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  • Daily History Picture: Kobe Bombed January 12, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Kobe Bombed

    Kobe bombed and photographed…

    Cellphones and the Paranormal January 12, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite
    Cellphones and the Paranormal

    Beach this last weekend enjoyed re-reading one of the greatest books ever written on the supernatural, Andrew Lang’s Cock Lane and Common-Sense (1894). Lang, an extremely learned Victorian Scot, has a simple position. There are, he believed, a core of paranormal experiences that repeat themselves in every culture at every time: invisible knocking, levitation, throwing […]

    History Roundup 566 including Picnic Hell January 11, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 566 including Picnic Hell

    Today’s links follow. 1) Bogus Roman Handshake: The Empire 2) Medieval Dwarfs: The Cold North 3) Death by Rose Petal: Ancient Rome 4) Hemingway Useless KGB Spy: not surprised… 5) Lots of Historical Photographs: NYC 6) Picnic Hell: Cornwall and from the archives 7) Capital Problems Other links: Eating the Past (food history lecture)

    Daily History Picture: Bison Pyramid January 11, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Bison Pyramid

    Imagine climbing that…

    Lovers Leaping, Shooting and Drowning January 11, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Lovers Leaping, Shooting and Drowning

    Love suicides are happily today a rare thing. But they were common enough from 1700 to, say, after the Second World War to enter folklore: many places in the English-speaking world have their ‘Lovers Leaps’. (Derbyshire, a small British Midland county has four!) Why were love suicides so popular? Perhaps we can separate the pull […]

    New History Books: The Earliest Christian Meeting Places January 10, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: The Earliest Christian Meeting Places

    Adams, The Earliest Christian Meeting Places Where two or more are gathered in my name…

    The Noontide Hag in Luton! January 10, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Noontide Hag in Luton!

    Walter Scott refers, in one of his poems, to ‘the noontide hag’, a creature he explains in a note as ‘a tall, emaciated, gigantic female figure, is supposed, in particular, to haunt the district of Knoidart’ and ‘which, contrary to the general rule of ghostly creatures, appeared in the full blaze of noon.’ Quite how […]

    New History Books: Or Gang, A Racial History January 9, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: Or Gang, A Racial History

    Julia Lee, Our Gang, a Racial History Watched the early and the modern recently….

    Self Made Victorians? January 9, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Self Made Victorians?

    Were there self made men in Victorian Britain? The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography as well as being the single most impressive collection of biographies yet put together is useful in measuring money as for most modern individuals, say from the eighteenth century onwards, the vox-writer has included wealth at death (something recorded in Britain […]

    History Roundup 565 including Roland the Farter, Servant to the King January 8, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 565 including Roland the Farter, Servant to the King

    Today’s links follow. 1) Roland the Farter: Britain 2) New Year Predictions: Essex 3) Inca Accounting: The Andes 4) Gene Change: Ireland 5) Early New World Settlement: Florida 6) Check Your Bride Carefully: Britain and from the archives 7) Pimping Your Noble Sister Other links: Swearing, the Ash Tree

    Daily History Picture: Berlusconi and Ghadaffi January 8, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Berlusconi and Ghadaffi

    They deserved each other…

    The Naked Dancing Thief: Con or Urban Legend? January 8, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Naked Dancing Thief: Con or Urban Legend?

    The following is a report from Reuters from Turkey from June 1937. Pretending to be a ghost, a beautiful young woman in Istanbul, who appeared naked at night in the house of a priest, and danced before him, has made big haul money and other valuables. When he first saw what he described as a […]

    History Roundup 564 including Penis Roman Graffiti January 7, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 564 including Penis Roman Graffiti

    Today’s links follow. 1) Major Archaeological Discoveries of 2015: the world 2) POWs on Parole: Britain 3) A Warning to Authors: France 4) Nazi Summer Camp: America 5) Canon Ball Bonanza: India 6) Penis Graffiti: Ancient Rome and from the archives 7) Germania, a Nightmare Deferred Other links: Post Modern Star Wars, Chamberlain in Rome

    Daily History Picture: Massacre January 7, 2016

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

    St Bartholomew’s massacre in France

    The Bank Note Club January 7, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    The Bank Note Club

    Imagine a watering hole where Hans Christian Andersen has cocktails with Genghis Khan and where Sigmund Freud takes to the dance-floor with Greta Garbo and makes innuendos. A world in which Nelson Mandela plays darts with Benjamin Franklin and St Martin gets into a fight with Pharaoh Khafra. Have we strayed into a parallel dimension […]

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