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  • An Early Icelandic Fairy December 5, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    An Early Icelandic Fairy

    Iceland has often featured on this blog for two reasons: first, because it is a part of the formula by which the thuggish Vikings made it to the New World five centuries before Columbus; and, second, because it retains in its traditions some particularly old pagan customs, customs that have been absorbed or overlaid by […]

    History Roundup 272 including Outrageous Benjamin Franklin December 4, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 272 including Outrageous Benjamin Franklin

    Today’s links follow. 1) Van Gogh Murdered: Implausible but… 2) Trap Door to Time Capsule: Liverpool 3) Dangers of Travelling by Chaise: Highway 4) Lady of Elche: Spain 5) Invasion Fundraising: Scotland 6) Outrageous Benjamin Franklin Stunts: US 7) Tommy Food: the front 8) Beneath the Great War: Trenches and from the archives 9) Nationalising […]

    Daily History Picture: Heads Turn for Kim Nowak December 4, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Heads Turn for Kim Nowak

    Ignore the movie star, Kim Nowak, as she sits and look at the faces in the dining car, 1956

    Persians and Romans at the Ends of the Earth December 4, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
    Persians and Romans at the Ends of the Earth

    The story is a simple one. A Roman and a Persian arrive by boat at the same time in a foreign port. Both are taken off to see the king (suggesting that the visitors were actually dignitaries) and the king decides to provoke them ‘Which of your kings is the greater and the more powerful?’ Of course, […]

    History Roundup 271 including Brilliant Lost Picture Story December 3, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 271 including Brilliant Lost Picture Story

    Today’s links follow. 1) Genetic Surprise: Easter Island 2) Antique Musical Instruments Back to Life: US 3) An Uppity Woman: Mycenea 4) Vintage Mug Shots: Australia 5) Vampire Film: Serbia 6) Chamberlain Did the Right Thing? Britain (documentary debate) 7) Archaeological Life in Cartoon: China 8) Hitler’s Favourite Dictator: Turkey 9) Lost Picture Found: US […]

    Daily History Picture: The Last British Battleship Scrapped December 3, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: The Last British Battleship Scrapped

    HMS Vanguard goes on its last voyage towards the scrapyard, 1960. It took two years to break her up.

    Interview: The Quack Doctor December 3, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    Interview: The Quack Doctor

    Caroline Rance set up her website, The Quack Doctor, in 2009 as a way of cataloguing historical medical advertisements and stories of health fraud. Since then, her book The Quack Doctor: Historical Remedies for All Your Ills has been published by The History Press and she also recently compiled a pocket trivia compendium, What the […]

    The King and Country Debate: Oxford 1933 December 2, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    The King and Country Debate: Oxford 1933

    It is remembered as ‘the King and Country Debate’, the most famous student debate in history. 9 February 1933 Oxford Union (the students of Oxford University in contentious mode) undertook to discuss the proposal ‘that this House will in no circumstances fight for its King and Country’. The expectations were that the proposal would be brushed […]

    Daily History Picture: German POWs after Verdun December 2, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: German POWs after Verdun

    German soldiers being stripped as they begin prison life in France

    Daily History Picture: Medieval Rabbit Kills! December 2, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Medieval Rabbit Kills!

    Unknown medieval manuscript: Watership Down goes horribly wrong as an executioner rabbit takes out a knight in slow motion

    History Roundup 270 including Mid Sea Forts December 2, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 270 including Mid Sea Forts

    Today’s links follow. 1) What’s a Hattock (fairy warning): Scotland 2) Paying Debt from WW1 Today: Europe 3) Maunsell Forts: North Sea (new to me) 4) Witch Grave: Scotland 5) Vintage Crime Photos: Australia 6) Sexy Statue: France 7) Hitler in the Beano: UK 8) Aztec Manuscript Dated? France and from the archives 9) Jesus […]

    Beachcombed 54 December 1, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Beachcombed
    Beachcombed 54

    First of all, thanks to all those who wrote wishing the baby and mother happy times. Mrs Beachcombing’s main concern was that ‘she’s a scorpioo’ whereas now that seems to have subsided in the general love in. Thanks to all those who sent in multiple links: Amanda, Chris, Chris S, Joan, Ricardo, Wade and others. […]

    History Roundup 269 including Dirk as Doorstep November 30, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 269 including Dirk as Doorstep

    Today’s links follow. 1) Infamous Mistress: England 2) French Thanksgiving: Americas 3) Dirk as Doorstep: Norfolk 4) Spy Finally Comes Clean: France 5) The Black Mine Specter: US 6) Napoleon’s Hair for Sale: in a watch 7) Dylan Thomas Cryptic Poems: UK 8) Building a Celtic Iron House: Wales and from the archives 9) Capital […]

    Index Biography #13: prize = book November 30, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Index Biography #13: prize = book

    The Index Biography is a new form of biography pioneered by this blog and introduced in a previous post. The creator must find a biography of a famous individual from history, they must turn to the index and write down eight peripheral facts about the individual’s life. We offered up previously here Sheridan le Fanu and Joseph […]

    Daily History Picture: Churchill Swims November 30, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Churchill Swims

    Churchill, 1920s?

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