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  • Book Eating in the Bible April 10, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
    Book Eating in the Bible

      ***Dedicated to KMH who came up with this link*** A recent post looked at Bible sandwiches, the idea of eating the Bible to cure yourself from ills or poison. The average reader might raise their eyebrows and wonder what the scriptural basis for that is. This was Beach’s residual-protestant reaction but, then, to his shock, […]

    History Roundup 375 including Unfaithful Royals April 9, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 375 including Unfaithful Royals

    Today’s links follow. 1) Richard III, Tyrant: UK (Polly Toynbee) 2) Waterloo Flags: Scotland 3) Unfaithful Royals: England 4) Family History Breakthrough: Not Ancestry 5) 19 Cent Serial Killer: Texas 6) Prince Philip Unzipped: Greece/England and from the archives 7) Last Scalping in History? Other links: Destroyed Snowden Laptop, Satie, Je te veux  

    Daily History Picture: Goodbye Zanjeer April 9, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Goodbye Zanjeer

    Zanjeer was a detection dog who saved tens of lives at Mumbai in 1993. He is honoured here with a full state funeral at his death in 2000.    

    Lenin Meets the Bandits April 9, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Uncategorized
    Lenin Meets the Bandits

    19 January 1919, a wonderful moment where Lenin almost got offed by the forces he had created. On this day, Lenin, Chabanov, his bodyguard, and Maria, Lenin’s sister were driving with bourgeos ostentation on the outskirts of Moscow. At a railway bridge they were stopped, however, by three armed men, that Lenin and Chabanov assumed were […]

    Daily History Picture: Brit-French Cheers April 8, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Brit-French Cheers

    Sharing a tea?

    Bible Sandwich April 8, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    Bible Sandwich

    Would you eat a Bible? Unless under duress probably not. However, the Bible has long been resorted to as food particularly in charms. Bede, in the early eighth century, may give us the earliest version of this idea in the first chapter of the first book of the Ecclesiastical History. Noting that snakes cannot dwell […]

    History Roundup 374 including Mass Suicide in Lithuania April 7, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 374 including Mass Suicide in Lithuania

    Today’s links follow. 1) Silver Treasure: Bulgaria 2) Potato Populariser (Comic): Columbian Exchange 3) Young Girl Reading, Versions: France 4) Emoticon: US 5) Mass Suicide: Lithuania 6) Hobgoblin Classification: France 7) Psychic Schoolgirl: Roman Classroom 8) Late 18 Cent Ghost: England and from the archives 9) Aristotle and the Flatulent Earth Other links: Bigfoot Apocalypse, […]

    Daily History Picture: GIs and Dutch Children April 7, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: GIs and Dutch Children

    GIs paraded by Dutch children in national dress at liberation

    Poxless 1492 April 7, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Poxless 1492

    A counterfactual that has long fascinated Beach. In 1492 Columbus reaches the Caribbean and within a century Europeans have mapped and visited all coastal regions in the New World. So far so normal. But add a slight adjustment into the mix. The viruses that killed tens of millions of Amerindians have practically no effect: maybe […]

    History Roundup 373 including Secret History of Cheese April 6, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 373 including Secret History of Cheese

    Today’s links follow. 1) Corsican Monster: Britain/France 2) Elegy for Hatra (last part): Iraq 3) Secret History of Cheese: Dairy 4) 28 Bore Churchill: Auction House 5) Old Maid’s Advice: England 6) Suffragette Starvation: London 7) Emperor’s Bones Controversy (again): Russia 8) Graveyard under Uni: Cambridge and from the archives 9) Made Up Battle of Karansebes […]

    Daily History Picture: A Cuppa for Frankenstein April 6, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: A Cuppa for Frankenstein

    Boris Karloff has a cup of tea and tries to relax between scenes

    Piper at the Gates of Dawn: Pan, Kenneth Grahame and Wind in the Willows April 6, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Piper at the Gates of Dawn: Pan, Kenneth Grahame and Wind in the Willows

    The golden age of British children’s literature stretched from the last decade of the nineteenth century to the 1950s: in that period men and women of immense talent wrote for their sons, their daughters and in most cases for their atrophied child-like selves. Among these was the sad and sometimes wretched Kenneth Grahame. Like T.S. […]

    History Roundup 372 including Buying a Stone Circle April 5, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 372 including Buying a Stone Circle

    Today’s links follow. 1) Killing Modern Bugs Medieval Solutions: 2) History of Human Filth: the sewers 3) A Starry Messenger: Britain 4) Brewing Beer in the Ancient World: Tel Aviv 5) Medium Murder! Britain 6) Oyster Magic? London 7) Buy Pictish Stone Circle: Scotland 8) City Under His House! Turkey and from the archives 9) […]

    True Bosom Serpents April 5, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    True Bosom Serpents

    The bosom serpent is the useful term to refer to the folklore notion that animals (particularly reptiles) find a way into the human body and cause illness there. Stories of this kind seem to be practically universal and to date back to the earliest times: we are dealing with a proto-myth or even part of the […]

    Daily History Picture: Santa in the Blitz April 5, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Santa in the Blitz

    Father Christmas with a British helmet walks through London, 1940

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