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  • Beachcombed 45 March 1, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Beachcombed
    Beachcombed 45

    A fairly pleasant month has been overshadowed by  internet service has exploding in my corner of the Italian countryside. So as most of this has been tapped out on a phone must be brief. Thanks particularly to all those who sent links in for the roundups. None of those for a couple of days while internet […]

    History Roundup 27: The Oldest Cheese and the Tarim Mummy February 28, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 27: The Oldest Cheese and the Tarim Mummy

    Note that in Feburary, as an experiment, we’ll be releasing history links roundup most days at 12.00 GMT. If you want the proper post on the index biography (still no winner). On a much more serious note our internet provider is down and will likely be a for a few days. Expect service to be intermittent […]

    The Index Biography #4: Prize = A Good Book February 28, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval, Modern
    The Index Biography #4: Prize = A Good Book

    ***It took 15 hours but KR got it: for answer scroll down*** 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 about […]

    History Roundup 26: Red Riding Hood’s Ancestors February 27, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 26: Red Riding Hood's Ancestors

    Note that in Feburary, as an experiment, we’ll be releasing history links roundup most days at 12.00 GMT. If you want the proper post on suspect mammoth sightings in Alaska. On a much more serious note our internet provider is down and will likely be a for a few days. Expect service to be intermittent and bad […]

    Colonel Fowler and the Mammoth, 1887 February 27, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Colonel Fowler and the Mammoth, 1887

    Col. F. Fowler lived for 12 years in Alaska, from c.1877-1889. On finishing his time there he was asked by a reporter about the most interesting thing he had seen there. He answered as follows: Two years ago last summer I left Kodiac for a trip to the head waters of the Snake River, where […]

    History Roundup 25: Time Traveling Celebs? February 26, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 25: Time Traveling Celebs?

    Note that in Feburary, as an experiment, we’ll be releasing history links roundup most days at 12.00 GMT. If you want the proper post on the battle where the fewest died (perhaps), then please click. More exams today so this is a little brief… 1) Time-Traveling Celebs: a new meme and well worth a look 2) In […]

    The Myth of Unbloody Zagonora February 26, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    The Myth of Unbloody Zagonora

    One of the least bloody periods in the history of warfare came in early fifteenth-century Italy. The Italian city states had become a good deal less violent than a century before, and warfare was farmed out to mercenary captains, who proved themselves both greedy and all too often endearingly effete. These mercenary captains were in […]

    History Roundup 24: Why the British Hated Fish February 25, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 24: Why the British Hated Fish

    Note that in Feburary, as an experiment, we’ll be releasing history links roundup most days at 12.00 GMT. If you want the proper post on a beautiful epilepsy superstition, then please click. 1) Why the British hated fish: the ancient origins of the dairy craze 2) Neanderthal Extinction Before Humans?: Apparently they came close… 3) Jutish Belt […]

    The Most Beautiful Folk Cure: An Epilepsy Ring February 25, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Most Beautiful Folk Cure: An Epilepsy Ring

    ***for Tacitus on sabbatical*** There is a little to be said for many folklore cures in terms of efficacy unless we call out placebo. However, some cures are winners, even spectacular winners in an aesthetic sense. I recently ran across this very curious nineteenth-century Welsh cure for epilepsy (‘the cure of fits’): it appeared in […]

    History Roundup 23: Second-Century AD Earthquake Detector! February 24, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 23:  Second-Century AD Earthquake Detector!

    Note that in Feburary, as an experiment, we’ll be releasing history links roundup most days at 12.00 GMT. If you want the proper post on an early Mardi Gras in New Orleans (and bears), then please click. Lots of fairy editing today so any email replies delayed. 1) Earliest Earthquake Detector: from China 2) Town vs Gown: violence […]

    The First New Orleans Mardi Gras: Bears and Transvestites February 24, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The First New Orleans Mardi Gras: Bears and Transvestites

    The relevant Wikipedia page dates the first recorded Mardi Gras to 1835. However, there was certainly a small Mardi Gras held a long century before. Indeed, possibly our earliest Mardi Gras description from the city was written out in 1730. In that year a Company of the Indies official Marc-Antoine Caillot, who had been in […]

    History Roundup 22: Ancient Scottish Murder Victim February 23, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 22:  Ancient Scottish Murder Victim

    Note that in Feburary, as an experiment, we’ll be releasing history links roundup most days at 12.00 GMT. If you want the proper post on Walter Starkie with a nod to fairies, then please click. Woops, a bit late today. A rare siesta and a polished Sunday lunch. 1) Ancient Murder Victim: in Scotland 2) Buying Lawrence’s Revolt: […]

    Review: Walter Starkie, An Odyssey February 23, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    Review: Walter Starkie, An Odyssey

    Walter Starkie is an in between figure. Born to the last of the Anglo-Irish in 1894, he added to his initial liminal state by: marrying an Italian (one of his better decisions); living abroad in Spain, Italy and the US; dividing loyalties between some of the twentieth-centuries less attractive regimes (Fascist Italy and Franco’s Spain) […]

    History Roundup 21: Has The Nebelung Treasure Been Found? February 22, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 21: Has The Nebelung Treasure Been Found?

    Note that in Feburary, as an experiment, we’ll be releasing history links roundup most days at 12.00 GMT. If you want the proper post on Plato and ancient meteorites with special reference to Egypt and a grudging nod at Atlantis, then please click. 1) Have We Found the Nebelung Treasure?!: Ask the man with the metal detector (who […]

    Plato Meets the Meteorite: Solon, Egypt and Atlantis February 22, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
    Plato Meets the Meteorite: Solon, Egypt and Atlantis

    ***Dedicated to ANL who sent this in*** The story is well-known and comes in Plato’s Timaeus. Solon, the law-giver, has travelled to Egypt and there, in the city of Sais, he speaks to one old priest, who tell him how 9,000 years before a power named Atlantis had fought against Europe and Asia. These passages […]

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