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  • History Roundup 281 including Easter Island Bodies December 15, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 281 including Easter Island Bodies

    Today’s links follow. 1) Unusual Witch Execution: France 2) Underwater Ballroom: UK 3) Graveyard Christmas: Russia 4) Wood Diaries Rediscovered: Oxfordshire 5) Budgie Trainer and Pig Sketcher: London 6) Tulip Power: Lowlands 7) Sniper’s Rifle on Display: Texas 8) Scottish Canon: Pakistan 9) Bodies under Heads: on Easter Island and from the archives 10) Toasting […]

    Daily History Picture: Dog Fight Over Parliament December 15, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Dog Fight Over Parliament

    Battle of Britain shot from the summer of 1940 with Parliament in the foreground. 30 Dec 2014: Andy the Mad Monk writes, ‘Sadly this picture is photoshopped.  The original does not have the clock tower in the foreground. Link to a copy of the original pic – note it is copyright to the Imperial War Museum […]

    Buying Flying Rocs and Sailing Ships December 15, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Buying Flying Rocs and Sailing Ships

    There is always a joy in imagining yourself in those fabulous nineteenth-century pantomime production where glitz, technology and spectacle came together and left audiences in London, New York, Chicago and Manchester speechless. It is only rarely though that we get to look behind the magician’s curtain, to see how things really worked, with very few exceptions […]

    History Roundup 280 including Fairy Music December 14, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 280 including Fairy Music

    Today’s links follow. 1) Leeches, Radium and a Corpse: London 2) Buying Up Cromwell: the Commonwealth 3) Christmas Cracker Truths: Laden table 4) Ancient Horse DNA and Breeding History: EuroAsia 5) Dowser and Plague Pit: Tunbridge Wells 6) Century Old Rose: Derbyshire 7) Music of Fairy: Kerry 8) Foul Fowl: Aldershot (of course) and from […]

    Binoculars, Wanted Posters and Green Dresses: Irish-British Relations Post Independence December 14, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Binoculars, Wanted Posters and Green Dresses: Irish-British Relations Post Independence

    By the end of 1916 the British establishment and the establishment in waiting of a future Irish state had come to loathe each other. The cause for this was not only the long history of rebellion and suppression (‘Ireland, through us, summons her children to her flag…’), nor was it just the fighting of the Easter […]

    Daily History Picture: Medieval Aristotle Reads in his Study December 14, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Medieval Aristotle Reads in his Study

    The great scholastic hero, Aristotle, shown at work in his study.

    History Roundup 279 including Crazy Georgian Cures December 13, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 279 including Crazy Georgian Cures

    Today’s links follow. 1) Old and Fabulous Clothes: China 2) Hall Turns Up in Viking Land: Sweden 3) Crazy Cures: Georgian England 4) Parchment Secret: York 5) Taj Mahal, Even More Ancient?! India 6) Bizarre (Fake?) Death Design: Ancient Egypt 7) Kings Mirror Weirdness: North Sea 8) The Britishes and Hitler: unusual comedy video and […]

    Earth Light in Norfolk December 13, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Earth Light in Norfolk

    This site has sometimes given space to earth light stories. This particular example is perhaps the best Beach has come acros read. The author is rather verbose – ‘the hours sped by on rosy wing until the humming tongue of the great church clock told all the drowsy Market-town that it was midnight’ – and […]

    History Roundup 278 including Snow Monster in Canada! December 12, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 278 including Snow Monster in Canada!

    Today’s links follow. 1) Disaster to Deliverance: Dunkirk 2) Snow Monster: Canada 3) Triple Bigamy and So Much More: England 4) Bombing Germany was Wrong: London Debate 5) Oldest Human Art: Java 6) Christmas Pie Fun: Britain 7) Lost Bomber in Lake: Norway 8) Ancient Battle Tactics: applications in the modern world…. and from the […]

    Daily History Picture: Hat Madness December 12, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Hat Madness

    New York 1939, when everyone wore hats…    

    A Dead American and A Riot in County Cork December 12, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    A Dead American and A Riot in County Cork

    This one’s a gem and reminded Beach of that great Limerick custom of beating up families who dare to bury their dead on the same day. Here we are a bit further to the south, near the normally more sensible Cork, but the problem is still a death. The year is 1867. A riot, originating […]

    The Rights and Wrongs of Killing Mussolini December 11, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    The Rights and Wrongs of Killing Mussolini

    After Beach’s recent blog on Mussolini’s death several emails about not so much the circumstances as the justification for killing the Fascist leader. The official version of the story claims that the Allies wanted Mussolini for themselves but that the partisans and particularly the Communist partisans had decided to do away with Mussolini as a […]

    Daily History Picture: Knocker Up December 11, 2014

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

    Early twentieth-century Britain a knocker up passes through the streets: I wonder how much this service costs, or did the factory put it on?

    History Roundup 277 including Shell Shock Hypnosis December 10, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 277 including Shell Shock Hypnosis

    Today’s links follow. 1) Han Purple Magic: China 2) A Fiery Creole: France 3) Shell Shock Hypnosis: Germany 4) Christmas Cribs: All over 5) Renaissance Codes: US 6) Ancient Farm and the Subway: Rome 7) Returning Royal Treasures: Hawaii 8) Cotton Empire: hot fields and from the archives 9) Pygmy Fairies Other links: why save […]

    Daily History Picture: Carter Meets Tut December 10, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Carter Meets Tut

    Carter meets Tutankhaman: the sargophagus is opened.

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