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  • History Roundup 91 including 3d Monalisa and Cannibals and Pain May 12, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 91 including 3d Monalisa and Cannibals and Pain

    1) Mummified fetus: Ancient Egypt, now in Wales 2) Writing Home from Dachau: ‘it is difficult to know where to begin…’ 3) The History of Pain: grin and bear it 4) The Only Civilian Casualty at Gettysburg: kneading dough 5) Restoring the Hunley: almost time 6) 3D Mona Lisa: all photos 7) Hat in the […]

    Father Degan and the Dancers May 12, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Father Degan and the Dancers

    Recently came across this beautiful list of dancing advice, which reminds me of the kind of manners post I love from the two nerdy history girls. I wanted to make gentle fun of this, but it seems that the author, a priest, had a certain amount of common sense and lacked the easy dogamatism of […]

    History Roundup 90 including Suitcases, Tonics and Great War UFOs May 11, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 90 including Suitcases, Tonics and Great War UFOs

    Today’s post is on Doggerbank (a forgotten kingdom) and today’s link follow here: 1) Ancient Greek Reprogaming the Brain: ! 2) UFOS and British Military: 1915! [in two parts] 3) 1000 Buddhist Statues: found in caves 4) Mothers Write to Lincoln: Mother’s Day is here again 5) A Tablet Computer Found in Turkish Dig: well […]

    In Search of Doggerbank: The Island of the Damned May 11, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Prehistoric
    In Search of Doggerbank: The Island of the Damned

    Most countries have a lost realm that nationals can get teary eyed about: Italians beating their chest over Istria, the Spanish spitting blood for (and all too often on) Gibraltar, even Islamists weeping about the orange trees of Granada. Britain is no exception: the difference is that the UK’s lost territory was not taken by […]

    History Roundup 89 including Bat Kingdom and Gothic Guides May 10, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 89 including Bat Kingdom and Gothic Guides

    Today’s post is on ageing and power and today’s links follow: 1) Cleaning the NY Obelisk: with lasers 2) We’ve found the Bat Kingdom: Meso-America 3) Digging at the Bottom of a Lake: Huron 4) Hunter-Gatherers and Settled Folks in Scandinavia: DNA study 5) Guide to Gothic: OUTSTANDINGLY good graphic from the Guardian 6) Letters […]

    Power and Ageing: Blair, Bush, Clinton, Obama and Thatcher May 10, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Power and Ageing: Blair, Bush, Clinton, Obama and Thatcher

    It is well known that power corrupts but what does power do for the ageing process? To judge by President Obama’s rapidly whiting hair (and kudos for not getting out the dye too often) then there is nothing more likely to make you old before your time than to be in charge of a major […]

    History Roundup 88 including Burning Beer and Nile Nosh May 9, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 88 including Burning Beer and Nile Nosh

    Today’s post is on a love goddess. And our links… 1) Unbelievably Sexist Ads: love the burn the beer 2) Spanish American War: Amazing photos 3) War is Over: Picture from the summer of 1945 4) Neanderthals Never Die: they just lose their body hair and buy condos 5) Scandalous Priapic Picture: Poussin 6) Funeral […]

    Love Goddess #9: Damian Hirst’s Madonna May 9, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite, Contemporary
    Love Goddess #9: Damian Hirst's Madonna

    ***Thanks to Invisible for sending this one in*** Damien Hirst, media-savvy horseman of the post modern art apocalypse and the Madonna, mother of Christ, eternal sweetness and light, whose breasts produce condensed milk for the faithful. What would happen should these two contrary forces come together? Well, there is no reason for speculation because in […]

    History Roundup 87 including Coconut Crabs and Wandering Wombs May 8, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 87 including Coconut Crabs and Wandering Wombs

    1) Oldest Village in the World? Amesbury 2) Gold off South Carolina: 19 cent shipwreck 3) Beethoven’s Tenth Symphony: from the other side 4) Mending Socks on the Western Front: Picture 5) Tut’s Tomb: in replica 6) No Man’s Land Lingo: how to describe German bombs 7) Jessie Costello, Black Widow: ‘part Lucrezia Borgia, part […]

    Facts, Myths and Jean McConville May 8, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite, Contemporary
    Facts, Myths and Jean McConville

    The Jean McConville case is now history in as much as it took place over forty years ago: but it is living, bleeding history and in the last days it has landed an important Irish politician in the cells and rocked the peace process in the six counties. For non-British and non-Irish readers, who may […]

    History Roundup 86 including Dragons, David and Deep Cave Music May 7, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 86 including Dragons, David and Deep Cave Music

    Today’s post on duelling boys and today’s links… 1) King David’s Citadel: Israel 2) Modern Maria Celeste Mystery: South Pacific 3) Indian Dragons: Adrienne Mayor, guarantee of quality! 4) Prehistoric Caves as Recording Studios: flutes etc 5) Mystery Script Solved: shorthand… 6) Phineas Gage and Neuroscience: most famous patient 7) Paracas and Fairs? Inscriptions 8) […]

    Duelling Schoolboys May 7, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Duelling Schoolboys

    Duelling is really all about grown men acting like complete asses. However, at least in one case in 1874 it appears that early teens in Lincolnshire, the UK emulated their elders. One Gerald Maurice Burn shot, 7 March 1874, at George Seagrave, both boarders at a local school run by a reverend no less. Burn […]

    History Roundup 85 including Boney, Bottles and Neanderthal Stew May 6, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 85 including Boney, Bottles and Neanderthal Stew

    Today’s story is on Hawker and a pixy (opium involved) 1) Digging Up German Bottles: US 2) Thefts from Auschwitz: souvenirs 3) An Elf Story from Canada: Lugged off by the fairies 4) Neanderthal Stew: begging recreation 5) Memories of Prince Charlie: Saving a hotel 6) Lost Medieval Village Dug Up: Scotland 7) Napoleon’s Death […]

    Hawker and the Pixy? May 6, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Hawker and the Pixy?

    We have visited Robert Hawker before on this blog, not least in his gadding about as a mermaid. However, there follows a peculiar episode in which he claims to have seen a supernatural creature in a letter written in 1856 (or was the experience 1856, the source Byles Life and Letters is not clear?). R.A.J.Walling […]

    History Roundup 84 including Wet Sand and Sexless Food May 5, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 84 including Wet Sand and Sexless Food

    Been away for a few day’s but now back to business. Today’s post: not taking prisoners in ww2 and then there are the links… 1) Wet Sand: How they made the pyramids 2) War Artists History: UK 3) An Afternoon in St James’s Park: Painting 4) Dampening Desire with Food: 18 cent 5) Early Depiction […]

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