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  • History Roundup 306 including Silenus in the Baltic! January 20, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 306 including Silenus in the Baltic!

    Today’s links follow. 1) Putting on 17 Cent Makeup: the boudoir 2) Silenus in Baltic! Denmark (memories of a post on Indian statue in Viking Sweden) 3) Three Singing Squirrels: New Hants 4) Amazing WW1 Sketches: Britain (don’t miss these and read the history here) 5) James Haddock, Ghost with Attitude: Ireland 6) City Dogs: […]

    Daily History Picture: Medieval Post January 20, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    Daily History Picture: Medieval Post

    Geneviève Receiving King Mark’s Letter, almost certainly a late 15 cent French manuscrip

    The Mystery of Ghost Riots January 20, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    The Mystery of Ghost Riots

    This blog has reported many historical ghost stories over the year. Now it is time for a bit of reflection. Let’s pretend that your neighbour John Smith on Treacle Row in London, has reported that he has seen a ghost in a flowing gown running up and down the stairs. Now think carefully about this […]

    History Roundup 305 including Victorian Automatons January 19, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 305 including Victorian Automatons

    Today’s links follow. 1) Victorian Automatons: UK 2) Robbing Spirits: Westminster Abbey 3) Forgotten Film Reels: Britain at War 4) Polar Bear Killing: Canada 5) Cowboy Rifle Found in Wood: Nevada (what happened to this guy?) 6) Death by Crinoline: US 7) Iron from Space: Greenland 8) Running Out of Names: Cosmos and from the […]

    Daily History Picture: Giant Bird and Woman January 19, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    Daily History Picture: Giant Bird and Woman

    I have no idea…

    Writers I Loathe January 19, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite
    Writers I Loathe

    Why do we just latch onto some people and enjoy detesting them? Beach is not talking here about neurologists taking years off your life or architects stealing tens of thousands from loved one, the bastards, but those more random insidious despisings that arise with people who are barely known and who have not done anything […]

    History Roundup 304 including Cave Vampires January 18, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 304 including Cave Vampires

    Today’s links follow. 1) Cave Paintings and Vampires: India 2) Pyrite Mirrors: Mexico 3) Transgender: Greece 4) Touching Things: Your desk 5) Dramatic Burial Complex: Egypt 6) Rise of Israel: Middle East 7) Climate Change 1827: 8) Weird George Hanger: Georgian England and from the archives 9) The worst thing that ever happened to human health… […]

    The Horror of Electric Lights January 18, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Horror of Electric Lights

    New technologies bring fears with them, of course, and often for very good reasons. Electricity was no exception. You could understand the presence of electrificed objects causing fear, but more refined is the fear of electic light. This particulary story come from 1890. A family in Ottery (Devon, UK) had been terrorised by the new […]

    Daily History Picture: Snail Fighting January 18, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Snail Fighting

    Against the snail hordes…

    History Roundup 303 including the Mirror of Maine! January 17, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 303 including the Mirror of Maine!

    Today’s links follow. 1) Immortality: Israel, Greece… 2) Mystery Coin Explained: US 3) New Burns Poem, Girl Troubles: Scotland 4) Mirror Magic: Maine 5) Destruction of Old Cults: Middle East 6) Mystery Elephants? China 7) Iron Age Cobbles Torn Up: Somerset UK 8) Women in 18 Cent Politics: UK and from the archives 9) Human sacrifice […]

    Churchill in Antwerp Mystery: Hunt the Photograph January 17, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Churchill in Antwerp Mystery: Hunt the Photograph

    Invisible an old and dear friend of this blog has sent the following story in from an American newspaper, Evening Ledger, 20 Oct 1914. The problem is the story was not published with the photograph in question: why publish a story if you have to describe rather than print the snap? The one above is […]

    History Roundup 302 including Sexist Yearbooks January 16, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 302 including Sexist Yearbooks

    Today’s links follow. 1) Coral Bracelets: Papua 2) Spunkies Fly Eternally By: Britain 3) Saving Voices: UK 4) Sexist Yearbooks, 1946: US 5) Magic Mirror: New York 6) Titanic Disgraceful! Auction House 7) Silver Pharaoh: Egypt 8) Work Out Like A Viking: God help us… and from the archives 9) Napoleon’s Lost Sword (that started two […]

    Daily History Picture: Defeat January 16, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Defeat

    French girl inspects a German soldier

    Forgot the Damn Suicide Pills! January 16, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Forgot the Damn Suicide Pills!

    Perhaps you need a British sense of humour, but this scene had Beach smiling more than potential death scenes normally do. It is D-Day and General Donovan (pictured) and Colonel David Bruce the narrator have to undertake a special mission in the French interior just off the D-Day beaches (they have been landed at Utah), […]

    History Roundup 301 including Swimming in the Desert January 15, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 301 including Swimming in the Desert

    Today’s links follow. 1) Swimming in the Desert: Sahara 2) Ancient Drinking Game: Greece 3) Men With Snow on Their Boots: UK 4) Cynophagy and Homosexuality: medieval north Africa 5) Ancestral Missing Link: Okinawa 6) Poison Bread: New York 7) Scottish Hero: Nigeria 8) Waugh’s Hotel in Flames: Ethiopia and from the archives 9) Surviving […]

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