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  • Daily History Picture: Bomb Berlin! May 5, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Bomb Berlin!

    British hoarding in central London 1940.  

    History Roundup 399 including Ghost Fires in Canada! May 4, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 399 including Ghost Fires in Canada!

    Today’s links follow. 1) Raise the Dead: Kentucky 2) Hitler’s Birth Place: Austria 3) Colonisation: Pacific Sea 4) Ghost Fire: New Brunswick 5) Plane Nose Art: US 6) Eskimo Origins: Alaska 7) Climate Change and Societal Collapse: Tibet 8) Too Many Witches: France and from the archives 9) Nice Machine Gunners Other links: podemos bubble bursting […]

    The Manufacture of Chinese Wildmen May 4, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Manufacture of Chinese Wildmen

    This comes from a British newspaper and 1892. It appeared in a curiosity column along with an item on marrying trees (really!). All this to say that this material should probably be treated with circumspection if not downright superstition. Or perhaps someone recognizes an obscure Chinese custom or institution: drbeachcombing AT yahoo DOT com Beach would […]

    History Roundup 398 including Robin Hood Origins May 3, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 398 including Robin Hood Origins

    Today’s links follow. 1) Scott’s Last Photos: Antarctica 2) Humans Kill Neanderthals? Prehistory 3) Potato Birth: Comic 4) Bicycle Face: Bike lane (sorry might have put this already but very good) 5) Royal Babies (Georgian): England 6) Man Posts Himself: England (of course) 7) Wheat Has Been Sorry for Too Long: Seattle (Capital Punishment Case) 8) […]

    Hono Heke, A Maori Chief from Ireland?! May 3, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Hono Heke, A Maori Chief from Ireland?!

    In the Middle Ages the Irish were for ever finding Gaels in surprising parts of the world. The soldier who pierced Christ’s side on the cross was Irish, Simon Magus was an Irish druid, etc etc.  It is a shock to find, though, that this endearing habit lasted into the nineteenth century. In June and […]

    History Roundup 397 including Professional Ghosts May 2, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 397 including Professional Ghosts

    Today’s links follow. 1) Georgian May Days: England 2) More Terracotta Warriors: China 3) Professional Ghost: England 4) Irish Potato Famine: Comic 5) Baseball Speed Gun, the First: US 6) Men Shortage Post WW1: France (fascinating) 7) History of the Dust Jacket: the library 8) Reincarnation: Egypt/London! and from the archives 9) Dragons and Hairy […]

    Self Serving Capital Punishment May 2, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    Self Serving Capital Punishment

    Where are our modern executioners? Most people would have problems answering this because there are no modern executioners as such, at least in the US. There are guards (who get overtime), there are governors, there are wardens, there are doctors and, outside some death chambers, there are members of the general public and journalists. It might […]

    Beachcombed 59 May 1, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Beachcombed
    Beachcombed 59

    Dear Reader, Beach is knackered. An appalling month of business, exams and worst of all an audit that has driven Mrs Beachcombing to desperation. There is talk of 40,000 euros to be paid back…. Christ! Yesterday was the last exam, thank the gods, and today a headache and corrections, but almost there. Beach has been a […]

    History Roundup 396 including Cone of Death April 30, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 396 including Cone of Death

    Today’s links follow. 1) Magna Carta and Monty Python: England 2) Child Sacrifice: Bulgaria 3) Rug Story: Armenia and the US 4) Cone of Death: Sweden 5) African Elephant out East: India 6) Silver Pearl Genius: Prague 7) Industrial Obesity and Cancer: London 8) Nymphomania: bedroom and elsewhere and from the archives 9) Hunter Shoppers […]

    Daily History Picture: Mannerheim at Odessa April 30, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Mannerheim at Odessa

    The hero of Finland just as the revolution is beginning in his adopted homeland, Russia, recuperating at Odessa.

    Searching for Mrs S***k*n*us April 30, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Searching for Mrs S***k*n*us

    Can anyone please help with this one? Beach will send a 75 Euro voucher for the first person who manages to get a convincing candidate in a British census return. ***note this has now been solved*** Walter, My Secret Life, is an eleven volume work of pornographic autobiography describing a Victorian gentleman’s ‘romps’. As the ‘gentleman’ in […]

    History Roundup 395 including Wrong Place Broach April 29, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 395 including Wrong Place Broach

    Today’s links follow. 1) Secret Westminster Abbey Room: London 2) Stay Behind Army: Scotland 3) Royal Bed Rediscovered: England 4) Who Was Responsible for the Vikings: Denmark 5) Earliest Customer Complaint: Babylonia 6) Out for the Night in 1916: New York 7) Vulgar Latin from Graffiti: Spain 8) Wrong Place Roman Broach: Denmark and from […]

    Daily History Picture: Luxembourg Liberated April 29, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Luxembourg Liberated

    Allies arrive at the end of WW1 and the Grand Duchy tastes freedom for another twenty years.

    Man vs Horse: Pheidippides and his Missing Mount April 29, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
    Man vs Horse: Pheidippides and his Missing Mount

    ***Inspired by Little Miss Beach and Tacitus at Empire*** http://detritusofempire.blogspot.it/ When Beach recently described, at table, Pheidippides’ heroic 300 mile round trip from Athens to Sparta little Miss Beach looked at her father contemptuously and asked ‘why didn’t he just get on a horse?’ Beach prepared to gently put his daughter down, not wanting to crush her […]

    History Roundup 394 including Late Witch and Elephant Egg April 28, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 394 including Late Witch and Elephant Egg

    Today’s links follow. 1) Late Witch: Suffolk 2) Artificial Flavors History: the Larder 3) Tomb Raiders Caught! China 4) Last Inca Rope Bridge: Peru 5) Stonehenge Secret: I screwed up the address last time, sorry, worth reading. 6) Medieval and ancient Texting: the West 7) Elephant Bird Egg Sale: Auction House 8) Mystery Tunnel Work […]

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