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  • Beachcombed 85 July 1, 2017

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    Dear Reader The above image comes from the web but my elder daughter wanted this picture of record on the web of two of Beach’s favourite friends. Happy times in the garden here. There follow the most interesting words sent in to StrangeHistory. Thanks to all contributors and linkers… Enjoy July! The mosquitoes have arrived […]

    Beachcombed 84 June 1, 2017

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    Dear Readers, fifth female in house (above) just arrived, acclimatizing. There follow the most interesting words sent in to StrangeHistory. Thanks to all contributors and linkers… Enjoy June! B Bodies in Elm, 1760? Bruce on bodies in roots… Bodies in Trees: Filip G. and some continentals… Evans Wentz and Money: Filip G. with banks… Evans […]

    Beachcombed 83 May 1, 2017

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    Dear Reader, semester winding down and lots of sleep. Evidently some dream poison to sweat out. There follow the most interesting words sent in to StrangeHistory. Thanks to all contributors and linkers… Enjoy May and live and prosper. Beach A Duel in the Middle of Battle: Fred finds a Japanese-German sword fight and Bruce speculates… […]

    Beachcombed 82 April 1, 2017

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    Dear Reader, Sad month, the suicide, on another continent, of one of Beachcombing’s old and beloved aupairs: she sat in a car and gassed herself. No words. You haven’t lived in the twenty-first-century until you’ve read a memorial board on Facebook. ‘I once met ‘Jenny’ for an hour in a youth hostel in Paris…’ The […]

    Beachcombed 81 March 1, 2017

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    Dear Reader, New university continues to be testing. Much more important has been a bust up with the Nanny’s bipolar boyfriend: Nanny has now moved into the Beach mansion to escape his anger, though she accidentally left her keys to our house with said boyfriend. She may (or may not) bring her 60 kilo dog […]

    Beachcombed 80 February 1, 2017

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    Dear Reader, A good if terrifying couple of weeks teaching in a new university. Thanks for your interest and support. There follow the most interesting words sent in to StrangeHistory. Thanks to all contributors and linkers… Have a warm February Beach A Very Old Carp: Gary finds the fount of the legend… All the Fun […]

    Beachcombed 79 January 1, 2017

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    Dear Reader, Beach has been a bad blogger. The past week he has barely put a post up as he was – writing his new book… The book in question is about the supernatural in the island whose cold, harsh Atlantic sands you see above. Apart from crazy and happy writing hours still a lot […]

    Beachcombed 78 December 1, 2016

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    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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    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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    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 […]

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