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  • History Roundup 17: First Ashore on DDay February 18, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 17: First Ashore on DDay

    Note that in Feburary, as an experiment, we’ll be releasing history links roundup most days at 12.00 GMT. If you want the proper post on Finns and murder and magic, then please click. Five hours of exam invigilating today. Very productive in my experience and so much power…. 1) Sapper at DDay: one of the first ashore […]

    Finns, Magic and Murder February 18, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval, Modern
    Finns, Magic and Murder

    ***Dedicated to Leif who always gets me good Viking stories!*** There are Viking traditions dating back into the Middle Ages about the magic abilities of Finnish sorcerors (almost certainly Lapplanders). It is, though, bewildering to find a version of this belief surviving as late as the 1860s. This from a British newspaper. On Friday, Kar […]

    History Roundup 16: Interactive Gene Map February 17, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 16: Interactive Gene Map

    Note that in Feburary, as an experiment, we’ll be releasing history links roundup most days at 12.00 GMT. If you want the proper post on the Tomatoes and poison, then please click. 1) Interactive Map for Genes: incredible if true… 2) Wanted Posters: Jesse James et alii 3) Pius and Elizabeth – A Friendly Gesture: After Lepanto […]

    Tomatoes and Poison: Humanity’s Innate Conservatism February 17, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Tomatoes and Poison: Humanity's Innate Conservatism

    Tomatoes are one of the fundamentals of modern cuisine in all continents. Yet just five hundred years ago they were a practically unknown Andean plant of the nightshade family that, when grown in New England or French or Italian gardens, were labelled as ‘ornamentals’: i.e. no one put a tomato near their mouth. Why were […]

    History Roundup 15: Hitler in Orange County February 16, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 15: Hitler in Orange County

    Note that in Feburary, as an experiment, we’ll be releasing history links roundup most days at 12.00 GMT. If you want the proper post on the Ranties (an Irish fairy (?) people), then please click. 1) Hitler Memoribilia in Orange Country: with bullet proof tyres from Israel 2) Vintage British Flood Pictures: moving stuff from deep England […]

    A Forgotten (Fairy?) People: the Ranties February 16, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    A Forgotten (Fairy?) People: the Ranties

    Early medieval historians estimate that there were perhaps two hundred separate tribes or kingdoms in Ireland c. 500 but that these tribes were slowly subsumed or at least yoked to the growing Irish monarchy (and foreign successors) that reached an apogy under Brian Boru in the eleventh century. However, long after those times, the memory […]

    History Roundup 14: Watch Out, Nazi Mosquitoes! February 15, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 14: Watch Out, Nazi Mosquitoes!

    Note that in Feburary, as an experiment, we’ll be releasing history links roundup most days at 12.00 GMT. If you want the proper post, on the British invasion hysteria then please click. 1) Nazi Mosquitoes?: You’ve heard of bat bombs… 2) Summerians in Oman: Magan sites dug 3) Late Valentine: Heart breaking card to Edgar A. Poe […]

    Interview: Invasion Scares (Harry Wood) February 15, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    Interview: Invasion Scares (Harry Wood)

    I am very happy today to be able to invite Harry Wood of the University of Liverpool, historian and blogger, to talk about his speciality, British invasion scares, something we looked at last month. Harry, thanks so much for joining us for this brief discussion. You run a very enjoyable blog, Island Mentalities, and you […]

    History Roundup 13: Valentine Day Special February 14, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 13: Valentine Day Special

    Note that in Feburary, as an experiment, we’ll be releasing history links roundup most days at 12.00 GMT. If you want the proper post, on the first moustache (with Invisible’s very early contribution) then please click. 1) Ancient Jewish Aphrodisiacs: Kosher Sex 2) Valentine Massacre: Haunted Ohio Books 3) Top Ten Victorian Bizarre Love Stories: marrying corpses, wife […]

    The Earliest Moustache in History? February 14, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
    The Earliest Moustache in History?

    The strangest things survive in the strangest places. Take the separated moustache of antique Persia, which is sometimes found in ancient visual representations. Heading this post is a Roman sculpture of a dying Persian and, here below, is a Parthian woolen piece that somehow survived from the first century B.C. and which is kept in […]

    History Roundup 12: Playing Music Off Sinner’s Bottom February 13, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 12: Playing Music Off Sinner's Bottom

    Note that in Feburary, as an experiment, we’ll be releasing history links roundup most days at 12.00 GMT. If you want the proper post, on early submarine weapons (Greek Fire, gloves etc) then please click. 1) Music Notations on Sinner’s Bottom: my fave today, shame about the tune though, wouldn’t like to listen to that for eternity 2) […]

    Submarine Weapons Before Torpedoes: Gloves, Javelins and Greek Fire February 13, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Submarine Weapons Before Torpedoes: Gloves, Javelins and Greek Fire

    Even the first submarine pioneers recognised that there would be a military applications for crafts glidingly silently unnoticed under the water. But the question was how on earth do you get to blow up the enemy flagship? On land there was everything from machetes to canons, and rocks to catapults. But under the waves human […]

    History Roundup 11: Kids, Drugs and Roman School February 12, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 11: Kids, Drugs and Roman School

    Note that in February, as an experiment, we’ll be releasing history links roundup most days at 12.00 GMT. If you want the proper post, on Ukrainian Neopaganism and an exceptional new book then please click. 1) Kids, Drugs and School in Roman Egypt: A Greek crib? 2) George Clooney Saves Puppies from Nazis: loved the title 3) San […]

    Review: Return of the Ancestral Gods February 12, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite, Medieval, Modern
    Review: Return of the Ancestral Gods

    When this blogger thinks ‘neo-paganism’: he conjures up images of well-meaning Wiccans dancing nude in the New Forest or Californian ‘fairies’ sitting earnestly in a circle around a lonely pine and talking gnomes. But neo-paganism is not a uniform phenomenon as Mariya Lesiv’s wonderful new book, The Return of the [Ukrainian] Ancestral Gods, shows all […]

    History Roundup 10: Kidnapping and Fairy Funeral in Canada February 11, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 10: Kidnapping and Fairy Funeral in Canada

    Note that in February, as an experiment, we’ll be releasing history links roundup most days at 12.00 GMT. If you want the proper post, on Korean water thieves then please click. 1) A Kidnapping and a Fairy Funeral in Atlantic Canada: solid fairy gold… 2) Why the west plays chess and the east plays go: fascinating but […]

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