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  • Dealing with Chronic Conditions August 16, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite

    It’s high summer and while everyone is away at the sea I thought that I would sneak out this essay: a non-history post on what is typically a history blog. Background: I suffer from a sometimes debilitating chronic condition that has been, to one degree or another, in my life for about twenty years. What […]

    History Roundup 176 including the Welsh Mummy (and Stocking) August 15, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 176 including the Welsh Mummy (and Stocking)

    Today’s post is on papists and ovian firebombs and today’s links follow. 1) Welsh Mummy: brilliant murder story 2) 18 Cent Sculptureof Jesus: real human teeth(why?!) 3) The Massacre of Ramree Island: crocodiles ate a platoon? 4) Orwell’s Indian Home: and now a museum 5) 6500 Year Old Corpse: forgotten in basement for a century 6) […]

    Catholics, Dead Sheep and Fire Balls in Early Modern England August 15, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Catholics, Dead Sheep and Fire Balls in Early Modern England

    In 1531 Henry VIII began divorce proceedings with Roman Catholic Church and Latin Europe, the so-called English Reformation: all of modern English history pivots on that date, much as medieval English history pivots on 1066. The betrayal of English Catholicism was a brutal process in which some of the best Britons suffered intoleraby. But if […]

    History Roundup 175 including Ships Logs and Climate Change August 14, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 175 including Ships Logs and Climate Change

    Today’s post is on Chinese automata in antiquity and today’s links follow. 1) The Zonians! A forgotten US community in central America 2) Sunday Stroll: family holidays are hell and this picture shows it 3) First American Fighters in WW1: did the enemies sometimes travel together? 4) New Nazca Lines: thanks to high winds 5) […]

    Ancient Chinese Automata August 14, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
    Ancient Chinese Automata

    There are a series of early texts that describe automata, small mechanical toys that allegedly operated in antiquity and that carried out wonders. The most famous is perhaps Archytas of Tarentum’s work with mechanical birds (another post another day). He is said to have created, credibly enough, a mechanical pigeon in the fifth century B.C., […]

    History Roundup 174 including Wasp Waists and Early Asprin August 13, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 174 including Wasp Waists and Early Asprin

    Today’s post is on fairies among us and today’s links follow. 1) The First Chianti: pip 2) WW1 Medal Returns to Son: lost in a shed 3) Emerald Tablet Myths: and a modern ‘reconstruction’ 4) In Search of the Sea People: again… 5) Asprin in Pre Colulmbian America? Colorado 6) Wasp Waists: scary 7) Alexander […]

    Watch Out for the Fairies Among Us! August 13, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Watch Out for the Fairies Among Us!

    In the long struggle to get a handle on fairies there have been claims that ‘the good people’ were simply a human race, kept apart from the rest of us, in the bogs and the mountains of the west and north of Europe: Buchan, Jenner, MacRitchie and many, many others made this argument and it […]

    History Roundup 173 including Death of Oldest Eel and Soviet Mars August 12, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 173 including Death of Oldest Eel and Soviet Mars

    Today’s post is on hidden flags and today’s links follow. 1) Great War and Modern Memory: remembering a famous book, that I’ve never read (sigh) 2) Death of Sweden’s Oldest Eel: national mourning 3) Fighting Edge Hill: phantom warriors… 4) Mailer and Graffiti: NY 5) 4000 Year Old Summerian Love Poem: Let me count the […]

    Hidden Flags August 12, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    Hidden Flags

    There’s a scene in that very good Powell and Pressburger film One of Our Aircraft is Missing (1942), where downed British pilots in occupied Holland establish the loyalty of their hosts through a trick commode. A line of orange flowers (the Dutch colour) leads to a swing picture that reveals a disguised portrait of the […]

    History Roundup 172 including Lollipop Lady Hell in Liverpool August 11, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 172 including Lollipop Lady Hell in Liverpool

    Today’s post is on luminous Indians and today’s links follow. 1) Metal Dragon Find: Leicestershire 2) Abbey Road and the Lollipop Lady: national crisis 3) The First Tank in the World: French!? 4) Those Damn Pictish Stones: what do they mean?! 5) Anyone Want to Buy A Hill Fort: a cool half million 6) Richard […]

    Mexican Indians Glow in the Dark August 11, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Mexican Indians Glow in the Dark

    ***thanks to Borky for the material behind this post*** The Pueblo revolt of 1680 took place in what is the Rio Grande. It was a well planned operation on the part of the local Indians against their Spanish overlords, who had dominated the territory for almost a century previously. Led by a mysterious medicine man […]

    History Roundup 171 including Black Dog Fat and Witch Pardons August 10, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 171 including Black Dog Fat and Witch Pardons

    Today’s post is on the liberation of little Luxembourg and today’s links follow. 1) Looking Down a Well in Chianti: 15 cents of history 2) Black Dogs and Medicine: dog fat… 3) 14 Cent Polynesian Settlement: New Zealand 4) The Balloon Riot: 1864 5) First Motorised Lawnmower: Restored 6) Ancient Chemical Warfare: A. Mayor (quality […]

    Prince Jean Comes Home August 10, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Prince Jean Comes Home

    One of the great pictures of the liberation of Europe: from one of Europe’s least known states. Luxembourg, the tiny country, caught in a threeway squash between Germany, Belgium and France, straddling the most contested line in modern history, was never going to have an easy twentieth century. It was occupied immediately by the Germans in WW1 and […]

    History Roundup 170 including Flamethrower Fun August 9, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 170 including Flamethrower Fun

    Today’s post is on an unlikely meeting in medieval Tunisia and today’s links follow. 1) Helmand’s Golden Age: BBC 2) Bouvine! the most important battle you’ve never heard of 3) Hitler Celebrating WW1: Fake!!! 4) Rare Revolt Coins: free Judea! 5) Petticoat Duel: 1792 6) Danville Frog Rain: not the first time 7) Making a Flamethrower: ww1 […]

    Strange Encounter in Ninth-Century Tunisia August 9, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    Strange Encounter in Ninth-Century Tunisia

    In the late ninth century A.D. a curious encounter took place in Islamic Tunisia, an encounter between outsiders. On the one hand, there was the Jewish community of Kairouan, living now under Arab rule, but with its roots stretching back to Roman times and perhaps beyond. On the other, was a foreigner named Eldad Ben […]

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