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  • History Roundup 666 including Meteorite Knife June 8, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 666 including Meteorite Knife

    Today’s links follow. 1) Amazing Underwater City… Isn’t 2) Mad Medieval Festival: Catalonia 3) Easy Stonehenge: UK 4) Inuits to Scotland: Cold Dark North Sea 5) The Danger of Bloomers: US 6) Meteorite Blade: Egypt and from the archives 7) Ghost Riots (quietly proud of this one, something interesting going on) Other links: KGB in […]

    Daily History Picture: Drunk Nun June 8, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Drunk Nun

    Civil war on the horizon when you start to get photos like this…

    All the Fun of the Fair June 8, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    All the Fun of the Fair

    This is an early nineteenth-century list (1826) of the things that folk got up to in a fair at Hungerford. It sounds so much better than those fairs that appear on the edges of American films, or the dreadful ‘carnivals’ that Beach was dragged to as a child. The writer comes back, time and time, […]

    History Roundup 665 including Psychiatric Treatment of Ghosts June 7, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 665 including Psychiatric Treatment of Ghosts

    Today’s links follow. 1) Oldest Handwritten Letter: UK 2) The Funeral Men: London 3) Psychiatric Treatment of Ghosts: the Couch 4) Toilet Dig Leads to Medieval Find: London 5) Tut Photos: Egypt 6) Canal Barge in Earth: UK (liked the photo) and from the archives 7) Electric Light Horror Other links: Fauré Requiem

    The Headless Bear and the Woman Who Became a Hoop June 7, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Headless Bear and the Woman Who Became a Hoop

    Headless bears must be one of the strangest of all British bogeys. Where do they come from, what do they mean? This is a question for another day. But here is the single most detailed account of an encounter with one. The events described too place 9 May 1584 in the house of one Stephen […]

    Daily History Picture: Dragon! June 7, 2016

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

    13 cent?

    History Roundup 664 including Mystery Tunnels June 6, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 664 including Mystery Tunnels

    Today’s links follow. 1) Ancient Tunnels: UK 2) Fighting Fascism with the F Test: US 3) Psychic Messages from Other Planets: Venus 4) Dogs Domesticated When? Prehistory 5) The Future of Transport: The Soviet Union 6) Whitehouse Solar Aligning: and from the archives 7) Lost Tragedy of Anne Boleyn Other links: Fake fairy fun, Declassified […]

    Daily History Picture: Medieval Carving June 6, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Medieval Carving

    Captured in an eighteenth century book

    Visiting Duat in Dreams June 6, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
    Visiting Duat in Dreams

    Every culture in history has had its own unique take on dreams from Viennese voodoo to Zhuang Zhou dreaming of butterflies, from the Aboriginal dream quest to lucid ‘shamanic’ dreaming, looking at your life line on your left hand as you gently snore. However, Beach has recently become intrigued by the Ancient Egyptians and dreams. […]

    New History Books: Jutland! June 5, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: Jutland!

    John Brooks on what promises to be a very good CUP book on The Battle of Jutland! It was time…

    The Victorian Ancestor of an Internet Scam June 5, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Victorian Ancestor of an Internet Scam

    Here is a nineteenth-century version of a modern internet scam. The gentry who have more brains than money, and less honesty than either, are now, it seems, calling in the services of the telegraph to promote their purposes. A gentleman writes to the Times showing the modus operandi, which appears to be altogether new. The […]

    Saint Francis Meets the Sultan June 4, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    Saint Francis Meets the Sultan

    It is a WIBT moment from the Middle Ages. At the centre of his court, the highest of the lords of the earth, Sultan al-Kamil, nephew of Saladin and protector of the holy places; and before him, an unkempt Christian holy man with a reputation for doing unpredictable things, St Francis of Assisi. The meeting took […]

    History Roundup 663 including Lobster Discovers Village June 3, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 663 including Lobster Discovers Village

    Today’s links follow. 1) Londinium: Roman London 2) Rock Stars of the Present in the Future: Posterity 3) Becoming Paleo: Prehistory 4) Lobster Discovers Village: UK 5) Body Snatcher: US 6) Christian Samurai: Japan and from the archives 7) The Green Children Series Other links: New fairy book, Sink the Bismarck!

    Daily History Picture: Ghost Warning! June 3, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Ghost Warning!

    Drag the reader in… Like the ‘not for weak hearted’ at cinemas.

    The Man Who Lived with the Fairies? June 3, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Man Who Lived with the Fairies?

    Here is a fairy reference that is worth spending some time over. In 1919 a northwestern English scholar published this short note. In academic terms it translates into, ‘look I don’t have time for this nonsense but somewhere out there someone will be interested and, God knows, this is out of the ordinary’. No one […]

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