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  • Review: The Complete Poetry of Robert Herrick January 12, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Review: The Complete Poetry of Robert Herrick

    What do you want the good or the bad news? OK, let’s start with the bad. The two exquisite volumes on Beach desk today cost about 170 dollars…. each. One is entitled The Complete Poetry of Robert Herrick I and the other is entitled The Complete Poetry of Robert Herrick II, Oxford University Press, 2013. […]

    History Roundup 297 including Hitchcock’s Holocaust January 11, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 297 including Hitchcock's Holocaust

    Today’s links follow. 1) Chariot Horse Pits: China 2) Hitchcock’s Holocaust: Germany and Poland 3) Martello Towers: Britain 4) War Masquerade: England? 5) Deb of Bletchley Park: WW2 UK 6) Oldest Hockey Stick: Canada 7) Puppy Water: yuk 8) Colonial Maps: US and from the archives 9) Sex Life of Unicorns Other links: Dreamlike photos […]

    Tamils in Sumatra: An Inscription January 11, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    Tamils in Sumatra: An Inscription

    Inscriptions come in many shapes and sizes from graffiti scratched in Romanesque churches, to the huge stone book of Gal-Potha in Sri Lanka, to the panel recalling the first Chinese Christians. However, in Beach’s endless quest to hunt down the bizarre he recently stumbled upon this classic. It was found in Sumatra and was put up […]

    History Roundup 296 including Nazi Cows January 10, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 296 including Nazi Cows

    Today’s links follow. 1) Jesus Trial Site Found! Israel 2) Nazi Cows: Devon 3) Mystic Island and Her Transmitters: New Jersey 4) 10 Most Insignificant Wars: worldwide 5) Pyramid Causeway: Egypt 6) Looking for Genghis: from space… 7) More on Portolan Maps: the ancient Med? 8) Odd Disappearance: Arkansas and from the archives 9) Painted […]

    Daily History Picture: Meeting at War January 10, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Meeting at War

    French African and Afro-America troops swap stories and cigs

    Seven German Mistakes that Lost the Great War January 10, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Seven German Mistakes that Lost the Great War

    Germany went to war in August 1914 to bloody Russia, put Britain back in its place and break France’s back. Looking at their war record, after a century, what is striking is just how close Germany came to achieving at least a relative victory. Yet Germany’s leadership was not up to the job: this is clearer […]

    History Roundup 295 including Elgonated Skulls in Womb?! January 9, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 295 including Elgonated Skulls in Womb?!

    Today’s links follow. 1) Elongated Skulls in Womb: !? 2) Beatlemania: US 3) History and Cleavage Scandal: China (blame the west?) 4) 1 Mill for Hadrian Cavalry: the Wall! 5) Independent Roman Britain: Britannia 6) Suicide Murder: Denmark (Viking blood….) 7) Time Travel: England of course (very good!) 8) Bronze Age Houses: Wexford Ireland and […]

    Daily History Picture: Saying Bye to Dad January 9, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Saying Bye to Dad

    Did he come back? 18 Jan, Mike L shows that he did! Thanks Mike, you made my day.

    Ghost Riot in 1880 January 9, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Ghost Riot in 1880

    A ghost story from late nineteenth-century London, 22 Sept 1880 Ab Jo, 7: According to the police, the ‘appearance’ [of the ghost] was first observed by a Mrs Taylor, residing in Hartshorn Court, which runs parallel with the City of London Baths, and whose rooms overlook the site in question. Her version is that she […]

    History Roundup 294 including Carpenter of Doom January 8, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 294 including Carpenter of Doom

    Today’s links follow. 1) Poison in Renaissance Tomb: Verona, Italy 2) Jeremy Thorpe Dirt: Britain 3) Carpenter of Doom: London (liked this one a lot) 4) The Yatton Demoniac: Somerset 5) Smuggling Joyce: US 6) Chained Skeletons: Roman France 7) Time Capsule: US 8) Drinking 18 Cent Chocolate: England and from the archives 9) Diodorus’ Lost […]

    Daily History Picture: Atomic Cake January 8, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Atomic Cake

    Cake to celebrate the testing of the bomb in 1946

    Naked Fertility Rituals from Missouri January 8, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    Naked Fertility Rituals from Missouri

    Imagine these three scenes all from Ozark country in Missouri: A man and a woman walk into a flax field naked chanting, while throwing seeds, ‘Up to my ass, an’ higher too!’ The man throws the seed against the woman’s buttocks. ‘Then they just laid down on the ground and had a good time.’ Date: […]

    History Roundup 293 including Fragile Bones and Who to Blame January 7, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 293 including Fragile Bones and Who to Blame

    Today’s links follow. 1) Thuggish Soldiers and Church Architecture: England 2) From Papyrus to Parchment: the ancient Med 3) Witch Stone Moved!!!!!! Wheathampstead (will be in the news soon…) 4) Blame Farming for Fragile Bones: the Neolithic 5) Robin Hood Was a Fairy (or…)! Britain 6) Beautiful Mourning Ring: Wales 7) Burning Out Unwelcome Guest: […]

    Daily History Picture: Tommies to War! January 7, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Tommies to War!

    British soldiers getting ready for the big push (back)

    Burning Library: Apion’s Writings January 7, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
    Burning Library: Apion's Writings

    Beach has sometimes in the past celebrated burning libraries, books (and for the multimedia age films) which we know once existed but that have long since disappeared into the dusty maws of time. An impressive burning library author to add to the growing file is Apion Plistonices, impressive because Apion managed to lose not a […]

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