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  • Daily History Picture: Brits Released November 7, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Brits Released

    Brits just released from one of the Stalags. Gloriously recoloured.

    The Origins of Canard November 7, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Origins of Canard

    Busy day here so Beach will just offer this short piece about the origin of the word ‘canard’. If true this is really a late eighteenth-century urban legend; if false it is a canard about a canard. First the basics, canard, the French for duck, came to mean any false story in nineteenth-century English. But […]

    New History Books: Les Parisiennes November 6, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: Les Parisiennes

    Anne Sebba, Les Parisiennes Been reading up on liberation Paris, this is the natural complement…

    Marshal Ney Survives Death November 6, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Marshal Ney Survives Death

    Marshal Ney was Napoleon’s greatest general and even those who, like Beachcombing, loathe old Boney, feel some regret when they read of how Ney was executed 7 Dec 1815. The great man stood in front of the firing squad and himself gave the order to fire after telling his soldiers: ‘I have fought a hundred battles […]

    New History Books: Devil Walking November 5, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: Devil Walking

    Stanley Nelson, Devil’s Walking Racial murders in the deep south…

    Victorian Urban Legend: the Wrong Pocket November 5, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Victorian Urban Legend: the Wrong Pocket

      This wrong pocket story sounds like an urban legend though there are a worrying number of exact facts. Beach is going to try and turn up the story elsewhere and see if it is repeated. Any help? drbeachcombing AT yahoo DOT com During the running at the Cartmel (North Lancashire) Steeplechases Meeting on Whit-Monday, Mr. Ratcliffe. […]

    History Roundup 726 including New Jersey City Devil November 4, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 726 including New Jersey City Devil

      1) Opening Jesus’ Tomb: Jerusalem 2) In Search of Woggins: the Seven Seas 3) What You Get Wrong About History: the schoolroom 4) A City Devil: New Jersey 5) Reddit WW2 Diary Discussion: Stalingrad and from the archives 6) Joan of Arc Sees Fairies  

    Daily History Picture: Berlin Glory? November 4, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Berlin Glory?

    Statues for the Berlin olympics: notice the flags in the background.

    In Search of Crimean Gothic November 4, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval, Modern
    In Search of Crimean Gothic

    Crimea is the Ukrainian or Russian peninsula that stretches down into the Black Sea and whose large bays make it resemble a famished fish about to eat a smaller prey. Crimea’s geography has made it a natural place for enclaves. In ancient times, the Greeks and Romans held colonies here, as did the Byzantines and Genoese in […]

    History Roundup 725 including Mona Lisa’s Jewels November 3, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 725 including Mona Lisa's Jewels

    1) Rethinking Human Evolution: Prehistory 2) Mona Lisa and Jewels: the Gallery 3) Unusual Stigmata Story: Houston 4) Ancient Mead: the brewery 5) Creepy Late 19C Art: Gallery and from the archives 6) M.R. James Invisible Library Other links: Cuban missile crisis (the best doc?)

    Wrecking Fairies November 3, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Wrecking Fairies

    This experience from early twentieth-century Canada combines an unlikely set of the criminal and paranormal elements: sailing, wrecking and fairies. We are in Labrador and Beach has previously referenced this source – the autobiography of a local doctor – in a sasquatch post. On one occasion, as late in the fall we were creeping  up […]

    Daily History Picture: First Robot Death November 3, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: First Robot Death

    This dates to 1870 and an event supposedly from Venice. An out of control automaton broke a man’s skull.

    History Roundup 724 including Pig Phantom November 2, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 724 including Pig Phantom

    1) Halloween and True Love: the bar 2) Lost Art Works: the abyss 3) Swine Phantoms: England 4) Monsters and Submarines: 7 Seas 5) Early Jerusalem Reference: Israel and from the archives 6) Blood Rain Other links: Another Suitcase

    Gonzalo Guerrero: the Spanish Mayan November 2, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Gonzalo Guerrero: the Spanish Mayan

    Gonzalo Guerrero was an obscure Spaniard who played several interesting roles in his life. He was, in chronological order: a poor Andalusian; a servant of the Spanish crown; a Mayan sacrificial victim; an escapee; a Mayan slave; a Mayan war leader; a Mayan father and husband; and, finally, (if we can believe the stories) food […]

    Daily History Picture: Early USB November 2, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Early USB

    This technological breakthrough could carry 2.2 megabytes!  

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