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  • Hawker and the Pixy? May 6, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Hawker and the Pixy?

    We have visited Robert Hawker before on this blog, not least in his gadding about as a mermaid. However, there follows a peculiar episode in which he claims to have seen a supernatural creature in a letter written in 1856 (or was the experience 1856, the source Byles Life and Letters is not clear?). R.A.J.Walling […]

    History Roundup 84 including Wet Sand and Sexless Food May 5, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 84 including Wet Sand and Sexless Food

    Been away for a few day’s but now back to business. Today’s post: not taking prisoners in ww2 and then there are the links… 1) Wet Sand: How they made the pyramids 2) War Artists History: UK 3) An Afternoon in St James’s Park: Painting 4) Dampening Desire with Food: 18 cent 5) Early Depiction […]

    Killing After Surrender in WW2: Parachutes and Submarines May 5, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Killing After Surrender in WW2: Parachutes and Submarines

    The laws of war dictate that if someone puts up their hands then they are prisoners and must be treated as such. However, despite the traditions of ages and now the strictures of various conventions mercy is ignored at times even by civilised armies. Two striking examples from the Second World War where the opposition […]

    1937 Cornish Black Dog Scare May 4, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    1937 Cornish Black Dog Scare

    The phantom dog of Linkinhorne was one of the south-western dandy dogs that have terrified locals since time immemorial. What is particularly interesting though about this dog from the past is that it returned in 1937 and caused a local panic. Here are a number of the best stories from the outbreak. The first reference […]

    Fighting the Plains Trains May 3, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Fighting the Plains Trains

    The transcontinental railways across the American plains not only made a nation, but destroyed the way of life of hundreds of free indigenous peoples living there. The train made military control of the interior easier and, of course, the train also brought the buffalo killers: the Federal Government and its agents had long understood that […]

    Neo-Pagan Partisans May 2, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Neo-Pagan Partisans

    Ask a well-read person today about neo-paganism and many will identify it as something that came out of flower power in the late 1960s. However, this is not, for the most part, true. Neo-pagans were actually around before the Great War and in some incarnations neo-paganism can be traced back to late nineteenth-century eccentrics, such […]

    Beachcombed 47 May 1, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Beachcombed
    Beachcombed 47

    Dear Reader, This has been a month of extraordinary strains. Mrs B is now – trumpet blares – just at the end of her first trimester of her third pregnancy and she has AWFUL pregnancies. I sometimes wonder whether we are the only family where the arrival of the baby means that we have more […]

    History Roundup 83 including Archaeology by Spy Satellite April 30, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 83 including Archaeology by Spy Satellite

    Today’s post is the Index biography quiz and as to today’s links: 1) Getting in Trouble at Harvard: 1700s 2) Eyewitness at Yorktown: joy of newspapers 3) The Spy Who Loved Me: Mata Hari’s last romp 4) The Most Northerly Shipwreck? 1853 5) Saving Minority Cultures: Syria 6) Disappearing Pilots: and Fort getting his facts wrong 7) […]

    The Index Biography #6: Prize = A Good Book April 30, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    The Index Biography #6: Prize = A Good Book

    **LeifEd just won this at about 10.00 am GMT, for answer scroll below*** 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 […]

    History Roundup 82 including Floods, Auctions and Proto Languages April 29, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 82 including Floods, Auctions and Proto Languages

    Today’s post is on burning libraries 1) City Fall and Flood: on the Mississippi 2) British Pathe Puts Films on Line: thousands 3) Jumbo Auction: an unusual tusk 4) Josephine’s Auction: letters to general 5) Proto Languages: get fluent 6) Spiritualists and Shakespeare: words from beyond 7) Grosseteste and Multiple Universes: modern comparisons 8) Dozens […]

    11 Burning Libraries: Book Lovers Beware April 29, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Contemporary, Medieval, Modern
    11 Burning Libraries: Book Lovers Beware

    This blog has pioneered a series of burning libraries: books that didn’t make it (23 to date)… But what about real burning libraries? Libraries that, at some point in Antiquity or the Middle Ages, were gutted by fire, accidental or deliberate. I have included here a list of eleven devastatingly bad ‘burning libraries’ or ‘burning […]

    History Roundup 81 including Weird Poetry Group and Dragons April 28, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 81 including Weird Poetry Group and Dragons

    Today’s post is on a French joke duel. 1) Ancient Dental Work: just a picture, but what a picture 2) Missing War Medal Finds Its Way  Home: Arizona 3) In Search of Mendes Pinto: Mentes? Minto 4) Royals Take Side Over Shakespeare Question: surprised by Prince Phil 5) WW2 Wreck: Operation Tiger 6) Astronomical Cave? […]

    High Noon at Carcassonne April 28, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    High Noon at Carcassonne

    Carcassonne is a stunning medieval town in the south of France, famous today for the attrocities carried out there against the Cathars, or those who were believed to be Cathars, in the thirteenth century. However, I recently ran across this news story from 1894 and the most recent in our practical jokes series: long time […]

    History Roundup 80 including Labyrinths and Earhart’s Plane April 27, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 80 including Labyrinths and Earhart's Plane

    1) The S in Ulysses S Grant: What does it stand for 2) Last Titantic Letter: Over 100,000 dollars 3) Charge of the Light Brigade: New witness accounts 4) Russian Labyrinths in Stone: White Sea 5) Atlit Yam, Underwater: ghostly pictures 6) Earhart’s Plane: and legal squabbles 7) 16 Century Facebook: a volume of friends […]

    Egyptian Quisling in Canaan? April 27, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
    Egyptian Quisling in Canaan?

    This year has been a particularly exciting one in Egyptology: the brewer’s tomb, a new pharaoh (and dynasty), Horemheb’s pyramid… Not least of the prizes has been a very unusual Egyptian grave found outside the bounds of the Nile valley. In fact, the grave in question was dug up in, of all places, ‘Canaan’ (Jezreel, […]

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