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  • History Roundup 213 including Beyond Weird GIFS September 25, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 213 including Beyond Weird GIFS

    Today’s links follow. 1) Beyond Weird Gifs: all over 2) Great Western Railway Uncovered: UK 3) New Female Statues: Greece 4) Inuit Folklore and Franklin: Canada 5) Greenwood Cemetery Explored: US 6) The World’s Oldest Beehive: Scotland and from the archives 7) Marco Polo meets a dragon Other links: the obama divorce myth, stephen king’s […]

    Daily History Picture: Wedding Bells and Goebbels September 25, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    Daily History Picture: Wedding Bells and Goebbels

    Goebbels marries the dreadful Magda, Hitler the best man walking behind, 1931.

    An Invisible Library Among the Fairies September 25, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    An Invisible Library Among the Fairies

    Imagine that you have just been captured by the pixies. You are dragged down into one of the underground prisons and thrown into a dim room. However, while banging your fists on the now locked door you see that there is at least one distraction: a rich volume balanced on a circular stand ‘as one sometimes […]

    History Roundup 212 including Flowers in Battle September 24, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 212 including Flowers in Battle

    Today’s links follow. 1) Ancients Who Lived for 200 Years: all over 2) Strange Family Review: Guardian 3) Botany War: WW1 4) Historic Ghost Ship: California 5) Abandoned Villages from the Air: England 6) Mass Hysteria Weirdness: all over and from the archives 7) Licking Knives and Blind Mice Other links: ig nobel, when journalists […]

    Daily History Picture: Nine Kings in One Room September 24, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    Daily History Picture: Nine Kings in One Room

    Nine kings in a single room at Buckinham Palace, 1910. In four brief years this would have been unthinkable…

    Immortal Meals 16#: Stalin Meets China September 24, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Immortal Meals 16#: Stalin Meets China

    An immortal meal from 30 July 1949,* which took place at Stalin’s dacha in Kuntsevo. Present were Stalin himself, several politburo members and a number of the leaders (minus Mao) of the Chinese communist party, including Liu Shaoqi (obit 1969) . The reception is interesting from several points of view: a) because rarely have so many mass […]

    History Roundup 211 including First Afro-American Film September 23, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 211 including First Afro-American Film

    Today’s post is medical poison duel and today’s links follow. 1) H.G. Wells Tribute: UK 2) Butterflies of Doom: US 3) 4 Amazing Industrial Restorations: UK 4) First Century Female Revolutionaries: Vietnam 5) Destruction of Patrimony: Syria 6) First Afro-American Film: US 7) Gruesome Somme Reconstruction: BBC 8) Strange YoYo Libel: US and from the […]

    Daily History Picture: Pampered in the Middle Ages September 23, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    Daily History Picture: Pampered in the Middle Ages

    A masseuse, a garland lady, a wine carrier and a bellow lady. It doesn’t get better than this…

    The Poison Duel 4#: The Medical Origins of the Poison Duel? September 23, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval, Modern
    The Poison Duel 4#: The Medical Origins of the Poison Duel?

    The earliest nineteenth-century poison duel seems to have been that almost fought in 1821 in Virginia. However, there are pre-nineteenth-century records and strangely they concern doctors. The earliest record anywhere that Beach has been able to dig up was an alleged reference in the Iranian poet Nizami (obit 1209). Nizami in one poem (Treasury of […]

    History Roundup 210 including Spy Silence Test September 22, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 210 including Spy Silence Test

    Today’s links follow. 1) Mesoamerican Book Returns Home: Mexico 2) Covent Fire Garden 1808: UK 3) Spy Silence Test: UK 4) Fighting Underground at Gallipoli: Turkey 5) Georgian Nursery Furnishing: England 6) Milky Alcohol: MesoAmerica 7) Wizard War: Algeria 8) Eloped with Ghost: England (of course) 9) Weird Ronald Reagan Photo: and some absolutely pointless […]

    Daily History Picture: Come On, Shoot Me! September 22, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    Daily History Picture: Come On, Shoot Me!

    Testing Murphy’s bullet proof vest, 1923: this is a black and white picture that has been coloured

    Modern Magic in Afghanistan: Omar and the Prophet’s Cloak September 22, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Modern Magic in Afghanistan: Omar and the Prophet's Cloak

    Acts of magic are rare in the modern world. But every so often things happen that individuals and more importantly crowds interpret in this light. 4 April 1996, Mullah Omar, the one-eyed Taliban leader, appeared in central Kandhar in front of a crowd of over a thousand devout muslims. Omar was about to undertake an […]

    History Roundup 209 including Slave Cemetery and Roman Jokes September 21, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 209 including Slave Cemetery and Roman Jokes

    Today’s links follow. 1) Slave Cemetery: Nashville 2) How Funny Are Ancient Jokes: Romans 3) Roman Period Village: Carpathians…. 4) Neolithic Child Workers: Britain 5) Holocaust Archaeology: Poland 6) I am the Death Angel: US 7) Rag Bag: UK (found this one fascinating) 8) Beautiful Roman Cockerel: Circencester and from the archives 9) Converting Martians […]

    Last of the British? September 21, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite
    Last of the British?

    There are sixty million Britons, yet if you go house to house through England, Wales, Scotland and the six counties you will find that relatively few people actually define themselves in this way. If a family from Glasgow, Cardiff or Sheffield turn up in a French hotel they will probably write (under nationality) respectively: ‘Scottish’, […]

    History Roundup 208 including Devil in a Diving Suit September 20, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 208 including Devil in a Diving Suit

    Today’s post is on baby trouble and today’s links follow. 1) Ancient Hair Extensions: Egypt 2) Golding and the Archive: Exeter 3) Union Vote Poem: Britain 4) Pharaohs Out East: Jordan 5) The Devil in a Diving Suit: US 6) Neolithic Swimming Bath? Ireland 7) Easy Rider Bike for Sale: US 8) WW1 Machine Gun Turns […]

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