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  • History Roundup 209 including Slave Cemetery and Roman Jokes September 21, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 209 including Slave Cemetery and Roman Jokes

    Today’s links follow. 1) Slave Cemetery: Nashville 2) How Funny Are Ancient Jokes: Romans 3) Roman Period Village: Carpathians…. 4) Neolithic Child Workers: Britain 5) Holocaust Archaeology: Poland 6) I am the Death Angel: US 7) Rag Bag: UK (found this one fascinating) 8) Beautiful Roman Cockerel: Circencester and from the archives 9) Converting Martians […]

    Last of the British? September 21, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite
    Last of the British?

    There are sixty million Britons, yet if you go house to house through England, Wales, Scotland and the six counties you will find that relatively few people actually define themselves in this way. If a family from Glasgow, Cardiff or Sheffield turn up in a French hotel they will probably write (under nationality) respectively: ‘Scottish’, […]

    History Roundup 208 including Devil in a Diving Suit September 20, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 208 including Devil in a Diving Suit

    Today’s post is on baby trouble and today’s links follow. 1) Ancient Hair Extensions: Egypt 2) Golding and the Archive: Exeter 3) Union Vote Poem: Britain 4) Pharaohs Out East: Jordan 5) The Devil in a Diving Suit: US 6) Neolithic Swimming Bath? Ireland 7) Easy Rider Bike for Sale: US 8) WW1 Machine Gun Turns […]

    Daily History Picture: Charlie Chaplin Meets Ghandi September 20, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Charlie Chaplin Meets Ghandi

    A meeting between two comic geniuses? Ghandi and Charlie Chaplin

    D’Annunzio as Father: the Ballroom Babies September 20, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    D'Annunzio as Father: the Ballroom Babies

    Motherhood comes naturally, says the sage, fatherhood, instead, must be learnt. That is certainly the experience of the present blogger with two young daughters (soon to be, God willing, three) and he was amused to come across this dream in the works of Gabriele D’Annunzio, Italian genius and cad, one of the most self referential […]

    Daily History Picture: First British Mermaid? September 19, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: First British Mermaid?

    Coventina was a Romano-British goddess or undine associated with a well in the north of England.

    The Poison Duel 3#: Poison at Dawn in Virginia September 19, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Poison Duel 3#: Poison at Dawn in Virginia

    Throughout the poison duels series Beach has noted their essential lack of veracity: that is most seem to be made up or at least there is no respectable proof that they took place. Here, however, is one case that seems quite reliable. There was not, admittedly, a poison duel: but someone suggested such a duel […]

    History Roundup 207 including Taking Off the Iron Mask September 18, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 207 including Taking Off the Iron Mask

    Today’s links follow. 1) The Iron Mask Solved? France 2) Deadly Double Dice: US 3) Mughal Spheres: India 4) 8 Reasons Not to Get Married: 19 cent 5) Taking Down the New Ripper: UK 6) Neolithic Baby Cemetery: Egypt 7) Nalanda is Back: India 8) Men they couldn’t hang: and Strange History Take and from […]

    Daily History Picture: Tricking Medieval Tiger September 18, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Tricking Medieval Tiger

    Knight gives tiger mirror while stealing cub: early thirteenth century, Bestiary of the Second Family.

    Osama Bin Laden in the White House?! September 18, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite, Contemporary
    Osama Bin Laden in the White House?!

    This is a very improbable story that has just come out of the Italian gossip industry. It is unbelievable, incredible… but as its cast includes the world’s most famous building, an American president, Osama Bin Laden and an Italian singer with bizarre dress sense, Beach couldn’t resist flagging it up here. First, enter, from left […]

    History Roundup 206 including Jack the Clipper September 17, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 206 including Jack the Clipper

    Today’s links follow. 1) Jack the Clipper: US 2) Queen Victoria the Great: UK (and on Brown) 3) Persian Caligraphy: Middle East 4) Magna Carta Arrives: UK 5) When Labor Day Mattered: US 6) Psychedelic Psychiatry: UK 7) The Strange Disappearance of the Marlborough: New Zealand 8) Reagan and NSA: US and from the archives […]

    Daily History Picture: Ali is Angry September 17, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Ali is Angry

    Perhaps the most best picture of Muhammad Ali, towering over Sonny Liston

    The Poison Duel 2#: Crossing Poison Pills in Louisiana September 17, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Poison Duel 2#: Crossing Poison Pills in Louisiana

    The following story, reported in 1895, uses assumed names and starts in Louisiana, the cradle of the tall tale: be suspicious, be very suspicious. A man, de Vailliere, approaches a woman to learn that another, Armand, is interested in her. Armand feeling insulted offers a duel: but here brave de Vallierre feels himself on the […]

    History Roundup 205 including the Green Bike Murder September 16, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 205 including the Green Bike Murder

    Today’s post on last witch attack and links follow. 1) The Green Bike Murder: Deep England 2) Reading an Unreadable Map: Spain 3) ISIS Past (war tourism): Spain, France… 4) Front Towards Enemy: US 5) Kaleidoscopes: Scotland? 6) Crime in 1830s: London 7) Disney and Mother Issues: US 8) Amish and Violence: US and from […]

    Daily History Picture: Parisian Kids in Shock September 16, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Parisian Kids in Shock

    Children in Paris when the dragon is killed in a puppet show, 1963.

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