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  • Daily History Picture: Flame Thrower Light March 16, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Flame Thrower Light

    Germans light their cigs with a flamethrower…

    Macarius and the World Soul March 16, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval, Uncategorized
    Macarius and the World Soul

    Nothing like a medieval eccentric, there are so few of them: this was an age, after all, when originality was neither enjoyed nor, all too often, tolerated. How about Macarius then, allegedly an Irish monk though that name – Greek? – doesn’t seem Gaelic or the kind of name that Gaels would adopt in their […]

    History Roundup 353 including Underage Sailors March 15, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 353 including Underage Sailors

    Today’s links follow. 1) Oldest Pretzel: Germany 2) Bad National Geographic: Honduras 3) Neanderthal Jewels: Kansas 4) Underage Sailors, WW1: Britain 5) St-Kilda Diaries: Scotland 6) Irish Scars: New York 7) Mystery Sculpture: Florida (fake?) 8) Ghost Elephant: US 9) Very Old Brain: York and from the archives 10) Zoological Soup and Aroused Pig Other […]

    Daily History Picture: Goodbye Adolf March 15, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Goodbye Adolf

    Hitler’s Last Picture, doesn’t look in a good mood.

    Preserving Foolish Enemies March 15, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    Preserving Foolish Enemies

    A very speculative post. In war there may be something to be said, in strategic terms, let’s forget the tiresome debates around international law, for killing enemy leaders. Sometimes this is a simple decapitation strategy (American attempts to annihilate Sadam Hussein at the beginning of the Second Gulf War or earlier US targeted bombing on […]

    History Roundup 352 including Supermarket Mass Grave March 14, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 352 including Supermarket Mass Grave

    Today’s links follow. 1) Supermarket Mass Grave: Paris 2) Black History Month Photos: US 3) 18 Cent Taxes! Britain 4) Hair Sprouter: Kentucky 5) Hair Care, 1918: the Barber 6) Nature and Wonder: Grand Canyon 7) Massive Nazi Archive: Colorado! 8) Burning Library: Rome 9) Arsenic Immunity: Peru and from the archives 10) Great Balls […]

    Chamber Pot Enemies March 14, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Chamber Pot Enemies

    Chamber pots have been practically banished from modern western households but as late as the Second World War most families had a ceramic bowl that passed as a toilet; a potty for grownups with no running water in the house. These chamber pots were, of course, carefully decorated. Some of them were twee, some were […]

    History Roundup 351 including War Monsters March 13, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 351 including War Monsters

    Today’s links follow. 1) Walking from the US to Russia: the road 2) Spring Heel Jack: Britain 3) Elegy for Hatra: Iraq (heartbreaking) 4) First Americans: Oregon 5) Robert Bruce Come Lately: Scotland 6) Monsters and War: all over but particularly the ancient world 7) Italy’s Evil Island: Poveglia 8) Popularity Index: the world and […]

    Child Stealing and Bridge Building in Bosnia March 13, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Child Stealing and Bridge Building in Bosnia

    This story appeared in 1897 in the British newspapers, it circulated around the world appearing in New Zealand and Pennsylvania, as well, though it is one of those tales where there was no follow up: did it reflect facts on the ground or a desperate hack with nothing to write about? It related, in any […]

    History Roundup 350 including Shaman Queen March 12, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 350 including Shaman Queen

    Today’s links follow. 1) Staying Beautiful in WW2: Britain 2) Born in India, Raised in Britain: the Empire 3) Celtic Trade, Celtic Tomb: France 4) Shaman Queen’s Mirror: China 5) Boxing Lady: England 6) Mercury and Fish and Climate Change: Alaska (fascinating) 7) Lost City: Honduras and from the archives 8) Intuitive Archaeology Other links: […]

    Daily History Picture: Sea Monster March 12, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures, Uncategorized
    Daily History Picture: Sea Monster

    I’m curious about this. Do we have one of the giant sea women sometimes found on medieval beaches?

    He Was My Emperor! March 12, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    He Was My Emperor!

    Field Marshal Gustav Mannerheim was the man who created (once) and then saved Finland (twice). First, he commanded the White insurrection against the Reds in Helsinki in 1918 leading the country to independence from Russia (which was becoming the USSR). Second, he commanded the Finnish army in the Winter War, and third, he commanded the same army in […]

    History Roundup 349 including Fighting Lawmakers March 11, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 349 including Fighting Lawmakers

    Today’s links follow. 1) Fighting Lawmakers: the world 2) French Farce: in England…. 3) David’s Dream: Bookworld (‘Freud’s cross dressing nephew Tom…) 4) Moles and Archaeology: Underground 5) Sagas: Iceland 6) Conan Doyle Letters: Auction House 7) Muppet Theology: in the Hellenic World… 8) Early References to America: Syriac! and from the archives 9) Vasari’s […]

    Daily History Picture: Dido’s Demise March 11, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Dido's Demise

    That bastard Aeneas in search of other Troys. The detail on the sword in the breast the rushing veil as she plunges down….

    Books and the Ghost March 11, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Uncategorized
    Books and the Ghost

    Aspenshaw Hall is an elegant, still standing, eighteenth century home in Derbyshire central England. It came to the attention of this blog because of a rather charming ghost story. A mile distant, and not far from Ollersett pit, is Aspenshaw Hall, which for many years was empty. It is in the middle of a wood […]

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