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  • Witch Blood Scratching and Keeping? December 12, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Witch Blood Scratching and Keeping?

    Beach has over the years collected, particularly with the help of readers, a number of stories of blood spilling and witches. The idea is that by spilling blood, typically taken with a bramble, you can cure the witch’s overlooking. There are though some variations on this theme, including to judge by this report from 15 […]

    Daily History Picture: Postwar Courtship December 11, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Postwar Courtship

    British soldier with French girls

    History Roundup 546 including Evil Buddha December 11, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 546 including Evil Buddha

    Today’s links follow. 1) Evil Buddha: Burma 2) Georgian Prisoner of War Camp: England 3) Soldier Righteous Gentile: US 4) Where Did Romulus Go: Italy 5) Death of Alchemy: England 6) Ancient Prenups: Egypt and from the archives 7) Mermaid killing in Exeter Other links: book covers, one of the greatest pixar sequences, UP

    Two Centuries of Historical Memory? December 11, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    Two Centuries of Historical Memory?

    In the 1980s Beach read an article on Ronald Reagan that described the then President (born in 1911) talking to veterans of Gettysburg as a child. It was a spark on kindling for the historic imagination. Here is a striking nineteenth-century equivalent that has given Beach much pleasure today. It was recorded in 1851 in […]

    Daily History Picture: Unicorn Dies December 10, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Unicorn Dies

    The death of a unicorn at the hands of a bear (?)

    History Roundup 545 including Nazi Rabbits and First Map December 10, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 545 including Nazi Rabbits and First Map

    Today’s links follow. 1) D B Cooper Mystery: US 2) Angora Rabbit Scandal: Germany 3) St Bernard Morgue: Alps 4) First Map? Prehistory 5) Virus Fingerprints: Finland 6) Shakespeare’s House: England and from the archives 7) Witty Gravestones Other links: 15 Amazing Libraries, Genesis Firth of Fifth

    A Canadian Fear Census December 10, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    A Canadian Fear Census

    John Widdowson is one of our finest British folklorists and some of his most interesting work has been on how to scare the living bejesus out of ten year olds. Indeed, his first book had the winsome name If You Don’t Be Good and describes how parents, in the 1960s and 1970s, in Newfoundland (Canada), […]

    Daily History Picture: Icons and Computers December 9, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Icons and Computers

    Sorry again…

    History Roundup 544 including Poltergeists, Witches and Fairies December 9, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 544 including Poltergeists, Witches and Fairies

    Today’s links follow. 1) Cat Familiar: Lapland 2) Theatre Ghosts: US 3) Amazon Warrior a Man: Siberia (whoops) 4) Poltergeists and Witches: Ireland 5) John Dee Fun: England 6) Fairies, Food and Witches: Ireland 7) When will the world end? statistics… and from the archives 8) Anne Frank and Ghost Weddings Other links: vegan pancakes, […]

    Daily History Picture: Old and Young December 8, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Old and Young

    Civil war veteran on the steps of a jet engine…

    History Roundup 543 including Spy Authors December 8, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 543 including Spy Authors

    Today’s links follow. 1) Georgian Circulating Library: England 2) Anesthesia History: the lab 3) Human-Neanderthal Love Child: Italy 4) FBI and 10 Authors: US 5) City Shots: Manhattan (amazing) 6) C.S. Lewis and Turkish Delight: the larder and from the archives 7) The Hindoestanen Other links: Russia’ sometimes frightening military hardware, Ghost of a Dog […]

    Magic Ritual Disaster, 1983 December 8, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Magic Ritual Disaster, 1983

    Greystone was a converted manor house in Wiltshire (UK) that Gareth Knight (pictured), perhaps the most celebrated post-war British ritualist, used for his magic. From 1977 to 1983 a series of rituals were carried out by Gareth to connect the upper with the lower world: the aim was to bring earth and the underworld back […]

    Daily History Picture: The Viking Method December 7, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: The Viking Method

    Apologies….

    History Roundup 542 including Buddha Balls December 7, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 542 including Buddha Balls

    Today’s links follow. 1) A Very Short Ghost Story: England 2) Our Dark Side and History: Pscyhology 3) Hidden Aztec Tomb, Getting Closer: Mexico 4) Buddha Balls: Japan 5) Embalmed Hearts and Science: the lab 6) Jordan vs Nazca Geoglyphs: the upper atmosphere and from the archives 7) Choking on Operation on Mincemeat Other links: […]

    The Army That Was Defeated by a River December 7, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    The Army That Was Defeated by a River

    There are good historical records of armies fighting animals, armies fighting frost bite (the Wehrmacht from 1941 onwards) and one doubtful case of an army accidentally fighting itself. But Beach has recently been reading about a remarkable instance of an army that fought a river, and lost. The year is 1221, the army in question […]

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