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  • Daily History Picture: English Knight May 26, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: English Knight

    Always love the crests…

    Irish Horse Whispering in Co. Cork May 26, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Irish Horse Whispering in Co. Cork

    A lovely story from New Market in Co Cork in the wild west of Ireland and another episode from the series on horse charming. Not least interesting is the fact that this seems to be the origin of the modern phrase ‘horse whispering’. Among the curiosities of this district [New Market, 1810] may be properly included […]

    History Roundup 658 including Poetry in the Stars May 25, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 658 including Poetry in the Stars

    Today’s links follow. 1) Camel DNA: the Middle East 2) Poetry Found in the Stars: Ancient Med 3) Hiroshima Etc: US/Japan 4) 18C Flower Power: England 5) Finding Slave Graves by Crowd Source: US 6) Potters Field: New York and from the archives 7) How Gerbils Killed Millions Other links: Alien Kidnapping, London Punch and […]

    Daily History Picture: Commonwealth Sword May 25, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Commonwealth Sword

    Remarkable sword from the Civil War: brings out my inner cavalier.

    Immortal Meals #28: Bourbon at Surrender May 25, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Immortal Meals #28: Bourbon at Surrender

    Surrenders are never very easy moments but the meeting between William Tecumseh Sherman and Joseph E. Johnston at Bennett Place on 17 and 18 April 1865 as the American Civil War was winding down proved a generally civilized affair. Sherman, the Union commander, was a Democrat and had a natural sympathy for the south: despite […]

    History Roundup 657 including Kids Finds Ancient City May 24, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 657 including Kids Finds Ancient City

    Today’s links follow. 1) Kid Finds New Maya City: Canada 2) Nazi Nuclear Tunnels: Germany (sceptical) 3) Disappearing Ship: Australia 4) Retrieving Lost Language: New Zealand 5) Did the Vikings Meditate? The North (Mother of God!) 6) Spook Lights: US and from the archives 7) Good Swastikas Other links: Of course, there were elves… Wild […]

    Daily History Picture: Salvador Dali and His Pets May 24, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Salvador Dali and His Pets

    Paris, anteaters…

    Daily History Picture: Roman Emperors Die May 24, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Roman Emperors Die

    How the chaps in purple bought it…

    Snowball Atrocities #1: Snowball Bomb May 24, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Snowball Atrocities #1: Snowball Bomb

    Sometimes the blogger finds a newstory that he cannot let go. After a week of wrestling with his conscience Beach has decided that he simply has to give this particular incidence of love between the peoples of Europe wider coverage. We are in 1931. Prague. Thursday. Two schoolboys were killed in the course of a […]

    History Roundup 656 including Nuking the Moon! May 23, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 656 including Nuking the Moon!

    Today’s links follow. 1) Cave Paintings Older: France 2) Nuking the Moon: Space 3) 19C Music Hall Posters: France (magnificent!) 4) Vampire! Vienna 5) Old Springs: New York 6) Villa Under Barn: UK and from the archives 7) Hair Harvest and Theft Other links: Great War at Sea

    Sleeping with the Devil May 23, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Sleeping with the Devil

    Beach has recently been looking at cases of men and women who accidentally, or deliberately, or accidentally-deliberatishly slept with demons. The following comes from a seventeenth-century account and it is interesting to see an idea that defined the Middle Ages surviving so powerfully into the early modern period: Beach wonders when the latest record would […]

    Daily History Picture: Raid! May 23, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Raid!

    Raid on an illegal whisky still in prohibition…

    New History Books: The Mathews Men May 22, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: The Mathews Men

    William Geroux, The Mathews Men: Seven Brothers and the War Against Hitler’s Uboats Always up for Battle of the Atlantic books…

    Review: The Bye Bye Man May 22, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Review: The Bye Bye Man

    Robert Damon Schneck, The Bye Bye Man and Other Strange-but-True-Tales (New York 2014) RDS has built a reputation, in the last decade, for ‘strange stories’ well told with a strong bias towards the supernatural. This ‘new’ collection – actually originally published by Anomalist Press in 2005 as The President’s Vampire – has the typical RDS […]

    New History Books: Kosher USA May 21, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: Kosher USA

    Horowitz, Kosher USA (Columbia University Press) Food history is always good and some of the manipulations described in the blurb got my curiosity going.

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