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  • Daily History Picture: Medical Procedure or Make Up? March 20, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Medical Procedure or Make Up?

    Not sure what is going on here….

    Smelling Germans March 20, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Smelling Germans

    This is a weird little story that has proved frustratingly difficult to pin down: not even the original reference. 12 June 1944 Churchill, Brook, and Smuts (far right) visited Montgomery’s forward position at Creully to see how the Normandy campaign was unwinding. This much can be attained from several sources not least the photograph above: […]

    History Roundup 357 including Arab Ring in Scandinavia March 19, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 357 including Arab Ring in Scandinavia

    Today’s links follow. 1) Pioneering Women in Archaeology: the western world 2) Ancient Lighthouse: Silbury Hill! 3) Mysterious Jade Object: Mexico 4) Arab Ring among the Vikings: Scandinavia 5) Abandoned Houses: Europe 6) Embassy of Texas Republic: London! 7) Viking Cats: Psychos 8) Mee, Forgotten Georgian Painter: England and from the archives 9) Arthur’s Gravestone […]

    Daily History Picture: The End of Selassie March 19, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: The End of Selassie

    Note Haile Selassie being taken off after the palace coup: he died soon after, probably smothered by a cushion.

    The Lie of the Lie of Christian’s Yellow Star March 19, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    The Lie of the Lie of Christian's Yellow Star

    One of the most attractive stories to come out of the Second World is that of Christian X of Denmark and the yellow star. When told that Jewish Danes would have to wear said star the elderly king threatened to wear one himself. The King, adored by his people and a symbol of Danish nationhood, […]

    History Roundup 356 including Ghost Windows March 18, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 356 including Ghost Windows

    Today’s links follow. 1) Motor Skates: on the road 2) Teenage Serial Killer: Boston 3) Juana’s Luggage: Spain 4) Dylan Thomas: Wales and London 5) Ghost Faces: Windows in the US 6) Gisla Saga: Iceland 7) Mummy Ooze: Chile 8) ISIS Vandalism: Iraq (how I loathe them) and from the archives 9) De Gaulle Flies […]

    Daily History Picture: The Harvest Mouse Pack? March 18, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: The Harvest Mouse Pack?

    Gable, Temple, Rooney and Garland

    Disturbingly Nude Victorian Mermaids March 18, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Disturbingly Nude Victorian Mermaids

    Nothing like a really beautiful mermaid, right: hair breezing sea blue blonde, scales shining with Brasso, tail whipping like a pike dropped in a bucket of acid? Well, yes, and Beach has previously celebrated the alluring mermaids of Venice: what some of his students would call ‘babes’. But he has been disturbed today by a […]

    History Roundup 355 including an Ancient Tsunami in Mexico March 17, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 355 including an Ancient Tsunami in Mexico

    Today’s links follow. 1) Michelangelo Sales Illegal: Vatican 2) African DNA: The US 3) Ancient Tsunami: Mexico 4) Jane Austen’s Aunt: India 5) ISIS Cyberattack: Colonial Williamsburg 6) Rat Parasites from Norway: New York! 7) Goodwin Wharton in Fairyland: England (and Beach’s take and again) 8) Amazing WW2 Manufacturing Stats: US 9) Keynes Bio: Britain […]

    Daily History Picture: Home to Frankfurt March 17, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Home to Frankfurt

    A terrible moment….

    The Oldest Phrase in the World March 17, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
    The Oldest Phrase in the World

    Sentences are passed from mouth to mouth down through the ages: some of these that are both reckoned wisdom and that attain a particularly attractive form remain with us. A simple question now: what is the oldest sentence in continual use? First, some ground rules. The sentences in question cannot be overly general. For example, […]

    History Roundup 354 including Things That Change Shape in the Night March 16, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 354 including Things That Change Shape in the Night

    Today’s links follow. 1) Ghengis Khan’s Successors: Asia 2) Spider and Snake Battles: New York 3) Bunkers and Battlefields: Okinawa 4) Military Bikes: the Battlefield 5) Things That Change Shape in the Night: Japan 6) Berkley and Death Pangs: Ireland (late but interesting) 7) Damp Mystery: Vermont 8) 15 Cent Foods: England 9) The Anthropocene […]

    Daily History Picture: Flame Thrower Light March 16, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Flame Thrower Light

    Germans light their cigs with a flamethrower…

    Macarius and the World Soul March 16, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval, Uncategorized
    Macarius and the World Soul

    Nothing like a medieval eccentric, there are so few of them: this was an age, after all, when originality was neither enjoyed nor, all too often, tolerated. How about Macarius then, allegedly an Irish monk though that name – Greek? – doesn’t seem Gaelic or the kind of name that Gaels would adopt in their […]

    History Roundup 353 including Underage Sailors March 15, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 353 including Underage Sailors

    Today’s links follow. 1) Oldest Pretzel: Germany 2) Bad National Geographic: Honduras 3) Neanderthal Jewels: Kansas 4) Underage Sailors, WW1: Britain 5) St-Kilda Diaries: Scotland 6) Irish Scars: New York 7) Mystery Sculpture: Florida (fake?) 8) Ghost Elephant: US 9) Very Old Brain: York and from the archives 10) Zoological Soup and Aroused Pig Other […]

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