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  • Daily History Picture: Communist Dies March 4, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Communist Dies

    Execution of a communist in Munich 1919. I’ve always had problems believing this picture… Everyone seems to be posing.  

    The Earliest Cargo Cult? March 4, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Earliest Cargo Cult?

    Cargo cults are Melanesian religious movements centred on the ability of the colonial powers to bring the kind of trinkets that fill shopping malls and dollar stores to the some of the virgin corners of the earth. The first references to cargo cults, the Vailala Madness, which began in 1919, for example, saw Papuans preach […]

    History Roundup 602 including Smelly Ghosts March 3, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 602 including Smelly Ghosts

    Today’s links follow. 1) Smelly Ghost: US 2) Bad Bulge: Hollywood 3) Sex in the Senate: US 4) Perpetual Motion: Germany 5) Black Murderess: US 6) English 500 Years Ago, What It Sounded Like: UK 7) Snakes Live Within You: Ancient Med and from the archives 8) Talking Dog and King’s Fellow Other links: Zen […]

    Daily History Picture: Czech Refugees March 3, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Czech Refugees

    Poor photo but rare shot of fleeing non-Germans from the Sudetenland in 1938. Of course, in 1945….

    Dead Hands, Live Wens: Latest Record? March 3, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Dead Hands, Live Wens: Latest Record?

    There is a well attested belief that the bodies of executed criminals could heal certain illnesses. This led in past centuries to bits of executed felons being bought, sold and even eaten. Though the most gentle version was as simple as going to the gallows and begging the hangmen to let you run the dead […]

    History Roundup 601 including American Presidential Sex March 2, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 601 including American Presidential Sex

    Today’s links follow. 1) Wilson’s Lover: US 2) Pulling Medieval Shipwreck Up: Netherlands 3) Helen Duncan, Medium: UK 4) Unexpected Medieval Muslim Graves: France 5) Warren Harding’s Secret Letters: US (look out for Gerry) 6) Strange Gold Mount: UK and from the archives 7) Cellini and the Salamander Other links: War on the Atlantic

    Daily History Picture: Boot Black March 2, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Boot Black

    London, allegedly…

    Killer Cameras March 2, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    Killer Cameras

    When many years ago Beach travelled in Sub-Saharan Africa he was warned by anxious parents, and relatives not to take photographs of the natives. They might believe that their soul had been taken. Where does this idea come from? And did anyone anywhere ever actually believe it? Well, a run through sources suggests that the […]

    Beachcombed 69 March 1, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Beachcombed
    Beachcombed 69

    Dear Reader, Uni holidays coming up so a restful week ahead and this week Mrs B took the kids away skiing so restful weekend behind. Happy days. Thanks, as always, to the multiple linkers: Amanda, Invisible, Chris S, Joan, Ricardo, Wade and others. I’ve put the very best contributions below to the posts from this […]

    History Roundup 600 including Rebels against the Rebels February 29, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 600 including Rebels against the Rebels

    Today’s links follow. 1) New Christian History Relic Mystery: Bethlehem 2) 100 Jokes Changed History: multi media 3) Airships: look for the pics 4) Rebels Against Rebels: Confederacy 5) Medieval Scribe Jokes: the library 6) Secret Rooms: Museum and from the archives 7) Exotic Blood in Europe Other links: The Trump Presidency, Invented English Village, […]

    Daily History Picture: Armless Queen February 29, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Armless Queen

    Notice the sign behind and the curious crowds….

    Index Biography #27: Prize a book February 29, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    Index Biography #27: Prize a book

    ***Seb got this, scroll down for the answer*** The Index Biography is a new form of biography 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 life. We […]

    British Iron Age Peyote February 28, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
    British Iron Age Peyote

    There are lots of internet sites out there talking (and sometimes raving) about how to have visions courtesy of plants that grow in the British and Irish countryside: the ‘fruits of the forest’ as Beach’s disreputable younger brother calls them. This is not the aim of the present post. Rather it is to ask: what […]

    New History Books: 1956: The World in Revolt February 27, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: 1956: The World in Revolt

    Simon Hall, The World in Revolt Budapest and Elvis, intriguing…

    Thoughts on Poltergeists from Harry Price February 27, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    Thoughts on Poltergeists from Harry Price

    What do poltergeists like? Or, in more scientific terms, in what kind of environment do poltergeist phenomenon take place? Here is Harry Price, one of the most famous ghost hunters, with his views. Beach quotes this paragraph as part of a quest to understand what poltergeist phenomenon are. Price has the virtue here of concentrating […]

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