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  • Mermaid Monday: Nude Scottish Mermaids November 13, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Mermaid Monday: Nude Scottish Mermaids

    Here is a Scottish account from 1833 (Anon) of what were apparently river mermaids. What is most interesting here is certainly the reaction of the community, though the resolution of the mystery has some entertainment value. Some time back, the inhabitants of some hamlets, situated near the Tay, a little below Dunkeld, had been kept in […]

    Daily History Picture: Gaelic Warband Fires Farm November 13, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Gaelic Warband Fires Farm

    Late 1500s

    Braham’s Parrot November 12, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Braham's Parrot

    A busy day in paradise, so Beach thought he would limit himself to sharing this charming parrot story. Mr Braham was John Braham (obit 1856), an early nineteenth-century opera singer: ‘he sang before Napoleon’s Josephine and gave lessons to Nelson’s wife.’ Part of the charm of the story is the parrot in the presence of two […]

    The Half Million Club: Biggest Ancient and Medieval Cities November 11, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Medieval
    The Half Million Club: Biggest Ancient and Medieval Cities

    The half million club is a select group of nine human settlements that managed to break the half million population mark in Antiquity or in the Middle Ages: the biggest cities around before the discovery of the New World. To give some sorts of limit to this exercise six chronological moments have been chosen at […]

    Victorian Urban Legends: the Lady of the Key November 10, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Victorian Urban Legends: the Lady of the Key

    A woman with a key around her neck haunts the French saloons. What is her story? Beach is always looking for Victorian urban legends (this one is 1870) and particularly sexual ones. Ask yourself this. Would this tale have appeared in a British newspaper if it had been set in London rather than Paris? The […]

    History Roundup 935: Soviet Stories November 10, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 935: Soviet Stories

    Today’s links follow 1) Soviet Urban Legends: USSR 2) Soviet Poetry Madness: USSR 3) Soviet Dogs in Space: USSR 4) Soviet Pools of Light? USSR 5) Soviets and Aliens: USSR and from the archives 6) Baby Eating Eagles (with exciting new Edinburgh entry) Other links: These Days Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT […]

    Daily History Picture: Jewish Ritual November 10, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture:  Jewish Ritual

    The moon shines then the head disappears…

    Haunted Tree Swindle in Italy November 9, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Haunted Tree Swindle in Italy

    This story appeared in a British newspaper in September of 1861. It relates to Gubbio in Umbria: the unity of Italy has just happened. A rural parish in the region of Agubbio, which was relieved last year of the Pope’s temporal rule, but which still endures the evils of ignorance and superstition consequent on many […]

    History Roundup 934: War November 9, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 934: War

    Today’s links follow 1) When Auntie Margit Killed Lots of People: Hungary 2) Nazis in America: LA 3) Confederacy Honour: US 4) History Wars: Poland-Ukraine 5) Hitler’s Holiday Resort: Germany and from the archives 6) Parrot of the Atures Other links: Space Oddity (very curious) Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com

    Daily History Picture: Judy Garland Relaxing November 9, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Judy Garland Relaxing

    Filming of the wizard

    History Roundup 933: Other Times, Other Ways November 8, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 933: Other Times, Other Ways

    Today’s links follow 1) Walking: Middle Ages 2) Ancient Pregnancy Tests: Egypt 3) Secret LSD: Denver! 4) Interactive Map: Roman Empire…. 5) What Would American Fascism Look Like: US and from the archives 6) Made Up Battle Other links: Perpetuum Mobile Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com

    Daily History Picture: Canvassing on the Beach November 8, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Canvassing on the Beach

    Julian Amery, conservative politician, canvassing on the beach.

    History Roundup 932: Supernatural November 7, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 932: Supernatural

    Today’s links follow 1) Mr Hotfoot: England (Loved this one) 2) High Tech Ghosts: US 3) Contacting the Dead: the table 4) New Folk Tales: God forbid! 5) Ghost Hardwiring: the brain and from the archives 6) Getting the Future Wrong Other links: Bit of Satie Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT […]

    Daily History Picture: Death of LHO November 7, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Death of LHO

    Lee Harvey Oswald being shot

    Reiki: Not Waving but Drowning November 7, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite
    Reiki: Not Waving but Drowning

    An autobiographical post. Six months ago  I detailed some experiences in Shiatsu. In the last eight weeks the same practitioner gave me a series of treatments in Reiki as part of her training. Reiki for the uninitiated, in which I would still include myself, is the laying of hands on or, for the most part, […]

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