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  • Bizarre Regency Toasts May 14, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Bizarre Regency Toasts

    Beach recently stumbled upon a small book of early nineteenth-century British toasts: literally hundreds of them, composed in a time where standing an offering a pithy sentence at drinking was a fundamental part of being a gentleman. Of course, toasts went out with the Second World War so it is difficult to compare them with […]

    New History Books: America’s War for the Greater Middle East May 14, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: America's War for the Greater Middle East

    Andrew J. Bacevich, America’s War for the Greater Middle East A long military perspective. Greatly looking forward to this one.

    History Roundup 651 including Plutarch’s Ghost May 13, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 651 including Plutarch's Ghost

    Today’s links follow. 1) Greek Fortress in the East: Jerusalem 2) Plutarch’s Ghost: Ancient Med 3) Iwo Jima Flag: Committee 4) A Rain Doctor: Amazon 5) Ordering Mum’s Funeral Early: NY 6) Insane Challenge: US and from the archives 7) Books and the Ghost Other links: Gluck Dance of the Blessed Spirits

    Urban Legends: Saved by Thieves May 13, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Urban Legends: Saved by Thieves

    Another in our Victorian Urban Legends series. This looks like the ancestor (or more likely one of the many ancestors) of the modern Mafia Neighbours, story. You know the one, young married couple move into the neighbourhood, all their new furniture is stolen while they are on their honeymoon, but when they tell an elderly […]

    Daily History Picture: Castro Meets Hemingway May 13, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Castro Meets Hemingway

    Possibly my two least favourite people in the history of the western hemisphere, hand in hand.

    History Roundup 650 including Ancient Tattoos May 12, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 650 including Ancient Tattoos

    Today’s links follow. 1) Runaway Slaves: Britain 2) Painful Looking Tattoos: Ancient Egypt 3) Worshiping Naked Venus: Japan 4) Studying Boring: London 5) Glass Trumpet! US 6) Microcosm of a City: London and from the archives 7) Ambassadors Declaring War Other links: Battle of Mohacs

    Daily History Picture: Despoiling May 12, 2016

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

    Based on the Bayeux Tapestry. Remarkable.

    Plague Oak at Wrexham (and Fairies) May 12, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Plague Oak at Wrexham (and Fairies)

    There are a number of fairy oaks in Wales, as Chris from Haunted Ohio Books, previously illustrated. But this one, the fairy oak of Wrexham, is particularly interesting because of a curious legend associated with it. This article appeared in a book of Welsh poems in 1837. Apparently the fairy tree had grown on a […]

    History Roundup 649 including Georgian Earthquakes May 11, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 649 including Georgian Earthquakes

    Today’s links follow. 1) Prehistoric Tomb, Victorian Rubbish: Orkney 2) Rune Controversy: Sweden 3) Georgian Earthquakes: England (our take) 4) Mummy and Child in Cave: California 5) Early Prisoners of War: Scotland/North England 6) Genetic History of Europe: Prehistory and from the archives 7) Dangerous Jobs: European Kings Other links: Amazing Baggio (watch his feet)

    Daily History Picture: Seeing Jerusalem May 11, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Seeing Jerusalem

    19 Cent Romanticism and bad art but somehow…

    Lee’s Luck May 11, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Lee's Luck

    Robert E. Lee led the army of North Virginia, the central institution of the Confederacy, for just under three years (1862-1865). In that time he was able to rely on the most important military resource of all: not acumen, not courage, not atom bombs but sheer dumb luck. In Lee’s case the luck was deserved: there […]

    History Roundup 648 including Supersonic Spitfire May 10, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 648 including Supersonic Spitfire

    Today’s links follow. 1) The Eton Riot: England 2) Supersonic Spitfire: UK 3) Glamis Monster: Scotland 4) Sleep Related Erections Through History: the Library 5) Churchill, Alcohol and Prohibition: US 6) Female Death Sentences: the Gallows and from the archives 7) Flesh-eating Elves Other links: Operation Michael (WW1), Germany’s Last Gamble https://youtu.be/6_uljaIkiYI

    Burning Libraries: Lost Yorkshire Folk Collection May 10, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Burning Libraries: Lost Yorkshire Folk Collection

    Beach has frequently pointed to burning libraries, lost books or in this case lost sheaves of papers. First, let’s introduce the author ‘Ariel’ writing in the Blackburn Standard in 1892. ‘Ariel’ wrote a column for this publication from the late 1880s and then right through the 1890s apparently ending in 1900: normally termed ‘Passing Notes […]

    Daily History Picture: Nazi Fashion May 10, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Nazi Fashion

    So awkward, love the eyes…

    History Roundup 647 including Hidden Manuscript Faces May 9, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 647 including Hidden Manuscript Faces

    Today’s links follow. 1) Man in the Iron Mask Identified (Again): France 2) Dead Monkey Orders: Stuffing Room 3) UV Faces in Manuscript: UK 4) Deaf Utopia: US 5) Female Ghost Buster: All Over 6) Ancient Horse Racing: Turkey and from the archives 7) Violent Deaths of Scottish Kings Other links: Bizarre Turkish Historical Soap […]

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