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  • Baby Loving Snakes August 2, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    Baby Loving Snakes

    There are many stories about snakes getting into cradles or generally just hanging around children. Here are a few crude, and possibly in some cases factual instances from pre-war British newspapers. The 18 months-old son of Mr and Mrs Howell of Mainchlochog, Pembrokeshire, walked into the house yesterday with a snake coiled round its neck. […]

    Beachcombed 62 August 1, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Beachcombed
    Beachcombed 62

    Dear Reader, August. All the stress of the audit continues: poor Mrs B is desperate… The bill has just arrived. Beach is playing Russian roulette with the management of the university where he teaches: they are trying to get him to teach two weeks more a year gratis (ain’t happening). However, now the holidays. Beach […]

    History Roundup 474 including Zombie Rose and Zombie Pie Fight July 31, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 474 including Zombie Rose and Zombie Pie Fight

    Today’s links follow. 1) Zombie Rose: England 2) Zombie Pie Fight: Hollywood 3) Pyramid Tomb: Mesoamerica 4) Horrible History Hates Historians: Library 5) Bizarre North Korean Polish Relations: Diplomacy… 6) Welcoming Nazi to Ireland: Ulster 7) Amazing Pictograph: Turkey 8) Civil War Sword: England and from the archives 9) Hitler and Lenin Play Chess Other […]

    The Index Biography #20, Prize a Good Book July 31, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Index Biography #20, Prize a Good Book

    ***Gary V got this, apparently the prostitutes gave it away… Spool down for the answer*** The Index Biography is a new form of biography pioneered by this blog and introduced in a previous post. The writer must find a biography of a famous individual from history, they must turn to the index and write down eight […]

    Daily History Picture: Prayer in Victory July 31, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Prayer in Victory

    Picture of the month.  

    History Roundup 473 including Historical Dog Names July 30, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 473 including Historical Dog Names

    Today’s links follow. 1) Viking Spindle: Scotland 2) Thracian Valley of Kings: Bulgaria 3) Spectral Bombers: Britain 4) The First Film-maker: France 5) 19 Cent Dog Names: the Kennel 6) Risorgimento Venice: Italy 7) Ceramic Vase Print: Denmark 8) Fishy Foods: New Zealand and from the archives 9) Mad Coin Burying  Halliday Other links: Rememberance, […]

    The Earliest Telephone Call from the Dead July 30, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Earliest Telephone Call from the Dead

    The telephone call from the dead apparently dates back to 1964 and an episode of The Twlight Zone entitled: Night Call. It transpires that the freaky calls that a woman is getting are from the grave of her dead fiancé. Beach, however, recently ran across an earlier example that he wanted to share with readers. It […]

    Daily History Picture: POW Comes Home July 30, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: POW Comes Home

      Lorrie Stirm Kitching [the girl running to greet her father, who had been released in 1973 after fives years in a Hanoi prison] ‘We have this very nice picture of a very happy moment, but every time I look at it, I remember the families that weren’t reunited, and the ones that aren’t being reunited […]

    History Roundup 472 including Spine Arrow July 29, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 472 including Spine Arrow

    Today’s links follow. 1) Arrow in Spine: Central Asia 2) Weird American Indian Wars: North America 3) Georgian Diary: England 4) Its Raining Pseudohistory: Roman Empire 5) Baby Race: Toronto 6) Child Warrior: Siberia 7) Diplomat, Spy and Charmer: India 8) Context of Queen’s Nazi Salute: Britain and from the archives 9) The Karma Sutra of […]

    Life in the Shadow of the Mob: Jewish Norwich July 29, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    Life in the Shadow of the Mob: Jewish Norwich

    The recent post on the bodies in the well from Norwich took Beach through several books on medieval Jewish communities in England and the dominant impression on reading these accounts was the danger of being Jewish in that period. Let’s return to Norwich which included one of Britain’s bigger Jewish communities after London: one estimate has […]

    Daily History Picture: Portable TV July 29, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Portable TV

    Yes, really. You could take it on the bus, on the plane…

    History Roundup 471 including Bronze Age Gold Rush July 28, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 471 including Bronze Age Gold Rush

    Today’s links follow. 1) Roman Footprint: Britannia 2) Vandal Punished with Research Paper: US 3) Bronze Age Gold Rush: Cornwall (our Golden Cornwall) 4) Haunted Mine: US 5) Matisse Fading: Gallery 6) Shipwreck: US 7) Urine Tax: Roman Empire 8) Bone Vault: London and from the archives 9) Mystery Animal in Ancient Africa Other links: Why […]

    In Search of Nineteenth-Century Urban Legends July 28, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    In Search of Nineteenth-Century Urban Legends

    Urban legends are short stories typically about death, sex or crime, which are told as if they are true. They spread by word of mouth, the newspaper and any other means of communication to hand. The classic modern examples of the urban legends include the vanishing hitchhiker (a minority of urban legends have a supernatural […]

    Daily History Picture: Photo Shoot July 28, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Photo Shoot

    Late 1970s?

    History Roundup 470 including Prison Women’s Hats July 27, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Uncategorized
    History Roundup 470 including Prison Women's Hats

    Today’s links follow. 1) Ancient Village Rediscovered: Guam 2) Pre Roman Town Turns Up: Britannia 3) Spirit Stalker: US 4) What Georgians Ate: England 5) Terroir Wine: US and France 6) Prison Women (and their hats): US 7) Nun Who Turned To Stone: Afterlife 8) Wonderful Library (stepping back into the 1890s): New York and […]

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