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  • New History Books: Bitter Taste of Victory June 26, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: Bitter Taste of Victory

    Lara Feigel in the postwar vein: The Bitter Taste of Victory, just under 500 pages…

    Norfolk Shape Shifter June 26, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Norfolk Shape Shifter

    Here we have a fairly rare thing. A Norfolk ghost story. During the passing of the third decade of the present century [1830s] I had not reached my teens, but distinctly remember that the inhabitants of Thetford generally, and young folks in particular, were greatly alarmed by prevalent report of a frightful monster—which had been […]

    New History Books: For the Glory June 25, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: For the Glory

    Duncan Hamilton, For the Glory, on the Chariots of Fire hero… (‘Suffer the children…’)

    Victorian Urban Legend: The Red Hand and Seven Years in a Cave June 25, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Victorian Urban Legend: The Red Hand and Seven Years in a Cave

    Beach is absolutely fascinated by this story. It is clearly genuine and it somehow manages to convey a great deal of menace. There are four English counties beginning with ‘W’ (or at least there were): Westmorland, Worcestershire, Warwickshire and Wiltshire. It seems rather futile to look for ‘T’ because ‘W’ may have been to mislead… Much more […]

    History Roundup 678 including Roman Secret Weapon June 24, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 678 including Roman Secret Weapon

    Today’s links follow. 1) Hear Our Oldest Words: moving 2) Ghost Eradicator: ! 3) Papal Pornography: Vatican 4) Roman Secret Weapon: the battlefield 5) Living Sign: England and from the archives 6) Peshev Insurgency Other links: Kiki’s Delivery Service

    Daily History Picture: Big Brother June 24, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Big Brother

    Mussolini watches his people

    Snowball Atrocities #2: Snowball Deaths June 24, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    Snowball Atrocities #2: Snowball Deaths

    You can’t go far in snowballing history without dealing with the deaths. European and American newspapers (Beach’s source for most of what follows) are full of snowball fatalities in the nineteenth and twentieth century. For those of us who have perhaps played with snow and lovingly lobbed loose white balls in the direction of family […]

    History Roundup 677 including Orange Wine and the Night Walker June 23, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 677 including Orange Wine and the Night Walker

    Today’s links follow. 1) Gospel Jesus Wife Fake: Library and Lab 2) Orange Wine: Ancient Rome 3) Night Walker: New England 4) Ancient Naval Bases Recovered: Athens and from the archives 5) Why Tennis is Bad for Kings Other links: Fairy Trail (nature spirit documentary)

    Daily History Picture: Hitler and Mussolini in Russia June 23, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Hitler and Mussolini in Russia

    Enjoying Brest on the north-west coast of France. Britain just to the north… TB writes in, 30 Jun 2016, The Hitler and Mussolini photo has to be in Russia: that’s a knocked out Russian BT tank ! I don’t think there were any of those in Brittany…. TB points out that this is probably Brest […]

    Referendum Day June 23, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Uncategorized
    Referendum Day

    History Roundup 676 including Craziest Fairyground Ride June 22, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 676 including Craziest Fairyground Ride

    Today’s links follow. 1) Goblin Jacket: Barbados 2) Craziest Ever Fairground Ride: Imagination 3) Humorous Caricatured Maps: Library 4) City Graphic: impressive and from the archives 5) Goodbye Constantinople Other links: Fitzgerald Documentary

    Daily History Picture: Headless Saint June 22, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Headless Saint

    St Denys takes his head home…

    Killer Rabbits June 22, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    Killer Rabbits

    Beachcombing’s father in law, a few days ago, actually managed to trip over a snake. He thought it was a piece of rope… In celebration of this unlikely event and in memory of sheep killings Beach now declares open season on rabbit killers. We’ve already had the terrors of supernatural rabbits, but what about the […]

    History Roundup 675 including Virginity Test and Rediscovered God June 21, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 675 including Virginity Test and Rediscovered God

    Today’s links follow. 1) Scottish God Rediscovered: Orkney 2) How to Cheat on a Virginity Test: Middle Ages 3) Ancient Throne (or lump of rock?): Greece 4) Kitchener Conspiracy: Russia… and from the archives 5) Hairy Boggart of Weeton Other links: Bronte Country

    Daily History Picture: Headless Bear June 21, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Headless Bear

    Crazy for this picture

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