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  • History Roundup 64 including Latin WW1 April 10, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 64 including Latin WW1

    This is going to be short as in middle of migraine… However, today’s post on the nice American Civil War. 1) Writing to the Front: ww1 dedication 2) Fighting the Germans with Latin: in WW1 3) Volcano that Changed History: 1815 4) The Doll That Saw History Being Made: loved this 5) Baby Spontaneous Combustion? […]

    The American Civil War: An Exceptionally Nice Conflict? April 10, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The American Civil War: An Exceptionally Nice Conflict?

    The American Civil War was a grim event: of this there should be no question. Perahps 400 thousand young men were killed, who would have contributed to the future of their country/countries. There was lasting bitterness, particularly in the South, where even today there are debates about Confederate Flags and northern culpability. For an outsider, […]

    History Roundup 63 including Lethal Legals and Papal Guns April 9, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 63 including Lethal Legals and Papal Guns

    1) Practice Trenches: ww1 norfolk 2) Oldest Decimal Table: China 3) Interesting Marriages, Births etc: 1817 4) Lethal Legal Eagle: the danger of lawyers 5) Mongolian Shamanism: A surprising story 6) John Paul II Guns: At his birthplace 7) Hebridean Oracles: wild stuff and Kentucky 8) Farming to the Sofa: 6000 years of change on […]

    Brought Up By A Tree April 9, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Brought Up By A Tree

    This story dates to 1706 and seems, at least, to Beach just too incredible. It is enjoyable though, in a kind of my-foster-dad-was-an-oak, murder-will-out way. The scene of the occurrence is laid at a nameless place in Essex [note not named!], in the neighbourhood of which a gentleman was in the habit of amusing himself […]

    History Roundup 62 including Elongated Skulls and Grain Nomads April 8, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 62 including Elongated Skulls and Grain Nomads

    Today’s post on human trousers 1) Rossetti’s Models: all in pictures 2) Tracking A Slave Trader: with expense reports? 3) Elongated Skulls: Carpathian Basin 4) Banquet on the Golden Hind: on circumnavigation 5) Major New Egyptian Find: just possibly 6) Nomads and Grain: East to West 7) Walking Fast: 19 cent sport And from the […]

    Human Trousers from Iceland April 8, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Human Trousers from Iceland

    Regular readers of this blog will know the name ‘Leif’, who always sends in excellent copy about Viking culture, correcting my excesses and offering new perspectives. Leif recently sent in these reflections on Lappish breeches (extraordinary and horrific picture at the foot of this post) after my post on a human drum. Here we return […]

    History Roundup 61 including Germs and World War in an Attic April 7, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 61 including Germs and World War in an Attic

    Today’s post on a Jewish Hitler. Today’s links follow: 1) Tomb Sweeping Day: China 2) Elephant Fossils in America: the great Adrienne Mayor about 3) Curriculum Wars: Australia (loved the name) 4) ww1 in an attic: 92 year old dies 5) 8000 Year Old Settlement: Greece 6) Robert Koch and Germs: and Sherlock Holmes 7) […]

    A Jewish Hitler? April 7, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    A Jewish Hitler?

    One of the most interesting ‘urban legends’ about Hitler is that the fuhrer was himself part Jewish: a notion perhaps helped along by his particularly unaryan features. It would, as a matter of fact, be truer to say that Hitler may have had Jewish ancestry. The ambiguity comes about not from Hitler’s maternal side but […]

    History Roundup 60 including Female Murderers and Sky Discs April 6, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 60 including Female Murderers and Sky Discs

    Today’s post is on the Rossendale Fairies (including some important corrections and additions now by the photograph taker, John Hyatt) 1) Origins of the Hispanics: advertising? 2) Keeping the Star Spangled Flag in Good Shape: A challenge 3) Marquis de Sade Manuscript: Back in France 4) The Nebra Sky Disc: Just can’t believe this is […]

    The Rossendale Fairies Photographed? April 6, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite
    The Rossendale Fairies Photographed?

    This week has been big in fairy land. Not only did an interesting piece appear concerning a diabolical gnome from Argentina, there were also some photographs published by the Manchester Evening News purporting to show fairies. As this blog has always taken very great pleasure in giving fairies and more importantly fairy belief space we […]

    History Roundup 59 including Monkey Suicide and FBI ESP April 5, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 59 including Monkey Suicide and FBI ESP

    Today’s post is on a year-long dance. As to links… 1) Spontaneous Human Combustion: 1882 2) Messing Around with ESP: FBI in the 1950a 3) Turin Shroud and Crucifixion Type: Y or T 4) Dig for Victory: WW1 Photographs 5) Monkey Suicide: 19 cent pet care 6) Bolsover Castle Garden: 17 cent masterpiece 7) Don’t […]

    A Year-Long Dance in the Eleventh Century? April 5, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    A Year-Long Dance in the Eleventh Century?

    A busy day here but really this strange twelfth century text (about an eleventh century event) needs little in the way of explanation. Wonder should be enough. William of Malmesbury, who quotes this account, apparently has a witness to hand. Note that Ethelbert sounds an Anglo-Saxon name but it is presumably an Anglified version of […]

    History Roundup 58 including the Dead Zoo April 4, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 58 including the Dead Zoo

    Today’s post on Korean suicide in the Hague 1) ww2 Shipwreck: sketched 2) April Fools Gone Wrong: horrors… 3) Another Practical Joke: Regency 4) Augustus’ Mausoleum Restored: soon open to tourists 5) Cotton Mather and the Steam Boat: Haunted Ohio Books 6) Rust Proof Column: Delhi 7) Polish Communist Circus Posters: beautiful 8) Tempest Stela: […]

    Hari-Kiri at the Hague? April 4, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Hari-Kiri at the Hague?

    In 1907 three Korean representatives travelled to the Netherlands to persuade the powers meeting at the Hague Peace Conference to revoke Japanese hegemony over Korea. Their leader was Yi Jun (aka Ri Jun, Yi Chun, pictured left) and he and his two colleagues were devastated to learn, upon arrival, that they would not even be […]

    History Roundup 57 including Masks and the Holy Grail April 3, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 57 including Masks and the Holy Grail

    Today’s post is on migrating birds and geographical knowledge. 1) A Lucky Witch: 1712 2) Why I love her, 1920s: because she doesn’t wear stockings rolled below her knee 3) Why You Should Avoid Learned Women: Blue stockings are out 4) The Self Portrait, A Cultural History: Review 5) Were the Pharoahs Literate: probably yes […]

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