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  • Daily History Picture: Owl Beauty November 30, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Owl Beauty

    Delightful fragment from an illuminated manuscript

    Index Biography #48: Prize a book November 30, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Index Biography #48: Prize a book

    ***Invisible gets it – scroll down for answer*** 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 […]

    History Roundup 948: Potpourri November 29, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 948: Potpourri

    Today’s links follow 1) Turkey Weapons: US 2) Digital Research and Art: Libraries 3) Hanging Women: England 4) Whale Story: Greenland 5) Weird Objects: US and from the archives 6) Prospero and the Etruscans Other links: How Bill Gates Reads Books Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com

    Daily History Picture: US Nazi Rally November 29, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: US Nazi Rally

    US Nazi rally at Madison Square Gardens, 1939.

    Islam: a Warlike Religion? November 29, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Medieval, Modern
    Islam: a Warlike Religion?

    As part of Europe’s culture wars and as part of the continuing ‘War on Terror’ we in the west are constantly talking about Islam. Among these debates there is the question of Islam’s supposedly violent nature. Unlikely couplings of bearded prophet types and bespectacled intellectuals discuss lines from the Koran. There are even surreal exchanges where […]

    History Roundup 947: Supernatural November 28, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 947: Supernatural

    Today’s links follow 1) Pacific Folklore: Hawaii 2) Cellini’s Hell: Florence 3) Fairy Fun: All Over 4) Freaky Fire: Greece 5) Cottingley Photographs: UK and from the archives 6) Total Eclipse Other links: The Mermaid (beautiful) Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com

    Daily History Picture: Marilyn Kicks Off November 28, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Marilyn Kicks Off

    US vs Israel soccer match

    Big Brother Urban Legends November 28, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Big Brother Urban Legends

    The three great totalitarian states that dominated Europe in the 1930s were the Soviet Union, Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy. Did these have their own urban legends? Of course. But what were they? Beach wants only to open one obvious form of totalitarian urban legend: what he will provisionally call ‘the big brother story’. Now, […]

    History Roundup 946: Archaeology November 27, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 946: Archaeology

    Today’s links follow 1) Mosaic: Byzantine 2) Technology and Archaeology: Computers 3) Iron Age Treats: England 4) Archaeology of Genocide: Poland 5) War and Archaeology: Iraq and from the archives 6) Diodorus’ Island Other links: Murmuration of starlings (been trampolining to this) Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com

    Daily History Picture: Improvised Shovel November 27, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Improvised Shovel

    German helmet made into a shovel… Hard times.

    Mermaid Monday: Stoning Mermaids November 27, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Mermaid Monday: Stoning Mermaids

    This brief account was published in the press in 1827 (Anon). Within these last two or three days there have been several mermaids seen on the rocks at Trenance, in the parish of Mawgan. I will state the particulars at length, as I have been enabled to collect them, and which are from undoubted authority, […]

    Ghosts and Photo Fakes November 26, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Ghosts and Photo Fakes

    Ghost photograph fakes always have a certain interest, not least because they are usually so clumsily done. However, these, which appeared in the Tatler, 9 Oct 1907, were a cut above. There follow screen captures of the five photographs. The editor has written in ‘The making of ghosts has ever been a favourite pastime of […]

    Review: Grossman, Life and Fate November 25, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Review: Grossman, Life and Fate

    Vasily Grossman, Life and Fate [1960] This blogger has been very reluctant to write posts on historical fiction for the simple fact that he cannot stand most representatives of the genre. But Life and Fate was started reluctantly during the recent flu wars, and has been great bedtime and pre-siesta reading ever since. Written in […]

    History Roundup 945: Weird! November 24, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 945: Weird!

    Today’s links follow 1) Talking Cats: Florida 2) Mysterious Carvings: Canada (fascinating) 3) Prostitutes’ Tale: London (great Mayhew) 4) Hairy Dwarfs: Nick Redfern 5) Roman Nappies: Ancient Med and from the archives 6) Flying Boats in Atlantis Other links: Death of the Wehrmacht Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com

    Daily History Picture: German Surrender at Normandy November 24, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: German Surrender at Normandy
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