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  • Council Séance Over Haunted House June 24, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Council Séance Over Haunted House

    Beach has only once been to Bedfordshire, a tiny English county near London. He got stuck in its chief town, Luton, took a room in a sordid pub (the bookshelf had a rack full of well-thumbed pornographic magazines – if only Tripadvisor had been around…) and missed his bus.* In any case, enough of Luton. […]

    History Roundup 861: Medieval Stuff June 23, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 861: Medieval Stuff

    Today’s links follow 1) Viking Parliament: UK 2) Medieval Cats: Spain 3) Drug-Rape: Christendom 4) Brunetto Latini’s City: Florence 5) Bastards: Medieval Christendom and from the archives 6) Irish hangwomen Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Riders on the Storm

    Daily History Picture: Funny Face Stalin June 23, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Funny Face Stalin

    Serial Killer in Chief

    History Branching June 23, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite
    History Branching

    Today is the anniversary of Britain’s vote, suicidal or brave as you see fit, to leave the European Union. Beach thought he would remember that day with a quotation that has more resonance with him than anything else he has read on the campaign because it describes a strange lived historical experience: the sense of […]

    Victorian Urban Legend: The Mourning Trick June 22, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Victorian Urban Legend: The Mourning Trick

    This is a great story which appears with the heading, ‘Scotch Ghost Story’. We are in Glasgow. Beach has no doubt though that it is a Victorian urban legend. Let’s face it, the tale is so satisfying that if it ever actually happened it would have been abstracted and told to everyone who would listen. […]

    History Roundup 860: Food June 22, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 860: Food

    Today’s links follow 1) Oysters: NY 2) Institutionalized Food: Hospitals and prisons 3) Southern Food: US (book review) 4) Gruesome Fad Diets: the west 5) Chinese US Food: US and from the archives 6) Jean Hill Misremembers Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Paint it black

    Daily History Picture: In Search of Roanoke June 22, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: In Search of Roanoke

    19C illlustration of the tree message

    History Roundup 859: Mysteries and Madness June 21, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 859: Mysteries and Madness

    Today’s links follow 1) Classicist and Death Threats: !! 2) Dr Seuss Taxidermy: highlight of my week? 3) Alcatraz Mystery: US 4) Slave Registars: Jamaica 5) Gentleman in Black Mystery: Notts and from the archives 6) Songs against songs Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Moral panic urban legends

    Daily History Picture: Disc Player June 21, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Disc Player

    Old school

    Mumps Spell June 20, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Mumps Spell

    Location: Ireland (Wilde 1888, 199), late nineteenth century Aim: To cure the mumps Ingredients: a piece of rope, an alarm clock, nine black stones, a torch, a holy well. Method: (i) go out with your torch before dawn and find nine black stones (ii) once the sun is up tie the rope into a noose […]

    History Roundup 858: Supernatural June 20, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 858: Supernatural

    Today’s links follow 1) Fairy Stealing: Scotland 2) Minotaur Amuck: Virginia (of course) 3) Spirit Wedding: US 4) 18C Charm: Philly 5) Dream Tyranny: Germany and from the archives 6) Baby eating eagles Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Lying

    Daily History Picture: Reagan Poses June 20, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Reagan Poses

    Sculpture class

    History Roundup 857: Very Old June 19, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 857: Very Old

    Today’s links follow 1) Languages: all over 2) Settlement Site: US 3) More DNA: Euro-Asia 4) Colouring Books: US 5) Amber Bird: pre-pre-history and from the archives 6) Parrot of Atures Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Psychopaths and brains

    Daily History Picture: Radio and the River June 19, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Radio and the River

    A girl, a radio…

    First Vehicular Suicide? June 19, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    First Vehicular Suicide?

    Beach read this story, tried to forget it but couldn’t. There are two questions. First, did it really happen? 19C British newspapers are usually quite reliable, but 19C French newspapers are not. If this had been clipped from a French newspaper it could have been a complete invention, it would be interesting to see whether […]

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