A study in British attitudes, this one, in the decades before the famine.

    Chasing Off Demons in Roman Slovenia April 6, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
    Chasing Off Demons in Roman Slovenia

    Beach is coming back to the Battle of the Frigidus in 394, by all means click the link if you need to refresh your memory. As Theodosius is bringing his army up to fight Eugenius’s army something rather strange is described by the historian Rufinus. But the pagans [Eugenius’ army], who are always giving fresh […]

    History Roundup 807: Food Fun April 6, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 807: Food Fun

    Today’s links follow 1) Wine Labels: California 2) Dental Decay: the Dentists 3) Hair of the Dog: Dictionary 4) Stash of WW1 Liquor: Israel 5) 5 Food Criminals: Everywhere and from the archives 6) Hallucinogenic Fairies Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Holding Back the Years

    Daily History Picture: The Calendar and British Summertime April 6, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: The Calendar and British Summertime

    ‘The clocks go back…’

    History Roundup: Supernatural and Folklore April 5, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup: Supernatural and Folklore

    Today’s links follow 1) I Want the Mermaid: London 2) Crystal Seer: Lancashire 3) Dead Flows the Don: UK 4) Folklore and Communists: US 5) Museum Ghost: London and from the archives 6) Giraffes in China Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: The Stuarts in Seven Minutes Video  

    Daily History Picture: German Uboat on a British Beach April 5, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: German Uboat on a British Beach

    Wow…

    Victorian Urban Legend: Pickpocket and Boa Constrictor April 5, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Victorian Urban Legend: Pickpocket and Boa Constrictor

    This is a lovely tale. An elderly chap meets a young man in a tram car who confesses that he was once a pickpocket. He gives the story of his conversion. I was lounging about, when in came a gentleman with a long basket. It was the most curious basket I had ever seen, with two […]

    Evans-Pritchard and the Witch April 4, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Evans-Pritchard and the Witch

    Beach wants to induct E. E. Evans-Pritchard into his Rogue Researchers club for an experience that befell the great British anthropologist during his field work in Africa. This passage comes from his famous first chapter in Witchcraft, Oracles and Magic among the Azande (1937). The experience is probably from 1925 or 1926: I have only […]

    History Roundup 805: Prehistoric April 4, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 805: Prehistoric

    Today’s links follow 1) Iceman Killer: Alps 2) 12,000 Year Old Mom: the grave 3) Masked Men: Egypt 4) Ogam Names: Ireland 5) Making Atl Atl: Mexico and from the archives 6) How to Train a Griffin Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links:Brothers under bridges

    Daily History Picture: Titanic Survivors April 4, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Titanic Survivors

    Allegedly Titanic lifeboats…

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