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  • Clearing Minefields with Human Beings November 13, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Clearing Minefields with Human Beings

    So a hundred infantry have to get across a field to their objective and safety, only they know that the field has been planted with mines. How do you clear the field? The simplest (and most horrible) thing to do would be to send your troops forward down a plotted route with gaps of ten […]

    History Roundup 526 including Medieval Suicide November 12, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 526 including Medieval Suicide

    Today’s links follow. 1) Dysfunctional Family Hell: UK 2) Dining Room Ghost: Halloween 3) Village Black Death Sacrifice: Britain 4) Elephant vs Train: Malaysia 5) Italian and New Jersey Accent: Italy 6) Middle Ages and Suicide: Europe and from the archives 7) The Things We Couldn’t Say Other links: Myths about space

    Daily History Picture: Nine Soldiers November 12, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Nine Soldiers

    Nine ‘allied’ soldiers in a Chinese city: they would soon be fighting each other….

    Review: The Truth about Donald McCormick? November 12, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Review: The Truth about Donald McCormick?

    Hayek: A Collaborative Biography: Part III Fraud, Fascism, and Free Market Religion (ed) Robert Leeson What in God’s name…!?! This is a website which prides itself on investigating the seedy and bizarre in history. So why bother with reviewing volume three in a series of six on Friedrich von Hayek, an Austrian economist who died […]

    History Roundup 525 including Scottish Stone Cirlce November 11, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 525 including Scottish Stone Cirlce

    Today’s links follow. 1) Mill Ghost: Brazil 2) Mysterious Stone Circle: Scotland 3) Generals and Coke: Soviet Union 4) Parachuting Badger: America 5) Family Murder: China 6) Choking Humour: the Gallows and from the archives 7) Cauls in the Deep South Other links: making a modern monster, George Formby Film

    Daily History Picture: What do a Million Dead Look Like November 11, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: What do a Million Dead Look Like

    An image trying to portray the British (and Dominion?) dead after WW1. The files of zombie soldiers stretches up to the north-east of England, the front rank is walking through London.

    Hating Medieval Cats #3: Dominic’s Cat November 11, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    Hating Medieval Cats #3: Dominic's Cat

    Looking at medieval cat hating Beach came across this reference, from Etienne of Bourbon (again ran into the story in that wonderful book of Barillari, Protostoria della Strega, the translation though is not hers). We are no longer with the cat in a sabat. But this has to be one of the best demon descriptions of […]

    History Roundup 524 including Prussian Polts November 10, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 524 including Prussian Polts

    Today’s links follow. 1) Map History: New York 2) Polts: Germany 3) Wheat Legend: Wight 4) Baby Hitler: Twitter (and more) 5) Ancient Horse Breaking: Narts? 6) Ghost Ship: US and from the archives 7) Professional Pipe Smoking Other links: Hell in Little Saigon, Folklore of Detroit

    Daily History Picture: Iranian Child Soldiers November 10, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Iranian Child Soldiers

    Iranian child soldiers go up to the front in the Iraq-Iranian war.

    Urban Legend: The Hunger Trick November 10, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Urban Legend: The Hunger Trick

    Here is one for a busy day. Not sure if this is anecdote or factual event, but it is written in an amusing fashion, in that dry understated way that some British writers had in the later nineteenth century. Beach would put it down provisionally as an urban legend: he imagines the room exploding with laughter […]

    History Roundup 523 including the Metal Box Mystery November 9, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 523 including the Metal Box Mystery

    Today’s links follow. 1) Italian Marx Brother: Italy/US 2) A Husband or a Hat: France 3) Metal Box Mystery: the Lab 4) Tut Diary: Egypt 5) WW1 Victoria Cross: Britain 6) Library Closed for Book Moving: Alaska and from the archives 7) Fear and Black Dogs Other links: Ghost thoughts, Can You Trust Your Mind, […]

    Daily History Picture: Hayek’s Dedication November 9, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Hayek's Dedication

    Hayek’s dedication to the Road to Serfdom in manuscript.

    The Wesley Ghost #4: Hearing the Ghost November 9, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Wesley Ghost #4: Hearing the Ghost

    The main feature of the Wesley haunting were the noises that the family heard. For the most part these were banal ghost knocks but there were lots of other more exotic sounds. The following could almost stand as a prose poem: the gobbling of a turkey, (142); dancing in a closed room (142); ‘tingling’ of […]

    The Wesley Ghost #3: Time November 8, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Wesley Ghost #3: Time

    An important preliminary to the haunting is to sketch out the period of Jeffrey’s activity. Most reference works (and this blog) refer rather carelessly to December 1716-January 1717. But a careful reading of the Wesley files shows that actually the haunting was rather more drawn out than that. First, in a very important passage we […]

    New History Books: Broken Idols November 7, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: Broken Idols

    Margaret Aston, Broken Idols of the English Reformation. Expensive but by all accounts amazing: I’m looking forward to reading this more than any other book this month.

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