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  • New History Books: Strange Lands October 15, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: Strange Lands

    Andrew Paciorek, Strange Lands OK not a new history book, but one that has just swum onto my radar. Heard good things and love the art samples…

    John Trew and an Elizabethan Tank? October 15, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    John Trew and an Elizabethan Tank?

    Beach recently enjoyed Robert Hutchinson’s The Spanish Armada, particularly this short passage about an Elizabethan inventor, John Trew: Periods of national crisis often throw up the more eccentric among us. John Trew wrote to the queen in December offering his services for ‘her preservation and salvation… Though an old man, I desire to be employed […]

    History Roundup 713 including Cannabis Burial October 14, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 713 including Cannabis Burial

    Today’s links follow 1) Cannabis Shroud: Desert 2) Rings, Mirrors and Combs in a Grave: Greece 3) Paranormal in Africa: Zululand 4) Latin Computer: Britain 5) American Containment: Russia and from the archives 6) Juliana Jumps Other links: what are ghosts, toxic parents, Recycled Disney (found this fascinating)

    Daily History Picture: Hitler and the Prince October 14, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Hitler and the Prince

    Napoleon and Hitler Coincidences October 14, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Napoleon and Hitler Coincidences

    Personally Beach has always found the ‘coincidences register’ the most irritating of all genres. Typically, an historically illiterate conspiracy freak, notices some interesting parallels between two different events or more usually individuals. He or she, then, sends out a communication pointing out the ‘striking’ parallels. Then, other readers note other parallels (occasionally making them up) […]

    History Roundup 712 including WW2 Submarine in Somalia October 13, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 712 including WW2 Submarine in Somalia

    Today’s links follow 1) Cannibal Village: Germany 2) World’s First Mobile Phone: 1922 3) Slave Ancestors: US 4) WW2 Submarine Found? Somalia 5) Roman Bullets: Scotland and from the archives 6) Four Strange Suicides Other links: No End, Sandy Denny ‘they say that it is snowing upon the evening news…’

    Daily History Picture: Rage Against the Hijab October 13, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Rage Against the Hijab

    Women rage against the hijab in 1979 in Iran: six months later no one would have dared…

    Simon Bolivar Meets Ferdinand at Sport October 13, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Simon Bolivar Meets Ferdinand at Sport

    Simon Bolivar was a Venezuelan troublemaker who would lead the Spanish Americas to freedom. Ferdinand VII was the cretinous Spanish monarch who would allow this to happen. What Beach had not known until recently was that Bolivar and Ferdinand actually met as boys in 1800 in extraordinary circumstances. Bolivar (right) was seventeen; Ferdinand (left) was sixteen. […]

    History Roundup 711 including Bad Taste Mexican Teeth October 12, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 711 including Bad Taste Mexican Teeth

    Today’s links follow 1) Bad Taste Teeth: Mexico 2) Culture of the Abdomen: the doctor’s 3) the Murderer and Voltaire: France 4) Andy’s Atomic Comic: Nevada (Greeeeat!) 5) Polynesian Origins: East Asia and from the archives 6) Lord Acton’s Lost Work Other links: Us terrorism videos (source?), What started the civil war

    Daily History Picture: April Fool! October 12, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: April Fool!

    Not quite clear what the scamps have done? Have they pinned something to his back?

    SIM break the British October 12, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    SIM break the British

    Beach has sometimes in this place celebrated Italian achievements in the Second World War; small footnotes against the prevailing tide of Italian incompetence and mediocrity in that conflict. Perhaps the area where the Italians most frequently and effectively proved their mettle was in intelligence work. Britain’s SIS (MI6) felt that the Japanese Kempeitai were incompetent, […]

    History Roundup 710 including Griffin Claws October 11, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 710 including Griffin Claws

    Today’s links follow 1) 40 Footstep Field: UK 2) Virtual Auschwitz: Computer 3) 200 Yr Old Beer: Ocean 4) Tracking Myths Across Continents: the world 5) Griffin Claws: England and from the archives 6) Weighing Witches Other links: 7 brutal life lessons, What Becomes of the Broken Hearted?

    Daily History Picture: Ypres Salient from the Air October 11, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Ypres Salient from the Air

    Never seen the trench system like this…

    Execution by Boat October 11, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Execution by Boat

    In the famous nineteenth-century Belgian novel The Legend of Thyl Ulenspiegel and Lamme Goedzak there is a reference to an unexpected form of execution. ‘Since you do not like any of these,’ said the Stevenyne, ‘you shall be taken on to the king’s ships, and there condemned to be torn asunder by four galleys.’ The […]

    History Roundup 709 including Tombstone for a Trout October 10, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 709 including Tombstone for a Trout

    Today’s links follow 1) Tombstone for a Trout: Cemetery 2) Dead Rhino and the Dead Neanderthal: Prehistory 3) Our Mountain Lion: US 4) Britain’s South American Colony: Suriname 5) Fake Raphael becomes Genuine: Auction House and from the archives 6) America and Amerigo Other links: the hopelessness of understanding other cultures, World History in 17 […]

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