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  • Daily History Picture: Sea Monster Beached June 30, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Sea Monster Beached

    Probably a giant squid behind this!

    Weird Wars: Lost Maps, Lost Plans June 29, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    Weird Wars: Lost Maps, Lost Plans

    You’ve all had that awful sinking feeling. You’ve prepared your masterful attack with a vast army across the entire front and then some fool goes and misplaces the map: and next thing you know the scrap of paper ends up in the hands of your opposite number, in the enemy  high command. There must be […]

    History Roundup 681 including Occult London June 29, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 681 including Occult London

    Today’s links follow. 1) Southern AS Cemetery: England 2) Lifesaving Telescope: the Seven Seas 3) The Fourth Dimension: the great beyond 4) Occult London: History Today and from the archives 5) Forgot the Suicide Pills Other links: Yom Kippur

    Daily History Picture: Samurai Poses June 29, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Samurai Poses

    A medieval knight photographed. Shivers.

    History Roundup 680 including Lost Colony Clues June 28, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 680 including Lost Colony Clues

    Today’s links follow. 1) Ice Houses: Underground (love ice houses, thought about a doctorate on) 2) Roanoke Clues? US 3) 30 Mil for a History Recreation: UK 4) Matisse and Strong: America!!!! and from the archives 5) Totalitarian Sound of Music Other links: That election, 1945

    What is a Headless Bear? June 28, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    What is a Headless Bear?

      There are many different kinds of British bogeys, but one of the oldest attested is the fearsome ‘headless bear’? The most famous record of this monster is, without any question, Shakespeare in Midsummer Night’s Dream: Sometime a horse I’ll be, sometime a hound, A hog, a headless bear, sometime a fire; And neigh, and […]

    History Roundup 679 including Maggot Rain and Doll Mortuary June 27, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 679 including Maggot Rain and Doll Mortuary

    Today’s links follow. 1) Cloudy with a Chance of Maggots: US 2) Great Ghost: Ireland 3) Body Parts: the Doll Factory 4) How to Dream Well: Bed and from the archives 5) Roman Coin in the Congo Other links: New Year’s Day (I want to be with you, be with you night and day)

    Daily History Picture: Robert Nixon June 27, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Robert Nixon

    Robert Nixon, the Cheshire Prophet, and apparently a very scary man.

    Immortal Meals #29: Chair Jumping at Court June 27, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Immortal Meals #29: Chair Jumping at Court

    Colonel Lennox (1819) was a British ne’erdo well who evolved into a capable member of the British establishment eventually starring as Governor General of North America. As a young man testosterone dripped from him as he walked along: he argued, dueled, whored and was a fine wicket keeper… The event below relates to the aftermath […]

    New History Books: Bitter Taste of Victory June 26, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: Bitter Taste of Victory

    Lara Feigel in the postwar vein: The Bitter Taste of Victory, just under 500 pages…

    Norfolk Shape Shifter June 26, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Norfolk Shape Shifter

    Here we have a fairly rare thing. A Norfolk ghost story. During the passing of the third decade of the present century [1830s] I had not reached my teens, but distinctly remember that the inhabitants of Thetford generally, and young folks in particular, were greatly alarmed by prevalent report of a frightful monster—which had been […]

    New History Books: For the Glory June 25, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: For the Glory

    Duncan Hamilton, For the Glory, on the Chariots of Fire hero… (‘Suffer the children…’)

    Victorian Urban Legend: The Red Hand and Seven Years in a Cave June 25, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Victorian Urban Legend: The Red Hand and Seven Years in a Cave

    Beach is absolutely fascinated by this story. It is clearly genuine and it somehow manages to convey a great deal of menace. There are four English counties beginning with ‘W’ (or at least there were): Westmorland, Worcestershire, Warwickshire and Wiltshire. It seems rather futile to look for ‘T’ because ‘W’ may have been to mislead… Much more […]

    History Roundup 678 including Roman Secret Weapon June 24, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 678 including Roman Secret Weapon

    Today’s links follow. 1) Hear Our Oldest Words: moving 2) Ghost Eradicator: ! 3) Papal Pornography: Vatican 4) Roman Secret Weapon: the battlefield 5) Living Sign: England and from the archives 6) Peshev Insurgency Other links: Kiki’s Delivery Service

    Daily History Picture: Big Brother June 24, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Big Brother

    Mussolini watches his people

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