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  • Daily History Picture: Tea Drinking Brit Soldier December 18, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Tea Drinking Brit Soldier

    British soldier fighting south in Burma

    History Roundup 551 including First Barbecue December 18, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 551 including First Barbecue

    Today’s links follow. 1) Caesar’s Battlefield Found: Netherlands 2) War Toys: Germany 3) Lead Wand? Israel 4) First Barbecue: Stonehenge 5) What the Dickens: England 6) River Gives Up War Medal: Thames and from the archives 7) Romani mystery Other links: bizarre twin stories, She Came in Through the Bathroom Window (Joe Cocker, amazing)

    Morris Dancers from Hell December 18, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    Morris Dancers from Hell

    Imagine that you have a problem in your west African village. A witch is believed to be among you, or worse still someone has been indulging in cannibalism. How do you deal with such miscreants: there is no police force with the resources, and the local chief is at the end of his tether. Well, […]

    Daily History Picture: Squirrel Love December 17, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Squirrel Love

    Marvellous illuminated squirrels…

    History Roundup 550 including Snow Ghosts December 17, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 550 including Snow Ghosts

    Today’s links follow. 1) Benjamin Franklin Effect: US (true!) 2) 18 Cent Feminism? England 3) Royal Seal at Temple Mount: Israel 4) Snow Ghost: Pen, US 5) Sickle Burials: Poland 6) Mona Lisa History Rewritten (again…): Gallery and from the archives 7) Escaping the Guillotine (like this one) Other links: Beth Orton, Sweetest Decline

    Daily History Picture: Time Square December 16, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Time Square

    Time Square with wires….

    History Roundup 549 including Body Trees December 16, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 549 including Body Trees

    Today’s links follow. 1) Body Trees: Papua New Guinea 2) Anti-Vaccination: UK 3) Wrong Museum Artifact: US 4) Veneral Disease: UK (‘a night with Venus a life with Mercury’ LOVE THIS) 5) Writing from Mars: Seance (you’ve been warned) 6) Moon Temple: Greece and from the archives 7) Witchcraft in Modern London (disturbing) Other links: Fashionable […]

    Review: Atlas of Countries that Don’t Exist December 16, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    Review: Atlas of Countries that Don't Exist

    ***Thanks to Ricardo for sending this one in*** One of the most heart-breaking aspects of the rise of ISIL/ISIS/DAESH is the way the Daeshites have butchered their way through the brilliantly coloured mosaic of ethnic, linguistic and, of course, religious tiles, in northern Iraq. In twenty years when the Caliphate has been consigned to the […]

    Daily History Picture: The Phallus Tree December 15, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: The Phallus Tree

    Interesting folklore here… A phallus nest or a phallus tree? Usually connected with witchcraft not nuns…

    History Roundup 548 including the Man on the Mantlepiece December 15, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 548 including the Man on the Mantlepiece

    Today’s links follow. 1) Man Made Cave: the Library 2) Ancient Board Game? Prehistory 3) The Man on the Mantlepiece: UK, father killed in war (loved this title) 4) Magic Wars: Europe 5) African Cowboys: Congo (wow) 6) Suleiman’s Grave Found? Hungary and from the archives 7) Selling Balkan Europe by the Pound Other links: […]

    Black Rock Knocking Ghost December 15, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Black Rock Knocking Ghost

    Lots of ghosts knock, but this one was monotonous in technique and timetable. We are in Black Rock just outside Dublin. During the last four or five weeks, the residents in Blackrock have been kept state of excitement the constant nocturnal visitations of a rival of the ancient spectral denizen of Cock Lane. The place […]

    Daily History Picture: Waiting in the Trenches December 14, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Waiting in the Trenches

    Aussies at Gallipoli

    History Roundup 547 including Eye Snuff December 14, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 547 including Eye Snuff

    Today’s links follow. 1) The Librarian Who Revolutionised Folklore: Finland 2) Eye Snuff: England 3) Stonehenge, Second Hand Monument: Wales? 4) Virgin Mary Photography: Indiana 5) Bloody Circus at Boarding House: New York 6) Catching Fleas: England and from the archives 7) Cat clocks Other links: Kate Perry, Roar (daughter obsessed with this; she is fascinated […]

    History, Ignorance and American University Students December 14, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite
    History, Ignorance and American University Students

    How well do American and European secondary schools train children in history? Beach is a world-weary type and so is rarely surprised by just how badly his students do: but he does sometimes find himself wondering whether we couldn’t do better. Here is a nice example of the low levels of general knowledge among university […]

    New History Books: In Search of Japanese Christians December 13, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: In Search of Japanese Christians

    Ok a re-release but I somehow missed this… John Dougill, In Search of Japan’s Hidden Christians  

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