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  • Beachcombed 78 December 1, 2016

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    Beachcombed 78

    Crikey, well this has been another dramatic month… Beach has been in intense contract negotiations and will now leave his old institute and go and work in another one: he was given an offer he could not refuse and 72 hours to decide, the next three days were a sort of gnawing hell. Many times […]

    Beachcombed 77 November 1, 2016

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    Beachcombed 77

    Dear Reader, A great October with a visit from a friend and children (early 5 Nov bonfire tonight) and, on a less positive note, a very large bill from a bastardly continental organisation: several tens of thousand dollars. The long awaited audit. There follow the most interesting words sent in to StrangeHistory. Thanks to all […]

    Beachcombed 76 October 1, 2016

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    Dear Reader, What a month. A phantom pregnancy (farce and fear), watching a five year old start school (tragedy), and lots of book editing (the highlight?), then there has been the fun of the American elections and new students (outstanding classes). There follow the c. 10000 most interesting words sent in to StrangeHistory. Thanks to […]

    Beachcombed 75 September 1, 2016

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    Dear Reader, and so term is beginning. First class this morning. Butterflies and relief, for the first time in a decade, that the summer is over. Still 48,000 academic words written and some fun had. There follow the c. 10000 most interesting words sent in to StrangeHistory. Thanks to all contributors… Have a great September! […]

    Beachcombed 74 August 1, 2016

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    Dear Reader, another difficult month: the strange ebb and flow of ‘luck’ is a fascinating subject. Many hours in hospital after a Dutch friend of Beach managed to break his heel in the Beach garden and needed a translator and a bodyguard (angry nurses). A tortoise escaped and is MIA and another lost an eye […]

    Beachcombed 73 July 1, 2016

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    Dear Reader What a month of good and bad: Brexit, a rogue Italian bureaucrat demanding thousands, a visit to grandparents, a car crash, a visit from grandparents and, of course, now Beach has gone and lost one of his jobs: all because he wouldn’t force twenty students to sit through a conference that didn’t have […]

    Beachcombed 72 June 1, 2016

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    Beachcombed 72

    Dear Reader, Two weeks of relative rest and two weeks of maps, nineteenth-century manuscripts and joy with a very small teaching load. Thanks, as always, to the multiple linkers: Amanda, Invisible, Chris S, Joan, Ricardo, Wade and others. I’ve put the very best contributions below to the posts from this month: the cream follow here, […]

    Beachcombed 71 May 1, 2016

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    Dear Reader, Exhausted after yesterday finishing the last exams. Will drift back into consciousness over the next week, for now sitting out in the garden with the tortoises. Thanks, as always, to the multiple linkers: Amanda, Invisible, Chris S, Joan, Ricardo, Wade and others. I’ve put the very best contributions below to the posts from […]

    Beachcombed 70 April 1, 2016

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    Dear Reader, Last month of uni work makes April the worst month and the next week will be the worst week of the worst month. Up at 4 and sleep on the train… Thanks, as always, to the multiple linkers: Amanda, Invisible, Chris S, Joan, Ricardo, Wade and others. I’ve put the very best contributions […]

    Beachcombed 69 March 1, 2016

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    Dear Reader, Uni holidays coming up so a restful week ahead and this week Mrs B took the kids away skiing so restful weekend behind. Happy days. Thanks, as always, to the multiple linkers: Amanda, Invisible, Chris S, Joan, Ricardo, Wade and others. I’ve put the very best contributions below to the posts from this […]

    Beachcombed 68 February 1, 2016

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    Dear Reader, January that jumping-in-a-cold-pool-feeling as term begins, even if kids as always nice. Long hours, and early mornings. Up at four twice this week to try and make things work: though in truth today I managed somehow to sleep in till six. Thanks, as always, to the multiple linkers: Amanda, Invisible, Chris S, Joan, Ricardo, Wade and […]

    Beachcombed 67 January 1, 2016

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    Dear Reader, thanks as always for all the emails and communications. This month, for the first time in six years, started a book, very excited. Perhaps a cycle is drawing to an end. Christmas was good with friends visiting and a trip to the cinema for the first time in a decade: Star Wars… This […]

    Beachcombed 66 December 1, 2015

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    Beachcombed 66

    Dear Reader, thanks as always for all the emails and communications. Everything great at chez Beachcombing. In fact, only five or six ulcers on the tongue are distracting from the pleasure of life. This month was supposed to be dedicated to Bella in the Wych Elm, but new data is still dripping in: witchcraft spy, […]

    Beachcombed 65 November 1, 2015

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    Dear Reader, thanks for all the emails and communications. The most exciting event of this month has been the discovery of a hidden room in the Beachcombing residence: apparently three partisans hid there in the war. We know where it is, we have worked out how big it is, but we still have not broken […]

    Beachcombed 64 October 1, 2015

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    Beachcombed 64

    Dear Reader, thanks for all the emails and communications. This month two obstacles. First, despite being pre-programmed the blog posts were not visible to all readers from 20-30 September. No idea why! they are there now: for some of you were there all the time. Second, agonising toothache kept me away from the computer for […]

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