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  • History Roundup 622 including Thomas’s Bastards April 4, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 622 including Thomas's Bastards

    Today’s links follow. 1) Back to Palmyra: Syria 2) Three Hares: Euroasia 3) Thomas’ Bastards: England 4) Stonecutter Love: Cemetery (look out for the ‘probably’) 5) Prehistoric Hunting Tactics: the Steppes 6) Flood Vision: US and from the archives 7) King Arthur’s Grave Other links: Queen, Under Pressure

    Daily History Picture: Mug Shots April 4, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Mug Shots

    1888, a forger!

    The Ghost of Coalville: Women in the Choir April 4, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Ghost of Coalville: Women in the Choir

    The village of Ravenstone (Leicestershire, UK) has, apparently, one church and Beach has not found anything in my books or on the internet about it having ghosts. However, this appeared in 1934. The old parish church of Ravenstone, near Coalville, is said to be haunted. According to villagers, during the evening services an apparition takes shape out […]

    Review: A Word Geography of England April 3, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    Review: A Word Geography of England

    When Beach was a little tyke (boy) he used to run out to lek (play) and then he and his friends would go to the shop to buy spice (candy): trousers were ‘togs’ in those not so halcyon days, and missing school was ‘skiving’. Dialect is dead in England (save perhaps in the north-east), but […]

    Boggart Stones and Boggart Smells April 2, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Boggart Stones and Boggart Smells

    Joseph Wright has, in his Dialect Dictionary, this absolutely unexpected definition for ‘boggart stones’, something associated with Eastern Lancashire (the ‘e. Lan. 1’ in his reference is to a local word list from those parts, A Glossary with Rochdale and Rossendale Words, the relevant entry for which is put in a screen capture below). Wright’s […]

    Beachcombed 70 April 1, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Beachcombed
    Beachcombed 70

    Dear Reader, Last month of uni work makes April the worst month and the next week will be the worst week of the worst month. Up at 4 and sleep on the train… Thanks, as always, to the multiple linkers: Amanda, Invisible, Chris S, Joan, Ricardo, Wade and others. I’ve put the very best contributions […]

    History Roundup 621 including Lighthouse Mystery March 31, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 621 including Lighthouse Mystery

    Today’s links follow. 1) 3d Oracle Bones: Cambridge/China 2) Axe-Resistant Skull: Scandinavia 3) The Eilean Mystery Lighthouse: Scotland 4) Singing Out of Tune in Opera: New York 5) An Insect Trial: France 6) Octopus Horror: Britain and from the archives 7) Total Eclipse Other links: Georgian Sex Tape Scandal, Always a Woman to me

    Daily History Picture: Russian Soldier Plays Piano March 31, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Russian Soldier Plays Piano

    In a wood in Chechnya…

    Index Biography #28: Prize a book March 31, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Index Biography #28: Prize a book

    ***James H was one of three with the correct answer, but the first…*** 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 […]

    Daily History Picture: Running Train March 30, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Running Train

    Flee from it….

    A Milk-Drinking British Boa March 30, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    A Milk-Drinking British Boa

    There are lots of tall tales about snakes and lots of tall tales about snakes taking milk from udders and breasts, but this is unusual for the apparent quality of the witness and its impact in the local countryside. The journalist who wrote, and doubtless loved researching, the initial piece was from the Birmingham Gazette. […]

    History Roundup 620 including Medieval Shampoo and Russia in Nato March 30, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 620 including Medieval Shampoo and Russia in Nato

    Today’s links follow. 1) Twelfth Century Shampoo: Middle Ages 2) Underground Railroad Sign? US 3) When USSR tried to join NATO: Russia 4) History of Life Insurance: the bank 5) Non Apache Slaughter: US 6) First Arab Writing Christian: Saudi Arabia and from the archives 7) Irish Colony in Medieval Spain Other links: Social media […]

    Daily History Picture: Child with Bodyguard March 29, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Child with Bodyguard

    Ruby Bridges attends a white elementary school in 1960.

    History Roundup 619 including Killer Ghost Rabbits March 29, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 619 including Killer Ghost Rabbits

    Today’s links follow. 1) More Killer Ghost Rabbits: Cornwall (some of our dangerous rabbits) 2) Bloody Bronze Age Battle: Germany 3) Choose Your Horrible Victorian Profession: England 4) Himmler’s Witch Books: Library 5) How Far Could You Travel Back and Understand English: Dictionary 6) Forgetting in History: the brain and from the archives 7) Contacting […]

    Immortal Meals #27: Freedom and Chicken March 29, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    Immortal Meals #27: Freedom and Chicken

    The date, sometime in the 1440s; the place, the English village of Long Newnton in what is today Gloucestershire; the meal, a table of chicken; the host, Thomas Carter; the occasion, Thomas’s freedom. Thomas Carter had been born a bondsman sometime in the 1370s  around the time Richard II was crowned king and the first […]

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