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  • Ghost Riot in 1880 January 9, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Ghost Riot in 1880

    A ghost story from late nineteenth-century London, 22 Sept 1880 Ab Jo, 7: According to the police, the ‘appearance’ [of the ghost] was first observed by a Mrs Taylor, residing in Hartshorn Court, which runs parallel with the City of London Baths, and whose rooms overlook the site in question. Her version is that she […]

    History Roundup 294 including Carpenter of Doom January 8, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 294 including Carpenter of Doom

    Today’s links follow. 1) Poison in Renaissance Tomb: Verona, Italy 2) Jeremy Thorpe Dirt: Britain 3) Carpenter of Doom: London (liked this one a lot) 4) The Yatton Demoniac: Somerset 5) Smuggling Joyce: US 6) Chained Skeletons: Roman France 7) Time Capsule: US 8) Drinking 18 Cent Chocolate: England and from the archives 9) Diodorus’ Lost […]

    Daily History Picture: Atomic Cake January 8, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Atomic Cake

    Cake to celebrate the testing of the bomb in 1946

    Naked Fertility Rituals from Missouri January 8, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    Naked Fertility Rituals from Missouri

    Imagine these three scenes all from Ozark country in Missouri: A man and a woman walk into a flax field naked chanting, while throwing seeds, ‘Up to my ass, an’ higher too!’ The man throws the seed against the woman’s buttocks. ‘Then they just laid down on the ground and had a good time.’ Date: […]

    History Roundup 293 including Fragile Bones and Who to Blame January 7, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 293 including Fragile Bones and Who to Blame

    Today’s links follow. 1) Thuggish Soldiers and Church Architecture: England 2) From Papyrus to Parchment: the ancient Med 3) Witch Stone Moved!!!!!! Wheathampstead (will be in the news soon…) 4) Blame Farming for Fragile Bones: the Neolithic 5) Robin Hood Was a Fairy (or…)! Britain 6) Beautiful Mourning Ring: Wales 7) Burning Out Unwelcome Guest: […]

    Daily History Picture: Tommies to War! January 7, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Tommies to War!

    British soldiers getting ready for the big push (back)

    Burning Library: Apion’s Writings January 7, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
    Burning Library: Apion's Writings

    Beach has sometimes in the past celebrated burning libraries, books (and for the multimedia age films) which we know once existed but that have long since disappeared into the dusty maws of time. An impressive burning library author to add to the growing file is Apion Plistonices, impressive because Apion managed to lose not a […]

    History Roundup 292 including Mysterious Amulet January 6, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 292 including Mysterious Amulet

    Today’s links follow. 1) Mysterious Amulet: Cyprus 2) Too Much on the Wendigo: the darker corners of the human imagination 3) Aztec Death Whistles: Meso-America 4) Largest Known Block: Lebanon 5) Royston Cave Sculptures: Herts, UK 6) Portolan Charts Mystery: Arab World? (loved the alien jibe!) 7) Hogmany from Yorkshire: Scotland (kind of) 8) Ancient […]

    Epiphany Gift 5: Latham’s Elizabethan Fairies January 6, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Epiphany Gift 5: Latham's Elizabethan Fairies

    A happy epiphany to all. Six year old little Miss B (her picture) has just announced that she thinks that ‘adults’ might be behind the Santa Claus lark and this seems, then, like an excellent time to give Beach’s fifth epiphany gift. This is Minor White Latham’s Elizabethan Fairies published back in 1930. In Beach’s […]

    Daily History Picture: Train Ride with Bang January 6, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Train Ride with Bang

    More train disasters

    History Roundup 291 including the Hammersmith Ghost January 5, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 291 including the Hammersmith Ghost

    Today’s links follow. 1) Dismembering Germany, 1914: Enemy nations 2) Drout Destroys: Meso-America 3) The Hammersmith Ghost: London 4) Alcohol Heritage: mouthwatering…. 5) Three Centuries of Turmoil: A Siberian Church 6) Earthworm God: Luzon 7) Women Codebreakers: Bletchley 8) Temple Culture: Malta and from the archives 9) Cabinet of Curiosities Other links: great new year […]

    Daily History Picture: Audrey Shopping with Friend January 5, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Audrey Shopping with Friend

    Yes this is Audrey Hepburn’s pet deer.

    The Mystery of the Fairy Battery January 5, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    The Mystery of the Fairy Battery

    Here is a place and a name that is hard to account for. On the 1850 Ordinance Survey map for Lancashire (79) there is a peculiar rock formation with the words Fairy Battery by the side. This is on Lowe Hill to the north of Turton and Entwistle Resevoir (already built in 1850). There follows […]

    History Roundup 290 including Horrors of Voting Women January 4, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 290 including Horrors of Voting Women

    Today’s links follow. 1) Parliamentarians Murder a Dog: Marston Moor (and more) 2) Byzantine Ship Building Secrets: Ocean Bottom 3) Phantom Emirate: Iran 4) Horrors of Voting Women: Britain 5) When Indians Ruled the Waves: (strangely) Maine 6) A Eunuch’s Ordeals: China 7) MS and Oscar’s Wife: Britain 8) Inventing the Scientist: London and from […]

    Daily History Picture: Early Beatles Picture January 4, 2015

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

    McCartney, Lennon and Harrison play at a wedding in early pre fame days.

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