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  • Lenin Meets the Bandits April 9, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Uncategorized
    Lenin Meets the Bandits

    19 January 1919, a wonderful moment where Lenin almost got offed by the forces he had created. On this day, Lenin, Chabanov, his bodyguard, and Maria, Lenin’s sister were driving with bourgeos ostentation on the outskirts of Moscow. At a railway bridge they were stopped, however, by three armed men, that Lenin and Chabanov assumed were […]

    Macarius and the World Soul March 16, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval, Uncategorized
    Macarius and the World Soul

    Nothing like a medieval eccentric, there are so few of them: this was an age, after all, when originality was neither enjoyed nor, all too often, tolerated. How about Macarius then, allegedly an Irish monk though that name – Greek? – doesn’t seem Gaelic or the kind of name that Gaels would adopt in their […]

    Daily History Picture: Sea Monster March 12, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures, Uncategorized
    Daily History Picture: Sea Monster

    I’m curious about this. Do we have one of the giant sea women sometimes found on medieval beaches?

    Books and the Ghost March 11, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Uncategorized
    Books and the Ghost

    Aspenshaw Hall is an elegant, still standing, eighteenth century home in Derbyshire central England. It came to the attention of this blog because of a rather charming ghost story. A mile distant, and not far from Ollersett pit, is Aspenshaw Hall, which for many years was empty. It is in the middle of a wood […]

    Unlucky Jobs: Japanese Prime Ministers, 1900-1950 March 7, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Uncategorized
    Unlucky Jobs: Japanese Prime Ministers, 1900-1950

    Beach recently added to his tag on the worst careers in the world, noting how being an English or, God forbid, a Scottish king was really very dangerous in the Middle Ages. He has now decided to bring these observations up to date with presidents and prime ministers. Instead of covering periods of 500 years, […]

    Daily History Picture: Dividing Germany February 11, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures, Uncategorized
    Daily History Picture: Dividing Germany

    German propaganda poster about what the allies would do should they win the Great War: it may have been wise…