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  • African Ape in Iron Age Ireland? June 19, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Prehistoric
    African Ape in Iron Age Ireland?

    So here’s a teaser. The Barbary ape is an African primate whose only toehold on the European continent is at Gibraltar, where a tiny population has survived into modern times. How, then, did a Barbary Ape get to Co Armagh in Northern Ireland in the Iron Age? Archaeologists have waxed lyrical over the find of […]

    History Roundup 125 including Caucasus Dolmens and Ontario’s Beast Men June 18, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 125 including Caucasus Dolmens and Ontario's Beast Men

    1) The Grand Republic: sister of the Slocum 2) Magna Carta and British Values: History Today 3) Caucasus Dolmens: Mystery of 4) Ancient Healing: Modern Wisdom? 5) Waterloo Ring: Remembering the Defeat of Napoleon 6) Ontario’s Beast Man! ?? 7) Medical Riot: NY 8) Super Acoustics: altering consciousness and from the archive 9) Burning a […]

    Do Fairies Hate Lawnmowers? June 18, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite, Contemporary, Modern
    Do Fairies Hate Lawnmowers?

    Boggart Hole Clough is a nook, a small valley within the Manchester connurbation that has miraculously remained without housing development or industry. Its name should immediately excite those interested in fairylore as the boggart is a northern solitary fairy: note that there have been several boggart posts on strangehistory including boggart catching, a misplaced Calderdale […]

    History Roundup 124 including Lots of Richard III June 17, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 124 including Lots of Richard III

    Today’s post on a Euro-Asian-African caliphate and here are the links… 1) The Price of Richard III in Court: almost 200,000 pounds 2) Richard’s Relative Makes Coffin: 17 generations later 3) Richard III Design for Grave: not bad… 4) Elixir of Long Life: recreating early modern shysterism 5) John Brown and Digging: ! 6) Human […]

    ISIS and Their Historical Caliphate Cobblers June 17, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite, Medieval
    ISIS and Their Historical Caliphate Cobblers

    ***Dedicated to Ricardo and his Missus*** ISIS is a group of Islamists who have recently made it on the news by taking over a quarter of Iraq and an adjacent and not insignificant area of poor mutilated Syria. Flick through ISIS news reports and most will involve atrocity stories including decapitation, crucifixion and human bonfires: […]

    History Roundup 123 including Worshipping Meteorites and Manuscripts in Clothes June 16, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 123 including Worshipping Meteorites and Manuscripts in Clothes

    1) Grand Duchess and Her Tommies: Russian aristocrat in the Great War 2) Polish Meteorite and Neolithic Man: Worship the fire stone! 3) Warrior Burial: Bognor Regis! 4) New Gallo-Roman Site: Oise 5) Manuscripts in Unusual Places: loved this! 6) The Very Prehistoric Spark Plug: debunked? 7) George III, Physically Ill or Bi-Polar: the argument […]

    The Horror of 69 Charlotte Street June 16, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Horror of 69 Charlotte Street

    One of our occasional series of ghost stories from the English press. This one appeared in 1940 – as if a World War wasn’t enough to keep you busy – and relates to Devonport (Plymouth) in the south-west. Note that the south-west is over-represented in English newsreports of Fortean affairs. Relieved peace once more reigns […]

    History Roundup 122 including Ancient Werewolves and Executioners June 15, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 122 including Ancient Werewolves and Executioners

    Today’s post on prices now, prices in the past and today’s links… 1) The Mediterranean Werewolf: from antiquity on 2) In Search of Vlad: have they found him? 3) A History of the Executioner: ouch… 4) Banning Ulysses: in the UK 5) Warley Place Ghosts: flowers and spirits 6) Assyrian Tower of Babel: Gateway to the Stars […]

    Comparing Present Money with Past Money June 15, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Medieval, Modern
    Comparing Present Money with Past Money

    Money makes the world go round, but how much? Today the question is relatively easy to answer because we ‘feel’ money: but if you got back in time all your coordinates are gone, it is an extreme version of travelling to another country where they use a different currency. In most other countries you can […]

    History Roundup 121 including Mummy Brown and History of Toilets June 14, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 121 including Mummy Brown and History of Toilets

    Today’s post is on seven-headed monsters and today’s heroes are HOLLAND 1) Mummy Brown: the best of mortuary paint 2) Brief History of Soccer: and again HOLLAND 3) History of Toilets: disappointing lack of pictures 4) Papa’s Coming to Get You: dying with dad 5) Slocum Disaster: grim picture 6) Digging at WW2 Level in POW Camp: […]

    Prodigious Portrait of a Seven-Headed Monster June 14, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Prodigious Portrait of a Seven-Headed Monster

    This peculiar creature appeared in a seventeenth-century English pamphlet. The pamphlet limits itself to two pages and tells a simple story. The true Portraiture of a prodigious Monster, taken in the Mountains of Zardana [in Syria]. the following Description whereof was sent to Madrid, Octob. 20, 1654, and from thence to Don Olonzo de Cardines, […]

    History Roundup 120 including Nuking the Carolinas June 13, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 120 including Nuking the Carolinas

    Today’s post on a 12 Night Orgy and now our links… 1) Whoops, Apocalypse: When the US almost nuked the Carolinas 2) Friday 13: why unlucky 3) Killing People with Molten Gold: there are better ways to go 4) Screw China and Keep the South Sea: Philipines use old maps 5) Whatever Happened to Little Albert: […]

    Immortal Meals #14: Food Orgy on Twelfth Night June 13, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Immortal Meals #14: Food Orgy on Twelfth Night

    From long before the times of Trimalchio there have been extraordinarily sumptuous banquets. These died away with the shriveling of economic possibilities in the early Middle Ages but then returned with avengeance in the fourteenth and fifteenth century. A British contribution to the category of exaggerated banquets and one for the immortal meal tag was […]

    History Roundup 119 including Historical Hawaian Fairies June 12, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 119 including Historical Hawaian Fairies

    1) Understanding Women: 1912 2) Crumbling Atlantic Wall: on the DDay coast 3) More Historical Fairies? this time Hawaii 4) Getting the Banshee Wrong: discuss 5) Cannibalism: prehistoric Siberia 6) Chinese Curse on Ship: Vanished Banker 7) Losing a Thousand Year Old Manuscript: for 34 years 8) Homes for Heroes: on an Irish Island 9) […]

    First Blood in the Great War? June 12, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    First Blood in the Great War?

    Lieutenant Albert Mayer of the fifth Baden Mounted Jäger Regiment brought seven German cavalry onto a ridge at Jonchery to the south-east of Belfort close to the French German border. On this ridge the riders ran into representatives of the forty-fourth Infantry Regiment, who had come to intercept them, and fighting broke out. Mayer smashed […]

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