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  • History Roundup 514 including Death Mask of a Warrior Race October 27, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 514 including Death Mask of a Warrior Race

    Today’s links follow. 1) Death Masks of a Warrior Race: Siberia 2) Lego Brick Hadrian’s Wall: Britain 3) The Bell Witch Back: Alabama 4) Parisian letters: France 5) Round the World Woman: Seven Seas 6) Saint skeleton in pub: Britain and from the archives 7) the Last European Lion Other links: Would Kissinger leave the […]

    Daily History Picture: Future Jackson October 27, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Future Jackson

    What Michael Jackson will look like twenty years on

    Murder, McCormick, Murray and the Witches October 27, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Murder, McCormick, Murray and the Witches

    In 1968 Donald McCormick published  Murder by Witchcraft (Arrow Books), it was one of about forty books that he wrote (under his own name or that of ‘Richard Deacon’) and it was, like many, perhaps all of the others, shot through with falsehoods and lies. Beach has examined Donald’s porkies on Jack the Ripper and on Madoc […]

    History Roundup 513 including Help From the Brownies October 26, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 513 including Help From the Brownies

    Today’s links follow. 1) Help from the Brownies: US 2) Woman in Black: New Orleans 3) Banshee in the waves: Seven seas 4) History of the Bike: the road 5) Holocaust Shoes: Poland 6) Stonehenge barbecue: England and from the archives 7) Clown Cricket Other links: Shaman killings, Arguing about Rembrandt and Vermeer (surreal but […]

    Daily History Picture: Nazis and The Nation of Islam October 26, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Nazis and The Nation of Islam

    Nazis with the Nation of Islam. I’m interested in the background, but more in their faces. Bruce T, EC and John M wrote in. I put down black panthers, but this is nation of Islam. Apparently there was the possibility of an alliance between two segregationist movements. At the centre is the George Lincoln Rockwell […]

    Late Witch Ducking in Bedfordshire October 26, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Late Witch Ducking in Bedfordshire

    Just to put the following events in perspective. The last witch certainly executed in England – there are some subsequent doubtful cases – dates to 1682: the last witch executed in Scotland dates to 1727. In 1735 witchcraft ceased to be a supernatural crime in England. Yet, 12 July 1737, The Monthly Chronologer reports the […]

    New History Books: Finland At War October 25, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: Finland At War

    A history of Finland’s most famous war: Finland at War

    Historians Predict the Past: An Academic Urban Legend? October 25, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite, Contemporary
    Historians Predict the Past: An Academic Urban Legend?

    Here is a nice passage from Tony Judt’s Postwar (2005), a wonderful book if you’ve not yet had a chance. Unlike memory, which confirms and reinforces itself, history contributes to the disenchantment of the world. Most of what it has to offer is discomforting, even disruptive – which is why it is not always politically […]

    New History Books: Weeping Britannia October 24, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: Weeping Britannia

    Intrigued by the idea of a history of crying… Weeping Britannia

    The Smith’s Ghosts October 24, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Smith's Ghosts

    This account from 1838 is interesting in combining obituary and folk story. We are in the deep, dark Irish west. Blacksmiths are always slightly tainted figures in traditional societies, muttering charms to the ferrous lumps on their forges. On Friday, the 7th instant, the remains of Patrick Cormack, a blacksmith, were borne through Nenagh, from […]

    History Roundup 512 including Sacrificing Spaniards October 23, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 512 including Sacrificing Spaniards

    Today’s links follow. 1) Tomb of the Maccabees? Israel 2) Stonehenge Discoveries: England 3) Sacrifices of Spaniards: Mexico (stuff of nightmares) 4) Mummified Organs: Egypt 5) Witch Stabbing: Devon 6) the Original Kiwi Dog: New Zealand and from the archives 7) Hammer and Sickle Time at the Reichstag Other links: We’re not in Kansas anymore, Baggio […]

    Daily History Picture: McCarthy Attacks October 23, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: McCarthy Attacks

    McCarthy attacks Welch

    Mussolini and Cole Porter October 23, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Mussolini and Cole Porter

    Bit of possible cobblers for the end of the month. In 1934 Cole Porter wrote the musical Anything Goes, the most famous song of which is surely ‘You’re the Top’. In that song the following lyrics are alleged to appear. You’re the top! You’re a Coolidge dollar. You’re the nimble tread Of the feet of […]

    History Roundup 511 including Lost Monty Python October 22, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 511 including Lost Monty Python

    Today’s links follow. 1) Celtic Treasures: Museum 2) Germanic Burial to the East: Czech Republic 3) Flower Burial Myth: Prehistory (our take) 4) Lost Monty Python Illlustrations: Cinema 5) The Bee Whisperer: Britain 6) Phantom Planes: the sky and from the archives 7) Scooby Doo, Shag and the Bleachworks Other links: Yom Kipur TV Error, […]

    Daily History Picture: Italy Bombs London October 22, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Italy Bombs London

    Italian celebration of the blitz

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