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  • 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, […]

    History Roundup 253 including OK and Georgian Glasses November 10, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 253 including OK and Georgian Glasses

    Today’s links follow. 1) Witchmarks: UK 2) Indian Jones Rights and Wrongs: Archaeological world 3) YS: Brittany 4) Hasselhoff at the Wall: Berlin 5) Lady with Scarf: Boston 6) Walking Across a Continent: US 7) Georgian Glasses: UK (loved this) 8) OK? US and from the archives 9) Barbecuing Friars Other links: ex husband writes book […]

    Daily History Picture: The Road of Death 1991 November 10, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: The Road of Death 1991

    The US destroys the Iraqi arming fleeing from Kuwait…

    The Biography of a Difficult to Bury Witch November 10, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Biography of a Difficult to Bury Witch

    Here is a little bit of gossip from Cornwall 1880 and a dose of human misery. An extraordinary but well authenticated instance of belief in witchcraft comes from St. Blazey, Cornwall. A woman named Keam, who died the other day, was believed by her neighbours to be a witch, and great difficulty was experienced in […]

    History Roundup 252 including Lake Monster Fake November 9, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 252 including Lake Monster Fake

    Today’s post is on historical ignorance and today’s links follow. 1) Strange Sixteenth Century Painter: Italy 2) Timothy Garton Ash at the Wall: Berlin 3) Bizarre Nixon Phonecall: US 4) Mr Moon and Mummified Molly: US 5) Misunderstanding Elephants: Europe 6) Fake Lake Monster: US 7) Absence of Ornamentation in Churches: Byzantine East and from the […]

    Daily History Picture: Wind in the Park November 9, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Wind in the Park

      What a world that could create these images and the Jane Austen novels…

    The Joys of Historical Ignorance November 9, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite
    The Joys of Historical Ignorance

    For a student from the west the basic sign of historical literacy is whether or not you can put the following periods in their correct order: antiquity, ‘dark ages’, middle ages, renaissance and modernity. Beach has the privilege of teaching perhaps two hundred American students a year and probably ten percent would be capable of […]

    The Earliest African Unicorn Evidence November 8, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Medieval
    The Earliest African Unicorn Evidence

    This blog, several years ago, ran a series of posts on unicorns. Here is a late appendix based on reading Cosmas Indicopleustes’ Christian Topography, a work that dated to the mid sixth century of our era. Cosmas was a widely travelled Greek. He had been to Ethiopia and he may have been to Sri Lanka, […]

    History Roundup 252 including Massive Moose Geoglyph November 7, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 252 including Massive Moose Geoglyph

    Today’s post is on Roma fairies  and today’s links follow. 1) Crossbows and the Police: China 2) Gladiator Gatorade: Ancient Rome 3) Massive Moose Geoglyph: Siberia 4) Celebrated Gormandizer: London 5) Medieval Chess Pieces: Northamptonshire 6) Practice Trenches: Derbyshire 7) God of Fear and Amazons: Greece 8) 270 Yr Old Shipwreck: Sea and from the archives 9) […]

    Daily History Picture: Praying for GIs in France November 7, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Praying for GIs in France

      Liberated French pray for dead American infantry soldier

    Greeks in Ancient India? The Heliodorus Pillar November 7, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
    Greeks in Ancient India? The Heliodorus Pillar

    The Heliodorus Pillar is one of those wrong place Euroasian antiques, which should make any self-respecting bizarrist choke up. It is a simple, still standing sandstone Hindu column, at Vidisha near Bhopal in India, known locally as the Khambh Baba. The column was placed there in about 110 BC so it is a good two thousand […]

    History Roundup 251 including Ghost Ships November 6, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 251 including Ghost Ships

    Today’s  links follow. 1) Cold War Rockets: Soviet Union 2) Roman Farmers and Hobnails: Britain 3) 10 Lesser Known Roman Traditions: Listverse 4) Tut Debate: Egypt and elsewhere 5) Auctioning Gunpowder Plot: England 6) Paying Off WW1 Debts: Various Countries 7) Ghost Ships: the 7 Seas and from the archives 8) The Day Wager (submarine madness) […]

    Daily History Picture: Pezolt’s Imaginary Minneapolis November 6, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Pezolt's Imaginary Minneapolis
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