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  • Early Modern Sentries and the Supernatural May 16, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Early Modern Sentries and the Supernatural

    Beach has previously examined the frequent paranormal experiences of sentries in the nineteenth century: with the help of Chris from Haunted Ohio Books. It has, long-time readers will remember, been suggested that lonely, potentially violent men asked to spend the night, attentive to every noise and movement, might easily conjure up ‘something’. Here are two […]

    Surrender, Secret Weapons and the Nazis May 15, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Surrender, Secret Weapons and the Nazis

    Anyone but a fool or a wishful (?) thinker would have understood that the Third Reich was doomed by early 1945. Yet, as we all know, the Nazi high command kept shooting. Tanks were sent west for the Battle of the Bulge and German soldiers frequently fought to the last man a week after Hitler […]

    New History Books: Full Moon Over Noah’s Ark May 15, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: Full Moon Over Noah's Ark

    Rick Antonson has just brought out Full Moon with Skyhorse. Always intrigued by the Noah’s Ark legend…  

    Bizarre Regency Toasts May 14, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Bizarre Regency Toasts

    Beach recently stumbled upon a small book of early nineteenth-century British toasts: literally hundreds of them, composed in a time where standing an offering a pithy sentence at drinking was a fundamental part of being a gentleman. Of course, toasts went out with the Second World War so it is difficult to compare them with […]

    New History Books: America’s War for the Greater Middle East May 14, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: America's War for the Greater Middle East

    Andrew J. Bacevich, America’s War for the Greater Middle East A long military perspective. Greatly looking forward to this one.

    History Roundup 651 including Plutarch’s Ghost May 13, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 651 including Plutarch's Ghost

    Today’s links follow. 1) Greek Fortress in the East: Jerusalem 2) Plutarch’s Ghost: Ancient Med 3) Iwo Jima Flag: Committee 4) A Rain Doctor: Amazon 5) Ordering Mum’s Funeral Early: NY 6) Insane Challenge: US and from the archives 7) Books and the Ghost Other links: Gluck Dance of the Blessed Spirits

    Urban Legends: Saved by Thieves May 13, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Urban Legends: Saved by Thieves

    Another in our Victorian Urban Legends series. This looks like the ancestor (or more likely one of the many ancestors) of the modern Mafia Neighbours, story. You know the one, young married couple move into the neighbourhood, all their new furniture is stolen while they are on their honeymoon, but when they tell an elderly […]

    Daily History Picture: Castro Meets Hemingway May 13, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Castro Meets Hemingway

    Possibly my two least favourite people in the history of the western hemisphere, hand in hand.

    History Roundup 650 including Ancient Tattoos May 12, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 650 including Ancient Tattoos

    Today’s links follow. 1) Runaway Slaves: Britain 2) Painful Looking Tattoos: Ancient Egypt 3) Worshiping Naked Venus: Japan 4) Studying Boring: London 5) Glass Trumpet! US 6) Microcosm of a City: London and from the archives 7) Ambassadors Declaring War Other links: Battle of Mohacs

    Daily History Picture: Despoiling May 12, 2016

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

    Based on the Bayeux Tapestry. Remarkable.

    Plague Oak at Wrexham (and Fairies) May 12, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Plague Oak at Wrexham (and Fairies)

    There are a number of fairy oaks in Wales, as Chris from Haunted Ohio Books, previously illustrated. But this one, the fairy oak of Wrexham, is particularly interesting because of a curious legend associated with it. This article appeared in a book of Welsh poems in 1837. Apparently the fairy tree had grown on a […]

    History Roundup 649 including Georgian Earthquakes May 11, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 649 including Georgian Earthquakes

    Today’s links follow. 1) Prehistoric Tomb, Victorian Rubbish: Orkney 2) Rune Controversy: Sweden 3) Georgian Earthquakes: England (our take) 4) Mummy and Child in Cave: California 5) Early Prisoners of War: Scotland/North England 6) Genetic History of Europe: Prehistory and from the archives 7) Dangerous Jobs: European Kings Other links: Amazing Baggio (watch his feet)

    Daily History Picture: Seeing Jerusalem May 11, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Seeing Jerusalem

    19 Cent Romanticism and bad art but somehow…

    Lee’s Luck May 11, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Lee's Luck

    Robert E. Lee led the army of North Virginia, the central institution of the Confederacy, for just under three years (1862-1865). In that time he was able to rely on the most important military resource of all: not acumen, not courage, not atom bombs but sheer dumb luck. In Lee’s case the luck was deserved: there […]

    History Roundup 648 including Supersonic Spitfire May 10, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 648 including Supersonic Spitfire

    Today’s links follow. 1) The Eton Riot: England 2) Supersonic Spitfire: UK 3) Glamis Monster: Scotland 4) Sleep Related Erections Through History: the Library 5) Churchill, Alcohol and Prohibition: US 6) Female Death Sentences: the Gallows and from the archives 7) Flesh-eating Elves Other links: Operation Michael (WW1), Germany’s Last Gamble https://youtu.be/6_uljaIkiYI

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