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  • Review: The Adventures of Hergé August 6, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Review: The Adventures of Hergé

    Georges ‘Hergé’ Rémi (obit 1983) was an exceptional draughtsman who published, between 1930 and 1976, twenty three comic books that contained the essence of the short twentieth century. It was all there: continental totalitarianism, arms dealing, South American dictatorships, the death of colonialism, the Cold War, Arab nationalism, the internatonal drug trade and the battle […]

    History Roundups 166 including Jailing Journalists August 5, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundups 166 including Jailing Journalists

    Today’s post is on Roman Theatrical Killings and today’s links follow. 1) Tracing Ancient Atherosclerosis: smoke inhalation? 2) History of Tennis Posters: hundred years ago 3) Merovingian Necropolis: 300 Graves! 4) New Roman Altars: Cumbria 5) Inventory of Soldier’s Uniform: Last thousand years UK (cute) 6) History of a Bridge: India 7) Jailing Journalists: New […]

    Roman Killing Theatre August 5, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
    Roman Killing Theatre

    The Romans, as is well known, had a particular genius for killing and for all their precious disgust at human sacrifice (the Empire banned human sacrifice wherever they found it) gladiatorial displays, occasional acts of genocide and public executions were all to the good. The most unusual aspect of Roman public executions was the willingness […]

    History Roundups 165 including Strange Victorian Sports August 4, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundups 165 including Strange Victorian Sports

      Today’s post is on animal sacrifices in Christianity and today’s links follow. 1) WW1 Superimposed photographs: then/now, favourite link today 2) The Gentle Quilin: China (our take on the same with giraffes) 3) Big Ears and Taghairm: Celtic freakery 4) Strange Victorian Sports: Bee racing etc 5) Fighting at Sea in WW1: UK coming […]

    Animal Sacrifices in Christianity?! August 4, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Medieval, Modern
    Animal Sacrifices in Christianity?!

    Christians don’t sacrifice animals, do they? There is some uncomfortable stuff to do with sacrificing Christ in the mass: particularly if you believe in transubstantiation. But that’s a man/god. Yes, Christians routinely kill animals either directly or as consumers: the growth of vegetarianism in the west in the last century has nothing to do with […]

    History Roundup 164 including Colour Photos from the Great War August 3, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 164 including Colour Photos from the Great War

    Today’s post is on unusual wild west duels and today’s links follow. 1) Dairy on the Arctic Fringe: Finnish Cheese 2) The Ghost that Started the War: WW1 3) Archaeologist Finds Roman Bones End of His Road: Black Holes 4) 10 WW1 Photos: in colour 5) History of Dinner Reservations: includnig google words (intriguing) 6) […]

    Unusual Wild West Duels August 3, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Unusual Wild West Duels

    Duels out in the unconquered west and in the badlands of Mexico should, by rights, just be a matter of six shooters and a fast finger and a faster hand. But here are three examples that show that nineteenth-century eccentricity over duels also reached far beyond New England. Let’s start with a particularly nasty one. […]

    History Roundup 163 including Talking Dirty Through History August 2, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 163 including Talking Dirty Through History

    Today’s post on unforgettable moments from the lead up to WW1 and today’s links follow: 1) Colonial Paper Money: from Mass 2) Talking Dirty Through History: ‘to sneeze in someone’s satchel’ 3) Beatles Music Change: we’ve got AI on it 4) The Vampire of Vratsa: Bulgaria 5) Wickliffe Native American Cathedral Town: i.e. was it […]

    The Great War Begins: The 10 Most Resonant Moments August 2, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    The Great War Begins: The 10 Most Resonant Moments

    Historical anniversaries are not normally to Beach’s taste. They vulgarise, they trivialise, they misstate…. Like an ardent monarchist who can’t stand royal weddings he would be anywhere but there when the minister appears with the scissors for a ribbon and a vapid speech. But this blogger has been filled with a sense of awe as […]

    Beachcombed 50 August 1, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Beachcombed
    Beachcombed 50

    Dear Reader, For all those who’ve asked Mrs B pregnancy progresses well and the due date is set for late November. The family are about to go to the sea with my father in law and I get a couple of weeks to write.  Special thanks not only to the emailers (represented below) but also […]

    History Roundup 162 including Secret Chemical Testing July 31, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 162 including Secret Chemical Testing

    Today’s links follow 1) St Patrick’s Well: Engineering Mystery in Italy 2) Taking the Fun out of Funeral: Newspaper clipping 3) Vikings Under Dublin: watch out 4) Selling WW1: American Posters 5) Richard III the Storm Trooper: Experts on model 6) Jack Slack: the Norfolk Butcher! 7) Secret Chemical Testing 1950s: US 8) A Knocker […]

    Index Biography #9 Prize = A Good Book July 31, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    Index Biography #9 Prize = A Good Book

    ***Woke up at 5.00 am and Liam had already got it, congrats! 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 creator must find a biography of a famous individual from history, they must turn to the index and write […]

    History Roundup 161 including Shipwreck under the World Trade Centre July 30, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 161 including Shipwreck under the World Trade Centre

    Today’s post on spy manuals and today’s links follow. 1) The Bog and the Battle of Alken Edge: don’t cross the Danes 2) 1836 Courthouse Footprint: Bloomington 3) Family Stumbles on 300-Year-Old Treasure: Florida 4) Shipwreck under the World Trade Centre: great photo 5) Marshall Isle Erosion: Japanese War Dead? 6) WW1 Photos: American doctor’s […]

    Spying Commandments, 1918 July 30, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Spying Commandments, 1918

    Britain’s foreign intelligence body MI6 (aka SIS) was one of the reasons that the Allies won WW2. In its early days MI6 though had practically to invent the spying rule book: founded in 1909 it was put through its paces in WW1 where it had only mixed achievements. The boiled down and often painfully acquired […]

    Review: Hobberdy Dick July 29, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Review: Hobberdy Dick

    Katharine Briggs is the world famous folklorist, who wrote many books on folklore and fairies, some above average, some outstanding. Among her lesser known works are two folklore novels that she wrote in the 1960s, Kate Crackernuts and Hobberdy Dick. I’m trying to read KC at the moment and not having much luck, but the […]

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