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  • The Index Biography #18 May 31, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    The Index Biography #18

    ***Filip takes the prize for the second time in two months…*** The Index Biography is a new form of biography pioneered by this blog and introduced in a previous post. The writer must find a biography of a famous individual from history, they must turn to the index and write down eight peripheral facts about the […]

    Daily History Picture: Texan Massacre May 31, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Texan Massacre

    Or rather the Texans being massacred by the rather orderly looking Mexicans. Memories of the Alamo.

    History Roundup 422 including Ivy League Nudes May 30, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 422 including Ivy League Nudes

    Today’s links follow. 1) Snake with Red Hair: US 2) Texas Rising! TV 3) Prehistoric Murder Mystery: Spain 4) Auto Cowboys: US 5) Chatting with Speer: Germany 6) Lost Gospel Cobblers: the library 7) Ivy League Nudes: Wow 8) Early Man and Woman Equal: Prehistory and from the archives 9) Buddha Converts to Catholicism Other […]

    D’Annunzio and PR May 30, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    D'Annunzio and PR

    Gabrielle d’Annunzio was one of the most ghastly men to have walked the earth and, yet, he was unquestionably a genius, ‘a talented shit’. He dominated Italy’s literary scene for a half a century and packed more into his lifetime than most of us would manage in ten: a random line from his biography ‘fell […]

    History Roundup 421 including Kidd’s Treasure May 29, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 421 including Kidd's Treasure

    Today’s links follow. 1) Jerusalem Aqueduct: Israel 2) Shipwreck Law: East Anglia 3) Kidd’s Treasure: Cape Cod 4) Female Samurai? Japan 5) Victorian Feminism: The Anglo-Sphere 6) What Happened to Ettore: Italy (and our take on the same) 7) Marie-Antoinette’s Chair: France 8) Ancient Google Map: Rome and from the archives 9) Tally Ho and Fighters Other links:  Why Do We Experience Awe, Is […]

    Daily History Picture: Angry Mosaic May 29, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Angry Mosaic

    Love the rage on this second century BC mosaic.

    The Poisoned Bowl and the 5000 Letters May 29, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite, Contemporary, Modern
    The Poisoned Bowl and the 5000 Letters

    Beach has not offered up a rogue researcher for some time: the last was mummy maker, Bob Brier, a year ago. Rogue researchers, for the uninitiated are those men and women, with doctorates, who do things that others in their discipline might consider eccentric. To call someone a ‘rogue researchers’ is a sign of the […]

    History Roundup 420 including Don’t Marry Your Sister, Ptolemy May 28, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 420 including Don't Marry Your Sister, Ptolemy

    Today’s links follow. 1) Incest Height Mummies:Egypt 2) Gangbuster turned Union Buster: US 3) Life Below Georgian Stairs: England 4) Fishy Middens: Nashville! 5) Was Churchill Gay: Britain (no!) 6) Unexpectedly ancient writing: Mexico 7) Nazi Plans for the Pearl of the Reich: Vienna 8) Margery Kempe Told the Truth: England and from the archives 9) […]

    Daily History Picture: Miss Lovely Eyes May 28, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Miss Lovely Eyes

      Dates to 1930, the masks looks like something Hannibal Lecter would put on.  

    History Journals and Their Limits May 28, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite
    History Journals and Their Limits

    There is something rather sinister about Mike Dash’s latest history post. The problem is not the subject, which is fascinating, women poisoning men in seventeenth-century Italy. Nor is the style off-kilter: it is, as always, accessible and fun. The problem is, quite simply, its length. MD’s new essay runs to almost fifteen thousand words: Beach finished the […]

    History Roundup 419 including Sex-Crazed Nuns May 27, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 419 including Sex-Crazed Nuns

    Today’s links follow. 1) Worse Teeth in Roman Cities: Britannia 2) China Discovers America Again: Bering Straits 3) Shamed Sex Crazed Nuns: England 4) Possession: Switzerland 5) Offensive Slingshots: Greece 6) Wrong Time Runes: Sweden 7) Mystery Child Body: Hereford 8) Eating Enemies: Mexico and from the archives 9) Pius XII in bombed out Rome […]

    Daily History Picture: Into Hell May 27, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Into Hell

    New arrivals brought on down…

    The Stone of Oo: High Weirdness from Southern France May 27, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Medieval
    The Stone of Oo: High Weirdness from Southern France

    Oô in southern France has two things going for it. First, that name, I mean what…?! And second the pierre d’Oô one of the weirdest objects to emerge the last three or four thousand years of human endeavour: a sculpture of a lady and her pet. At this point, readers should take a moment and […]

    History Roundup 418 including Oldest Pencil and Golden Loaf May 26, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 418 including Oldest Pencil and Golden Loaf

    Today’s links follow. 1) World’s Oldest Pencil: Germany 2) Where is the Golden Loaf? Ukraine 3) Hitler Satirized: Britain 4) Roman Cooking: Italy 5) Hitler’s Last Gamble: Ardennes 6) The Great Leap Forward: China 7) Africa’s Only Nuclear Programme: South Africa 8) Bizarre Soccer Moments: England and from the archives 9) Centaur of Volos Other links: […]

    Daily History Picture: Mickey Mouse Club May 26, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Mickey Mouse Club

    When Mickey ruled: the 1930s.  

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