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  • History Roundup 189 including Yeti Footprints for Sale August 29, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 189 including Yeti Footprints for Sale

    Today’s post is a book review and today’s links follow. 1) Green Vikings: oh please… 2) Kennewick Man: Polynesian? 3) Yeti Footprints: for sale… 4) Sea Serpent: and Art Noveau 5) Slumps that Made Modern Finance: Economist 6) Vancouver’s Racist History: stopping Asiatic buy ups 7) Ambedcar Who? Indian hero 8) British Newspapers Online: getting bigger and from […]

    The Ashanti Ewer August 29, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval, Modern
    The Ashanti Ewer

    ***Thanks to RG for the tip*** A brilliant wrong place story that has just come strangehistory’s way. Imagine that in the late nineteenth century you stumble upon a medieval ewer (a kind of jug), the heaviest of its kind, in fact, weighing an incredible 18.6 kilos (just for the record that’s almost exactly how many […]

    History Roundup 188 including Knocking Shrieking Night Noises August 28, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 188 including Knocking Shrieking Night Noises

    Today’s post is a book review and today’s links follow. 1) Cloudy with a Chance of Tempestarii: Esoterx 2) The Oldest Oven in the World: Croatia 3) Medieval Warrior from the Ice: Siberia! 4) Knocking, Shrieking in the Night: English ghost 5) Bad Taste History Story of 2014: wow 6) Mystery Music: Icebergs, fields and mountains 7) […]

    Review: Mrs Wakeman vs. The Antichrist August 28, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    Review: Mrs Wakeman vs. The Antichrist

    Behind the Stars and Stripes wavering over corn fields and Malborough man coughing up his lungs, there is vast hinterland of American strangeness that European countries, cursed by more measured, deeper histories, fail to compete with. Perhaps it’s the melting pot, perhaps it is the relative lack of rules, perhaps it is the welcome failure […]

    History Roundup 187 including Eating Holy Clay and European in Chinese Tomb August 27, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 187 including Eating Holy Clay and European in Chinese Tomb

    Today’s links follow. 1) Nudes as Unlikely Tribute: for the Somme? 2) European in Chinese Tomb: sounds vaguely suspect 3) Drunken Monkey: who smashed up a bar 4) Prosecuting Rodents: Esoterx 5) WW1 Medal: wishing well 6) Britain’s Last Cavalry: Re-enacted 7) Eating Holy Clay: OHB 8) A Good Man in Rwanda: graphic 9) Time […]

    Napoleon and the Red Man: Selling Your Soul for European Dominion August 27, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Napoleon and the Red Man: Selling Your Soul for European Dominion

    Beach must start this post with a rider: he LOATHES Napoleon. The man who destroyed the Venetian Republic; who murdered (directly or indirectly) hundreds of thousands of innocents; who filled French galleries and museums with plunder; who put the crown (which wasn’t his) on his own head; who perpetuated the worst revolution of all, in […]

    History Roundup 186 including the Hambledon Club Men August 26, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 186 including the Hambledon Club Men

    Today’s links follow. 1) Isaac’s Secret Writing: deciphered! 2) Father Jean-Marie: the last champion of the Holy Roman Empire 3) Oldest Metal from Middle East: Jordan Valley 4) History of Yorkshire Pudding: Telegraph 5) Jewish Confederate: and the talking parrot 6) Battle at Hambledon Hill: those clubmen 7) Apps Better than Books for History: Dan […]

    Thoughts on the Internet Revolution August 26, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite
    Thoughts on the Internet Revolution

    ***Dedicated to Ricardo*** Fascinating article on the inbetween generation (and apparently now a book), the generation that grew up with computers but that can remember a world without the internet. Spent some time today trying to get statistics on when the internet actually went mainstream. Beach first heard of some proto version of the internet […]

    History Roundup 185 including He Shot Himself to Prove His Case August 25, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 185 including He Shot Himself to Prove His Case

    Today’s post is on Machiavelli and today’s links follow. 1) He Shot Himself: to prove his case 2) Drunk History: Washington’s Army in Shape (video) 3) Colonial Lab: Willamsburg 4) Science and Supernatural: an old alliance 5) Nazi Spies in the UK: Clueless 6) Brilliant Renaissance Captions: famous works of art 7) Archaeologists bothered on site: […]

    Preferring Hell to Heaven: Machiavelli August 25, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval, Modern
    Preferring Hell to Heaven: Machiavelli

    We all dream every night – a simple physiological fact – and yet most of these dreams are forgotten by the individual and even those that are remembered rarely enter history. However, on occasion a dream slips through into record, either because it changes the world or because it represents a life. ‘Machiavelli’s dream’ is […]

    Punishing Suicide August 24, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Punishing Suicide

    If you attempt to commit suicide today (and you survive) you will be treated with sympathy by your family and friends: if the state interests itself in your case it will be to offer mental health assistance or to prevent a repetition by some other means. The contrast, in the UK and other common law […]

    History Roundup 184 including Angels at Death and the First Selfies August 23, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 184 including Angels at Death and the First Selfies

    Today’s links follow. 1) More Great Science Moments: had twitter existed (part one a couple of days ago) 2) Freedom to Travel and the Right to Vote: early 20 cent women 3) Heart Attacks and the USSR: the fat came rolling in… 4) The First Selfies: American shots from the 1980s 5) More on that […]

    The Other Dream Team: Basketball and the Baltic August 23, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    The Other Dream Team: Basketball and the Baltic

    The Other Dream Team is the best history documentary Beach has watched since starting this blog four years ago. As it doesn’t seem to have the fame that it deserves here’s a shout out: even the almost ahistorical Mrs B. was moved. Some background. Lithuania is a small Baltic State of three million that has […]

    History Roundup 183 including Christian Orgies and Illegal Orgies August 22, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 183 including Christian Orgies and Illegal Orgies

        Today’s links follow. 1) Pyramid Shaped Tomb in Japan: banal or revolutionary? 2) Polish Archaeologists Study Celts: in France 3) Painting and Mummy Comparison: the bearded man 4) Arguments over the Hobbit: scientists kick each other 5) WW2 Cartoons: Japanese pow camp 6) How to avoid collapse of civilisation: lessons from the last […]

    The Oldest Flame August 22, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Contemporary, Modern
    The Oldest Flame

    Inspired today by the description of a nineteenth-century visit to a British church: a private chapel attached to the Arundell family house at Lanherne (Cornwall). Within the chapel there was a tabernacle and ‘the great interest is in the tradition that, since the house has always been in Catholic hands, the lamp before the Tabernacle […]

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