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  • Daily History Picture: Hawking June 8, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Hawking

    Looks like she is carrying a chicken nugget…

    History Roundup 428 including Napoleon and his Daemon June 7, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 428 including Napoleon and his Daemon

    Today’s links follow. 1) Napoleon and the Little Red Man: France (sceptical but fascinated) 2) Eva’s Undies Again: Ohio (our take) 3) Coach Rerun: Scotland 4) Churchill Hatchet Job: BBC 5) Staffs Hoard Secrets: Birmingham 6) Earliest Mirror Mould: Japan 7) Looking for Franklin: Canada 8) First Murder (again): Prehistory and from the archives 9) […]

    Mannerheim and the Medium June 7, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Mannerheim and the Medium

    Beach hates fortune tellers and he loathes séances and he really can’t be doing with mediums (if spirits exist just leave them in peace). But he was struck by this account from the great Mannerheim, Finland’s hero Marshal, who saved the country in three wars against Soviet Communism; even though he lost two of them. This particular […]

    History Roundup 427 including Spicy Cannibalism June 6, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 427 including Spicy Cannibalism

    Today’s links follow. 1) Himmler’s Mein Kampf: Germany 2) A Hair in the Heart: Chicago 3) New Cafavy Poem: Library 4) Spicy Cannibalism: Kitchen 5) Galen Hidden in Manuscript: Library 6) Eighteenth Cent Cooking: England 7) Looking for Missing Torah Curtain: Prague 8) Lead Curses: Britannia and from the archives 9) Woman driver in Stalingrad […]

    Pheidippides Remembered in Art June 6, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
    Pheidippides Remembered in Art

    Beach recently enjoyed himself with three posts about the Athenian runner Pheidippides and while he was dipping into half forgotten but much loved sources he became curious about the treatment of the Pheidippides legend in the ‘art’ of the last couple of centuries, art understood in the loosest and most general sense. He, therefore, spent an […]

    History Roundup 426 including Chinese Human Sacrifice June 5, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 426 including Chinese Human Sacrifice

    Today’s links follow. 1) Sky Monkey: California 2) Human Sacrifice: China 3) Good Time Girls: US 4) Scottish Heroism Before Dunkirk: Northern France 5) Indo-European Evolution: video! 6) Historical Autopsy: France 7) Shakespeare’s Poisons: the lab 8) Slave Ship Wreck: South Africa (picture brilliant) and from the archives 9) Numbers and the White Slave Trade […]

    Where Animal Cruelty and Folk Medicine Meet June 5, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Where Animal Cruelty and Folk Medicine Meet

    Britain’s glorious nineteenth century included many unsavoury episodes. But one of the more winsome aspects was the promotion by Britain’s London and southern provincial elite of the notion of cruelty to birds and to animals, the idea that animals and birds could feel pain and that the brute creation should be protected from its even […]

    History Roundup 425 including Castrated Opera Singer June 4, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 425 including Castrated Opera Singer

    Today’s links follow. 1) Mystery Passage: Ireland 2) Hatchet Man: Ohio 3) More on Boudica Tombstone: Britannia 4) Dragons in Legendary City: Xanadu! 5) Castration Opera Skeleton: Italy 6) Visit to the Morgue: Paris 7) Seal Marriage: Israel (did they get the wrong shard, I can make nothing out) 8) Lizzie Borden Not Guilty! US […]

    The Shining South African Snake Monster June 4, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Shining South African Snake Monster

    Beach spent a few minutes going through Heuvelmans’ wonderful On the Tracks of Unknown Animals but could find not hint of this ‘thing’. The following description appeared in 1899 in some nature notes in a British newspaper! The natives of Natal [South Africa] have implicit faith in the existence of the lamp snake, which they […]

    History Roundup 424 including Wrong Place Roman Silver June 3, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 424 including Wrong Place Roman Silver

    Today’s links follow. 1) Wellington’s Victory Banquet: Britain 2) DNA and Environment: U of Texas 3) Colours of the World: Library (beautiful) 4) Patton’s Panthers: US and Europe 5) Interactive WW2: Graphics 6) Wrong Place Roman Silver: Ireland 7) Mysterious Military Disappearance: West Point 8) Ancient Mourners: Spain and from the archives 9) The Last […]

    It Takes After You: Pig Love in New Haven June 3, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    It Takes After You: Pig Love in New Haven

    Bestiality (humans having sex with animals) has been a long-standing minority pursuit, which very occasionally has been ritualised, memories of a king having sex with a horse in Ireland and hints of a tribal leader marrying a seal. In most societies though bestiality has been punished and punished harshly. None of this is new, but what […]

    History Roundup 423 including Toilet Bomb June 2, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 423 including Toilet Bomb

    Today’s links follow. 1) Toilet Bomb: US/Vietnam 2) Windshield Hysteria: US 3) Heroic Dog: Japanese POW Camp 4) Stravinsky Arrested for musical crime: US (true?) 5) The Great Stink: UK 6) Brief Execution History: US 7) Four Views on the Twilight Kingdom: Britain 8) America’s Greatest Ancient City and the Flood: St Louis and from the […]

    Chastity Tools in Puritan New England June 2, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Chastity Tools in Puritan New England

    This image is a twentieth-century reconstruction of three items crucial to love-making in seventeenth-century New England. (The source is David Hackett Fischer’ Albion’s Seed, p.80 a long book that can be read as well by dippings as by hours of earnest reading: the artist was Jennifer Brody.) Now take a moment and puzzle over this collection of […]

    Beachcombed 60 June 1, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Beachcombed
    Beachcombed 60

    May is perhaps the sweetest month of all. Had a great time with Mrs B and the kids and even written a couple of article. The tortoises are patrolling our small garden and the sun has fought off the clouds: no snakes, no head lice, no rat infestations, no audits (well actually there is but […]

    The Index Biography #18 May 31, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    The Index Biography #18

    ***Filip takes the prize for the second time in two months…*** The Index Biography is a new form of biography pioneered by this blog and introduced in a previous post. The writer must find a biography of a famous individual from history, they must turn to the index and write down eight peripheral facts about the […]

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