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  • History Roundup 303 including the Mirror of Maine! January 17, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 303 including the Mirror of Maine!

    Today’s links follow. 1) Immortality: Israel, Greece… 2) Mystery Coin Explained: US 3) New Burns Poem, Girl Troubles: Scotland 4) Mirror Magic: Maine 5) Destruction of Old Cults: Middle East 6) Mystery Elephants? China 7) Iron Age Cobbles Torn Up: Somerset UK 8) Women in 18 Cent Politics: UK and from the archives 9) Human sacrifice […]

    Churchill in Antwerp Mystery: Hunt the Photograph January 17, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Churchill in Antwerp Mystery: Hunt the Photograph

    Invisible an old and dear friend of this blog has sent the following story in from an American newspaper, Evening Ledger, 20 Oct 1914. The problem is the story was not published with the photograph in question: why publish a story if you have to describe rather than print the snap? The one above is […]

    History Roundup 302 including Sexist Yearbooks January 16, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 302 including Sexist Yearbooks

    Today’s links follow. 1) Coral Bracelets: Papua 2) Spunkies Fly Eternally By: Britain 3) Saving Voices: UK 4) Sexist Yearbooks, 1946: US 5) Magic Mirror: New York 6) Titanic Disgraceful! Auction House 7) Silver Pharaoh: Egypt 8) Work Out Like A Viking: God help us… and from the archives 9) Napoleon’s Lost Sword (that started two […]

    Daily History Picture: Defeat January 16, 2015

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

    French girl inspects a German soldier

    Forgot the Damn Suicide Pills! January 16, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Forgot the Damn Suicide Pills!

    Perhaps you need a British sense of humour, but this scene had Beach smiling more than potential death scenes normally do. It is D-Day and General Donovan (pictured) and Colonel David Bruce the narrator have to undertake a special mission in the French interior just off the D-Day beaches (they have been landed at Utah), […]

    History Roundup 301 including Swimming in the Desert January 15, 2015

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    History Roundup 301 including Swimming in the Desert

    Today’s links follow. 1) Swimming in the Desert: Sahara 2) Ancient Drinking Game: Greece 3) Men With Snow on Their Boots: UK 4) Cynophagy and Homosexuality: medieval north Africa 5) Ancestral Missing Link: Okinawa 6) Poison Bread: New York 7) Scottish Hero: Nigeria 8) Waugh’s Hotel in Flames: Ethiopia and from the archives 9) Surviving […]

    Daily History Picture: The Archduke’s Last Hour January 15, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: The Archduke's Last Hour

    Franz Ferdinand just before his death  

    Struell Wells, Ireland: Pagan Customs in the Modern Age? January 15, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Medieval
    Struell Wells, Ireland: Pagan Customs in the Modern Age?

    Exciting article by Finbar McCormick from 2009, one that somehow passed Beach by, ‘Struell Wells’, The Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland (2009), 45-62. FM begins with a careful description of a nineteenth-century Irish water shrine, the Struell Wells (Downpatrick). This shrine is credited through St Patrick with the power of curing. Crowds would […]

    History Roundup 300 including Myth of Easter Island Collapse January 14, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 300 including Myth of Easter Island Collapse

    Today’s links follow. 1) Bad Boy Judas: Palestine 2) Myth of Collapse: Easter Island 3) Medieval Trolls: A woody dell 4) The Astronomy of Paradise Lost: English heavens 5) DDay Veteran Death: UK 6) Coin Technology Mystery: Greece 7) Charity Dogs: ! 8) Our Lady of the Bass Fisherman: New Jersey and from the archives […]

    Daily History Picture: Party Time in the Middle Ages January 14, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Party Time in the Middle Ages

    Hard drinking and, of course, vomit

    Forgotten Kingdoms: The Republic of Montefiorino January 14, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Forgotten Kingdoms: The Republic of Montefiorino

    Another for the forgotten kingdom files, this time a particularly short lived example from Italy: the rulers of the Republic of Montefiorino managed about six weeks in 1944 before history and German flame-throwers intervened. First, some background. In the summer of 1943 Mussolini’s fascist government crumbled and Italy found itself occupied by angry Allies in […]

    History Roundup 299 including Roman Fort Light Show January 13, 2015

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    History Roundup 299 including Roman Fort Light Show

    Today’s links follow. 1) Roman Fort Light Show: Britain (note ‘roughly’) 2) We are all archaeologists now: yikes 3) 1905 Meteor: Cowichan 4) Dating Ancient Astronomical Tools: Grrece 5) Creepy Ann Walker’s Ghost: England 6) Vikings Steal Irish Reliquary: Norway 7) Hidden Altar Treasure: Mexico and from the archives 8) Atlantean Flying Boat Other links: […]

    Daily History Picture: Children Stealing! January 13, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    Daily History Picture: Children Stealing!

    An old fear, gypsies steal a French child

    The Prisoner in the Temple: the Bloodiest Lie January 13, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
    The Prisoner in the Temple: the Bloodiest Lie

    Beach has previously looked at ‘the gong of the world’, the desert boy Apion, who while still brushing sand from his hair, decided to insult the Jews of Alexandria and, indeed, the Jews of the entire Mediterranean. We do not have Apion’s anti-semitic work, the classical equivalent of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion: […]

    History Roundup 298 including Werewolf Prince January 12, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 298 including Werewolf Prince

    Today’s links follow. 1) Atlantis Metal! Ocean 2) Werewolf Prince: Baltic 3) Puritan Maiden Dressed Badly: US 4) Woman in Black: US 5) Bomb Crater Archaeology: the Continent 6) Literary Hoax: UK 7) Ancient Amazons Giants? Greece 8) Tomb of Osiris Found: and from the archives 9) Obscene Riddles from Book of Exeter Other links:   […]

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