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  • Pheidippides and the Myth of the Marathon April 4, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
    Pheidippides and the Myth of the Marathon

    Pheidippides is a bit player in history. A fifth-century Greek who allegedly ran the original marathon. First, though some background to help situate one of the fastest men in the ancient world. In 490, perhaps in early September, Athens found itself in trouble. The Persian Emperor, Darius, resented the fact that Athens had helped the Ionian city states […]

    History Roundup 370 including Charlie Chaplin’s Threesome April 3, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 370 including Charlie Chaplin's Threesome

    Today’s links follow. 1) Mad Obedience: Germany (i’d love this article if anyone can help?) 2) A Book That Wouldn’t Write Itself: Germany 3) Self surgery: Antarctica 4) Fake Shock: Egypt 5) Vandals: Florence 6) Wheel Deal: Colonial Williamsburg 7) Early Modern Camel: Germany 8) Charlie Chaplin’s Threesome: California and from the archives 9) Parrots of […]

    Natator #4: Diving off London Bridge April 3, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Natator #4: Diving off London Bridge

    From Natator’s defeat to the churlish Fish Man in the spring of 1871 it was all down hill, and the slope was steep and full of briars and stones: some readers might want to spare themselves the unhappy denoument and click away at this point. OK, well you’ve been warned. In June 1871, doubtless desperate […]

    History Roundup 369 including Stolen Yeti Hand April 2, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 369 including Stolen Yeti Hand

    Today’s links follow. 1) When Men Stopped Breeding: Neolithic [amazing if confirmed] 2) Hidden Message in Tomb: Spain 3) Richard III Cartoon: UK 4) Capital from the Air: Mayans 5) What You Might Wear in 1785: Comic 6) Earliest Slave Portrait: US 7) Stolen Yeti Hand: Tibet and from the archives 8) Against Mary Beard […]

    The Failure of Appeasement April 2, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    The Failure of Appeasement

    Appeasement is the policy of giving smiles, kisses and gifts to neighbours to prevent war. In some moments of history it has worked (Dane-geld and Roman bribery beyond the frontiers); in some periods it has failed. A conspicuous example of a failure is the attempt by Britain to stroke its European friends and enemies into […]

    Beachcombed 58 April 1, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Beachcombed
    Beachcombed 58

    Dear Reader, Tortoises are now out, general celebration. Just a couple more weeks of class and onto summer research. Beach needs to apologise for not getting to all the emails yet, a visit from Beach mater from the Dominions meant that there were other more important things going on. Thanks, as always, to the multiple […]

    Daily History Picture: Castro and Khrushchev March 31, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Castro and Khrushchev

    Ah, the tolerant smile… Two friends with poor Marx on the wall behind: what would he have said about goons like this…

    History Roundup 368 including Pin Up Collection March 31, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 368 including Pin Up Collection

    Today’s links follow. 1) Victorian Fairytales: UK 2) Monster of Florence: Italy 3) US Ancestry: everywhere… 4) Ozark Fairies: US 5) The Pig War: Comic 6) Eloping Elizabeth: England 7) Pin Up Collection: US and from the archives 8) Moas of Cannibal Gorge Other links: Selling Strange, Do you Lose Keys, Genesis, Where the Sour […]

    The Index Biography #17: Prize = A Good Book March 31, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    The Index Biography #17: Prize = A Good Book

    SJ has won this, spool down for the answer…. The Index Biography is a new form of biography pioneered by this blog and introduced in a previous post. The creator must find a biography of a famous individual from history, they must turn to the index and write down eight peripheral facts about the individual’s life. […]

    Daily History Picture: Anti-German Poster March 30, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Anti-German Poster

    Russian propaganda from WW1. Love the Russian thrashing the German soldier…

    History Roundup 367 including Dead Dolls March 30, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 367 including Dead Dolls

    Today’s links follow. 1) Women Working: US [amazing photographs] 2) Greeks, Nazis and the Body Beautiful: Greece and Germany 3) Dead Dolls: Paris 4) Dickies’s Relatives on the Battlefield: Bosworth 5) Madame Constans’s Predictions: France 6) Melting Pot: Meso America [interesting if true] 7) Potato History: Comic and from the archives 8) Baby Eating Eagles […]

    Natator #3: the Fight with Fish Man March 30, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Natator #3: the Fight with Fish Man

      In a previous post Beach outlined the early success of Natator, the frog man and Frank Buckland’s examination of this unusual specimen. The next chapter in Natator’s life is though a more traumatic one. Acts inevitably get old and Natator recognised this. By September of 1867, just three months after he had begun, Natator […]

    Daily History Picture: Medieval Demons March 29, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Medieval Demons

    They are angry, very angry….

    Natator 2#: Buckland Speaks March 29, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Natator 2#: Buckland Speaks

    Natator had no biographer: who would be equal to such a life! However,  10 August 1867 Frank Buckland the celebrated naturalist and son of a great British eccentric (who once ate a king’s heart) visited the Cremorne Gardens to examine Frog Man. We learn more from this account than from any other. First, the aquarium: […]

    History Roundup 366 including American Exceptionalism March 29, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 366 including American Exceptionalism

    Today’s links follow. 1) Thorir Saga: Iceland 2) Vanishing Batallion: Gallipoli 3) Elegy to Hatra III: Iraq 4) Early Breast Cancer: Egypt 5) Beware Goblins Bearing Gifts: Morristown 6) Headless Frenchies: Comic 7) American Exceptionalism: WW1 etc and from the archives 8) Mysterious Medieval Chinese Weapon Other links: Wind turbine trouble (comic) Somewhere Over the […]

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