jump to navigation
  • Daily History Picture: German Infantry at Ardennes September 15, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: German Infantry at Ardennes

    German Troops in Luxembourg just as the tide is turning…

    Love Goddess #11: Astarte’s Pierced Nipples September 15, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
    Love Goddess #11: Astarte's Pierced Nipples

    Astarte was one of those bitter-bitter eastern Mediterranean dieties, all smiles and pubic triangles until she wanted your elder son as a human sacrifice… Her name is arguably Punic and may have meant ‘womb’, but, again, fertility and bloodshed went together spectacularly well among the Phonecians so no baby rattles or wedding showers just yet. There […]

    History Roundup 203 including Crazy Kraken Legends September 14, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 203 including Crazy Kraken Legends

    Today’s links follow. 1) Mega Grandma Tomb: China 2) Crazy Kraken Tales: deep ocean 3) Filming the Start of the War: Poland 4) Early Relics and Silk: Germany 5) Selling Freedom Torch: Boston 6) Beetle Dress: wow 7) Bronze Age Wine Cellar: Israel 8) Ending War with Vacuum Cleaners: US and from the archives 9) […]

    The Poison Duel 1#: Introduction September 14, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Poison Duel 1#: Introduction

    The poison duel is a classic of duelling literature. Two men decide to settle a matter of honour using poison as a weapon. Here the exact modality of life and death varies but the basic strategy is as follows: a pill is filled with water, and a second pill is filled with poison (sometimes glasses […]

    History Roundup 202 including Devil Stories and Walk Round World September 13, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 202 including Devil Stories and Walk Round World

    Today’s post is on holocaust in the Soviet Union and today’s links follow. 1) Paleo Diet: way back when 2) Devil Stories: US 3) Buried Viking Blacksmith: Norway 4) Hold Hands and Die: UK 5) Buying Handwritten Houseman: actually one of best poems 6) Walking Around the World: with a perambulator… 7) Urine and the Civil […]

    Daily History Picture: Kiddy Cage September 13, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Kiddy Cage

    A fad in the 1930s, toddlers were placed in cages attached to windows so they could enjoy the fresh air.  

    Review: The Holocaust in the Soviet Union September 13, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Review: The Holocaust in the Soviet Union

    Books on the holocaust have, broadly speaking, two choices. They can either focus on the big picture and describe the liquidation of an entire people from this or that national territory, or they can focus on an individual, family or a village and concentrate, instead, on the micro-tragedies: an excellent example of the latter is […]

    Earliest Written Reference to Britannia? September 12, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
    Earliest Written Reference to Britannia?

    Female personifications of nations…. There is frigid Italia (with towers growing out of her head), France has psychotic Marianne drinking aristocratic blood, Uncle Sam sometimes flirted with French Liberty and Eriu (Ireland to Sassenach neighbours) was a hag who bedded warriors, but best of all there is sweet Britannia with a shield, trident and snooty outlook […]

    History Roundup 201 including Folly Pyramid and Grisly Archaeology September 12, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 201 including Folly Pyramid and Grisly Archaeology

    Today’s links follow. 1) Literary Map: London 2) To Retune or not to Retune Bells: Britain 3) American Indian Scalp To Go Home: Germany 4) Wartime Raid in new book: Crete 5) Underwater Archaeology: Denmark 6) Grisly Finds in Ancient Burnt City: Iran 7) Folly Pyramid: Britain 8) Queen and Exploding Post Box: Edinburgh and […]

    Daily History Picture: Prisoners at Buchenwald September 12, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Prisoners at Buchenwald

    Dirty, more bones than flesh: victims of Nazi camp system.

    History Roundup 200 including Oldest House and the Death Mask September 11, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 200 including Oldest House and the Death Mask

    Today’s post is on a speaking fire ball and today’s links follow. 1) Death Mask: France 2) Oldest House: Britain 3) More on Franklin Finds: Canada 4) What Happened to Jeanne De Kay: Chicago 5) The French Hair Monster: London 6) Revisiting Electric Shock Experiments: US 7) Lost Challenger Pics: US 8) Ancient and Medieval […]

    Daily History Picture: Bike Death! September 11, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Bike Death!

    Being killed by a bike in the late nineteenth century.

    Speaking Fireball in Luton (Devon) September 11, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Speaking Fireball in Luton (Devon)

    Beach so liked the fireball stories from last month that he has been looking for some more and came across this incredible encounter from southern Devon, 1836. He was hoping for mad papists and great balls of flame, instead he got sincere yokels at midnight and omens. Still a great story. The author is a middle […]

    History Roundup 199 including Peach Pits and River Sword September 10, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 199 including Peach Pits and River Sword

    Today’s post on the Day of Infamy and today’s posts follow 1) Hippocrates and Water Cress: Greece/Britain 2) Media Director for Kung Fu Temple: China 3) Mammal Extinction and Ancient Art: Egypt 4) Oldest Sculpture Workshop: Turkey 5) Peach origins: its the pits 6) Rough Guide to Hell: Esoterx 7) Ancient Sword Pulled Out of […]

    Daily History Picture: Baking in the Middle Ages September 10, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Baking in the Middle Ages

    A late Medieval manuscript from the Bodleian shows baking.

    Page 4 of 123« First...23456...102030...Last »