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  • The Poison Duel 11#: Poison Duels in Plays and Conclusion October 29, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    The Poison Duel 11#: Poison Duels in Plays and Conclusion

    Woe, the poison duel series is over, at least till someone else finds some new evidence. Here though are two bits of supplementary evidence, poison duels in plays. This slightly bitchy review appeared in 1835. Another new burletta, entitled An Affair of Honour, was also produced during the week at this theatre. The main interest […]

    History Roundup 242 including Butcher’s Secret Language October 28, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 242 including Butcher's Secret Language

    Today’s links follow. 1) Henry VIII’s Cap on Maintenance: Ireland 2) Butcher’s Secret Language: Australia 3) Dinner with Michael Scott: Esoterx 4) Doctor’s Ghost Story: Derbyshire 5) Violent Trans ‘Husband’: Britain 6) Testicle Transplant: from a few years ago but interesting… 7) Turin Shroud for Easter: Italy 8) Gum Disease Past and Present: Britain and […]

    Daily History Picture: Sermon on the Mount October 28, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Sermon on the Mount

      Sublime beato Angelico at San Marco, note poor Judas…

    Churchill Urinating in Germany October 28, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Churchill Urinating in Germany

    An unseemly story as the title suggests. 24 March 1945, Churchill visited the first occupied areas in Germany and more particularly the famous Siegfried Line. He was travelling with several British dignitaries including Montgomery and Brooke. An American, Lieutenant General William Hood Simpson asked Churchill, some miles prior to Germany’s last line of defence, whether […]

    History Roundup 241 including Homer’s Flames October 27, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 241 including Homer's Flames

    Today’s post is on non-saluting German and today’s links follow. 1) The Flames that inspired Homer? Turkey 2) MI5 Foiled Nazis: Britain 3) Columbus, a Flawed Hero: Spain and the Americas (love the lead picture!) 4) First Space Walk: Outer Space 5) How Africa Should Look Today: Mapland 6) Robert Louis Stevenson Unplugged: Scotland 7) […]

    Daily History Picture: Samurai Bow Training October 27, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Samurai Bow Training

      Late nineteenth century samurai training.

    Speaking to Tens of Thousands Before Battle: Is it Possible? October 27, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Medieval
    Speaking to Tens of Thousands Before Battle: Is it Possible?

    Beach worried to day about speeches before battle in ancient and medieval times. If you have read any Roman or Greek historian then you know the drill. General stands up before his army, makes a few choice reflections on why his men are fighting,  and then the army goes out, inspired, and trashes or is […]

    History Roundup 240 including Historic UFOs October 26, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 240 including Historic UFOs

    Today’s post is on medieval conversion in Japan and today’s links follow. 1) UFO at Soccer Match: Italy 2) The Dunston Pillar: England 3) Ingrowing Curtain Ring: you owe it to yourself not to read this perhaps particularly if you are a man… 4) UFO in art: Romania 5) Glass of the King Over the […]

    Daily History Picture: Superb Mosaic October 26, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Superb Mosaic

      Unpleasant meal, second century BC mosaic  

    The German Non-Saluter Myth October 26, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite, Contemporary
    The German Non-Saluter Myth

    This picture has appeared periodically over the last few years. Its popularity is easy to understand. A crowd is slavishly announcing the thousand year reich but one man, can you spot him, refuses to lift his hand. The picture has become associated with August Landmesser, a member of the Nazi party who made the error […]

    History Roundup 239 including Keeping Your Girl Interested October 25, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 239 including Keeping Your Girl Interested

    Today’s post is on medieval conversion in Japan and today’s links follow. 1) Corset Myths and Facts: Middle parts 2) Mad Archives Online: Britain 3) 5 Forgotten Facts About Slavery: US 4) Emperor of the US: San Francisco 5) Learning from Spanish Flu: Michigan 6) Keeping Your Girl Interested: Gentile England 7) Elephant Revenge: London […]

    Bombing Roulette October 25, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Bombing Roulette

    In the early part of the Second World War the bombing of cities was deadly but piecemeal. The result was a ghastly kind of lottery as a split second of difference in letting the bombs away would decide the difference between the destruction of this street or that street: Roald Dahl has some fine short […]

    History Roundup 238 including St Paul’s Viper October 24, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 238 including St Paul's Viper

    Today’s post is on medieval conversion in Japan and today’s links follow. 1) Amazon Speed Dating: Scythia 2) St Paul and the Snake: Malta 3) Lactose Intolerance Again: Prehistoric Europe 4) Eric Hobsbawm: A USSR hell according to the author… 5) Saving Ugbrooke Park: Earnest England 6) Getting Around Pornography Legislation: US (also this old […]

    Daily History Picture: British Nurse October 24, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: British Nurse

      Anna Spafford British nurse in Jerusalem?  

    Sham Virigins, Trainee Shamans, Phantom Storms and Medieval Conversion October 24, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Medieval
    Sham Virigins, Trainee Shamans, Phantom Storms and Medieval Conversion

    We are in the Middle Ages beyond the banks of the Rhine in the pagan communities there. A young man has had a great disappointment, he has married a woman only to discover that she is not a virgin. There follows a wretched series of illnesses that lead the young man towards death. In all […]

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