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  • History Roundup 250 including Pre Clovis November 5, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 250 including Pre Clovis

    Today’s post is on Roma fairies  and today’s links follow. 1) Another Magical Well: Wales 2) Free History Books: Britain 3) July Crisis: Review 4) Constellation Cup: Greece 5) Pre Clovis: America 6) Clovis Find: New Jersey (liked the photo) 7) Horse’s War: Britain 8) The WW2 Flood that ever Was: London and from the archives […]

    Daily History Picture: Fighting the Sea People November 5, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Fighting the Sea People

      Ramses III fights the sea people (thanks to Wade): sacrificed focus for detail. Incredible.

    Roma Fairies at Blackpool November 5, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Roma Fairies at Blackpool

    There is not much to comment on here, just a very unusual passage in a classic Roma book, The Book of Boswell: Autobiography of a Gypsy (1970). The edition referred to here is the 1973 Penguin. Now to the fairies. Notice how they jump in rather matter of factly. Our author is remembering an idyllic […]

    History Roundup 249 including Best Dolls Houses November 4, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 249 including Best Dolls Houses

    Today’s links follow. 1) Huge Stone Circles: Middle East 2) Best Dolls Houses: UK 3) Ghost with Cough: Philly 4) Museum Falls Apart: UK 5) Headless Ranger: US 6) Kidnapping Nessie: England (not Scotland) 7) Pan was Pushed: the Med and Esoterx (always great titles) 8) Rationing and Intelligence: UK 9) Sacrifice Mystery: Peru and […]

    Daily History Picture: Chiang Wei-kuo as Nazi November 4, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Chiang Wei-kuo as Nazi

      Thanks to Tim for this classic, a Chinese Nazi trying to join the master-race.

    The Ripper and Thieves’ Candles November 4, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Ripper and Thieves' Candles

    The thieves’ candle is a longstanding tradition in Britain, America and, indeed, throughout the western world. Usually the candle was the hand of a dead man with one or more of the fingers made into candles. These candles were supposed to provide safety, invisiblity and be able to cast sleep spells on victims. For example, […]

    History Roundup 248 including Nuclear Attack Drama November 3, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 248 including Nuclear Attack Drama

    Today’s links follow. 1) Wilas Fairy: Eastern Europe 2) First Muslim VC: UK 3) Nuclear Attack Drama: Britain 4) Hitler’s Book Worth A Lot: Germany 5) Victorian Transvestism: UK 6) Prehistoric Auditory Illusions: in cave art? 7) Killing Nazis: Continent and from the archives 8) Dictators’ Lovers’ Underwear Other links: the horrors of deflation, and […]

    Daily History Picture: Sleeping Tommies November 3, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Sleeping Tommies

    Sleeping Tommies just arrived in France and going to the front. How many of these were still alive in 1918

    Mussolini’s Secret Weapon: Castor Oil November 3, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Mussolini’s Secret Weapon: Castor Oil

    Castor oil is a vegetable oil that in Beach’s parent’s generation was used as a panacea for problems of the digestive tract. Unlucky children who had complained of a poorly stomach, perhaps with the foolish idea of missing school, were given a table spoon. Castor oil has no miraculous effect on the body but it […]

    History Roundup 247 including Mystery Mexican Tunnel November 2, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 247 including Mystery Mexican Tunnel

      Today’s post is on Iskandar, a well known but unknown historical type, and today’s links follow. 1) Witch Grave: Scotland 2) Writing Dialogue in Medieval Novels: imagination 3) Kiss of Death: Mexico 4) Mystery Tunnel: Mexico 5) Angry Queen: Spain 6) Most Haunted Castle: Ireland 7) Chippewa Halloween Story: US 8) Ham Sandwiches and Hell […]

    Daily History Picture: Dragon, Butterfly and Bird November 2, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Dragon, Butterfly and Bird

      Glorious dragon (avignon bm29 dragon, johan oosterman)

    Do You Recognise Iskandar? November 2, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Medieval
    Do You Recognise Iskandar?

    There is always a pleasure in seeing what an almighty mess humans can make of ‘historical’ traditions. Take the following story about someone who is known by every reader of this blog, but who has arrived here, some fifteen hundred years after his death, in a guise that is not (ahem) particularly reminiscent of the historical […]

    History Roundup 246 including the Thing in the Cemetery November 1, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 246 including the Thing in the Cemetery

    Today’s links follow. 1) Scandal Letter: Auction 2) Pilot Discovered Buried Under Corn Field: Italy 3) The Thing in the Cemetery: Ohio 4) Grave Robbers: Denmark 5) World’s Oldest Secret Code and Scariest Statue: Siberia 6) 750 Year Old Mongol City: Russia 7) 9 Living Victoria Crossers: the commonwealth 8) Beautiful Roman Piece: Cumbria and from […]

    Beachcombed 53 November 1, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Beachcombed
    Beachcombed 53

    Dear Reader, the Beachcombing family is now awaiting Emily with trepidation: Mrs B can, as of today, give birth to a non-premature baby and the midwifes are buzzing like flies around ripe stilton. Huge thanks to those who sent in emails below and also to Invisible, Chris S, Ricardo, Wade and Amanda for sending in links. […]

    History Roundup 245 including 1822 Ghost Story October 31, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 245 including 1822 Ghost Story

    Today’s links follow. 1) The Bear Who Fought the Nazis: Poland 2) 1822 Ghost Story: UK 3) Notebook Found Under Ice: Arctic 4) Plaster Cast Moon Boot: Dallas 5) Saving Monet from Hitler: Germany 6) Forgetting WW1 Heroines: Britain 7) High Living Ice Agers: Peru 8) Travelling the Silk Road: Europe-Asia and from the archives […]

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