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  • Daily History Picture: The Devil Tempts Christ July 6, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: The Devil Tempts Christ

      the Devil carries (a plaster cast?) Christ away

    And So Goodbye Ray Girvan, I knew you but never met you… July 5, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite
    And So Goodbye Ray Girvan, I knew you but never met you…

    Some sad news via email today. Ray Girvan, a very old friend of this blog, died 30 June 2015, after a three-year fight with lung cancer. He was 59 (a victim of these speedbumps that hit 15-20% of us in late middle age), witty, knowledgeable, and had, of course, never smoked, something that tempts me […]

    Daily History Picture: London Victorian Slum July 5, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: London Victorian Slum

    1868 the inhabitants of a London slum alley gather together for a portrait.  

    History Roundup 453 including Bronze Age Dolphin July 4, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 453 including Bronze Age Dolphin

    Today’s links follow. 1) Return of the Pictish Pony: Scotland 2) Bronze Age Dolphin: Gaza Strip 3) Pride: Auction House 4) Cathedral Dig: Norwich 5) Dangerous Hag: Scotland 6) Bronze Age Food: Britain 7) Not the Holy Grail: Britain 8) History Jokes: Buzzfeed and from the archives 9) Perpetua’s Death Dream Other links: Michelle Obama […]

    The Monster of Piper’s Hole: Scilly July 4, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Uncategorized
    The Monster of Piper's Hole: Scilly

    This was one that really got the curiosity going. Samuel Drew was an early nineteenth-century author who have we visited a couple of times on this blog: once while describing a Cornish bear monster (about 1500 years after bears had disappeared from Cornwall) and once being set up as the author of a fictional sky […]

    History Roundup 452 including Victorian Showers July 3, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 452 including Victorian Showers

    Today’s links follow. 1) Showers in the 1800s: the bathroom 2) Abracadabra: Magic in the Ancient World 3) Saxon at Dundee: Scotland 4) Aboriginal Cast: Australia (beautiful) 5) Victorian Photographs: London 6) Confederate Flag Madness: US 7) Trenches Dug Up: Australia 8) Parthenon Wealth: Athens and from the archives 9) Russian Roulette Before the Pistol Other […]

    Landing on the Wrong Carrier July 3, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Landing on the Wrong Carrier

    This is the most bizarre aircraft carrier story of them all. It involves suitably enough a Japanese and an American aircraft carrier. May 7 1942 American and Japanese forces are fighting in the Coral Sea. Both American and Japanese planes have been flying off the flat-tops, hoping to hunt down the enemy’s ships. It was […]

    History Roundup 451 including Dog God Grave July 2, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 451 including Dog God Grave

    Today’s links follow. 1) Billy Kidd Madness: the law court 2) Lasers and Cathedrals: Gothic Europe 3) Frog Folk: Ohio 4) Phantom Letter Writer: US 5) 5,500 Old Fingerprint: Denmark 6) Canine Catacomb: Egypt 7) First Nation Sculpture rediscovered: Canada (beautiful) 8) Becoming an Extraterrestrial: Canada and from the archives 9) Shakespeare’s Lost Letters Other links: […]

    Daily History Picture: Unpacking Liberty July 2, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Unpacking Liberty

    On her way up…

    Review: Death of a Princess July 2, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Review: Death of a Princess

    Death of a Princess, a modest British television documentary, turned out to be the most expensive film ever made. It cost perhaps  a billion pounds and this was in 1980 when that kind of money could buy your three or four aircraft carriers. The piece, made for British television, tells the story of a nineteen-year-old Saudi […]

    Beachcombed 61 July 1, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Beachcombed
    Beachcombed 61

    Dear Reader, A hard but fun month of work, looking out over a garden in a blaze of flowers. Audit hell continues. Thanks, as always, to the multiple linkers: Amanda, Chris, Chris S, Joan, Ricardo, Wade and others. I’ve put the very best contributions below to the posts from this month. Thanks for all emails too […]

    History Roundup 450 including Lost Empire and Sad Names June 30, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 450 including Lost Empire and Sad Names

    Today’s links follow. 1) Hitler Resort: Germany 2) Land of Faery: North Wales 3) Richard III Musical: Broadway 4) Unfortunate Names: Oxford, UK 5) The Confederate Flag: US 6) Lost Empire: Burma 7) Privilege of a Historian: Library 8) Churchill’s Sex Life (or lack of): Britain and from the archives 9) False Armistice Other links: […]

    Daily History Picture: Mislanding June 30, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Mislanding

    Plane comes down badly on aircraft carrier: did he survive?

    The Index Biography #19, Prize a Good Book June 30, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    The Index Biography #19, Prize a Good Book

    The Index Biography is a new form of biography pioneered by this blog and introduced in a previous post. The writer must find a biography of a famous individual from history, they must turn to the index and write down eight peripheral facts about the indivdual’s life. We offered up previously here Sheridan le Fanu and Joseph […]

    History Roundup 449 including Hitler’s Bed and the Marriage Mill June 29, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 449 including Hitler's Bed and the Marriage Mill

    Today’s links follow. 1) The Marriage Mill: New York 2) He Sleeps in Hitler’s Bed: Britain 3) Housetraining Dogs: the kennel 4) Sneeze History: the hospital 5) The Fight for World Heritage Status: UN 6) Napoleon and Men’s March Food: France and Victims 7) Innocent But Proven Guilty: Georgian England (Tissues Ready) 8) Penis Disorder: […]

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