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  • Daily History Picture: Amelia’s Last Hair Cut December 17, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Amelia's Last Hair Cut

    Amelia Earhart before rushing off for that round world flight…

    Immortal Meals #18: Breakfast in the Forbidden Palace December 17, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Immortal Meals #18: Breakfast in the Forbidden Palace

    The month is March 1912, the day unspecified, but you walk into the dining room in the Forbidden Palace in Peking and one breakfast is much like any other. The sole guest is about to have breakfast and the twenty five dishes for this important meal have just been laid out by the eunuchs. Beach […]

    History Roundup 282 including Christmas Horrors from Iceland December 16, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 282 including Christmas Horrors from Iceland

    Today’s links follow. 1) Christmas Horrors: Iceland 2) Stealing the Olympics: St Louis 3) Wartime letter’s Peregrinations: Maryland 4) Viking Treasure Back: York 5) John Lennon on Holiday: Edinburgh 6) Dirty Weekend Viking Style: North Western Europe 7) More Viking Evidence from Arctic Canada: Baffin Island 8) Oral Memories: Australia and from the archives 9) cat […]

    Daily History Picture: Left Right Change December 16, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Left Right Change

    1967 Sweden changes driving from left to right: curiously fatalaties dropped…

    Roman Coins in Iceland December 16, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Medieval
    Roman Coins in Iceland

    Roman coins have been found within and without the Empire. Denarii and solidii turn up in Scandinavia, Free Germany, Ceylon, Mainland India and Ethiopia, there is even one fascinating outlier in Madagascar (another post, another day). These coins will have arrived in two separate ways. Some will have been brought by Roman traders and some […]

    History Roundup 281 including Easter Island Bodies December 15, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 281 including Easter Island Bodies

    Today’s links follow. 1) Unusual Witch Execution: France 2) Underwater Ballroom: UK 3) Graveyard Christmas: Russia 4) Wood Diaries Rediscovered: Oxfordshire 5) Budgie Trainer and Pig Sketcher: London 6) Tulip Power: Lowlands 7) Sniper’s Rifle on Display: Texas 8) Scottish Canon: Pakistan 9) Bodies under Heads: on Easter Island and from the archives 10) Toasting […]

    Daily History Picture: Dog Fight Over Parliament December 15, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Dog Fight Over Parliament

    Battle of Britain shot from the summer of 1940 with Parliament in the foreground.

    Buying Flying Rocs and Sailing Ships December 15, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Buying Flying Rocs and Sailing Ships

    There is always a joy in imagining yourself in those fabulous nineteenth-century pantomime production where glitz, technology and spectacle came together and left audiences in London, New York, Chicago and Manchester speechless. It is only rarely though that we get to look behind the magician’s curtain, to see how things really worked, with very few exceptions […]

    History Roundup 280 including Fairy Music December 14, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 280 including Fairy Music

    Today’s links follow. 1) Leeches, Radium and a Corpse: London 2) Buying Up Cromwell: the Commonwealth 3) Christmas Cracker Truths: Laden table 4) Ancient Horse DNA and Breeding History: EuroAsia 5) Dowser and Plague Pit: Tunbridge Wells 6) Century Old Rose: Derbyshire 7) Music of Fairy: Kerry 8) Foul Fowl: Aldershot (of course) and from […]

    Binoculars, Wanted Posters and Green Dresses: Irish-British Relations Post Independence December 14, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Binoculars, Wanted Posters and Green Dresses: Irish-British Relations Post Independence

    By the end of 1916 the British establishment and the establishment in waiting of a future Irish state had come to loathe each other. The cause for this was not only the long history of rebellion and suppression (‘Ireland, through us, summons her children to her flag…’), nor was it just the fighting of the Easter […]

    Daily History Picture: Medieval Aristotle Reads in his Study December 14, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Medieval Aristotle Reads in his Study

    The great scholastic hero, Aristotle, shown at work in his study.

    History Roundup 279 including Crazy Georgian Cures December 13, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 279 including Crazy Georgian Cures

    Today’s links follow. 1) Old and Fabulous Clothes: China 2) Hall Turns Up in Viking Land: Sweden 3) Crazy Cures: Georgian England 4) Parchment Secret: York 5) Taj Mahal, Even More Ancient?! India 6) Bizarre (Fake?) Death Design: Ancient Egypt 7) Kings Mirror Weirdness: North Sea 8) The Britishes and Hitler: unusual comedy video and […]

    Earth Light in Norfolk December 13, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Earth Light in Norfolk

    This site has sometimes given space to earth light stories. This particular example is perhaps the best Beach has come acros read. The author is rather verbose – ‘the hours sped by on rosy wing until the humming tongue of the great church clock told all the drowsy Market-town that it was midnight’ – and […]

    History Roundup 278 including Snow Monster in Canada! December 12, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 278 including Snow Monster in Canada!

    Today’s links follow. 1) Disaster to Deliverance: Dunkirk 2) Snow Monster: Canada 3) Triple Bigamy and So Much More: England 4) Bombing Germany was Wrong: London Debate 5) Oldest Human Art: Java 6) Christmas Pie Fun: Britain 7) Lost Bomber in Lake: Norway 8) Ancient Battle Tactics: applications in the modern world…. and from the […]

    Daily History Picture: Hat Madness December 12, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Hat Madness

    New York 1939, when everyone wore hats…    

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