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  • History Roundup 729 including Dirty Medieval People November 9, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 729 including Dirty Medieval People

    1) Dental Detectives: Prehistory 2) Glider King: Germany 3) Magician Dying on TV: UK 4) Were Medieval People Dirty: Europe 5) Curio Collecting: All over and from the archives 6) Nude Bathing Tradition Other links: Mystery Noise Nonsense, Flat earth facts…

    Daily History Picture: One-Armed Pilot November 9, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: One-Armed Pilot

    James MacLachlan, British pilot who flew from 1941 to his death in 1943 with just one natural arm and an artificial limb…

    19C London Fairies and Murder November 9, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    19C London Fairies and Murder

    Beach has long considered himself duty bound to investigate all references to fairies, however strange and however obscene, and there have been, for a while, two references to London fairies that have irritated him because he can’t track them down: or at least he can follow them only into unattractive cul-de-sacs. First, from Carol Silver’s […]

    History Roundup 728 including Eva Braun’s Knickers November 8, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 728 including Eva Braun's Knickers

    1) Jesus’ Bedrock: Israel 2) Eva Braun’s Knickers Back: Auction House (our take) 3) Migration into the Seas: Pacific 4) Russian Soldiers in Hitler’s Bunker: Berlin 5) Paleo Jewelry: Russia and from the archives 6) What really happened to Mussolini? Other links: History of the EMOJI

    Daily History Picture: Ides of March November 8, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Ides of March

    A Julius Caesar pencil holder…

    Advice on Good Government November 8, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Advice on Good Government

    William Paget (1506-1563) was a quintessential Tudor politician. He worked for Henry VIII, Edward VI and Mary I: in short, he survived. He, also, like many of the best Tudor politicians, owed his office to his ability rather than his blood, which was not very blue. He had his share of peccadilloes, of course, but […]

    History Roundup 727 including Clown Horror and Cursed Wells November 7, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 727 including Clown Horror and Cursed Wells

    1) History database: new to me… 2) Cursed well: England 3) How to build pyramids: Egypt 4) Clown Horror: US 5) Inventing Department Stores: France and from the archives 6) Anne Boleyn Loses It Other links: More on the Cuban Missile Crisis

    Daily History Picture: Brits Released November 7, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Brits Released

    Brits just released from one of the Stalags. Gloriously recoloured.

    The Origins of Canard November 7, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Origins of Canard

    Busy day here so Beach will just offer this short piece about the origin of the word ‘canard’. If true this is really a late eighteenth-century urban legend; if false it is a canard about a canard. First the basics, canard, the French for duck, came to mean any false story in nineteenth-century English. But […]

    New History Books: Les Parisiennes November 6, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: Les Parisiennes

    Anne Sebba, Les Parisiennes Been reading up on liberation Paris, this is the natural complement…

    Marshal Ney Survives Death November 6, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Marshal Ney Survives Death

    Marshal Ney was Napoleon’s greatest general and even those who, like Beachcombing, loathe old Boney, feel some regret when they read of how Ney was executed 7 Dec 1815. The great man stood in front of the firing squad and himself gave the order to fire after telling his soldiers: ‘I have fought a hundred battles […]

    New History Books: Devil Walking November 5, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: Devil Walking

    Stanley Nelson, Devil’s Walking Racial murders in the deep south…

    Victorian Urban Legend: the Wrong Pocket November 5, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Victorian Urban Legend: the Wrong Pocket

      This wrong pocket story sounds like an urban legend though there are a worrying number of exact facts. Beach is going to try and turn up the story elsewhere and see if it is repeated. Any help? drbeachcombing AT yahoo DOT com During the running at the Cartmel (North Lancashire) Steeplechases Meeting on Whit-Monday, Mr. Ratcliffe. […]

    History Roundup 726 including New Jersey City Devil November 4, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 726 including New Jersey City Devil

      1) Opening Jesus’ Tomb: Jerusalem 2) In Search of Woggins: the Seven Seas 3) What You Get Wrong About History: the schoolroom 4) A City Devil: New Jersey 5) Reddit WW2 Diary Discussion: Stalingrad and from the archives 6) Joan of Arc Sees Fairies  

    Daily History Picture: Berlin Glory? November 4, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Berlin Glory?

    Statues for the Berlin olympics: notice the flags in the background.

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