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  • History Roundup 584 including Earliest Scurvy February 5, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 584 including Earliest Scurvy

    Today’s links follow. 1) New Oldest Footprints (southwest): US 2) Earliest Scurvy: Aswan! 3) Oldest Tartan: Scotland 4) Lady Authors in the 1960s: the market place 5) Lost Submarine: Scotland 6) New Ancient Theatre: Greece and from the archives 7) Old New New Old: Churchill and Elizabeth II Other links: Welsh Dragon, Jovanotti, A Te

    Daily History Picture: Beer is Back! February 5, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Beer is Back!

    Beer Day in Iceland, end of prohibition, 1989

    Red Fairies #4: Added in Translation? February 5, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval, Modern
    Red Fairies #4: Added in Translation?

    Perhaps the real key to the Red Fairies problem is language. As we have established they are referred to as y Gwilliaid Cochion Mowddwy in Pennant our first extensive source. Let’s work backwards. Mowddwy refers to their region, modern Mawddwy. No problem there. Cochion refers to a deep red colour. Again no problem or controversy. (Some […]

    History Roundup 583 including Shackleton’s Heart February 4, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 583 including Shackleton's Heart

    Today’s links follow. 1) 18 Cent Riding: England 2) Caste System and Genes: India 3) Go history: China 4) Shackleton’s Heart: Antarctic 5) Nabakov and Marriage: US and Russia 6) Post Mortem Ghost: Dublin and from the archives 7) The Spirited End of Edwin Drood Other links: Will Hay, Ask a Policeman

    Daily History Picture: Nineteenth-Century Teacher February 4, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Nineteenth-Century Teacher

    Colorised image, beautiful face

    Red Fairies #3: Do NOT Use the Chimney February 4, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Red Fairies #3: Do NOT Use the Chimney

    One curious folklore tradition survives about ‘the red fairies’. This is David Pennant our earliest extensive source. The traditions of the country respecting these banditti, are still extremely strong. I was told that they were so feared, that travellers did not dare go the common road to Shrewsbury, but passed over the summits of the […]

    History Roundup 582 including Married to a Witch February 3, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 582 including Married to a Witch

    Today’s links follow. 1) Witch and Husband: England 2) Brave Death: Sea (reminds me of the taxi tale) 3) Botching Tut Repairs: Museum 4) Domestic Surgery: US (Christ!) 5) First Europeans in Australia: Portugal? (our take) 6) Wild Science: the lab (or not) and from the archives 7) Canadian Viking Legend Other links: Fotheringay, Too […]

    Daily History Picture: Beach Scene February 3, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Beach Scene

    Victorians on the beach

    Red Fairies #2: A People Apart? February 3, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Red Fairies #2: A People Apart?

    One of the most curious aspects of the Red Fairy legends in the belief that the Red Fairies survived up until the nineteenth century as a race apart in the locality. This was elevated to high pseudo-science. Here is a passage from The British Race (1909) In Merioneth there is a red-haired, ruddy-skinned people, with […]

    History Roundup 581 including Viking Ghostbusters February 2, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 581 including Viking Ghostbusters

    Today’s links follow. 1) Eichmann’s Letter: Israel 2) Green Deserts: Arabia 3) Viking Ghostbusters: the cold north (Esoterx on excellent form) 4) Fictional Dishes: Library 5) Russia as Seen by Americans: Russia 6) Ancient Star Gazing: Egypt and from the archives 7) Ancient Egyptian Super Technology? Other links: flat earthers, best podcast I’ve heard in […]

    Daily History Picture: Three Blackfoot Braves February 2, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Three Blackfoot Braves

    Three young Blackfoot men, in Alberta 1887

    Red Fairies #1: The Fairy Bandits? February 2, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval, Modern
    Red Fairies #1: The Fairy Bandits?

    Imagine the scene: 1555, Lewis Owen, vice-chamberlain is passing down the road with a small bodyguard and his son-in-law, on the edge of Powys in central Wales. As they pass down the track, they come to several felled trees across their way in the midst of ‘thick woods’. Are the men anxious? Perhaps not at […]

    Beachcombed 68 February 1, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Beachcombed
    Beachcombed 68

    Dear Reader, January that jumping-in-a-cold-pool-feeling as term begins, even if kids as always nice. Long hours, and early mornings. Up at four twice this week to try and make things work: though in truth today I managed somehow to sleep in till six. Thanks, as always, to the multiple linkers: Amanda, Invisible, Chris S, Joan, Ricardo, Wade and […]

    New History Books: Slav Outposts January 31, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    New History Books: Slav Outposts

    Stone, Slav Outposts Wends etc. Looking forward…

    Index Biography #26: Prize a book January 31, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Index Biography #26: Prize a book

    ***James got this… scroll down for the answer*** The Index Biography is a new form of biography pioneered by this blog and introduced in a previous post. The creator must find a biography of a famous individual from history, they must turn to the index and write down eight peripheral facts about the individual’s life. We […]

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