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The Spy Who Loved Me? Semen and Espionage April 13, 2014

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
The Spy Who Loved Me? Semen and Espionage

By WW2 Britain had the best spy and espionage service in the world: one that helped end the war in 1945 rather than 1946 or 1947. However, in WW1 it was still amateur hour. MI6 was just five years old when the guns of August thundered and there was a great deal of improvisation by […]

History Roundup 66 including Commie Scouts and Battlewinning Taxis April 12, 2014

Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
History Roundup 66 including Commie Scouts and Battlewinning Taxis

1) Scouts, Communists and MI5: only in Britain 2) Petroleum Tree Chart: vivid 3) Vienna, Salt and Cemeteries: inter alii Paracelsus 4) Taxis of the Marne: Legend or otherwise 5) Digging Up Durham Cathedral Kitchen: Food for thought 6) English Coin at Bannockburn: Scottish booty? 7) Bringing Music to the Trenches: Lena Ashwell 8) Egyptian […]

A Medieval Brass Robot and the Unutterable Name of God April 12, 2014

Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
A Medieval Brass Robot and the Unutterable Name of God

This account is given by William of Malmesbury in one of his histories. It is interesting for many reasons, not least because it supposedly came from a doctor in his monastery, who told it to William, when the future historian was a boy. When I [William's informant] was seven years old despising the mean circumstances […]

History Roundup 65 including Brain Scoopers April 11, 2014

Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
History Roundup 65 including Brain Scoopers

Today’s post on rabies’ cures: migraine slowly abating and reading James Bond comics. 1) The Brain Scoopers: Egypt (see also our previous article on brain liquidation) 2) Clipping the Church: in Dark Dorset (our past examination of this ceremony further north) 3) Carambolo Treasure: and arguments in Spain 4) Scientific Racism: more 5) Alternative US: […]

Rabies and Dog’s Liver Cure April 11, 2014

Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
Rabies and Dog's Liver Cure

Rabies vanished from Britain in the very early twentieth century and bar some unlucky exceptions has not returned since: just 22 have died since 1902. But in the nineteenth century it was a serious menace and people, particularly children died on a fairly regular basis. Here is a rabies account from the 1860s and deep […]

History Roundup 64 including Latin WW1 April 10, 2014

Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
History Roundup 64 including Latin WW1

This is going to be short as in middle of migraine… However, today’s post on the nice American Civil War. 1) Writing to the Front: ww1 dedication 2) Fighting the Germans with Latin: in WW1 3) Volcano that Changed History: 1815 4) The Doll That Saw History Being Made: loved this 5) Baby Spontaneous Combustion? […]

The American Civil War: An Exceptionally Nice Conflict? April 10, 2014

Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
The American Civil War: An Exceptionally Nice Conflict?

The American Civil War was a grim event: of this there should be no question. Perahps 400 thousand young men were killed, who would have contributed to the future of their country/countries. There was lasting bitterness, particularly in the South, where even today there are debates about Confederate Flags and northern culpability. For an outsider, […]

History Roundup 63 including Lethal Legals and Papal Guns April 9, 2014

Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
History Roundup 63 including Lethal Legals and Papal Guns

1) Practice Trenches: ww1 norfolk 2) Oldest Decimal Table: China 3) Interesting Marriages, Births etc: 1817 4) Lethal Legal Eagle: the danger of lawyers 5) Mongolian Shamanism: A surprising story 6) John Paul II Guns: At his birthplace 7) Hebridean Oracles: wild stuff and Kentucky 8) Farming to the Sofa: 6000 years of change on […]

Brought Up By A Tree April 9, 2014

Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
Brought Up By A Tree

This story dates to 1706 and seems, at least, to Beach just too incredible. It is enjoyable though, in a kind of my-foster-dad-was-an-oak, murder-will-out way. The scene of the occurrence is laid at a nameless place in Essex [note not named!], in the neighbourhood of which a gentleman was in the habit of amusing himself […]

History Roundup 62 including Elongated Skulls and Grain Nomads April 8, 2014

Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
History Roundup 62 including Elongated Skulls and Grain Nomads

Today’s post on human trousers 1) Rossetti’s Models: all in pictures 2) Tracking A Slave Trader: with expense reports? 3) Elongated Skulls: Carpathian Basin 4) Banquet on the Golden Hind: on circumnavigation 5) Major New Egyptian Find: just possibly 6) Nomads and Grain: East to West 7) Walking Fast: 19 cent sport And from the […]

Human Trousers from Iceland April 8, 2014

Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
Human Trousers from Iceland

Regular readers of this blog will know the name ‘Leif’, who always sends in excellent copy about Viking culture, correcting my excesses and offering new perspectives. Leif recently sent in these reflections on Lappish breeches (extraordinary and horrific picture at the foot of this post) after my post on a human drum. Here we return […]

History Roundup 61 including Germs and World War in an Attic April 7, 2014

Author: Beach Combing | in : Uncategorized
History Roundup 61 including Germs and World War in an Attic

Today’s post on a Jewish Hitler. Today’s links follow: 1) Tomb Sweeping Day: China 2) Elephant Fossils in America: the great Adrienne Mayor about 3) Curriculum Wars: Australia (loved the name) 4) ww1 in an attic: 92 year old dies 5) 8000 Year Old Settlement: Greece 6) Robert Koch and Germs: and Sherlock Holmes 7) […]

A Jewish Hitler? April 7, 2014

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
A Jewish Hitler?

One of the most interesting ‘urban legends’ about Hitler is that the fuhrer was himself part Jewish: a notion perhaps helped along by his particularly unaryan features. It would, as a matter of fact, be truer to say that Hitler may have had Jewish ancestry. The ambiguity comes about not from Hitler’s maternal side but […]

History Roundup 60 including Female Murderers and Sky Discs April 6, 2014

Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
History Roundup 60 including Female Murderers and Sky Discs

Today’s post is on the Rossendale Fairies (including some important corrections and additions now by the photograph taker, John Hyatt) 1) Origins of the Hispanics: advertising? 2) Keeping the Star Spangled Flag in Good Shape: A challenge 3) Marquis de Sade Manuscript: Back in France 4) The Nebra Sky Disc: Just can’t believe this is […]

The Rossendale Fairies Photographed? April 6, 2014

Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite
The Rossendale Fairies Photographed?

This week has been big in fairy land. Not only did an interesting piece appear concerning a diabolical gnome from Argentina, there were also some photographs published by the Manchester Evening News purporting to show fairies. As this blog has always taken very great pleasure in giving fairies and more importantly fairy belief space we […]

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