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  • History Roundup 844: May 31, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 844:

    Today’s links follow [due to extraordinary incompetence, a new dog has arrived in the house, yesterdays links came out empty… sorry] 1) The witch: popular culture: 2) Joan of Arc Rides Again: France (fascinating) 3) Lake Legends: Wales 4) Depressed Fairy Tales: France 5) Fairies and Corgis: Britain and from the archives 6) Druidic ravens […]

    Index Biography #42 May 31, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Index Biography #42

      The Index Biography is a quiz 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 offered up previously here Sheridan le Fanu and Joseph Stalin (he of […]

    History Roundup 843: Rounding off the Month May 30, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 843: Rounding off the Month

    Today’s links follow 1) Soldiers Who Don’t Die: US 2) The Furry Basques: Spain 3) Most Literate Trash Heap: Egypt 4) Bad Tintin? Belgium 5) Drunken Sailor and the Fort: India and from the archives 6) Jack the Ripper and Lies Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Reading soccer

    Chased into a Sicilian Hell May 30, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Chased into a Sicilian Hell

    This is a great supernatural stories from 18C England. The earliest version known to this blogger dates to 1793. Note that this is a much later version that claims to be based on actual records. Beach doesn’t believe that for a second. Ha! It is almost identical and entire passages word-for-word the same. An Account of Mr. […]

    Daily History Picture: Making Brens May 29, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Making Brens

    Peterborough Immortal, 180 Years May 29, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Peterborough Immortal, 180 Years

    ‘Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,/ Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,/ Silence the pianos and with muffled drum/ Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.’ 2 Apr Fri, 1830, Britain’s oldest inhabitant died. Solemn notices appeared in the newspaper Death Extraordinary. On Friday se’nnight [a week Friday], at […]

    The Butter Love Spell May 28, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Butter Love Spell

    Location: Ireland (Wilde 1888, 195), late nineteenth century Aim: ‘To Cause Love’ Ingredients: new plate, new butter, a bucolic retreat, and an ‘O woman loved by me’ Method: (i) buy a new plate, make sure that it has never been used (ii) Put golden butter on the plate. (iii) Find the one you love. (iv) […]

    Bog Book in Benbecula? May 27, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval, Modern
    Bog Book in Benbecula?

    It is always such fun when folklore produces an impossible story that is actually credible. Here is one recorded from the Hebrides in J. F. Campbell’s Popular Tales of the West Highlands. Note that the Feen are the Fenians, Gaelic Robin Hoods. I was told in Benbecula how a man had found a book, containing the […]

    Constellation Plate and the Music of the Spheres May 26, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Constellation Plate and the Music of the Spheres

    Here is a curiosity: a plate that plays magical music to your sleeping ear. The passage comes from the writing of John Beaumont (obit 1731) a geologist and reluctant British mystic who sometimes saw ‘spirits’. In one of his works (Account, 188) Beaumont claims: I may here note, That some Persons have told my self, […]

    History Roundup 842: War May 26, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 842: War

    Today’s links follow 1) Curious George and the Nazis: US 2) Horrors of Revolution: France 3) 5 Naval Battles Changed History: 7 Seas 4) Nazi Enclave: US 5) Blood and Bullet: US and from the archives 6) Dual death of Harold II Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: 3 […]

    History Roundup 841: Lies and Legends May 25, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 841: Lies and Legends

    Today’s links follow 1) Rumour Clinics: US 2) Hitler Fake Baby Photo: Dark Room 3) Tear Bottle: England 4) Listening to the Dead: US 5) Frankenstein: all over! and from the archives 6) Atlantis in the East Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Former CIA, Media and Crime Victims

    Daily History Picture: Who Would Win? May 25, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Who Would Win?

    History Roundup 840: Vandalism and Extinction May 24, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 840: Vandalism and Extinction

    Today’s links follow 1) Roman Arch and Truck: UK 2) Bio-Security Destroy 19C Relics: Australia 3) Vanished Smells: the lab 4) Hill Fort Vandalised: UK 5) Dinosaur Minutes Away from Avoiding Extinction: Prehistory and from the archives 6) Hitlerian Invisible Library Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Weird Nostalgia

    Review: Meredith Kercher, Amanda Knox and Murder in Perugia May 24, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Review: Meredith Kercher, Amanda Knox and Murder in Perugia

    Nina Burleigh, The Fatal Gift of Beauty In 2007 a young British student Meredith Kercher was murdered in her flat in Perugia, Italy: she had possibly been raped before her death. The crime was a horrible one, but the victim was all too often forgotten in the events that followed. The prosecutors in Perugia decided […]

    Daily History Picture: Welsh Peasants May 24, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Welsh Peasants
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