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  • Why Did Germany Screw Up in 1940? January 19, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Why Did Germany Screw Up in 1940?

    The survival of Britain from May to October 1940 is one of the most stirring stories of the Second World War. Britain as Lukacs noted could never have won the war alone but in the first summer of the war Britain could have lost it. From 1936 to early May 1940 the UK had made […]

    History Roundup 571 including Rabbits and Hobbits January 18, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 571 including Rabbits and Hobbits

    Today’s links follow. 1) Oak Island Polemic: Atlantic Coast 2) Pet Rabbits: the library 3) More Hobbits? Pacific 4) Arthur Conan Doyle and Fairies: Britain 5) Spontaneous Human Combustion, 1905: Hull, UK 6) Mappe of Fairyland: Library (download in Tiff then look at the details, incredible…. Bernard Sleigh co-founder of the Fairy Investigation Society) and […]

    Daily History Picture: Early Clinton January 18, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Early Clinton

    He was four. Such innocence?

    Victorian Urban Legends: Coffin Games January 18, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Victorian Urban Legends: Coffin Games

    ***Dedicated to Chris W*** Beach in his tiny hours of research ran across two accounts that feel like Victorian urban legends: a favourite theme of this blog. Note the lack of concrete references. These look as if they were included in a joke column and then recycled as news with some salacious details thrown in… A Sheffield […]

    New History Books: Hidden Britain January 17, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: Hidden Britain

    Nicholas, Hidden Britain Real tunnels or folklore ones too?

    A Ghost Rabbit as Big as a Sheep January 17, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    A Ghost Rabbit as Big as a Sheep

    Welsh ghost stories always have something extra: maybe it is the water, maybe Methodism, maybe coal dust… They are, in any case, always worth reading. This one starts with a nun that is admittedly not very promising but bear with her. Llangynwydd, which is in the Llynvi Valley, has a ghost scare on just now. […]

    New History Books: Kursk January 16, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: Kursk

    Lawrence, Kursk Very expensive but by all accounts wonderful book…

    The Last English Hobbits? January 16, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Last English Hobbits?

    Ludchurch (aka Lud’s Church, Lud Church) is not a church. It is a haunted ravine in the English midlands, Staffordshire, that has been frequently associated with the supernatural. The photo above will hopefully give some idea of what it is like. It has also been associated with an underground race of hominids in caves that […]

    History Roundup 570 including Killer Toilets January 15, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 570 including Killer Toilets

    Today’s links follow. 1) Black and White Tradition Continues: UK 2) Piggy Fun: The Fields 3) Lost Ships: Arctic (what a death) 4) Roman Toilet Danger: The Empire! 5) Matrimony Ads: UK (very excited by this) 6) Famine/Plague Cocktail: Europe and from the archives 7) Fairy Excorcism Other links: History of Wine

    Daily History Picture: Gas Mask Fun January 15, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Gas Mask Fun

    Keep the kids smiling…

    My Name Writ on Glass January 15, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    My Name Writ on Glass

    One of the eternal human problems is how to transmit facts – history, fame, infamy, love… – from one generation to another. We have tried to do it on calf skin, on papyrus, on the tongues of the tribal singers and on stone. But never forget we have also tried to do it on glass. […]

    History Roundup 569 including Tree Bending Paths January 14, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 569 including Tree Bending Paths

    Today’s links follow. 1) Communal Piggy Bank and Its Guardian: UK 2) Bierce Dance Book: US 3) Haunting Troubles: Scotland (don’t trust O’Donnell!!) 4) Tree Bending Paths: America (amazing and credible) 5) Nessie an Eel: Scotland 6) 800 Yr Old Prints: the Library and from the archives 7) Lord Acton’s Lost Works Other links: Bookshelf […]

    Daily History Picture: Challenger in Flames January 14, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Challenger in Flames

    Horror…

    Phantom Rabbit Monster: Rochdale, Lancashire January 14, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Phantom Rabbit Monster: Rochdale, Lancashire

    Beach has recently been looking for the stranger monsters of British mythology and with some pride he comes today to the Baum-Rappit, a monster from Rochdale in Lancashire. What was the Baum-Rappit? Well as the name suggests it seems to have been a diabolical rabbit. Wright in his incredibly useful dialect dictionary comes up with […]

    History Roundup 568 including Skating Adultery January 13, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 568 including Skating Adultery

    Today’s links follow. 1) Forgotten Cholera Outbreak: Scotland 2) Omnibus Wardrobe: Paris etc 3) Skating Adultery: US (we’ve all been there) 4) Prehistoric Tummy Problems: Alps 5) Cold War Space Wars: Outer Orbit 6) Poetry, Pain and Opium: England and… and from the archives 7) Lonely Cottages Other links: Ikea secrets, The Syrian Refugee and the […]

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