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  • Lovers Leaping, Shooting and Drowning January 11, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Lovers Leaping, Shooting and Drowning

    Love suicides are happily today a rare thing. But they were common enough from 1700 to, say, after the Second World War to enter folklore: many places in the English-speaking world have their ‘Lovers Leaps’. (Derbyshire, a small British Midland county has four!) Why were love suicides so popular? Perhaps we can separate the pull […]

    New History Books: The Earliest Christian Meeting Places January 10, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: The Earliest Christian Meeting Places

    Adams, The Earliest Christian Meeting Places Where two or more are gathered in my name…

    The Noontide Hag in Luton! January 10, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Noontide Hag in Luton!

    Walter Scott refers, in one of his poems, to ‘the noontide hag’, a creature he explains in a note as ‘a tall, emaciated, gigantic female figure, is supposed, in particular, to haunt the district of Knoidart’ and ‘which, contrary to the general rule of ghostly creatures, appeared in the full blaze of noon.’ Quite how […]

    New History Books: Or Gang, A Racial History January 9, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: Or Gang, A Racial History

    Julia Lee, Our Gang, a Racial History Watched the early and the modern recently….

    Self Made Victorians? January 9, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Self Made Victorians?

    Were there self made men in Victorian Britain? The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography as well as being the single most impressive collection of biographies yet put together is useful in measuring money as for most modern individuals, say from the eighteenth century onwards, the vox-writer has included wealth at death (something recorded in Britain […]

    History Roundup 565 including Roland the Farter, Servant to the King January 8, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 565 including Roland the Farter, Servant to the King

    Today’s links follow. 1) Roland the Farter: Britain 2) New Year Predictions: Essex 3) Inca Accounting: The Andes 4) Gene Change: Ireland 5) Early New World Settlement: Florida 6) Check Your Bride Carefully: Britain and from the archives 7) Pimping Your Noble Sister Other links: Swearing, the Ash Tree

    Daily History Picture: Berlusconi and Ghadaffi January 8, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Berlusconi and Ghadaffi

    They deserved each other…

    The Naked Dancing Thief: Con or Urban Legend? January 8, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Naked Dancing Thief: Con or Urban Legend?

    The following is a report from Reuters from Turkey from June 1937. Pretending to be a ghost, a beautiful young woman in Istanbul, who appeared naked at night in the house of a priest, and danced before him, has made big haul money and other valuables. When he first saw what he described as a […]

    History Roundup 564 including Penis Roman Graffiti January 7, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 564 including Penis Roman Graffiti

    Today’s links follow. 1) Major Archaeological Discoveries of 2015: the world 2) POWs on Parole: Britain 3) A Warning to Authors: France 4) Nazi Summer Camp: America 5) Canon Ball Bonanza: India 6) Penis Graffiti: Ancient Rome and from the archives 7) Germania, a Nightmare Deferred Other links: Post Modern Star Wars, Chamberlain in Rome

    Daily History Picture: Massacre January 7, 2016

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

    St Bartholomew’s massacre in France

    The Bank Note Club January 7, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    The Bank Note Club

    Imagine a watering hole where Hans Christian Andersen has cocktails with Genghis Khan and where Sigmund Freud takes to the dance-floor with Greta Garbo and makes innuendos. A world in which Nelson Mandela plays darts with Benjamin Franklin and St Martin gets into a fight with Pharaoh Khafra. Have we strayed into a parallel dimension […]

    History Roundup 563 including Viking Slavers and Polynesian Migration January 6, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 563 including Viking Slavers and Polynesian Migration

    Today’s links follow. 1) Medieval Arsenal Surprise: Russia 2) Polynesian Migration: the Pacific 3) Vikings Slavers not so Nice: who would have guessed it! 4) Greek and Latin Open Doors: the classroom 5) Snake Warfare: Ancient Mediterranean 6) Amazing Plane Pics WW1: France and from the archives 7) Last Witch in Dorset Other links: What […]

    Daily History Picture: Bardossy’s Death January 6, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Bardossy's Death

    Bardossy executed in 1945 1946 in Hungary Thanks to Ashley for correction

    Republican Fields January 6, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Republican Fields

    A month ago Beach offered up some of the most offensive names that farmer’s gave their fields in medieval and modern England: Judas, Kiss Arse Hill, and Poison Piddle being some of the highlights. Our reference guide, Mark Field’s English field names, goes beyond the offensive though to the downright bizarre. Perhaps the most striking example […]

    Epiphany Gift 6: Enys Tregarthen and the Piskeys January 6, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern

    Beachcombing has a tradition of epiphany gifts. Here is the latest. Enys Tregarthen Piskeys These are by no means all of Enys Tregarthen‘s pixy stories, but these are five that are unavailable online. Enjoy!

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