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  • The Eyes Have It: Lenin’s Screwing Orbs March 25, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Uncategorized
    The Eyes Have It: Lenin's Screwing Orbs

    Eyes! Novelists are forever going on about them, even philosophers occasionally get excited about them: blue eyes are beautiful, brown eyes are sublime, Kant insists.  Beach personally has never understood all the fuss: of the twenty members of his family he probably has noticed the eyes of three and knows the colour of six or […]

    History Roundup 361 including Richard III’s Wrong Body! March 24, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 361 including Richard III's Wrong Body!

    Today’s links follow. 1) Village Life to Palace Life: India 2) Exorcising Anglican Style: England 3) Richard III Lies: A Carpark Near You 4) 18 Cent Serial Killer: Jamaica? 5) Thorstein Shiver: only in Iceland 6) Seeing Sodomy: Medieval Europe 7) Viking Army Needed: TV Land 8) The Archaeology of Beer: Ireland and from the […]

    Daily History Picture: Ancient Jerusalem March 24, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Ancient Jerusalem

    Wake up and smell the pomegranates

    Not the Shawl, Josephine! March 24, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Not the Shawl, Josephine!

    This is a chamber pot story, one which Beach stumbled upon during his recent research into chamber pot enemies. We are in France in the theatre at Saint-Cloud and during the first act, Napoleon’s wife, the Empress Josephine ‘was seized with an uncontrollable desire to make water’. This comes from an edition in 1896 and […]

    History Roundup 360 including Big Hair and Football Fairies March 23, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 360 including Big Hair and Football Fairies

    Today’s links follow. 1) I Have Run Away (Slave Collar): Rome 2) Big Hair (More): Britain 3) Death at Borodino: Russia 4) Tijepetir Blocks: A beach near you 5) Coral Pyramids: Micronesia 6) Medieval Imposture: London 7) Football Fairies: Ireland 8) Travel, Letters and Old Road Maps:…. and from the archives 9) French Kisses, Guinea […]

    Daily History Picture: Regretting the Holocaust March 23, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Regretting the Holocaust

    German soldiers watch evidence of the holocaust in 1945

    Dreadful Homecoming, Italy 1944 March 23, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Dreadful Homecoming, Italy 1944

    Sometimes when you read descriptions from history, something snags on your imagination and you can’t get loose: in fact the wool on your mental pullover starts to unravel… Sometimes it is hard to explain why. But for what it is worth here is a scene from history that could have featured as a vignette in […]

    History Roundup 359 including Iron Coffins and Disappearing Film Maker March 22, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 359 including Iron Coffins and Disappearing Film Maker

    Today’s links follow. 1) Roerich in the Mountains: Tibet 2) Domesticating Papaya: The Maya 3) Another Arab Ring in the North: Vikings 4) Disappearing Film Maker: France 5) Construction Sacrifice? Bulgaria 6) Country Spirit: Penn, US 7) Iron Coffins: US 8) Cervantes Found: Madrid (striking to see one of the greatest writers reduced to some […]

    Daily History Picture: Catapult Fun March 22, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Catapult Fun

    here comes the catapult and the poor operator…

    The Mystery of the Victoria Reservoir at Southport March 22, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Mystery of the Victoria Reservoir at Southport

    Southport is a Lancashire seaside town. In the nineteenth-century Southport had something of a reputation, tourists flocked from throughout the north and in 1860 Southport would build the second largest pier in Britain: a big deal back then when coast towns measured their self esteem by ‘how long’ they were. At the centre of these […]

    History Roundup 358 including Ostrich Egg Writing March 21, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 358 including Ostrich Egg Writing

    Today’s links follow. 1) Masquerade Balls: England 2) DNA in detail (abstract): Britain (been waiting years for this) 3) DNA in detail (BBC article): Britain 4) Collapse of a Kingdom: Mexico 5) Husband Killing: France 6) Non-Highwayman: England 7) More Elegy for Hatra: Iraq 8) Eulogy on an Ostrich Egg: Egypt and from the archives […]

    Death by Joke March 21, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Death by Joke

    The historical practical joke tag has now reached almost a dozen posts and Beach thought that he would celebrate with a brief survey of a particularly unusual form of practical joke: jokes that ended in the joker or jokee dying. Beach limited himself to British newspapers from 1 Jan 1880 to Dec 31 1899 and […]

    Daily History Picture: Medical Procedure or Make Up? March 20, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Medical Procedure or Make Up?

    Not sure what is going on here….

    Smelling Germans March 20, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Smelling Germans

    This is a weird little story that has proved frustratingly difficult to pin down: not even the original reference. 12 June 1944 Churchill, Brook, and Smuts (far right) visited Montgomery’s forward position at Creully to see how the Normandy campaign was unwinding. This much can be attained from several sources not least the photograph above: […]

    History Roundup 357 including Arab Ring in Scandinavia March 19, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 357 including Arab Ring in Scandinavia

    Today’s links follow. 1) Pioneering Women in Archaeology: the western world 2) Ancient Lighthouse: Silbury Hill! 3) Mysterious Jade Object: Mexico 4) Arab Ring among the Vikings: Scandinavia 5) Abandoned Houses: Europe 6) Embassy of Texas Republic: London! 7) Viking Cats: Psychos 8) Mee, Forgotten Georgian Painter: England and from the archives 9) Arthur’s Gravestone […]

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