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  • Daily History Picture: Scottish Child Worker May 31, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Scottish Child Worker

    Late 19C, look at shoeless feet.

    Index Biography #30: Prize a book May 31, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval, Modern
    Index Biography #30: Prize a book

    ***BT got it scroll down for the result*** 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 […]

    History Roundup 661 including Neanderthal Engineering May 30, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 661 including Neanderthal Engineering

    Today’s links follow. 1) Aristotle’s Grave? Greece 2) Macclesfield Pedestrian: UK 3) History Underneath Visitor’s Centre: Philidelphia 4) Most Beautiful 17C Women: England 5) Neanderthal Engineers: France 6) Rain Magician: US and from the archives 7) Foolish Soldiers on River Other links: Hood vs Bismarck

    Daily History Picture: HIV Strategy May 30, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: HIV Strategy

    Note one of Africa’s most successful attempts to defeat HIV

    Forgotten Kingdoms: Africa Town May 30, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Forgotten Kingdoms: Africa Town

    This blog described, a month ago, the horrific experience of a group of African slaves, brought to Alabama (illegally) in 1860. In that post, Beach concentrated on the experience of slavery, remembered by men and women some seventy years later. But not the least incredible part of their experience was their decision to build a […]

    New History Books: Vanishing Velazquez May 29, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: Vanishing Velazquez

    Laura Cumming, The Vanishing Velazquez (Scribner) Art history detective story: looking forward….

    Watchers of the Sky: The Modern UFO Cult May 29, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    Watchers of the Sky: The Modern UFO Cult

    The sky was not a big thing in the supernatural before the early modern period. Yes, there were the odd wild hunts, some dragon flights (aurora borealis?) and some airy elementals. But there was no sense that the heavens were worth watching for the supernatural in their own right. Then the modern age begins: Protestantism, […]

    Daily History Picture: Philosophy… May 28, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Philosophy...

    Socrates makes his contribution to world history. Then there was sociology…

    Lost Sounds #2: London Street Cries, c. 1700 May 28, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Lost Sounds #2: London Street Cries, c. 1700

    Beach offers the second in his series of lost sounds: the noises that were familiar to our ancestors but that have now for ever vanished and that we struggle to reconstruct. Last time, the Lancashire clog charge, this time the criers of early eighteenth-century London. The idea of London street criers, perhaps particularly from Victorian […]

    Regency Love Signs May 28, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Regency Love Signs

    These were some interesting love tips from early nineteenth-century Britain. The sources is included, below, with apologies and joy, it is terribly wonderful. The good and bad signs are mixed naturally. If the maid has the first and last letters of her forename the same as the first and last letters of gentleman’s surname this […]

    New History Books: Saladin May 28, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: Saladin

    John Man, Saladin: The Sultan Who Vanquished the Crusaders and Built an Islamic Empire A new biography of the great Kurdish leader of the Arab world.  

    History Roundup 660 including Cats Taking Over the World May 27, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 660 including Cats Taking Over the World

    Today’s links follow. 1) Science of Pointed Sticks: Prehistory 2) How Cats Took Over the World: London 3) Queen’s Dress Found in Church: UK 4) Satan in the Big Apple: US 5) Loch Ness Register: Scotland 6) Lost Gardens of E Dickinson: US and from the archives 7) English Doppleganger Other links:  Smoke gets in your […]

    Daily History Picture: Blitz Santa May 27, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Blitz Santa

    Ho, ho, ho!

    The Earliest Broomstick Witch? May 27, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    The Earliest Broomstick Witch?

    Witches fly in many different cultures: the British anthropologist Needham argued that it was a way of expressing their power, their ability to bring maleficum to all who get in their way or on their nerves. But in the European tradition witches have been associated, above all, with broomsticks: though note that witches were also […]

    History Roundup 659 including Iron Age Music in Contemporary India May 26, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 659 including Iron Age Music in Contemporary India

    Today’s links follow. 1) The World’s Oldest Song: Sumer 2) Volcano Sediments: Naples 3) Early Shakespeare Theatre Square: England 4) Writing about an Infamous Mistress: UK 5) Iron Age Horns Still Used: India 6) Skull Disease Rediscovered: the Lab and from the archives 7) Historical Menage a Trois Other links: Brel, La Quete

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