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  • Daily History Picture: Medieval Autopsy July 10, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Medieval Autopsy

      Well, actually it is supposed to be Nero and his mother, but this could be the King in Camelot CSI.

    Roman Octopus: Sewer Gator or Godzilla? July 10, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
    Roman Octopus: Sewer Gator or Godzilla?

    What is the earliest instance of an exotic animal (gator etc) in a sewer? Well, go online and you will read about New York legends from the 1920s and some isolated cases from other cities in the US from the second half of the nineteenth century. But a couple of years ago, in a fascinating […]

    Where Are the Gods of the Modern World? July 10, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Contemporary, Medieval, Modern, Prehistoric
    Where Are the Gods of the Modern World?

    Forget the Iron Age, the Nuclear Age, the Internet Age. There are three periods of human endeavor: nomadic hunter-gathering before history; agriculture, which began about 8000 BC and ended in most parts of the west in the last one hundred and fifty years (when a majority of citizens had left the land); then finally industrial […]

    History Roundup 457 including Pompeii Myths July 9, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 457 including Pompeii Myths

    Today’s links follow. 1) Independence Handprint: US 2) Goebbels the Truth: Germany 3) Pompeii Myths: Italy 4) Recovering Corpse from Gettysburg: US 5) Democratic Devils: across the universe… 6) 18 Cent Bigamy: Britain 7) Nobel Medal for Sale: Auction House 8) Hitler and Parkinsons: Germany and from the archives 9) Elephant in Eighth-Century Honduras Other […]

    Daily History Picture: Eastern Fireworks July 9, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Eastern Fireworks

      The Mughal Emperor marries. Fireworks explode.

    History Roundup 456 including Ghost Island July 8, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 456 including Ghost Island

    Today’s links follow. 1) 4 July Memories: America 2) Brittia, Ghost Island: Atlantic Ocean (our take) 3) Bobcat Pet: America 4) Ruins of Empire: Middle East 5) Black Tom Explosion: New York 6) Getting Drunk: Colonial America 7) Ringo Starr, what a guy: England 8) They Day They Hung an Elephant: US and from the archives […]

    Why Couldn’t WW2 Italians Fight? July 8, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Why Couldn't WW2 Italians Fight?

    There are endless tales about twentieth-century Italian military ineptitude and more importantly the perception of the same. Churchill said to Ribbentrop of the Italians just before the last war: ‘We had them last time, it is only fair you take them this time.’ In a meeting between British and German WW1 veterans in 1937 or […]

    Daily History Picture: Mourning for Lincoln July 8, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Mourning for Lincoln

    Lincoln is dead: a nation (or at least a good part of half of it) in black.    

    History Roundup 455 including Pigs Did Fly July 7, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 455 including Pigs Did Fly

    Today’s links follow. 1) Murderous Cobalt: the lab 2) 4 July Grief: US 3) Roman Villa Opens: Italy 4) Unexpected China Heads: New Zealand 5) Mongolian Invasion Shipwreck: the sea 6) Kafka Stays Abroad: Israel 7) Pigs Did Fly: the sky 8) Creepy Tunnels: England and from the archives 9) Last Elephant Charge in History […]

    Whipping Boy: Origins of a Royal Institution July 7, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval, Modern
    Whipping Boy: Origins of a Royal Institution

    The whipping boy needs little introduction. He was the child, brought up with a prince or with a young king, and punished on his behalf, when the prince or king was naughty: crucially the royal and his proxy were friends so any pain was vicariously felt. And why not just hit the royal in question? […]

    Daily History Picture: Riefenstahl’s Massacre Horror July 7, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Riefenstahl's Massacre Horror

    Leni Riefenstahl’s coming face to face with Nazi brutality as 22 Polish civilians butchered, 1939.

    Yahoos in North America July 6, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    Yahoos in North America

    Reading anomalous material there is sometimes an overlap of tiny details that are perplexing. Consider this description of three different North American wild men (who would certainly be called Big Foot today). In 1905 an article in the Washington Post described a Maryland wild man: ‘When it shrieks it sounds much like ‘Ya-ho! Ya-ho! Ya-ho!’ […]

    History Roundup 454 including Sleeping Beauty and Cannibals July 6, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 454 including Sleeping Beauty and Cannibals

    Today’s links follow. 1) Ghost Photography: the lab 2) Artifact Going Home: India 3) Digging for Commoners: South East Asia 4) Ritual Bath: Jerusalem 5) Haunted Castles: Scotland 6) Sleeping Beauty and Cannibals: Storybooks 7) Two Suffragettes: India 8) David Garrick, the Myth: England and from the archives 9) Elephant Invades Italy in 1936 Other […]

    Daily History Picture: The Devil Tempts Christ July 6, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: The Devil Tempts Christ

      the Devil carries (a plaster cast?) Christ away

    And So Goodbye Ray Girvan, I knew you but never met you… July 5, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite
    And So Goodbye Ray Girvan, I knew you but never met you…

    Some sad news via email today. Ray Girvan, a very old friend of this blog, died 30 June 2015, after a three-year fight with lung cancer. He was 59 (a victim of these speedbumps that hit 15-20% of us in late middle age), witty, knowledgeable, and had, of course, never smoked, something that tempts me […]

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