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  • Daily History Picture: Execution and Decaptitation June 24, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Execution and Decaptitation

      The head a bit too small perhaps…

    History Roundup 443 including Ancient Ebola and Black Dogs June 23, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 443 including Ancient Ebola and Black Dogs

    Today’s links follow. 1) Historians Fight Novelists: Library 2) Memories of the Miners Strike: Britain 3) Black Dog of Bouley: Jersey 4) Going to War, 1915: Italy 5) Ancient Ebola: Athens 6) Texas Jack: Court 7) Father Buries Himself Alive: US 8) Waterloo and Economics: Britain and from the archives 9) Sex on Roman Coins […]

    The Sasquatch: Bigger is Better June 23, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    The Sasquatch: Bigger is Better

    There is a natural and very understandable human tendency to see a terrifying four-foot dog and describe it, honestly, to your neighbour as a terrifying six-foot dog. This is well known, of course, and may be behind the extraordinarily long lengths given to some snakes, a previous subject of this blog. However, there is another […]

    Daily History Picture: Tsar Nicholas Has Fun June 23, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Tsar Nicholas Has Fun

    Tsar Nicholas with friend, flying? 1899

    History Roundup 442 including Salem and Kennewick June 22, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 442 including Salem and Kennewick

    Today’s links follow. 1) Leather Panties: Ancient World 2) Reagan’s Gun: US 3) Progenitor Civilizations: sorry late with this one 4) Armada Relics: Sligo, Ireland 5) Roman Bread: Pompey 6) Kennewick DNA: US 7) ‘Yesterday’ and Scrambled Eggs: Recording Studios 8) Salem Explained: US and from the archives 9) Dowsing for machine guns Other links: […]

    Counter Factual: Mussolini Doesn’t Roll the Dice June 22, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Counter Factual: Mussolini Doesn't Roll the Dice

    Hitler tried to persuade Italy to join Germany in 1939. He failed but German arms did their own devilish work in Poland then in France. By late May 1940, when it was clear that France and Britain were on the edge of defeat, Mussolini made increasingly belligerent sounds. It was then Hitler who held the […]

    Daily History Picture: Vietnam Orphans June 22, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Vietnam Orphans

    Vietnam babies being flown to the US…

    History Roundup 441 including Impossible Japanese Wolves June 21, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 441 including Impossible Japanese Wolves

    Today’s links follow. 1) Bad Mormon Marriages: Utah 2) Romans out East: India 3) Hitler Escaped (!!): the Bunker 4) Waterloo in Lego: Playroom (video) 5) Washday Blues: Georgian England 6) Big Crypto Birds: US 7) Unsolved Murder Fun: Canada 8) Mysterious Wolves: Japan and from the archives 9) Unicorns in Arabia Other links: child […]

    Udder Snakes June 21, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    Udder Snakes

    One of the most curious legends, one that this blogger cannot even begin to account for, is the idea that some animals and particularly snakes and reptiles like to take milk directly from a cow’s udder. Here is a selection of some of these legends. It goes without saying that there is no truth in […]

    Daily History Picture: Listen to the Animal Bishop June 21, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Listen to the Animal Bishop

    Would you trust the bishop? Christian beware.

    History Roundup 440 including Sky Visions and Vampire Horrors June 20, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 440 including Sky Visions and Vampire Horrors

    Today’s links follow. 1) Freaky Mother: Indiana 2) Vampire Horrors: Carolinas 3) History Playmobil: the kids’ room 4) Scythian Tattoos: in China… 5) Anne Frank on Film: Amsterdam 6) Lady Godiva: Britain 7) Beauty Tips: Ancient Rome 8) Sky Vision: Boston and from the archives 9) A Hitlerian Invisible Library Other links: What happens when […]

    Emperor Stars in Anti-Colonial Play June 20, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Emperor Stars in Anti-Colonial Play

    Puyu (obit 1967) has gone down in history as the last Chinese emperor, not including of course Mao and his successors, and what a life he had. Brought up in the Forbidden Palace he was perhaps the most spoilt boy in the world: having servants beaten for a whim; this perhaps made up for the […]

    History Roundup 439 including Phantom Pigs and Lost Gardens June 19, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 439 including Phantom Pigs and Lost Gardens

    Today’s links follow. 1) Clairvoyant Vision: Waterloo 2) A Battle Child: Waterloo 3) Ghost Called in Divorce Case: Boston 4) Phantom Pigs: Chilterns (and look out for sewer pigs) 5) Economic Bunk: Ancient Greece 6) Ambition’s Charnel House: Waterloo 7) Hanging Gardens: Babylon 8) Atlantis in… Greece and from the archives 9) Latin or Celtic […]

    Daily History Picture: Water Jousting June 19, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Water Jousting

    1930s? Looks like fun

    You Have Only Your Chains to Lose (Unless You Are African) June 19, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    You Have Only Your Chains to Lose (Unless You Are African)

    Karl Marx was a prolific author. The complete works of Marx and (his companion) Engels run to an almost unbelievable fifty volumes (including letters). In these volumes Marx said many clever things, some wise things, a good deal of stupid things, and some utterly, utterly bonkers things. Beach has recently been enjoying a selection of […]

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