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  • 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.

    IELTS for Mothertongues: So you thought you knew English! January 4, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite
    IELTS for Mothertongues: So you thought you knew English!

    A weird experience six week ago that, while in no sense historical, might interest some poor folks out there who have to go through the same ordeal. Beach was born in the shires of England. As such English is his mothertongue and lacking any particular linguistic proficiency he knows English well and lots of other […]

    Chime Hours and Chime Children January 3, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    Chime Hours and Chime Children

    The ‘chime child’ was born at a magic time of the night (the times varied but involved bells). She or he had psychic abilities; think of it as a temporal version of the seventh son or the caul. The idea of chime children has become an increasingly popular one in recent years. Beach typed in […]

    History Roundup 289 including Churchill Converting to Islam January 2, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 289 including Churchill Converting to Islam

    Today’s links follow. 1) Stone Tool and Human Migrations: Turkey 2) Vikings Far From Home: Spain 3) A Cultural History of Decapitation: loved the title 4) Smelling Art: loved the beginning… 5) Forgotten WW1 Plays: London 6) Churchill Converts to Islam! England 7) Underground City Discovered: Turkey 8) More on the Witch Pits: Cornwall 9) First Sky […]

    Daily History Picture: Desperation Beach January 2, 2015

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

    Sniffing glue in Cumbria in the late 1970s

    Immortal Meals #19: Rum Up at Harewood House January 2, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    Immortal Meals #19: Rum Up at Harewood House

    ***Dedicated to Chris who sent this one in*** The year is 1805, the month December and the location Harewood House, a delightful stately house near Leeds, Yorkshire. The cellar records have a special note for this meal as something extraordinary happened there. The Lascelles family, who had built and owned Harewood, ordered up eight bottles […]

    Beachcombed 55 January 1, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Beachcombed
    Beachcombed 55

    Dear Reader, Anarchy rages in the Beachcombing house with newborns and shifting nannies, then, this morning snow arrived on the beach. 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 to all emails too. […]

    History Roundup 288 including Tut’s Afterlife December 31, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 288 including Tut's Afterlife

    Today’s links follow. 1) Tut’s Afterlife: Egypt 2) Christmas Rapping: Ohio 3) Ancient Settlement with Great Goddesses: Ukraine 4) Christmas Soccer, New Letter: Britain 5) Winter Landscape and Damn the Spanish: Netherlands 6) David and Solomon Real: Israel 7) Recreating Edward VI’s Baptism: England 8)  Mad Dali’s Christmas Cards: Spain and from the archives 9) […]

    Index Biography #14: prize = book December 31, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Index Biography #14: prize = book

    LL writes in with the correct answer, scroll down… The Index Biography is a new form of biography pioneered by this blog and introduced in a previous post. The creator must find a biography of a famous individual from history, they must turn to the index and write down eight peripheral facts about the individual’s life. […]

    History Roundup 287 including Witch Pits December 30, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 287 including Witch Pits

    Today’s links follow. 1) Witch Pits Used as Late as 1970s! Cornwall 2) Mad Milker of Tarcutta: Australia 3) Jesus and Herod: Israel 4) Mystery Civilisation Destroyed: China 5) Bad Christmases: some brilliant stuff here 6) Putting 60 Secs in the Minute: Babylonia (video) 7) Folk Charm for the Recession: Dorset 8) Mystery Sketch Book: […]

    The Ghosts of Children Past December 30, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite, Contemporary
    The Ghosts of Children Past

    Beach has spent a lazy Christmas trying to get to know his new daughter and trying to stop his two elder daughters from killing ‘baby': ‘can I carry her up the stairs’, ‘but I thought she would like to eat a carrot’ etc etc. All this primed him for a dive into CHILDES, possibly the […]

    Benedict’s Pool (Worcestershire/Gloucestershire) December 29, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Benedict's Pool (Worcestershire/Gloucestershire)

    This ghost story is a curiosity, a maverick. It is not that there are not haunted pools or even haunting monks. But no book read by this blogger has ever troubled to put them together and certainly no tradition makes the monk into a nasty piece of work. This is a nineteenth century, which seems […]

    Fighting Sea Monsters with Vinegar in Medieval Iran December 28, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    Fighting Sea Monsters with Vinegar in Medieval Iran

    One of the joys of ancient and medieval geographies are the small ethnographic details that sound strange, but that might just possibly be based on fact. The following comes from the works of Chang De, a thirteenth century ambassador and informant for a famous Chinese work, The Record of an Embassy to the Regions of […]

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