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  • Wolstanton, Ghost Assault and Real Battery October 10, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Wolstanton, Ghost Assault and Real Battery

    A nice folklore/ghostlore story from the English Midlands. The peaceable village of Wolstanton, near Newcastle [Lyme], vulgarly called ‘Hoositon,’ has, the last four or five weeks, been disturbed by a very ill-behaved ghost, which, (it is confidently said), has been knocking, scratching, &,c. at a most tremendous rate; and not driven away in the mean […]

    History Roundup 502 including World’s Oldest Glasses October 9, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 502 including World's Oldest Glasses

    Today’s links follow. 1) The Professional Corpse: US 2) World’s Oldest Glasses? Japan 3) Shipwreck Excavation: Greece 4) Witch Kills: US 5) Oldest Throne? Turkey 6) DNA Finds Rebel Heart: Ireland and from the archives 7) Greatest Marine of WW2? Other links: Snows of France and Holland (beautiful, dedicated to all those who have waited […]

    Daily History Picture: Hungarian Secret Police October 9, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Hungarian Secret Police

    1956?

    Crazy Couplings: Koestler and de Beauvoir October 9, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Crazy Couplings: Koestler and de Beauvoir

    Here is part of an occasional series on crazy couplings: sexual encounters between individuals who, by rights, should never have had anything to do with each other, let alone undress in one another’s presence. To kick start the series two rather unpleasant people whose intimacy is thankfully beyond this blogger’s imagining: Simone de Beauvoir and […]

    History Roundup 501 including Mona Lisa’s Skeleton October 8, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 501 including Mona Lisa's Skeleton

    Today’s links follow. 1) Saucy Roman Coins: the Empire (our take) 2) Brief History of Decapitation: The Block 3) Mona Lisa’s Skeleton: Italy 4) WW1 Letters from Soldiers: India 5) CT Scans on Volcano Victims: Italy 6) Bodies in a toilet: London and from the archives 7) Fewest Casualties in a War Other links: Immigrant myths, […]

    Daily History Picture: Holocaust Rings October 8, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Holocaust Rings

    The NKVD allegedly asked their prisoners wedding rings before killing.

    Bosom Serpent Curses October 8, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Bosom Serpent Curses

    We have looked here before on several occasions at the bosom serpent, the notion that certain animals and particularly reptiles and amphibians could dwell in the stomach or elsewhere in the human body after entering through the nose, mouth or in some rarefied cases the vagina. Usually you get bosom-serpented because you have it coming […]

    History Roundup 500 including Sex with Statues October 7, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 500 including Sex with Statues

    Today’s links follow. 1) Seeing Centaurs: Britain 2) Sex with Statues: Greece 3) Lunar Eclipse Myths: Skies 4) Northern European Mummies: Britain 5) Choosing Civil Servants: China 6) Copper Well: Wales and from the archives 7) Magonia: Cloud Land Other links: exterrestial parties, sublime violin

    Daily History Picture: HIV/Aids Poster October 7, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: HIV/Aids Poster

    South African HIV wars

    What Makes a Good Historian? October 7, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite
    What Makes a Good Historian?

    What makes a good historian? Here are a few thoughts that have come up in reading and conversation. A good historian is someone who reads so much in his or her period that they can anticipate what this or that writer will write next. (The present blogger having published on several different periods recognizes this phenomenon well. […]

    History Roundup 499 including Basque DNA October 6, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 499 including Basque DNA

    Today’s links follow. 1) Human Skull Amulet: Denmark 2) Basque DNA: Pyrenees 3) Black Cat Witches: UK 4) Freak Birth Lies: US 5) Where Were the Lewis Chessmen Made: Iceland? 6) Planned Parenthood and the Klu Klux Klan: US and from the archives 7) Medieval Air Battles Other links: Naked capitalism, Passenger, Let Her Go

    Daily History Picture: Finnish Ski Troops October 6, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Finnish Ski Troops

    Winter War

    Ghost Pills! October 6, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Ghost Pills!

    How do you get rid of supernatural worries: call the priest, the alienist or the local bobby? Why no, you buy a tube of nineteenth-century vitamin pill, of course! This at least was the solution offered by one Irish newspaper in 1840. The belief in supernatural appearances has generally prevailed during the superstitious ages has […]

    History Roundup 498 including Georgian Bling October 5, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 498 including Georgian Bling

    Today’s links follow. 1) Amazing Silver Belt: Bulgaria 2) Georgian Bling: England 3) More Palmyra: Syria 4) Coffin Plate Capers: US 5) Armless Magician: London 6) Hitler and Drugs: Germany and from the archives 7) Running Naked in 19 Cent Other links: Sitting standing tests (when will you die?), Send in the Clowns

    Daily History Picture: First Light October 5, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: First Light

    An old favourite…

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