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  • History Roundup 202 including Devil Stories and Walk Round World September 13, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 202 including Devil Stories and Walk Round World

    Today’s post is on holocaust in the Soviet Union and today’s links follow. 1) Paleo Diet: way back when 2) Devil Stories: US 3) Buried Viking Blacksmith: Norway 4) Hold Hands and Die: UK 5) Buying Handwritten Houseman: actually one of best poems 6) Walking Around the World: with a perambulator… 7) Urine and the Civil […]

    Daily History Picture: Kiddy Cage September 13, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Kiddy Cage

    A fad in the 1930s, toddlers were placed in cages attached to windows so they could enjoy the fresh air.  

    Review: The Holocaust in the Soviet Union September 13, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Review: The Holocaust in the Soviet Union

    Books on the holocaust have, broadly speaking, two choices. They can either focus on the big picture and describe the liquidation of an entire people from this or that national territory, or they can focus on an individual, family or a village and concentrate, instead, on the micro-tragedies: an excellent example of the latter is […]

    Earliest Written Reference to Britannia? September 12, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
    Earliest Written Reference to Britannia?

    Female personifications of nations…. There is frigid Italia (with towers growing out of her head), France has psychotic Marianne drinking aristocratic blood, Uncle Sam sometimes flirted with French Liberty and Eriu (Ireland to Sassenach neighbours) was a hag who bedded warriors, but best of all there is sweet Britannia with a shield, trident and snooty outlook […]

    History Roundup 201 including Folly Pyramid and Grisly Archaeology September 12, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 201 including Folly Pyramid and Grisly Archaeology

    Today’s links follow. 1) Literary Map: London 2) To Retune or not to Retune Bells: Britain 3) American Indian Scalp To Go Home: Germany 4) Wartime Raid in new book: Crete 5) Underwater Archaeology: Denmark 6) Grisly Finds in Ancient Burnt City: Iran 7) Folly Pyramid: Britain 8) Queen and Exploding Post Box: Edinburgh and […]

    Daily History Picture: Prisoners at Buchenwald September 12, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Prisoners at Buchenwald

    Dirty, more bones than flesh: victims of Nazi camp system.

    History Roundup 200 including Oldest House and the Death Mask September 11, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 200 including Oldest House and the Death Mask

    Today’s post is on a speaking fire ball and today’s links follow. 1) Death Mask: France 2) Oldest House: Britain 3) More on Franklin Finds: Canada 4) What Happened to Jeanne De Kay: Chicago 5) The French Hair Monster: London 6) Revisiting Electric Shock Experiments: US 7) Lost Challenger Pics: US 8) Ancient and Medieval […]

    Daily History Picture: Bike Death! September 11, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Bike Death!

    Being killed by a bike in the late nineteenth century.

    Speaking Fireball in Luton (Devon) September 11, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Speaking Fireball in Luton (Devon)

    Beach so liked the fireball stories from last month that he has been looking for some more and came across this incredible encounter from southern Devon, 1836. He was hoping for mad papists and great balls of flame, instead he got sincere yokels at midnight and omens. Still a great story. The author is a middle […]

    History Roundup 199 including Peach Pits and River Sword September 10, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 199 including Peach Pits and River Sword

    Today’s post on the Day of Infamy and today’s posts follow 1) Hippocrates and Water Cress: Greece/Britain 2) Media Director for Kung Fu Temple: China 3) Mammal Extinction and Ancient Art: Egypt 4) Oldest Sculpture Workshop: Turkey 5) Peach origins: its the pits 6) Rough Guide to Hell: Esoterx 7) Ancient Sword Pulled Out of […]

    Daily History Picture: Baking in the Middle Ages September 10, 2014

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

    A late Medieval manuscript from the Bodleian shows baking.

    False Impressions on the Day of Infamy September 10, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    False Impressions on the Day of Infamy

    As all Americans and many non-Americans know, 7 Dec 1941, the day of infamy, was the date of a brilliantly planned and brilliantly executed Japanese attack on America’s most important Pacific base, Pearl Harbor. The attack was, for the Americans, a bolt from the blue. Yes, America’s leaders were aware that a Japanese assault was […]

    History Roundup 198 including Georgian Love Disasters September 9, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 198 including Georgian Love Disasters

    Today’s links follow. 1) Mysterious Ringing Bells: UK 2) Nosegays: I’ve long wondered about these… 3) Very Valuable Coin: in a field in Notts UK 4) Georgian Love Problems: being interrupted by servant etc 5) Cleopatra’s Makeup: dolling up in Egypt 6) The Woman Who Struck Out Babe Ruth: female baseball 7) Hitler Photo Rescued […]

    Daily History Picture: The Cleverest Monkey in the World September 9, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: The Cleverest Monkey in the World

    Planet of the Apes stuff. A very intelligent monkey from the Breviary of Mary of Savoy, c. 1430

    More On Cauls and Sacs September 9, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite, Contemporary, Medieval, Modern
    More On Cauls and Sacs

    Anthropologists have their work cut out for them. Despite the fact that we are all – from the Kalihari Bushman to the Californian surfer – one and the same species, there are so many differences between human societies, as to be almost embarrassing. However, there are a series of important and trivial facts that bind […]

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