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  • History Roundup 168 including Wedding Day Hell and Wild Woman August 7, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 168 including Wedding Day Hell and Wild Woman

    Today’s post is on a prophetic poster and today’s links follow. 1) The Greatest Library in the World: the building of (missed this sorry) 2) A Wild Woman Loose: in the woods of Ohio! 3) Horrible Weddings: amazing pictures 4) Solomon Islanders Who Saved Kennedy: thank or weep? 5) Viking Sword from the Future! metalurgy 6) Europe’s […]

    Prophetic German Poster, 1918 August 7, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Prophetic German Poster, 1918

    Great War posters are often, say it quietly, not very good. Nations had just not had enough experience at propagandizing young men when war broke in 1914 and even the best poster makers – the Americans? – still put out plenty of numbers that would make advertising execs pale today. However, the combatant states learnt and […]

    History Roundups 167 including Mazes August 6, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundups 167 including Mazes

    Today’s post is on Hergé and today’s links follow. 1) Toilet Exhibition: lots of bad puns 2) History of Mazes: Smithsonian 3) Killing King George III: Margaret Nicholson 4) History of 3d Printing: there’s a Tintin book… 5) Heligan Garden Exhibition: beautiful WW1 commemoration 6) WW1 Still Matters in the Middle East: ISIS etc 7) Seedy […]

    Review: The Adventures of Hergé August 6, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Review: The Adventures of Hergé

    Georges ‘Hergé’ Rémi (obit 1983) was an exceptional draughtsman who published, between 1930 and 1976, twenty three comic books that contained the essence of the short twentieth century. It was all there: continental totalitarianism, arms dealing, South American dictatorships, the death of colonialism, the Cold War, Arab nationalism, the internatonal drug trade and the battle […]

    History Roundups 166 including Jailing Journalists August 5, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundups 166 including Jailing Journalists

    Today’s post is on Roman Theatrical Killings and today’s links follow. 1) Tracing Ancient Atherosclerosis: smoke inhalation? 2) History of Tennis Posters: hundred years ago 3) Merovingian Necropolis: 300 Graves! 4) New Roman Altars: Cumbria 5) Inventory of Soldier’s Uniform: Last thousand years UK (cute) 6) History of a Bridge: India 7) Jailing Journalists: New […]

    Roman Killing Theatre August 5, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
    Roman Killing Theatre

    The Romans, as is well known, had a particular genius for killing and for all their precious disgust at human sacrifice (the Empire banned human sacrifice wherever they found it) gladiatorial displays, occasional acts of genocide and public executions were all to the good. The most unusual aspect of Roman public executions was the willingness […]

    History Roundups 165 including Strange Victorian Sports August 4, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundups 165 including Strange Victorian Sports

      Today’s post is on animal sacrifices in Christianity and today’s links follow. 1) WW1 Superimposed photographs: then/now, favourite link today 2) The Gentle Quilin: China (our take on the same with giraffes) 3) Big Ears and Taghairm: Celtic freakery 4) Strange Victorian Sports: Bee racing etc 5) Fighting at Sea in WW1: UK coming […]

    Animal Sacrifices in Christianity?! August 4, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Medieval, Modern
    Animal Sacrifices in Christianity?!

    Christians don’t sacrifice animals, do they? There is some uncomfortable stuff to do with sacrificing Christ in the mass: particularly if you believe in transubstantiation. But that’s a man/god. Yes, Christians routinely kill animals either directly or as consumers: the growth of vegetarianism in the west in the last century has nothing to do with […]

    History Roundup 164 including Colour Photos from the Great War August 3, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 164 including Colour Photos from the Great War

    Today’s post is on unusual wild west duels and today’s links follow. 1) Dairy on the Arctic Fringe: Finnish Cheese 2) The Ghost that Started the War: WW1 3) Archaeologist Finds Roman Bones End of His Road: Black Holes 4) 10 WW1 Photos: in colour 5) History of Dinner Reservations: includnig google words (intriguing) 6) […]

    Unusual Wild West Duels August 3, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Unusual Wild West Duels

    Duels out in the unconquered west and in the badlands of Mexico should, by rights, just be a matter of six shooters and a fast finger and a faster hand. But here are three examples that show that nineteenth-century eccentricity over duels also reached far beyond New England. Let’s start with a particularly nasty one. […]

    History Roundup 163 including Talking Dirty Through History August 2, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 163 including Talking Dirty Through History

    Today’s post on unforgettable moments from the lead up to WW1 and today’s links follow: 1) Colonial Paper Money: from Mass 2) Talking Dirty Through History: ‘to sneeze in someone’s satchel’ 3) Beatles Music Change: we’ve got AI on it 4) The Vampire of Vratsa: Bulgaria 5) Wickliffe Native American Cathedral Town: i.e. was it […]

    The Great War Begins: The 10 Most Resonant Moments August 2, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    The Great War Begins: The 10 Most Resonant Moments

    Historical anniversaries are not normally to Beach’s taste. They vulgarise, they trivialise, they misstate…. Like an ardent monarchist who can’t stand royal weddings he would be anywhere but there when the minister appears with the scissors for a ribbon and a vapid speech. But this blogger has been filled with a sense of awe as […]

    Beachcombed 50 August 1, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Beachcombed
    Beachcombed 50

    Dear Reader, For all those who’ve asked Mrs B pregnancy progresses well and the due date is set for late November. The family are about to go to the sea with my father in law and I get a couple of weeks to write.  Special thanks not only to the emailers (represented below) but also […]

    History Roundup 162 including Secret Chemical Testing July 31, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 162 including Secret Chemical Testing

    Today’s links follow 1) St Patrick’s Well: Engineering Mystery in Italy 2) Taking the Fun out of Funeral: Newspaper clipping 3) Vikings Under Dublin: watch out 4) Selling WW1: American Posters 5) Richard III the Storm Trooper: Experts on model 6) Jack Slack: the Norfolk Butcher! 7) Secret Chemical Testing 1950s: US 8) A Knocker […]

    Index Biography #9 Prize = A Good Book July 31, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    Index Biography #9 Prize = A Good Book

    ***Woke up at 5.00 am and Liam had already got it, congrats! Spool down for the answer*** 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 […]

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