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  • New History Books: Of Beards and Men January 23, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: Of Beards and Men

    Oldstone-Moore, Of Beards and Men This is a favourite subject of mine: let’s hope the book lives up…

    Film, History and Memory January 23, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Medieval, Modern
    Film, History and Memory

    ***Dedicated to David*** In a recent reflection about the way we remember the past, this blogger made the case that after about two hundred years we cease to ‘own’ history. ‘For Beach Waterloo seems, somehow, ‘present’. Anything before that date seems, meanwhile, completely out of reach, as if the historical imagination falls down into a […]

    History Roundup 575 including Bosom Serpent and Old Beer January 22, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 575 including Bosom Serpent and Old Beer

    Today’s links follow. 1) Bosom Serpent: Canada 2) Flood Horror: US 3) Horse Skeleton: Greece 4) Century Old Beer: Canada 5) 19 Cent Cool Pill: the Lab 6) Witches of Stalingrad: Russia 7) Pirate Skull: School… and from the archives 8) Shakespeare’s Head Other links: Fairy Investigation Society facebook page Now is the Hour, Gracie Fields

    Daily History Picture: Kennedy Hates Nixon January 22, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Kennedy Hates Nixon

    Smile for the cameras…

    Ghost Hangs Four in New Orleans January 22, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Uncategorized
    Ghost Hangs Four in New Orleans

    Here is an American story (of who knows what veracity) that got sucked across the Atlantic and into the British newspapers: WDP, 22 Nov 1872, 3. Few positions in life can be imagined more disagreeable than that of being imprisoned in a haunted cell in police station. The New Orleans Times tells a most unpleasant […]

    History Roundup 574 including Looking for Missing Monarchs January 21, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 574 including Looking for Missing Monarchs

    Today’s links follow. 1) Volcano Art: Prehistory (incredible!!!!) 2) Frozen Ghost Story: Minnesota 3) Got Allergies, Blame Neanderthals: Prehistory 4) Looking for Missing Kings: UK 5) Medieval Prosthetic Leg: China 6) Ancient and Modern Child Abuse: the Lab and from the archives 7) the Cipher Wheel and Bacon (and a river) Other links: Fairy Investigation […]

    Daily History Picture: Modern Times January 21, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Modern Times

    Fox hunt problems with new arrival…

    Churn Milk Peg January 21, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Churn Milk Peg

    There are few greater pleasures than bringing half- or three-quarter forgotten British bogeys back from the dead. Churn-Milk Peg was a psychotic old dear who would sit in glades of nut trees and smoke a pipe, waiting for children to come along to pick from her trees: ‘churn milk nuts’ were unripe nuts. In as […]

    History Roundup 573 including Oldest Tea and Teleportation January 20, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 573 including Oldest Tea and Teleportation

    Today’s links follow. 1) Oldest Tea: China 2) Have We Found Grace: England 3) Fighting Farming: Africa 4) Cornish Teleportation: UK 5) 19 Cent Convict Diary: US 6) Bronze Age Houses in the Fens: East England (included for the moving photo) and from the archives 7) Bessie Dunlop, a fairy witch Other links: Fairy Investigation […]

    Daily History Picture: Execution January 20, 2016

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

    Stanislaus Lacroix, Quebec 1902

    Bosom Serpents and False Operations January 20, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Contemporary, Modern
    Bosom Serpents and False Operations

    Bosom serpents refers to the belief that an animal, typically a reptile or amphibian has taken up residence in a human body. Two truisms to start with. First, there is no way that these animals could live in a human body. Second, if the patient believed in the BoS, the doctor had to deal with […]

    History Roundup 572 including Mermaid Ivory January 19, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 572 including Mermaid Ivory

    Today’s links follow. 1) Medieval Murderer Cathedral: Russia 2) Otzi’s Mum RIP: the Alps 3) Mermaid Ivory: the Arctic 4) Dyatlov pass Memories and new body: Russia 5) Dog domestication problems: the prehistoric hearth 6) Haunted by Debt: the otherworld (great stuff) and from the archives 7) Decision Within Other links: Fairy Investigation Society facebook page, The […]

    Daily History Picture: Early Wheelie January 19, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Early Wheelie

    Mainstreet America…

    Why Did Germany Screw Up in 1940? January 19, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Why Did Germany Screw Up in 1940?

    The survival of Britain from May to October 1940 is one of the most stirring stories of the Second World War. Britain as Lukacs noted could never have won the war alone but in the first summer of the war Britain could have lost it. From 1936 to early May 1940 the UK had made […]

    History Roundup 571 including Rabbits and Hobbits January 18, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 571 including Rabbits and Hobbits

    Today’s links follow. 1) Oak Island Polemic: Atlantic Coast 2) Pet Rabbits: the library 3) More Hobbits? Pacific 4) Arthur Conan Doyle and Fairies: Britain 5) Spontaneous Human Combustion, 1905: Hull, UK 6) Mappe of Fairyland: Library (download in Tiff then look at the details, incredible…. Bernard Sleigh co-founder of the Fairy Investigation Society) and […]

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