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  • Daily History Picture: Stalin, Truman and Churchill April 3, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Stalin, Truman and Churchill

    Truman: ‘what have I got myself into here?’

    New History Books: Schutt, Cannibalism April 2, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: Schutt, Cannibalism

    Bill Schutt, Cannibalism Always try and keep up with men eating men.

    The Mason’s Worst Task April 2, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Mason's Worst Task

    This story has haunted Beach more than any other in the last month. Is it true, fiction or an inspired urban legend? In either case it would be a brilliant detective story. Beach was reminded of Sherlock Holmes and the Engineer’s Thumb (pub 1892). It appeared in 1894 in the Wicklow People (11 Aug). Enjoy […]

    Beachcombed 82 April 1, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Beachcombed
    Beachcombed 82

    Dear Reader, Sad month, the suicide, on another continent, of one of Beachcombing’s old and beloved aupairs: she sat in a car and gassed herself. No words. You haven’t lived in the twenty-first-century until you’ve read a memorial board on Facebook. ‘I once met ‘Jenny’ for an hour in a youth hostel in Paris…’ The […]

    Index Biography 40: Prize a book March 31, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Index Biography 40: Prize a book

    ***Solved after quite a wait by Peter G: scroll down for the answer*** The Index Biography is a quiz 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 down eight peripheral facts about the individual’s […]

    History Roundup 803: City Life March 30, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 803: City Life

    Today’s links follow 1) 18C Noise: Paris 2) City Maps: all over 3) Streetlife: London 4) Casanova: Venice 5) Killing a Dying King: London and from the archives 6) African Ape in Iron Age Ireland Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: what happens when Queen Elizabeth II dies, Candy’s Room […]

    History Roundup 802: Weird Customs March 29, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 802: Weird Customs

    Today’s links follow 1) Selling Husband: US 2) Woman in Black and Criminals: the streets 3) Mole Fortune Telling: our take on the same (someone should do a doctorate, there is a lot of stuff…) 4) Unusual Forms of Telegraph: France 5) Early Vaccines: not the lab and from the archives 6) Buried in a Fish […]

    Daily History Picture: Young Stalin March 29, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Young Stalin

    Such a nice young fellow.

    In Search of the Anomaly Gap, 1700-1800 March 29, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    In Search of the Anomaly Gap, 1700-1800

    Beach has noted before on this site the way that in the enlightenment there is an ‘anomaly gap’. It becomes, from about 1700 to 1800, unfashionable to speak about the paranormal, even in jesting terms. Actually this is a very approximate rule. In Beach’s experience some forms of the supernatural are acceptable. For instance, ghosts […]

    History Roundup 801: War Tales March 28, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 801: War Tales

    Today’s links follow 1) Germany’s Greatest Success in WW1: Africa 2) Cold War Escape: Japan 3) Native American Carvings in WW1: France 4) Psychic Cold War: US 5) Crossword Coincidences: UK and from the archives 6) Ancient or Modern Soldiers More Likely to Die? Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: […]

    Daily History Picture: Snogging Death March 28, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Snogging Death

    The horror…

    Nude Ghosts March 28, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Nude Ghosts

    We looked recently at the phenomenon of ghost larks, young men and women, pretending to be ghosts for various motives. On that occasion the sub category of nude ghosts were missed out entirely, but as bizarre history is an exercise in completion here goes. An interesting number of ‘ghosts’ turned out to be local streakers. […]

    History Roundup 800: Supernatural Shenanigans March 27, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 800: Supernatural Shenanigans

    Today’s links follow 1) Vapour Man: US 2) A Demon Who Saved His Soul: Syria 3) Bottle Ghost: Italy 4) Great Cursed Ghost Family: Wales 5) Haunted Pubs: UK and from the archives 6) Why Did the Axis Fight the US? Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Genesis, Supper’s […]

    Daily History Picture: End of the World March 27, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: End of the World

    St John (right) peers into the future…

    A Green Stranger or Angel or Fairy? March 27, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    A Green Stranger or Angel or Fairy?

    Lots of supernatural creatures from the Green Knight to aliens are green: and the general, though by no means universal opinion of folklorists has been that green is for vegetation. Here is one reference from the late 17C* that has  confused Beach. We are in Westmorland in north-west England and this is from a one […]

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