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  • Poxless 1492 April 7, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Poxless 1492

    A counterfactual that has long fascinated Beach. In 1492 Columbus reaches the Caribbean and within a century Europeans have mapped and visited all coastal regions in the New World. So far so normal. But add a slight adjustment into the mix. The viruses that killed tens of millions of Amerindians have practically no effect: maybe […]

    History Roundup 373 including Secret History of Cheese April 6, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 373 including Secret History of Cheese

    Today’s links follow. 1) Corsican Monster: Britain/France 2) Elegy for Hatra (last part): Iraq 3) Secret History of Cheese: Dairy 4) 28 Bore Churchill: Auction House 5) Old Maid’s Advice: England 6) Suffragette Starvation: London 7) Emperor’s Bones Controversy (again): Russia 8) Graveyard under Uni: Cambridge and from the archives 9) Made Up Battle of Karansebes […]

    Daily History Picture: A Cuppa for Frankenstein April 6, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: A Cuppa for Frankenstein

    Boris Karloff has a cup of tea and tries to relax between scenes

    Piper at the Gates of Dawn: Pan, Kenneth Grahame and Wind in the Willows April 6, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Piper at the Gates of Dawn: Pan, Kenneth Grahame and Wind in the Willows

    The golden age of British children’s literature stretched from the last decade of the nineteenth century to the 1950s: in that period men and women of immense talent wrote for their sons, their daughters and in most cases for their atrophied child-like selves. Among these was the sad and sometimes wretched Kenneth Grahame. Like T.S. […]

    History Roundup 372 including Buying a Stone Circle April 5, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 372 including Buying a Stone Circle

    Today’s links follow. 1) Killing Modern Bugs Medieval Solutions: 2) History of Human Filth: the sewers 3) A Starry Messenger: Britain 4) Brewing Beer in the Ancient World: Tel Aviv 5) Medium Murder! Britain 6) Oyster Magic? London 7) Buy Pictish Stone Circle: Scotland 8) City Under His House! Turkey and from the archives 9) […]

    True Bosom Serpents April 5, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    True Bosom Serpents

    The bosom serpent is the useful term to refer to the folklore notion that animals (particularly reptiles) find a way into the human body and cause illness there. Stories of this kind seem to be practically universal and to date back to the earliest times: we are dealing with a proto-myth or even part of the […]

    Daily History Picture: Santa in the Blitz April 5, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Santa in the Blitz

    Father Christmas with a British helmet walks through London, 1940

    History Roundup 371 including Slave Holding Presidents April 4, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 371 including Slave Holding Presidents

    Today’s links follow. 1) Shocking Stockings: Britain 2) Good April Fools: Colonial Williamsburg 3) Lewis Carroll, Pedophile? England 4) A Broken Christ: Trenches to Portugal 5) Egyptian Museum Opens Again: Italy (Turin) 6) 5 Lost Slavery Facts: US 7) Vampire Fun: Greece 8) Slaveholding Presidents: US and from the archives 9) Hibernating Hirundines Other links: […]

    Pheidippides and the Myth of the Marathon April 4, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
    Pheidippides and the Myth of the Marathon

    Pheidippides is a bit player in history. A fifth-century Greek who allegedly ran the original marathon. First, though some background to help situate one of the fastest men in the ancient world. In 490, perhaps in early September, Athens found itself in trouble. The Persian Emperor, Darius, resented the fact that Athens had helped the Ionian city states […]

    History Roundup 370 including Charlie Chaplin’s Threesome April 3, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 370 including Charlie Chaplin's Threesome

    Today’s links follow. 1) Mad Obedience: Germany (i’d love this article if anyone can help?) 2) A Book That Wouldn’t Write Itself: Germany 3) Self surgery: Antarctica 4) Fake Shock: Egypt 5) Vandals: Florence 6) Wheel Deal: Colonial Williamsburg 7) Early Modern Camel: Germany 8) Charlie Chaplin’s Threesome: California and from the archives 9) Parrots of […]

    Natator #4: Diving off London Bridge April 3, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Natator #4: Diving off London Bridge

    From Natator’s defeat to the churlish Fish Man in the spring of 1871 it was all down hill, and the slope was steep and full of briars and stones: some readers might want to spare themselves the unhappy denoument and click away at this point. OK, well you’ve been warned. In June 1871, doubtless desperate […]

    History Roundup 369 including Stolen Yeti Hand April 2, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 369 including Stolen Yeti Hand

    Today’s links follow. 1) When Men Stopped Breeding: Neolithic [amazing if confirmed] 2) Hidden Message in Tomb: Spain 3) Richard III Cartoon: UK 4) Capital from the Air: Mayans 5) What You Might Wear in 1785: Comic 6) Earliest Slave Portrait: US 7) Stolen Yeti Hand: Tibet and from the archives 8) Against Mary Beard […]

    The Failure of Appeasement April 2, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    The Failure of Appeasement

    Appeasement is the policy of giving smiles, kisses and gifts to neighbours to prevent war. In some moments of history it has worked (Dane-geld and Roman bribery beyond the frontiers); in some periods it has failed. A conspicuous example of a failure is the attempt by Britain to stroke its European friends and enemies into […]

    Beachcombed 58 April 1, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Beachcombed
    Beachcombed 58

    Dear Reader, Tortoises are now out, general celebration. Just a couple more weeks of class and onto summer research. Beach needs to apologise for not getting to all the emails yet, a visit from Beach mater from the Dominions meant that there were other more important things going on. Thanks, as always, to the multiple […]

    Daily History Picture: Castro and Khrushchev March 31, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Castro and Khrushchev

    Ah, the tolerant smile… Two friends with poor Marx on the wall behind: what would he have said about goons like this…

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