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  • Swallowed by a Whale? September 8, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    Swallowed by a Whale?

    In the late twentieth century whales became cool. They appeared in Star Trek films, people bought cds and listened to whales talking to each other and, of course, undergraduates walked around campuses with ‘No Way Norway’ signs while talking earnestly about boycotting sushi bars. But whales are not only cool but massive and even if […]

    History Roundup 196 including Magical Sex Stockings September 7, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 196 including Magical Sex Stockings

    Today’s post is on fake ghost battle and today’s links follow. 1) The Other Neanderthals: reconstructed from fragments 2) Fairies in the Trenches: riding white hot bullets 3) Lost City of Caral: ancient American settlement 4) Palaeo Eskimos: who were they 5) Magical Sex Stockings: medieval fun 6) Red Cross Files: millions of Great War prisoners […]

    Fake Ghost Battle from Cornwall? September 7, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite, Modern
    Fake Ghost Battle from Cornwall?

    Beach is in search of a ghost battle, only the ghost battle does not seem to have ever taken place. This is not said in the heavy materialist sense that such things cannot happen: though they probably can’t. It is said with the frustration of six or seven hours spent looking for this mysterious battle […]

    Daily History Picture: Digging Up Ur September 6, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Digging Up Ur

    Leonard Woolley at Ur: love the figurine

    Nietzsche, the Prostitutes and the Piano September 6, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Nietzsche, the Prostitutes and the Piano

    A WIBT moment from the first age of mighty Fred Nietzsche. As a student, aged 21, in February 1865, the moustached one visited Cologne and there he was left, according to his then good friend, and generally reliable witness, Paul Deussen (obit 1919), by a coachman at a brothel. Fred, who claimed that he had […]

    History Roundup 195 including WW1 Animals September 5, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 195 including WW1 Animals

    Today’s post is on a westerner in medieval China and today’s links follow. At a conference this afternoon and tomorrow so brief… 1) WW1 Animals: Pictures 2) Boudicca’s Coming: hidden gold 3) Horst Photographs: fashion etc but stylish 4) Tripping on Acid c. 500: in the Andies 5) Six What ifs from American Political History: what if […]

    Daily History Picture: OAP with Automatic Weapons September 5, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: OAP with Automatic Weapons

    An ancient Armenian woman guards her home as the Soviet Union starts to collapse, 1990

    A Westerner in Early Medieval China? September 5, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    A Westerner in Early Medieval China?

    Here is a story that has come out of the Chinese media in the last few days and that has been little noticed in the west, certainly it has been little discussed. The reports are unsatisfactory in all kinds of ways. But the bare bones of information includes the following: in M1401, an early medieval […]

    History Roundup 194 including the Devils of Gloucester! September 4, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 194 including the Devils of Gloucester!

    Today’s post on a mysterious boggart body, today’s links follow. 1) Saving Wedgewood: a collection about to be broken up 2) The Devils of Gloucester: Strange Company 3) Could Dragons have Evolved: take an eel, a fly… 4) Ancient Amazons: Adrienne Mayor 5) Neanderthal Art: or naughts and crosses? 6) Stonehenge: missing stones appear 7) […]

    Daily History Picture: The Art of Dying Well September 4, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: The Art of Dying Well

    Late fifteenth century image of death

    Mysterious Boggart Body Found in Manchester September 4, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Mysterious Boggart Body Found in Manchester

    Beach apologises first of all for three days of animals: cats, killer sheep and now boggarts, but this one really got his curiosity going. The book in which the description is found is Edwardian, but the author is recalling his boyhood in mid-nineteenth century Lancashire on the edge of Boggart Hole Clough in northern Manchester. […]

    History Roundup 193 including the Viking Ship that Never Was September 3, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 193 including the Viking Ship that Never Was

    Today’s post is on animal sacrifices in Christianity and today’s links follow. 1) Viking Ship Found Near Memphis! not 2) The Hotel Marguery Mystery: Strange Company 3) 6000 Year Old Henge Found: Kent UK 4) The Tool Man: Ken Hawley (70000 in his collection) 5) Belgium Blood in UK: aftermath of WW1 refugees 6) William […]

    Daily History Picture: The Last Cornish Speaker September 3, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: The Last Cornish Speaker

    Dolly Pentreath (obit 1777) the last speaker of Cornish, the Celtic language of south-western Britain  

    Killer Sheep September 3, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Killer Sheep

    Sheep are some of the most benign, unthreatening animals that you can hope to meet. Think of a ewe bleating ineffectually over her young as the farmer comes for his prey, or one of the most pathetic images in the whole of creation, a grown sheep running to suckle when it perceives a threat, almost knocking […]

    History Roundup 192 including Under Houses in Turkey and Stonehenge September 2, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 192 including Under Houses in Turkey and Stonehenge

    Today’s post is on cat black magic and today’s links follow. 1) Under Stonehenge: secrets?? 2) UK and Refugees from Belgium: WW2 Swansea 3) Retro Shopping Malls: remember 1990 (how stupid we all looked) 4) Ancient House Under Modern House: Turkey 5) Making Pacts with the Devil: Esoterx on diabolical grammar 6) J.B.Rhine: The Big Study […]

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