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  • History Roundup 573 including Oldest Tea and Teleportation January 20, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 573 including Oldest Tea and Teleportation

    Today’s links follow. 1) Oldest Tea: China 2) Have We Found Grace: England 3) Fighting Farming: Africa 4) Cornish Teleportation: UK 5) 19 Cent Convict Diary: US 6) Bronze Age Houses in the Fens: East England (included for the moving photo) and from the archives 7) Bessie Dunlop, a fairy witch Other links: Fairy Investigation […]

    Daily History Picture: Execution January 20, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Execution

    Stanislaus Lacroix, Quebec 1902

    Bosom Serpents and False Operations January 20, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Contemporary, Modern
    Bosom Serpents and False Operations

    Bosom serpents refers to the belief that an animal, typically a reptile or amphibian has taken up residence in a human body. Two truisms to start with. First, there is no way that these animals could live in a human body. Second, if the patient believed in the BoS, the doctor had to deal with […]

    History Roundup 572 including Mermaid Ivory January 19, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 572 including Mermaid Ivory

    Today’s links follow. 1) Medieval Murderer Cathedral: Russia 2) Otzi’s Mum RIP: the Alps 3) Mermaid Ivory: the Arctic 4) Dyatlov pass Memories and new body: Russia 5) Dog domestication problems: the prehistoric hearth 6) Haunted by Debt: the otherworld (great stuff) and from the archives 7) Decision Within Other links: Fairy Investigation Society facebook page, The […]

    Daily History Picture: Early Wheelie January 19, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Early Wheelie

    Mainstreet America…

    Why Did Germany Screw Up in 1940? January 19, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Why Did Germany Screw Up in 1940?

    The survival of Britain from May to October 1940 is one of the most stirring stories of the Second World War. Britain as Lukacs noted could never have won the war alone but in the first summer of the war Britain could have lost it. From 1936 to early May 1940 the UK had made […]

    History Roundup 571 including Rabbits and Hobbits January 18, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 571 including Rabbits and Hobbits

    Today’s links follow. 1) Oak Island Polemic: Atlantic Coast 2) Pet Rabbits: the library 3) More Hobbits? Pacific 4) Arthur Conan Doyle and Fairies: Britain 5) Spontaneous Human Combustion, 1905: Hull, UK 6) Mappe of Fairyland: Library (download in Tiff then look at the details, incredible…. Bernard Sleigh co-founder of the Fairy Investigation Society) and […]

    Daily History Picture: Early Clinton January 18, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Early Clinton

    He was four. Such innocence?

    Victorian Urban Legends: Coffin Games January 18, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Victorian Urban Legends: Coffin Games

    ***Dedicated to Chris W*** Beach in his tiny hours of research ran across two accounts that feel like Victorian urban legends: a favourite theme of this blog. Note the lack of concrete references. These look as if they were included in a joke column and then recycled as news with some salacious details thrown in… A Sheffield […]

    New History Books: Hidden Britain January 17, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: Hidden Britain

    Nicholas, Hidden Britain Real tunnels or folklore ones too?

    A Ghost Rabbit as Big as a Sheep January 17, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    A Ghost Rabbit as Big as a Sheep

    Welsh ghost stories always have something extra: maybe it is the water, maybe Methodism, maybe coal dust… They are, in any case, always worth reading. This one starts with a nun that is admittedly not very promising but bear with her. Llangynwydd, which is in the Llynvi Valley, has a ghost scare on just now. […]

    New History Books: Kursk January 16, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: Kursk

    Lawrence, Kursk Very expensive but by all accounts wonderful book…

    The Last English Hobbits? January 16, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Last English Hobbits?

    Ludchurch (aka Lud’s Church, Lud Church) is not a church. It is a haunted ravine in the English midlands, Staffordshire, that has been frequently associated with the supernatural. The photo above will hopefully give some idea of what it is like. It has also been associated with an underground race of hominids in caves that […]

    History Roundup 570 including Killer Toilets January 15, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 570 including Killer Toilets

    Today’s links follow. 1) Black and White Tradition Continues: UK 2) Piggy Fun: The Fields 3) Lost Ships: Arctic (what a death) 4) Roman Toilet Danger: The Empire! 5) Matrimony Ads: UK (very excited by this) 6) Famine/Plague Cocktail: Europe and from the archives 7) Fairy Excorcism Other links: History of Wine

    Daily History Picture: Gas Mask Fun January 15, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Gas Mask Fun

    Keep the kids smiling…

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