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  • History Roundup 687 including Fairies and Shamans September 8, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 687 including Fairies and Shamans

    Today’s links follow 1) Killing Mata Hari: Paris 2) Fairies and Shamans: W. Europe 3) Bison DNA and Settlement: the Americas 4) Killing Lucy: Africa 5) Almost Hung Georgian Woman: England/Australia and from the archives 6) The Man Who Lost Germany the Great War Other links: Why most academics will always be bad writers, false […]

    Daily History Picture: Druid Remains September 8, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Druid Remains

    I can feel the granite

    70 Million Dead in One Second September 8, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    70 Million Dead in One Second

    The year is 1908. You are walking through a jungle territory in southeastern Cameroon in central Africa when you hear the sickening smack of the machete on flesh. Expecting the worst you emerge, your rifle half lifted, but see only a local hunter with a kill. He has taken a chimp in a trap and […]

    History Roundup 686 including Digging Up Magic Spells September 7, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 686 including Digging Up Magic Spells

    Today’s links follow 1) Cave Cartoons: Prehistory 2) Nazis and Humour: Norway 3) Oldest Known Olympic Athlete: the Med 4) Digging Up Magic Spells: Serbia 5) Roman Chimes: Britannia and from the archives 6) Devil on the Trans-Siberian Railway Other links: California child protection, Sex in a longterm relationship, Let it flow (Jedi/Frozen fusion) strangehistorylinksATgmailDOTcom […]

    Daily History Picture: The Dobbie of Crosby Hall September 7, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: The Dobbie of Crosby Hall

    The bull at the window is a dobbie or Cumbrian ghost

    History Roundup 685 including Marco Polo was a Neanderthal September 6, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 685 including Marco Polo was a Neanderthal

    Today’s links follow 1) 10 Misconceptions about the Wild West: US 2) Europeans in China, 300,000 Years Ago: Eurasia 3) History of the Afterlife: The heavens 4) Surprising trade networks: Polynesia 5) Cursing Clothes Stealers: Romans and from the archives 6) Rights and Wrongs of Killing Mussolini Other links: How to become the best at […]

    Daily History Picture: Klan Gathering September 6, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Klan Gathering

    1923 KKK get together

    Prostitutes Past September 6, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval, Modern
    Prostitutes Past

    Beach has recently been reading around medieval and early modern prostitutes. Of course, contemporary sources are not particularly vivid in this respect. Between canon law and town legislation, we either get an hysterical appeal to the coldest parts of the Gospels, or pounds, pennies and halfpence. In fact, if you want to relive the medieval […]

    History Roundup 684 including Medieval Hangover September 5, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 684 including Medieval Hangover

    Today’s links follow 1) Medieval Hangover: Ireland 2) Diving To Save a Font: London 3) Ancient Child Miners: Wales 4) Renaissance Modernism (Beato Angelico meets D’Annunzio): Gallery 5) John Adams and 1770 Trial: US (the event that made America?) and from the archives 6) A Dead American in County Cork Other links: why scam emails […]

    Daily History Picture: Fished Out of the Thames September 5, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Fished Out of the Thames

    Magnificent Roman jug

    Bottomless Pit in the Californian Desert September 5, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Bottomless Pit in the Californian Desert

    There are two interesting references in Helter Skelter (Vincent Bugliosi with Curt Gentry), the description of the Charles Manson murders, to a bottomless pit in the Californian desert. First, a little background for anyone coming to this new. Charles Manson was a charismatic and unpleasant individual (a promising combination) who gathered a group of impressionable […]

    Daily History Picture: Baltic Mermaid September 4, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Baltic Mermaid

    Love the beard…

    Intuition and Espionage September 4, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Intuition and Espionage

    A nice story about intuition and intelligence work. Aldrich Ames was a CIA operative and a schmuck. Starting in 1985 through 1993, when he was finally arrested, Ames gave Russian intelligence information in exchange for bags of cash. In short, a number of assets were executed and imprisoned in the Soviet Union so Ames could […]

    Zombie Contagion: Origins September 3, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    Zombie Contagion: Origins

    Beach read and watched a lot of zombie fiction this last summer. There was the Living Dead, the nightmarish Crossed and Alan Moore’s incredible adaptation, not to mention 28 Days Later. Beach is not an out and out zombie fan. In fact, he finds zombies, per se, the least interesting of all our supernatural fauna. (If Beach was […]

    History Roundup 683 including Pharmacy Signs and Spook Lights September 2, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 683 including Pharmacy Signs and Spook Lights

    Today’s links follow 1) Queen Victoria Letter in Charity Shop: UK (of course) 2) Pharmacy Signs and History: Portugal 3) Spiritual Telegraph and Spook Light: New York 4) Strange History of Marathon: International 5) Roman Invasion Was Bloody: Scotland and from the archives 6) Roman Coins in Iceland Other links: Academic vs popular writing; The Way […]

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