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  • Daily History Picture: Flapper Words November 17, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Flapper Words

    How our great grandmother’s spoke…

    Napoleon in Wales November 17, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Napoleon in Wales

    Beach recently offered up the gem of a story that Göring, of all people, had hidden out in a British bomb shelter in the second world war. At that moment he alluded to the fact that in a previous period the British had been convinced that Napoleon himself had visited Britain on the eve of his […]

    History Roundup 734: Beer, Swans Wings and Mysteries in the Soil November 16, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 734: Beer, Swans Wings and Mysteries in the Soil

    1) (Too) Early Aboriginals: Australia 2) Iron Age Beer: the Kitchen 3) Buried on a Swan’s Wing: Denmark (the picture gets me) 4) Medieval Mysteries Under Kremlin: Russia 5) Digging Up Slave Symbols: US and from the archives 6) Witch Case in Norfolk 1941! Other links: Fairy website in search of a caretaker,

    Daily History Picture: Downed Spitfire November 16, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Downed Spitfire

    German soldiers sit on a downed spitfire near Calais

    Tojo’s Teeth: Remember Pearl Harbor November 16, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Tojo's Teeth: Remember Pearl Harbor

    There is a post to be written and perhaps, when his file is big enough, Beach will attempt it of puerile acts of revenge carried out against defeated nations. Limiting ourselves here to the Second World War there is, for example, Hitler’s insistence that France’s surrender be signed in the same railway car, where German […]

    History Roundup 733: Plague Books, Lost Books, Cursed Books November 15, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 733: Plague Books, Lost Books, Cursed Books

    1) Making Maps Up: Cartographer’s Library 2) Madmen Letters: UK Archive 3) Lost Chapter Dracula: Ireland 4) Book Curses: Medieval Library 5) Plague in Books: the Lab and from the archives 6) Eating with Attila Other links: Fairies in Wisconsin, Understanding Older English

    Daily History Picture: Flying Tigers November 15, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Flying Tigers

    American planes in China with Chinese guard

    Witch Murder Terror at Soham (and Horseshoes) November 15, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Witch Murder Terror at Soham (and Horseshoes)

    A story from the depths of East Anglia (1843), one of the more isolated parts of the English countryside in the 19 Century. A rather amusing and novel occurrence was related to us the other day. A young man, the son of Mr. Elsden, a respectable tradesman of Soham, was walking from that place to […]

    History Roundup 732 including Panda Fever November 14, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 732 including Panda Fever

    1) Was Green an 18C Fashion Colour: UK 2) London’s Lost Buildings: UK 3) Roman Wine Wealth: the Med 4) Marlowe and Shakespeare Co-Writers: England 5) Panda Fever: the world over and from the archives 6) Killing Fidel Other links: Seekers, Carnival is Over

    Daily History Picture: Gothic Beauty November 14, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Gothic Beauty

    Extraordinary medieval wood carving.

    Napoleon III Survives Death November 14, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Napoleon III Survives Death

    Beach was so moved to discover that Marshal Ney  had not really been killed in 1815 that he went out looking for other unlikely survivors. This is one he dredged up from, of all places, Leeds Times (19 Apr 1873), 8. Napoleon III it will be remembered had come to Britain in 1871 after being […]

    New History Books: Indestructible November 13, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: Indestructible

    John R. Bruning, Indestructible Taking war back to Japan…  

    Queen Victoria, Dead Again November 13, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Queen Victoria, Dead Again

    Queen Victoria, like Shakespeare’s cowards, died many time before her death in 1901. Beach has, in his career as a nineteenth-century voyeur, often stumbled over references to one or other corner of the Empire convincing itself that Victoria had died before time. You can well imagine how it happened. A misunderstanding in a tiny village, […]

    Dumb Duels #3: Cannon Duel November 12, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Dumb Duels #3: Cannon Duel

    Beach recently revived one of his favourite tags, the duel and the dumb duel. Here is a doubtful sounding example reported in a British newspaper in 1890. The date of the duel itself should be about 1875, which means that an argument between provincial army officers had a lot of time to be exaggerated into […]

    New History Books: The Leper Spy November 12, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: The Leper Spy

    Ben Montgomery, The Leper Spy BM continues with his excellent WW2 monographs…

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