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  • Transvestite Vicar Ghost in Interwar England May 4, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Transvestite Vicar Ghost in Interwar England

    This story haunted Beach more than any other he has covered in the last couple of weeks. There are several Beachcombian themes that come together and then rip a man’s life apart: ghosts, English deference (and its disappearance), the eccentricities of those in religious office, and the loneliness of each and everyone of us in our […]

    History Roundup 643 including Walking Dead and Mind Control Game May 3, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 643 including Walking Dead and Mind Control Game

    Today’s links follow. 1) Hidden Cold War Centre: Colorado 2) 600-Yr-Old Climate Records: Japan 3) The Walking Dead: the otherworld 4) Running Out of Vodka: Russia 5) Witching Cows: the grimoire 6) Half of Europe from One Man: the lab and from the archives 7) Unlucky Jobs: Japanese Prime Ministers Other links: Against Wikipedia, Magnum, […]

    Daily History Picture: Wild Man May 3, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Wild Man

    13 or 14 Century Wild Man with thanks to Bruce…

    Mysterious Balaclavas on South Georgia May 3, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Mysterious Balaclavas on South Georgia

    In 1982 Argentina invaded two British possessions the Falklands (2 April) and South Georgia (19 March). The British, under a determined Margaret Thatcher, sent a task force to retake the islands, something that was finally achieved 14 June of that year. The deadly struggle between the two sides included many moments of tragedy: all too […]

    History Roundup 642 including Cursed and Flying Hallucinations May 2, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 642 including Cursed and Flying Hallucinations

    Today’s links follow. 1) Cursed! Scotland 2) Oldest Message in a Bottle: the Oceans 3) Humans vs Neolithic Diet: Prehistory 4) Air Hallucinations: UK 5) Sacred Trees: Ireland (old but I liked) 6) New Roman Hoard: Spain and from the archives 7) Macarius and the World Soul Other links: Discarded Diaries, Paddington Bear (the original, […]

    Review: Physical Evidence, A Feeling for Magic May 2, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Medieval, Modern
    Review: Physical Evidence, A Feeling for Magic

    Ronald Hutton (ed), Physical Evidence for Ritual Acts, Sorcery and Witchcraft in Christian Britain: A Feeling for Magic (Palgrave Macmillan 2016) Academic essay collections fall into different categories including such old and tried favourites as: ‘new directions’; ‘pot pouri’; ‘the EU gave us some money so we had a conference’; and ‘x is wrong and […]

    Beachcombed 71 May 1, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Beachcombed
    Beachcombed 71

    Dear Reader, Exhausted after yesterday finishing the last exams. Will drift back into consciousness over the next week, for now sitting out in the garden with the tortoises. Thanks, as always, to the multiple linkers: Amanda, Invisible, Chris S, Joan, Ricardo, Wade and others. I’ve put the very best contributions below to the posts from […]

    New History Books: Revolutionary Iran April 30, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: Revolutionary Iran

    One of the twentieth century’s bigger mistakes. Axworthy, Revolutionary Iran.

    Index Biography #29: Prize a book April 30, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Uncategorized
    Index Biography #29: Prize a book

          ***Invisible first across the line, look below for the answer*** 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 […]

    History Roundup 641 including Lost Chinese Civilization Clue April 29, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 641 including Lost Chinese Civilization Clue

    Today’s links follow. 1) Living in a Roman Province: Britain 2) A Nun Soldier: Spain 3) It’s Raining Coins: the heavens 4) Lost Civilisation Clue: China 5) Selling Wife for Ox: England 6) War Heroes: Malaysia and from the archives 7) Fairy Jousting Other links: Tate Horror, Genesis, Carpet Crawlers

    Daily History Picture: Spines April 29, 2016

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

    Allegedly Dioscorides and presumably late medieval?

    The Stalmine Fairy Tree: A Lancashire Mystery April 29, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Stalmine Fairy Tree: A Lancashire Mystery

    Here is a record that Beach simply cannot explain and that to the best of his knowledge is unique in England. Before getting to the fairy juice though some details about the document in which this unusual reference appears. Every British parish had, in the nineteenth century, tithe apportion records. The writers of these documents […]

    History Roundup 640 including American Dragons April 28, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 640 including American Dragons

    Today’s links follow. 1) Dragons: America 2) Second Hand Coffins: Egypt 3) Jane Digby and Her Lovers: UK 4) Hi Tech Survey of Culloden: Scotland 5) Psychedelic Concert Flier: Concert Hall 6) Forgotten Radar Station: Australia and from the archives 7) Fourteen Month Pregnancy Other links: One Step Up

    Daily History Picture: Making the Germans Sign April 28, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Making the Germans Sign

    Absolutely dreadful art, but interesting history. The Germans are facing away from the ‘camera’ naturally.

    Woman-Hating Bedforshire Wild Man April 28, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Woman-Hating Bedforshire Wild Man

    A couple of months ago Beach offered a post on British wild men. Here is one to add to the list, Simon Goodman or Simon Goodwin aka Tim Goodman or Tim Goodwin: those name variants give some warning of the kind of historical bog we are about to wade into. Simon Goodman was born c. […]

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