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  • History Roundup 581 including Viking Ghostbusters February 2, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 581 including Viking Ghostbusters

    Today’s links follow. 1) Eichmann’s Letter: Israel 2) Green Deserts: Arabia 3) Viking Ghostbusters: the cold north (Esoterx on excellent form) 4) Fictional Dishes: Library 5) Russia as Seen by Americans: Russia 6) Ancient Star Gazing: Egypt and from the archives 7) Ancient Egyptian Super Technology? Other links: flat earthers, best podcast I’ve heard in […]

    Daily History Picture: Three Blackfoot Braves February 2, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Three Blackfoot Braves

    Three young Blackfoot men, in Alberta 1887

    Red Fairies #1: The Fairy Bandits? February 2, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval, Modern
    Red Fairies #1: The Fairy Bandits?

    Imagine the scene: 1555, Lewis Owen, vice-chamberlain is passing down the road with a small bodyguard and his son-in-law, on the edge of Powys in central Wales. As they pass down the track, they come to several felled trees across their way in the midst of ‘thick woods’. Are the men anxious? Perhaps not at […]

    Beachcombed 68 February 1, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Beachcombed
    Beachcombed 68

    Dear Reader, January that jumping-in-a-cold-pool-feeling as term begins, even if kids as always nice. Long hours, and early mornings. Up at four twice this week to try and make things work: though in truth today I managed somehow to sleep in till six. Thanks, as always, to the multiple linkers: Amanda, Invisible, Chris S, Joan, Ricardo, Wade and […]

    New History Books: Slav Outposts January 31, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    New History Books: Slav Outposts

    Stone, Slav Outposts Wends etc. Looking forward…

    Index Biography #26: Prize a book January 31, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Index Biography #26: Prize a book

    ***James got this… scroll down for the answer*** 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 the individual’s life. We […]

    Robin and the Sermon January 30, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Robin and the Sermon

    When Beach was at university he lived about six floors up just under the roof of a marvelous Georgian building. Every day a bird used to visit his room and fly around inside impressing all Beach’s friends and casual visitors who thought that he’d turned into a Celtic saint. The real reason for the bird’s […]

    New History Books: Making David into Goliath January 30, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: Making David into Goliath

    Muravchik, Making David into Goliath One of the tragedies of the postwar period…

    History Roundup 580 including How Old Are Fairy Tales January 29, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 580 including How Old Are Fairy Tales

    Today’s links follow. 1) Mandrake Use: Magic Books 2) Early Siberians: Prehistory 3) New Buddhist Caves: Mumbai 4) American Witchcraft: Chicago 5) More on Volcano Art: Prehistoric France 6) How Old Are Fairy Tales: Prehistory (perhaps) and from the archives 7) Why Isn’t Modern Fairy Fiction Frightening Other links: paranoid monsters, find the panda, prehistoric food […]

    Daily History Picture: Ron and Nancy and Decapitated Chinese Warrior January 29, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Ron and Nancy and Decapitated Chinese Warrior

    1984. He’s not Nixon but…

    Ancient Saunas with Cannabis January 29, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
    Ancient Saunas with Cannabis

    What is the first recorded use of cannabis? There follows what is unquestionably the first European reference, though it relates to a Steppe people. Herodotus (4,73) is here describing the Scythians, the barbarians beyond the Black Sea, a region note that Herodotus may have visited: certainly he had lots of surprisingly accurate information about Scythian […]

    New History Books: Truce January 28, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: Truce

    Padraig Og O Ruairc, Truce: Murder, Myth and the Last Days of the Irish War of Independence The catastrophic winding down of the struggle in Ireland

    History Roundup 579 including Mystery Prehistoric Massacre January 28, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 579 including Mystery Prehistoric Massacre

    Today’s links follow. 1) what was it like to live in Stone Age: prehistory 2) John Dee and the Dwarf: Britain 3) Mystery African Massacre: Prehistory 4) Middle Eastern Gladiators: in Britain… 5) Mummies: from all Around the World 6) Fake Fairy Tales? France 7) Gypsy Romance: Britain and from the archives 8) Postcard Terrorists Other […]

    Daily History Picture: Original Peanuts Cast January 28, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Original Peanuts Cast

    Charlie Brown just doesn’t look like Charlie Brown should…

    The Bogle and the Gamekeeper January 28, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Bogle and the Gamekeeper

    Regular readers will know that Beach has a pronounced weakness for the collision of the supernatural and the legal system: be this in Africa, Ireland or Britain. Here is a lovely case from Scotland in 1889. Five miners were charged yesterday, Falkirk Sheriff Court, with poaching on the lands of Mr William Forbes of Culendar, […]

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