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

Author: Beach Combing | in : Uncategorized
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 […]

Migrating Birds and the Edge of the World April 3, 2014

Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Medieval, Prehistoric
Migrating Birds and the Edge of the World

Year in year out birds follow migratory routes from north to south and from south to north. These travelling birds have long intrigued humans who have looked amazed as waves upon waves of birds fly to destinations unknown. These birds have entered human legend: the storks going to Africa to fight the pygmies, the wild […]

History Roundup 56 including Vicky Breastfeeding and Icelandic Witches April 2, 2014

Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
History Roundup 56 including Vicky Breastfeeding and Icelandic Witches

1) Queen Victoria as Mother: not so bad 2) Vanderbilt Wedding Cake Found: 90 years old 3) Icelandic Museum of Witchcraft: a bit late with this one 4) Excavating the Holocaust: Treblinka 5) Sanxingdui: and the finds that are rewriting Chinese history 6) Lost London: sketches of a forgotten city 7) Screw Clovis! new findings […]

Gordon Selby: The Luckiest Survivor of WW2? April 2, 2014

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
Gordon Selby: The Luckiest Survivor of WW2?

Long, long ago I did an article on the unluckiest individuals in history. But spurred on by the Gannet Club I’ve started to think in terms of the luckiest and I’ve come across an absolute winner, Gordon Selby, a much decorated son of a Wiltshire farrier. GS (obit 2007) was twenty when the Second World […]

Beachcombed 46 April 1, 2014

Author: Beach Combing | in : Beachcombed
Beachcombed 46

Dear Reader, In 30 days term ends and I say goodbye, bar some trifling summer courses, to the world for May, June, July, August and half of September and, finally, make some time to write. God is great and the anticipation is bucking me up no end. Other news: I’ve discovered kindle (wow, worthwhile technology), […]

History Roundup 55 including Rat Blame and Jinkenmen March 31, 2014

Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
History Roundup 55 including Rat Blame and Jinkenmen

Today’s post is part of the Index Biography (though note I accidentally put two up for the first four hours, sorry!) 1) Runaway Slave: Joins British Navy 2) Mad Jack: ww2 Sword Play 3) The Devil’s Footprints: 1885 Revisited 4) Wildmen in Norway and Selkies on Skis: the title alone… 5) False Pregnancies in Early Modern […]

The Index Biography 5#: Prize = A Good Book March 31, 2014

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
The Index Biography 5#: Prize = A Good Book

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 offered up previously here Sheridan le Fanu and Joseph […]

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