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  • Daily History Picture: Ali Love Pele November 19, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Ali Love Pele

    Two of the most charismatic sportsmen of all time embrace.

    Joan of Arc and the Genesis of Her Voices November 19, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    Joan of Arc and the Genesis of Her Voices

    Joan of Arc has appeared once before on this blog in that fascinating moment where she apparently picked out the Dauphin with psychic antennae. Today, two years on, Beach is turning instead to another part of Joan’s paranormal life, her voices. Joan heard, from her early adolescence onwards, voices. These voices gave her instruction and […]

    History Roundup 258 including Uncolonised Africa November 18, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 258 including Uncolonised Africa

    Today’s links follow: today’s post was the children tree 1) If Africa Had Not Been Colonised: map 2) Ghostly Excavations: Glastonbury 3) Napoleon’s Hat Bought Abroad: Korea…. 4) Unsolved Cipher: Britain 5) Bizarre Museum: London 6) Ancient Sewers: Rome 7) Seer Stone: Scotland and from the archives 8) Death Dealer of Kovno Other links: creepy […]

    The Children Tree November 18, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    The Children Tree

    There are some rare accounts from the middle ages (though not from antiquity?) of trees that are alive. The following comes from the great eighth-century Chinese geographer Du You. Du You is talking here of the Dashi, the Chinese word for the Arabs, that have just started to come onto the horizon with the Islamic […]

    Daily History Picture: ‘Oakies’ Out West November 18, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: 'Oakies' Out West

    Family on the run from the dustbowl.

    Source of Life: Mrs B Gives Birth November 17, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite
    Source of Life: Mrs B Gives Birth

    3.5 kilos, homebirth, lots of stitches, baby and mother doing well.

    Daily History Picture: Playing Medieval Chess November 17, 2014

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

    A fourteenth-century chess game. What’s the blue bag for on high?

    Daily History Picture: Elizabeth in the Puddle November 16, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Elizabeth in the Puddle

    Sparse 19 cent version of Elizabeth walking in the puddle, note the pipe!

    Written Gibberish and Magic November 16, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Written Gibberish and Magic

    Keith Thomas includes in his classic Magic and the Decline of Religion a few precious pages on gibberish charms that were sometimes given out by ‘cunning men and women’ (aka witches) to those who wanted protection. These were typically worn about the neck of someone who wished for help against demons or better health. Some […]

    Italy’s World War Disaster November 15, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Italy's World War Disaster

    Italians and World Wars don’t really get on. A combination of poor military culture and one of the most macho yet incompetent political classes on the planet made for messy interventions, and amputations rather than extrications. However, even by sorry Italian standards, the six weeks beginning 28 Oct 1940 and ending 7-8 Dec 1940 were […]

    History Roundup 257 including the Great Sneeze of 1755 November 14, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 257 including the Great Sneeze of 1755

    Today’s links follow. 1) Influenza Epedimic 1755: England 2) Witches and Fairies: Dorset 3)  Human Rights in the East: Ancient Babylon?! 4) Most Beautiful Man in the World (according to him): London 5) Stone Age Footprints: underground 6) Gowrie Conspiracy: Scotland 7) Race and History: Sociology dep’t 8) Tampons: Ancient Greece and from the archives […]

    Daily History Picture: Thirteenth-Century Hunt November 14, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Thirteenth-Century Hunt

      What is the red bull?

    New Folklore Survey: Have You a Fairy Story to Tell? November 14, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite
    New Folklore Survey: Have You a Fairy Story to Tell?

    Great news from London tonight. Launched in this month’s Fortean Times and run in association with the Fairy Investigation Society, which has been reconstituting for the last months and that will send out its first communication this weekend, the Fairy Census 2015-2016 is  ‘a go’ (the organizers don’t apparently follow the Gregorian calendar). Now what […]

    History Roundup 256 including New God November 13, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 256 including New God

    Today’s links follow. 1) Right-o: English speaking world 2) New God: Turkey 3) Tiger Loose: London 4) Collections Access Expanded: early US history 5) Veteran Day Account: US 6) Sex Museums: global 7) Shrinking the Empire: Global and from the archives 8) Eden in the Persian Gulf Other links: poetry brothel and how to open […]

    Daily History Picture: Canadian Tanks November 13, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Canadian Tanks

    Late WW2, Canadian Tank troops deep in France

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