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  • Daily History Picture: Best Goebbel Picture February 18, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Best Goebbel Picture

      Hitler’s liar, Joseph Goebbels…

    Count Teleki: The Politics of Suicide February 18, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Count Teleki: The Politics of Suicide

    The Hungarian Count Pál Teleki is a tragic Second World War figure, obit 1941 (that says it all). In the last year of his life tensions between Hungary and her neighbours were growing. Teleki was emotionally an Ally, an old fashioned conservative democrat, who would have been far more at home in Britain or France’s […]

    History Roundup 329 including Nighthawkers! February 17, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 329 including Nighthawkers!

    Today’s links follow. 1) Al Nofis CIC: all over (first time I’ve seen this and looks like fun, bit irregular though) 2) Nighthakwers on the Wall: Hadrians 3) Louis’ Second Marriage: France 4) Carrying Medieval Books: Christendom 5) Mohist Philosophy: China 6) Hannibal’s elephants: Italy, Africa and Asia (old but interesting and our modern take) […]

    Daily History Picture: German Servicemen See Auschwitz February 17, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: German Servicemen See Auschwitz

    German servicemen confronted with Nazi attrocities on screen.  

    The Doppleganger and Ghosts of Lower Gornal February 17, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Doppleganger and Ghosts of Lower Gornal

    Lower Gornal is a village in Staffordshire close to Dudley. The following news story appeared in 1881 and relates to what Beach has tentatively termed ghost riots. That ghosts are seen is, of course, absolutely par for the course, particularly back in the nineteenth century when fairy sightings were occasionally reported in local newspapers. But what is special […]

    History Roundup 328 including Georgian Dentist Agony February 16, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 328 including Georgian Dentist Agony

    Today’s links follow. 1) Roman Food Choices: the ancient Med 2) Heart and Pin Magic: Europe 3) Roman Coins in Ohio: couple of years old but… 4) Archaeology and Global Warming: Norway 5) The Lamberhurst Ghost: England 6) Bedlam Bodies: London 7) 18 Cent Dentistry: UK 8) Defend Raisin Weekend: Scotland (other strange Scottish customs […]

    Daily History Picture: Steamy Fox Hunt February 16, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Steamy Fox Hunt

    The modern age intrudes on an age old pursuit: English fox killing.

    Scoundrels and Pisspants: WW2 Ambassadors and Declarations of War February 16, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Scoundrels and Pisspants: WW2 Ambassadors and Declarations of War

    Diplomats and ambassadors find themselves in a rather unusual situation. They are to represent their country, first and foremost, of course, but they are also to fraternize with their adopted country. This strange and strained sets of loyalties makes declarations of war particularly painful. The ambassador meets the foreign secretary with whom he has often […]

    History Roundup 327 including Girl Who Married Ghost February 15, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 327 including Girl Who Married Ghost

    Today’s links follow. 1) Colonial Finds: Charleston 2) Girl Marries Ghost: Oklahoma 3) Lincoln Body All Over the States: US 4) Conquistador Smoke Discovered: Peru 5) Ancient Child Excavated: Orkney 6) Berthouville Treasure: Getty 7) Lamplighters: London 8) Dragons: all over and from the archives 9) Roman werewolves Other links: history of world in very […]

    Daily History Picture: More Snail Wars! February 15, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: More Snail Wars!

    Twelfth century snail wars? My money’s on the main with a mace

    European Kings: the Most Dangerous Job in the World? February 15, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    European Kings: the Most Dangerous Job in the World?

    Last week’s silly post on royal tennis deaths and flashbacks from Game of Thrones got Beach thinking. We all die, but if you were a European monarch what were the chances that someone would kill you? The weekends are short so Beach limited himself to England. From 1000-1700 there were 43 monarchs: obviously there is some […]

    History Roundup 326 including Fairy Picts February 14, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 326 including Fairy Picts

    Today’s links follow. 1) Bed, Bread and Dead in Herodotus: ancient med 2) Dog Saints: France 3) Sword Forging Secrets: India 4) Ancient Brain Surgery: Siberia 5) Dippy Moving! UK 6) Caterina Sforza and Alchemy: Italy (Beach once looked up CS’s skirt: you do not mess with this lady) 7) Picts as Fairies (MacRitchie heresy): […]

    You Can’t Go Home Again: Aunt Janey and Other Stories February 14, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    You Can’t Go Home Again: Aunt Janey and Other Stories

    Qua campis cervos agitabat sacra juventus/ Incumbit fessus nunc baculo senior./ Nos miseri, cur te fugitivum, mundus, amamus? (‘Here the holy young man who chased deer in the fields, now, stands a broken old man with a stick/ O what wretches! Why, world we love, do you flee from us?’) Alcuin O Mea Cella Beach’s […]

    History Roundup 325 including Sex Cult Sites February 13, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 325 including Sex Cult Sites

    Today’s links follow. 1) New Copy of Magna Carta: England 2) Ancient Sex Cult: Middle East 3) Runic Primer: the Cold North 4) Georgian Valentines: UK 5) Original Mandela Nelson Autobiography: South Africa 6) Counterfactual Alexander: Near and Middle East 7) Bible and Bullets: Australia 8) The Middle Ages Not As They Were But As […]

    Daily History Picture: Experimental Weapon in Detroit February 13, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Experimental Weapon in Detroit

    Experimental torpedo boat on Detroit river, 1940  

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