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Witty Gravestones February 26, 2012

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
Witty Gravestones

One of those difficult days. Two of Beachcombing three sources of income have wobbled in a single six hour span and Beach answered an obnoxious email from one of his ‘managers’ with an even more obnoxious email. Anyway, quite how he got from these troubles to gravestones he can’t remember. But he did spend a […]

Swallowing or Choking on (Operation) Mincemeat February 23, 2012

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
Swallowing or Choking on (Operation) Mincemeat

***Dedicated to Glyndwr Michael*** Operation Mincemeat is often celebrated as the single greatest act of trickery of the Second World War. In 1943 a Welsh suicide victim was dressed up in the uniform of a British royal marine, put on dry ice in a submarine, thrown into the sea off the coast of Spain with […]

Fake Fairies February 21, 2012

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
Fake Fairies

***Dedicated to Invisible who sent in two of these fakes***  Beachcombing apologies because he does normally try and limit his fairy nonsense to a post a week. But this was just too good to miss. He stumbled across a curious reference in the works of Robert Southey (obit 1843). While wandering through Bristol Southey saw […]

Slaves for Sale February 17, 2012

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
Slaves for Sale

Beachcombing has recently become interested in slavery, a matter that he has neglected in previous posts, with the exception of a very unpleasant beating in Colonial American and an early piece on the Barbary Coast. Beach has particularly been impressed/horrified by slave adverts and has stumbled on several remarkable examples. Let’s start off with something […]

Somehow Still Walking February 16, 2012

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
Somehow Still Walking

Beachcombing used to live on a farm next to an SS veteran who had escaped from a Soviet prisoner of war camp with four ‘through and throughs’, a lot of random shrapnel and with one of his eye balls conspicuously absent: he was a bit of a ‘card’ and refused to wear a glass eye. […]

Hippocratic Cobblers. February 15, 2012

Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Contemporary, Modern
Hippocratic Cobblers.

***Dedicated to good and honest doctors: a pox on the others…*** Beachcombing has suffered greatly under the tyranny of white-coats over the years: blame a long undiagnosed and thus untreated condition – uncovered eventually after about ten minutes on Wikipedia. He has come then to expect problems in the medical sector. But nothing prepared him […]

August 1914: Surprise or Countdown? February 14, 2012

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
August 1914: Surprise or Countdown?

In western memory, particularly in European memory the guns of August 1914 were a long awaited horror: and while the First World War was so much worse than anyone could have possibly imagined – Beach thinks of an earlier Churchill post on the nineteenth century comparing itself with the twentieth – everyone knew it was […]

I was afraid to move: I was gasping for breath February 12, 2012

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
I was afraid to move: I was gasping for breath

As those who favour the death penalty have found, killing a human being is surprisingly difficult. How much more difficult if you have a hundred, or a thousand or a hundred thousand human beings to kill and little time to do it. Bullets will only do so much, men and women can be filled with […]

Mona Lisa Madness February 5, 2012

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
Mona Lisa Madness

Beachcombing has long taken an interest in Leonardo’s Mona Lisa. Not because he is particularly a fan of cold and bold LdV and those other renaissance artists who wrecked the unity of the Middle Ages. But because the Giocanda has attracted pretty much every mad theory about: we’ll come to this week’s in a moment. […]

Beachcombing’s Invisible Library February 4, 2012

Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Contemporary, Medieval, Modern
Beachcombing's Invisible Library

  Beachcombing has had a lot of fun over the last year and a half cataloging invisible libraries, libraries that only exist in the imagination of authors and connoisseurs. Today, Beach thought he would take stock of the achievement to date and also, in a fit of utter self-indulgence, introduce readers to Mrs B’s contribution […]

Image: Princip’s Conscience February 2, 2012

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
Image: Princip's Conscience

Beach has several things on his conscience. Aged eight he clumsily trod on a frog breaking its back bone; last summer he accidentally killed a baby adder while trying to get it out of the garden; and then there was a very painful split with a girl who deserved better a decade ago, sorry E. […]

Owen’s Untimely Death January 31, 2012

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
Owen's Untimely Death

  There are occasional micro moments in history that are so extraordinary painful to read about that they strangely dwarf greater tragedies such as the liquidation of a ghetto, the dropping of an atom bomb or the sinking of a cruise-liner. One of these micro tragedies that has been bobbing in and out of Beachcombing’s […]

De Gaulle and Ike at Gettysburg January 26, 2012

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
De Gaulle and Ike at Gettysburg

One of Beachcombing’s many files in the rusty filing cabinet in the downstairs bathroom is a surprisingly bulky: ‘battlefields after the fact’. Here there are a series of great men and women visiting the places of carnage past and reflecting on ‘the father of all things’. There are many precious references in said file including […]

2012 and All That January 24, 2012

Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Contemporary
2012 and All That

The Beachcombings’ last aupair but one wanted to go back to school and get a degree as a midwife (which in itself begs all kinds of questions) but was holding off till 2013: ‘I don’t want to waste my time if the world is about to end’ she usefully explained. Beach should add that she […]

Remembering Bologna January 23, 2012

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
Remembering Bologna

Beachcombing doesn’t normally have much time for railway-stations, but for Bologna he’ll make an exception. It is not the edifice itself that catches his attention, but the way memory has been built into its very fabric: the memory that is of 2 August 1980. At 10.25 on the morning of that day a bomb went […]

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