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  • Downey’s Death: Killed by Imagination May 16, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Downey's Death: Killed by Imagination

    Beach stumbled across this story a couple of weeks ago and thought he’d put it up for the practical jokes tag. There was much interest in the nineteenth century about how the psychological impression of death could cause death. Somewhere Beach has read a French version of this (can anyone help: drbeachcombing AT yahoo DOT […]

    History Roundup 409 including How to Fight in Armour May 15, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 409 including How to Fight in Armour

    Today’s links follow. 1) Conversations with Martians: Seance etc (our much slighter effort) 2) Hobo Code: America 3) How to Fight in Armour: Battlefield 4) Murderous Otter’s Lane: England 5) Sorry to Witches: Norway 6) Oldest Mulberry: Britain (love trees) 7) The Real Sword in the Stone: Italy 8) Alien High Priest in Da Vinci: Wow…. […]

    Daily History Picture: Many Handed One May 15, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Many Handed One

    This is apparently Fortune (see the text) and Fortune (as well as being great in bed) is supposed to be blindfolded (along with Justice and Synagogue), but why the many hands…?

    The Vein of Love and the Ring Finger May 15, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Contemporary, Medieval
    The Vein of Love and the Ring Finger

    A beautifully realised graphic history of the engagment ring by Vashi led to thoughts about why, in the Western World, the wedding ring is worn on the ring finger, the third finger of the left hand counting from the index. The answer most authorities give, from nineteenth-century reference works, to modern wedding miscellanies, to early […]

    History Roundup 408 including Caged Temples May 14, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 408 including Caged Temples

    Today’s links follow. 1) Guarding Ghost City: Brazil 2) Weird Marginal Antics: Schoolbooks 3) Selling Charlie’s Flute: Auction House 4) Not the End of WW2: US (see WW1 equivalent) 5) Lost Heathen Days: Western Europe 6) Caged Temples: Sicily 7) Continental Drift and the Civil War: the US (brilliant!) 8) Talking Mummies and Spirits: US […]

    Daily History Picture: Blitzed Roof May 14, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Blitzed Roof

    Cockney family hanging out the linen in a destroyed upper room: bombed out London, WW2.

    Review: Truffles May 14, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Review: Truffles

    Truffles… Where to even begin? Think a five thousand Euro lump of tuber magnatum sweating in your hand; black truffles grated onto steaming pasta and stirred gently in; truffle salt mixed into white basmati rice; a bottle of truffled oil left open to spread that magic odour in a bedroom; the siren’s sweet sound as the […]

    History Roundup 407 including Kilted Killer May 13, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 407 including Kilted Killer

    Today’s links follow. 1) Military Bishop: Georgian England 2) Doctor’s Tomb: China 3) Lawrence of Arabia and the Crash Helmet: UK 4) Firebird on Boat: US 5) Kilted Killer: Britain 6) Hearts Buried Elsewhere: All over 7) Ransacked Roman Temple: Lebanon 8) Love Bites: England and from the archives 9) Jack the Ripper Lies Other links: Fear […]

    A City Without Buildings: Themistocles Before Salamis May 13, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
    A City Without Buildings: Themistocles Before Salamis

    A WIBT (Wish I’d Been There) episode from the wars between Greece and Persia in 480/479. The Athenians, save some brave warriors who attempted to defend, futilely the Acropolis, have fled from their city. The unstoppable Persian army has fired the temples and the holy places of Athena: and the Persian fleet has moved down […]

    History Roundup 406 including Self Hanging Gallows May 12, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 406 including Self Hanging Gallows

    Today’s links follow. 1) Russia Celebrates the Nazis? Soviet Union (brilliant!) 2) Old Penants: Alaska 3) Royal Mommies: UK 4) New Stone Circle: Dartmoor 5) Early Native Portraits: US 6) Self Hanging Gallows: US 7) Animal Mommies: Egypt 8) Divorce as Target Practice (love this title): Chicago and from the archives 9) Kingdom in a Hotel […]

    Daily History Picture: Golden Gate Bridge Opens May 12, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Golden Gate Bridge Opens

    1937 the Golden Gate Bridge opens and pedestrians get to enjoy themselves before the cars arrive.

    Late Storm Bellringing May 12, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Late Storm Bellringing

    Enjoy this short extract from a Sheffield newspaper about a folk practice in Devon in south-west England: 28 July 1899. Bells it will be remembered were for the supernatual like alcohol for bacteria: they drove away witches, fairies and, of course, storms… There is a curious survival in that pretty, quiet little south country place, […]

    History Roundup 405 including the Worst Parliaments May 11, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 405 including the Worst Parliaments

    Today’s links follow. 1) The Illuminated Edda: worthy kickstarter 2) The Real Camelot: South Cadbury 3) The Worst Parliaments: UK 4) Obscene Lyrics and the FBI: US 5) Churchill’s Victory Watch: Auction House 6) The Lost Cloister: Iceland 7) Nazi Castle and US Forces: Austria 8) Surprise Schooners Dug Up: Toronto and from the archives […]

    Daily History Picture: Wilbur Flies Around Liberty May 11, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Wilbur Flies Around Liberty

    29 Sept 1909 Wilbur Wright takes a breeze around the Statue of Liberty. Note the human ants at the bottom, looking up.

    Anglo-Saxon Church Eaves and Baby Burials May 11, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    Anglo-Saxon Church Eaves and Baby Burials

    Burial customs are always interesting and often mysterious. Consider this one. In early medieval Britain, particularly, it seems in Anglo-Saxon regions, fetuses and children were regularly buried up against church walls or extremely close to the same. Archaeologists have long recognized that strange constellations of bodies appeared in Christian cemeteries in Anglo-Saxon England; there are […]

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