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  • Daily History Picture: Elizabeth in the Puddle November 16, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Elizabeth in the Puddle

    Sparse 19 cent version of Elizabeth walking in the puddle, note the pipe!

    Written Gibberish and Magic November 16, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Written Gibberish and Magic

    Keith Thomas includes in his classic Magic and the Decline of Religion a few precious pages on gibberish charms that were sometimes given out by ‘cunning men and women’ (aka witches) to those who wanted protection. These were typically worn about the neck of someone who wished for help against demons or better health. Some […]

    Italy’s World War Disaster November 15, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Italy's World War Disaster

    Italians and World Wars don’t really get on. A combination of poor military culture and one of the most macho yet incompetent political classes on the planet made for messy interventions, and amputations rather than extrications. However, even by sorry Italian standards, the six weeks beginning 28 Oct 1940 and ending 7-8 Dec 1940 were […]

    History Roundup 257 including the Great Sneeze of 1755 November 14, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 257 including the Great Sneeze of 1755

    Today’s links follow. 1) Influenza Epedimic 1755: England 2) Witches and Fairies: Dorset 3)  Human Rights in the East: Ancient Babylon?! 4) Most Beautiful Man in the World (according to him): London 5) Stone Age Footprints: underground 6) Gowrie Conspiracy: Scotland 7) Race and History: Sociology dep’t 8) Tampons: Ancient Greece and from the archives […]

    Daily History Picture: Thirteenth-Century Hunt November 14, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Thirteenth-Century Hunt

      What is the red bull?

    New Folklore Survey: Have You a Fairy Story to Tell? November 14, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite
    New Folklore Survey: Have You a Fairy Story to Tell?

    Great news from London tonight. Launched in this month’s Fortean Times and run in association with the Fairy Investigation Society, which has been reconstituting for the last months and that will send out its first communication this weekend, the Fairy Census 2015-2016 is  ‘a go’ (the organizers don’t apparently follow the Gregorian calendar). Now what […]

    History Roundup 256 including New God November 13, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 256 including New God

    Today’s links follow. 1) Right-o: English speaking world 2) New God: Turkey 3) Tiger Loose: London 4) Collections Access Expanded: early US history 5) Veteran Day Account: US 6) Sex Museums: global 7) Shrinking the Empire: Global and from the archives 8) Eden in the Persian Gulf Other links: poetry brothel and how to open […]

    Daily History Picture: Canadian Tanks November 13, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Canadian Tanks

    Late WW2, Canadian Tank troops deep in France

    Roman Adventures in Ethiopia November 13, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
    Roman Adventures in Ethiopia

    There is absolutely no doubt that Roman merchants passed down the Red Sea and traded with the Ethiopians. But how exciting when every so often we see more than just coins and broken pots. Here is an account of some Roman Syrians who had visited India in the early fourth century AD (for philosophical purposes!) […]

    History Roundup 255 including Women Against Coffee November 12, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 255 including Women Against Coffee

    Today’s post is on geoographical titles and today’s links follow. 1) Online infernal visions: Hell 2) Coffee Petition: Brilliant Britain 3) Empire Destroyed by Drout: Assyrian 4) Ice Age Baby and Weapons: Alaska 5) Half A Million for a Hat: Napoleon 6)10 Fictional Substances: Human imagination 7) Super Watch: Switzerland 8) Flood and Famines = […]

    The Pleasure of He Who Longs to Cross the Horizons November 12, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Medieval
    The Pleasure of He Who Longs to Cross the Horizons

    A good book title should be like a good wine. It sits on your tongue and then spreads and then evokes… And there can be no genre of scholarly writing that evokes better than geography and travel literature the discoveries of those who, to respectfully rephrase one of the titles below, dared the horizon. Beach […]

    Daily History Picture: Concentration Camp Revenge November 12, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Concentration Camp Revenge

      The Nazi ordered forward by the prisoner

    History Roundup 254 including Mind Control Handbook November 11, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 254 including Mind Control Handbook

    Today’s links follow. 1) Chicken Ghost: London (‘My friends, I cannot tell you how proud I am to have the opportunity to introduce you to the Shivering Chicken Ghost of Highgate.’) 2) Mystery of Buried Clothes: Canada 3) Stencils on Steroids: Germany 4) Man in Well: Norway 5) Mind Control Handbook: US 6) Zodiac Killer […]

    Daily History Picture: Che Not Shooting Someone November 11, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Che Not Shooting Someone

    A rare casual photograph of the Marxist mass murderer

    Falling in Love with a Seventeen-Year-Old Revolutionary November 11, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Falling in Love with a Seventeen-Year-Old Revolutionary

     Marina Ginesta was seventeen when, in 1936, the picture above was taken by Hans Gutmann on top of the Hotel Colón in Barcelona. The Spanish Civil War was now underway and Marina, from a French family settled in Spain, had joined up with the Unified Socialist Party of Catalonia. She did not habitually carry a gun, […]

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