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  • Daily History Picture: Surrender at Dunkirk September 2, 2014

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

    British and French troops led away at Dunkirk, 1940

    Highland Cat Killing and Cat Demons September 2, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Highland Cat Killing and Cat Demons

    There is a long tradition of cats being either pampered by humans or being killed in various ghastly ways. As noted before on this blog – the cat throwing of the Lowlands, for example – cat cruelty was, in the early modern period, institutionalized. Here is one horrific example from the Hebrides. Cat lovers might want […]

    Beachcombed 51 September 1, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Beachcombed
    Beachcombed 51

    Dear Reader, A wonderful month, 6 articles written and now getting ready to a return to teaching. Special thanks not only to the emailers below for the individual posts but also to Wade, Invisible, Chris S, Ricardo, Andy, Borky and Amanda who have sent me outstandings links, something that I can never equal. strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT […]

    Daily History Picture: American Indian Looks Down on Doom September 1, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: American Indian Looks Down on Doom

    American Indian looks over at the Transcontinental Railway 1868

    History Roundup 191 including Satan’s Face August 31, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 191 including Satan's Face

    Today’s post is the index quiz and today’s links follow. 1) Losing Lenin’s Head: 3.6 tonnes… 2) Russian Ghost City in China: Harbin 3) Satan’s Changing Face: through the centuries 4) Faster than a Speeding Bullet: look out for the legends on slingshots 5) When Indians Beat US in Air Wargames: despite US technological edge […]

    Index Biography #10: Prize = a good book August 31, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Index Biography #10: Prize = a good book

    The Index Biography is a new form of biography 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 here Sheridan le Fanu and Joseph […]

    History Roundup 190 including the Killers of the Neanderthals August 30, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 190 including the Killers of the Neanderthals

    Today’s post is a book review and today’s links follow. 1) Armenian Diaspora: in Burma… 2) Olso Medieval: Dug up 3) Amerindians and Earthworks: ignorance? 4) WW1 Diet: for Tommies 5) Climate Crisis in mid 1970s: dangers of a cooling climate 6) Sistrum in Ancient Egypt: sacred? 7) Warships that Doomed and Saved an Empire: UK 8) British Embassy […]

    Thumb-Kissing Irish-Style August 30, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Thumb-Kissing Irish-Style

    Thumb kissing was the legal equivalent of crossing fingers in nineteenth-century Ireland. The witness is given the Bible, that as a good Catholic, should be a moment of high religious importance. But what would happen if you kissed say your thumb holding the book rather than the Bible itself? Well, it wouldn’t count would it! […]

    History Roundup 189 including Yeti Footprints for Sale August 29, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 189 including Yeti Footprints for Sale

    Today’s post is a book review and today’s links follow. 1) Green Vikings: oh please… 2) Kennewick Man: Polynesian? 3) Yeti Footprints: for sale… 4) Sea Serpent: and Art Noveau 5) Slumps that Made Modern Finance: Economist 6) Vancouver’s Racist History: stopping Asiatic buy ups 7) Ambedcar Who? Indian hero 8) British Newspapers Online: getting bigger and from […]

    The Ashanti Ewer August 29, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval, Modern
    The Ashanti Ewer

    ***Thanks to RG for the tip*** A brilliant wrong place story that has just come strangehistory’s way. Imagine that in the late nineteenth century you stumble upon a medieval ewer (a kind of jug), the heaviest of its kind, in fact, weighing an incredible 18.6 kilos (just for the record that’s almost exactly how many […]

    History Roundup 188 including Knocking Shrieking Night Noises August 28, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 188 including Knocking Shrieking Night Noises

    Today’s post is a book review and today’s links follow. 1) Cloudy with a Chance of Tempestarii: Esoterx 2) The Oldest Oven in the World: Croatia 3) Medieval Warrior from the Ice: Siberia! 4) Knocking, Shrieking in the Night: English ghost 5) Bad Taste History Story of 2014: wow 6) Mystery Music: Icebergs, fields and mountains 7) […]

    Review: Mrs Wakeman vs. The Antichrist August 28, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    Review: Mrs Wakeman vs. The Antichrist

    Behind the Stars and Stripes wavering over corn fields and Malborough man coughing up his lungs, there is vast hinterland of American strangeness that European countries, cursed by more measured, deeper histories, fail to compete with. Perhaps it’s the melting pot, perhaps it is the relative lack of rules, perhaps it is the welcome failure […]

    History Roundup 187 including Eating Holy Clay and European in Chinese Tomb August 27, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 187 including Eating Holy Clay and European in Chinese Tomb

    Today’s links follow. 1) Nudes as Unlikely Tribute: for the Somme? 2) European in Chinese Tomb: sounds vaguely suspect 3) Drunken Monkey: who smashed up a bar 4) Prosecuting Rodents: Esoterx 5) WW1 Medal: wishing well 6) Britain’s Last Cavalry: Re-enacted 7) Eating Holy Clay: OHB 8) A Good Man in Rwanda: graphic 9) Time […]

    Napoleon and the Red Man: Selling Your Soul for European Dominion August 27, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Napoleon and the Red Man: Selling Your Soul for European Dominion

    Beach must start this post with a rider: he LOATHES Napoleon. The man who destroyed the Venetian Republic; who murdered (directly or indirectly) hundreds of thousands of innocents; who filled French galleries and museums with plunder; who put the crown (which wasn’t his) on his own head; who perpetuated the worst revolution of all, in […]

    History Roundup 186 including the Hambledon Club Men August 26, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 186 including the Hambledon Club Men

    Today’s links follow. 1) Isaac’s Secret Writing: deciphered! 2) Father Jean-Marie: the last champion of the Holy Roman Empire 3) Oldest Metal from Middle East: Jordan Valley 4) History of Yorkshire Pudding: Telegraph 5) Jewish Confederate: and the talking parrot 6) Battle at Hambledon Hill: those clubmen 7) Apps Better than Books for History: Dan […]

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