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  • False Impressions on the Day of Infamy September 10, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    False Impressions on the Day of Infamy

    As all Americans and many non-Americans know, 7 Dec 1941, the day of infamy, was the date of a brilliantly planned and brilliantly executed Japanese attack on America’s most important Pacific base, Pearl Harbor. The attack was, for the Americans, a bolt from the blue. Yes, America’s leaders were aware that a Japanese assault was […]

    History Roundup 198 including Georgian Love Disasters September 9, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 198 including Georgian Love Disasters

    Today’s links follow. 1) Mysterious Ringing Bells: UK 2) Nosegays: I’ve long wondered about these… 3) Very Valuable Coin: in a field in Notts UK 4) Georgian Love Problems: being interrupted by servant etc 5) Cleopatra’s Makeup: dolling up in Egypt 6) The Woman Who Struck Out Babe Ruth: female baseball 7) Hitler Photo Rescued […]

    Daily History Picture: The Cleverest Monkey in the World September 9, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: The Cleverest Monkey in the World

    Planet of the Apes stuff. A very intelligent monkey from the Breviary of Mary of Savoy, c. 1430

    More On Cauls and Sacs September 9, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite, Contemporary, Medieval, Modern
    More On Cauls and Sacs

    Anthropologists have their work cut out for them. Despite the fact that we are all – from the Kalihari Bushman to the Californian surfer – one and the same species, there are so many differences between human societies, as to be almost embarrassing. However, there are a series of important and trivial facts that bind […]

    History Roundup 197 including War Domes September 8, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 197 including War Domes

    Today’s links follow. 1) Modern Population Boom: pre-industrial roots 2) Letters for the Living from the Not Yet Dead: only spiritualists… 3) Last Supper Papyrus: works like a charm 4) Medieval Manuscripts Come to York: from Japan 5) Wax Tablets: Hadrian’s Wall 6) WW2 War Domes: and the return of a trainee 7) We’ve Finally […]

    Daily History Picture: French Foreign Legion WW2 September 8, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: French Foreign Legion WW2

    Bir Hacheim, 12 June 1942, French Foreign Legionnaires attack Axis positions.

    Swallowed by a Whale? September 8, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    Swallowed by a Whale?

    In the late twentieth century whales became cool. They appeared in Star Trek films, people bought cds and listened to whales talking to each other and, of course, undergraduates walked around campuses with ‘No Way Norway’ signs while talking earnestly about boycotting sushi bars. But whales are not only cool but massive and even if […]

    History Roundup 196 including Magical Sex Stockings September 7, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 196 including Magical Sex Stockings

    Today’s post is on fake ghost battle and today’s links follow. 1) The Other Neanderthals: reconstructed from fragments 2) Fairies in the Trenches: riding white hot bullets 3) Lost City of Caral: ancient American settlement 4) Palaeo Eskimos: who were they 5) Magical Sex Stockings: medieval fun 6) Red Cross Files: millions of Great War prisoners […]

    Fake Ghost Battle from Cornwall? September 7, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite, Modern
    Fake Ghost Battle from Cornwall?

    Beach is in search of a ghost battle, only the ghost battle does not seem to have ever taken place. This is not said in the heavy materialist sense that such things cannot happen: though they probably can’t. It is said with the frustration of six or seven hours spent looking for this mysterious battle […]

    Daily History Picture: Digging Up Ur September 6, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Digging Up Ur

    Leonard Woolley at Ur: love the figurine

    Nietzsche, the Prostitutes and the Piano September 6, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Nietzsche, the Prostitutes and the Piano

    A WIBT moment from the first age of mighty Fred Nietzsche. As a student, aged 21, in February 1865, the moustached one visited Cologne and there he was left, according to his then good friend, and generally reliable witness, Paul Deussen (obit 1919), by a coachman at a brothel. Fred, who claimed that he had […]

    History Roundup 195 including WW1 Animals September 5, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 195 including WW1 Animals

    Today’s post is on a westerner in medieval China and today’s links follow. At a conference this afternoon and tomorrow so brief… 1) WW1 Animals: Pictures 2) Boudicca’s Coming: hidden gold 3) Horst Photographs: fashion etc but stylish 4) Tripping on Acid c. 500: in the Andies 5) Six What ifs from American Political History: what if […]

    Daily History Picture: OAP with Automatic Weapons September 5, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: OAP with Automatic Weapons

    An ancient Armenian woman guards her home as the Soviet Union starts to collapse, 1990

    A Westerner in Early Medieval China? September 5, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    A Westerner in Early Medieval China?

    Here is a story that has come out of the Chinese media in the last few days and that has been little noticed in the west, certainly it has been little discussed. The reports are unsatisfactory in all kinds of ways. But the bare bones of information includes the following: in M1401, an early medieval […]

    History Roundup 194 including the Devils of Gloucester! September 4, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 194 including the Devils of Gloucester!

    Today’s post on a mysterious boggart body, today’s links follow. 1) Saving Wedgewood: a collection about to be broken up 2) The Devils of Gloucester: Strange Company 3) Could Dragons have Evolved: take an eel, a fly… 4) Ancient Amazons: Adrienne Mayor 5) Neanderthal Art: or naughts and crosses? 6) Stonehenge: missing stones appear 7) […]

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