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  • History Roundup 607 including Teeth Snatching March 10, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 607 including Teeth Snatching

    Today’s links follow. 1) Streets of Old… London 2) Civil War Romance in Hospitals: US 3) Sound of the End of the War: Battlefield 4) Werewolves: Persia 5) Teeth Snatching: UK 6) Pyramids Up North: Poland and from the archives 7) Gore and Horror in Children’s History Other links: Short jokes, Stalin’s Dead

    Daily History Picture: Mary Poppins March 10, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Mary Poppins

    Stunt men being blown away….

    The Moro Séance #1: The Background March 10, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    The Moro Séance #1: The Background

    On 16 March 1978 the Rome commando of the Red Brigade carried out a deadly and efficient attack on a leading Christian Democrat politician Aldo Moro. They murdered five bodyguards on the spot and carried Moro into a two month captivity that would end with this death in the boot of a car. The Moro […]

    History Roundup 606 including Black Magic Against Hitler March 9, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 606 including Black Magic Against Hitler

    Today’s links follow. 1) Death at the Falls: Niagra 2) Colon Cancer Gene: Hungary 3) The First Photos: Moscow 4) New Tolkien Poems: UK 5) Black Magic Against Hitler:  US 6) Hadrian’s Travels: Roman Empire and from the archives 7) 17 Cent English Dragons Other links: My own fake wedding, Fall of France

    The Oracle: A Victorian Computer? March 9, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Oracle: A Victorian Computer?

    OK, OK there were no personal computers in 1884. But the following ‘Oracle’ sounds as if it was mapping out, imaginatively, the territory that computers would make for themselves. We are in the UK: our source the Leighton Buzzard Obs, 1 Jan 1884. Dr. Lloyd, the medical officer of St. Giles’s Workhouse, attended before Sir […]

    Daily History Picture: Swear Words March 9, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Swear Words

    Fighting for Monty Python

    History Roundup 605 including a new Will O The Wisp March 8, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 605 including a new Will O The Wisp

    Today’s links follow. 1) Drilling Teeth: Prehistory 2) Will O The Wisp and a Strange Stone: Derbyshire, UK 3) 18 Cent Laptops: US 4) Making Stonehenge: in Austria… 5) Humans and Dog Love: Prehistory 6) Georgian Love and Marriage: UK and from the archives 7) Wandering Jew in Burnley Other links: Taste of  Your Tears

    Daily History Picture: Human Plague March 8, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Human Plague

    ‘The case in Illinois was lab-associated….’

    An Urban Legend: The Vanishing Car March 8, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    An Urban Legend: The Vanishing Car

    This is a very exciting ghost story, because it seems to be an early version of the most famous (and at least to this blogger) the most satisfying modern urban legend: the vanishing hitchhiker: hitchiker picked up who it later transpires was a ghost. Admittedly the story is turned on its head: the driver and […]

    History Roundup 604 including Henry VIII’s Brain Damage March 7, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 604 including Henry VIII's Brain Damage

    Today’s links follow. 1) Neanderthal Fire Making: Prehistory 2) Custer Defending Indians? US 3) New Ancient Bar: France 4) Henry VIII and Brain Damage: England 5) Pocahontas Mystery: US 6) Modern Witchcraft: Colorado! and from the archives 7) Digges and an Early Telescope Other links: The value of vellum, Penny Lane

    Daily History Picture: German Trench March 7, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: German Trench

    Dig deep…

    Ergot Madness in Historians March 7, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Contemporary, Medieval, Modern
    Ergot Madness in Historians

    Ergot is a fungus that grows on some crops, particularly rye, and is most common in northern temporal climes. When ingested by humans or animals it can cause hallucinations, temporary neurological disorders and circulation difficulties including burning limbs and, in serious cases, gangrene: there are records of peasants who lost all four limbs to ergot poisoning […]

    New History Books: Wings of Empire March 6, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: Wings of Empire

    Barry Renfrew, Wings of Empire Perhaps the single book I’m most looking forward to…

    Late Somerset Witch Caught as Rabbit March 6, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Late Somerset Witch Caught as Rabbit

    Beach has long tradition of posts of unusual nineteenth-century accounts of the survival of witchcraft in Britain and Ireland. Here is one from Bridgewater, Somerset (the south-west), which appeared in Notes and Queries in 1853. A cottager, who does not live five minutes’ walk from my house, found his pig seized with a strange and […]

    New History Books: Invincible Beast March 5, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: Invincible Beast

    Matthew, Invincible Beast The most deadly rugby scrum in history…

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