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  • ISIS and Their Historical Caliphate Cobblers June 17, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite, Medieval
    ISIS and Their Historical Caliphate Cobblers

    ***Dedicated to Ricardo and his Missus*** ISIS is a group of Islamists who have recently made it on the news by taking over a quarter of Iraq and an adjacent and not insignificant area of poor mutilated Syria. Flick through ISIS news reports and most will involve atrocity stories including decapitation, crucifixion and human bonfires: […]

    History Roundup 123 including Worshipping Meteorites and Manuscripts in Clothes June 16, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 123 including Worshipping Meteorites and Manuscripts in Clothes

    1) Grand Duchess and Her Tommies: Russian aristocrat in the Great War 2) Polish Meteorite and Neolithic Man: Worship the fire stone! 3) Warrior Burial: Bognor Regis! 4) New Gallo-Roman Site: Oise 5) Manuscripts in Unusual Places: loved this! 6) The Very Prehistoric Spark Plug: debunked? 7) George III, Physically Ill or Bi-Polar: the argument […]

    The Horror of 69 Charlotte Street June 16, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Horror of 69 Charlotte Street

    One of our occasional series of ghost stories from the English press. This one appeared in 1940 – as if a World War wasn’t enough to keep you busy – and relates to Devonport (Plymouth) in the south-west. Note that the south-west is over-represented in English newsreports of Fortean affairs. Relieved peace once more reigns […]

    History Roundup 122 including Ancient Werewolves and Executioners June 15, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 122 including Ancient Werewolves and Executioners

    Today’s post on prices now, prices in the past and today’s links… 1) The Mediterranean Werewolf: from antiquity on 2) In Search of Vlad: have they found him? 3) A History of the Executioner: ouch… 4) Banning Ulysses: in the UK 5) Warley Place Ghosts: flowers and spirits 6) Assyrian Tower of Babel: Gateway to the Stars […]

    Comparing Present Money with Past Money June 15, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Medieval, Modern
    Comparing Present Money with Past Money

    Money makes the world go round, but how much? Today the question is relatively easy to answer because we ‘feel’ money: but if you got back in time all your coordinates are gone, it is an extreme version of travelling to another country where they use a different currency. In most other countries you can […]

    History Roundup 121 including Mummy Brown and History of Toilets June 14, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 121 including Mummy Brown and History of Toilets

    Today’s post is on seven-headed monsters and today’s heroes are HOLLAND 1) Mummy Brown: the best of mortuary paint 2) Brief History of Soccer: and again HOLLAND 3) History of Toilets: disappointing lack of pictures 4) Papa’s Coming to Get You: dying with dad 5) Slocum Disaster: grim picture 6) Digging at WW2 Level in POW Camp: […]

    Prodigious Portrait of a Seven-Headed Monster June 14, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Prodigious Portrait of a Seven-Headed Monster

    This peculiar creature appeared in a seventeenth-century English pamphlet. The pamphlet limits itself to two pages and tells a simple story. The true Portraiture of a prodigious Monster, taken in the Mountains of Zardana [in Syria]. the following Description whereof was sent to Madrid, Octob. 20, 1654, and from thence to Don Olonzo de Cardines, […]

    History Roundup 120 including Nuking the Carolinas June 13, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 120 including Nuking the Carolinas

    Today’s post on a 12 Night Orgy and now our links… 1) Whoops, Apocalypse: When the US almost nuked the Carolinas 2) Friday 13: why unlucky 3) Killing People with Molten Gold: there are better ways to go 4) Screw China and Keep the South Sea: Philipines use old maps 5) Whatever Happened to Little Albert: […]

    Immortal Meals #14: Food Orgy on Twelfth Night June 13, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Immortal Meals #14: Food Orgy on Twelfth Night

    From long before the times of Trimalchio there have been extraordinarily sumptuous banquets. These died away with the shriveling of economic possibilities in the early Middle Ages but then returned with avengeance in the fourteenth and fifteenth century. A British contribution to the category of exaggerated banquets and one for the immortal meal tag was […]

    History Roundup 119 including Historical Hawaian Fairies June 12, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 119 including Historical Hawaian Fairies

    1) Understanding Women: 1912 2) Crumbling Atlantic Wall: on the DDay coast 3) More Historical Fairies? this time Hawaii 4) Getting the Banshee Wrong: discuss 5) Cannibalism: prehistoric Siberia 6) Chinese Curse on Ship: Vanished Banker 7) Losing a Thousand Year Old Manuscript: for 34 years 8) Homes for Heroes: on an Irish Island 9) […]

    First Blood in the Great War? June 12, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    First Blood in the Great War?

    Lieutenant Albert Mayer of the fifth Baden Mounted Jäger Regiment brought seven German cavalry onto a ridge at Jonchery to the south-east of Belfort close to the French German border. On this ridge the riders ran into representatives of the forty-fourth Infantry Regiment, who had come to intercept them, and fighting broke out. Mayer smashed […]

    History Roundup 118 including Van Gogh’s Ear and Electoral Terrorism June 11, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 118 including Van Gogh's Ear and Electoral Terrorism

    1) Urban Legends about Churchill and Fleming: from Snopes, good stuff 2) Government Yeti Hunting Guidelines: precious, there were three 3) Pre-Columbian Hoard: Guatemala 4) Mausoleum of Romulus Reopens: after twenty years 5) Living Replica of Van Gogh’s Ear: errr 6) City of the Little People: Fairies in Iran? 7) Demon Tobacco: smoking naughtiness 8) […]

    Were Ancient or Modern Soldiers More Likely to Die? June 11, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Contemporary, Medieval, Modern
    Were Ancient or Modern Soldiers More Likely to Die?

    Soldier, forget principle, forget country, forget pride, forget hate: your one aim is to survive, with or without your legs. Now ask yourself this: given that you want, at all costs, to live would you prefer to fight in WW2 battle or a battle in the Punic wars in antiquity? Perhaps the first thing to […]

    History Roundup 117 including Punching Prehistory and Greek Love Letters June 10, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 117 including Punching Prehistory and Greek Love Letters

    Today’s post is on last meals and today’s links follow: 1) Backwards Headline: wronged Corrigan 2) Who Killed Howard: New Zealand 3) Human Face Made for Punching: 5 million BC 4) First Farmers were Sailors: Swimming and settlement 5) Letters from the Dead: better than phonecalls 6) Ceredigion Monastery Dioscovered: ‘incredibly important’ 7) 19 Cent […]

    Last Meals of US Condemned June 10, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite, Contemporary, Modern
    Last Meals of US Condemned

    A book on the history of the last meal (including attempts to intoxicate the soon to be executed) would be a fascinating one. Not least is the rather poor taste in banning the custom in some states in the US, that seems an unnecessary act of spite to criminals living their difficult last hours. There […]

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