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  • Mussolini and Cole Porter October 23, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Mussolini and Cole Porter

    Bit of possible cobblers for the end of the month. In 1934 Cole Porter wrote the musical Anything Goes, the most famous song of which is surely ‘You’re the Top’. In that song the following lyrics are alleged to appear. You’re the top! You’re a Coolidge dollar. You’re the nimble tread Of the feet of […]

    History Roundup 511 including Lost Monty Python October 22, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 511 including Lost Monty Python

    Today’s links follow. 1) Celtic Treasures: Museum 2) Germanic Burial to the East: Czech Republic 3) Flower Burial Myth: Prehistory (our take) 4) Lost Monty Python Illlustrations: Cinema 5) The Bee Whisperer: Britain 6) Phantom Planes: the sky and from the archives 7) Scooby Doo, Shag and the Bleachworks Other links: Yom Kipur TV Error, […]

    Daily History Picture: Italy Bombs London October 22, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Italy Bombs London

    Italian celebration of the blitz

    In Search of Chinese Tooth Worms October 22, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    In Search of Chinese Tooth Worms

    Last month Beach took some time to look up, while recovering from toothache agony, traditional tooth cures. He was particularly impressed by the widespread belief in tooth worms, the little parasites which apparently cause toothaches. These non-existent parasites were believed in throughout Euro-Asia-Africa and can be traced back to Babylonian times: it is always a […]

    History Roundup 510 including Colonial Chemistry and Unlucky Castles October 21, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 510 including Colonial Chemistry and Unlucky Castles

    Today’s links follow. 1) Crying Boy Curse: England 2) Lost Impossible Kingdom: Canada 3) The Stamford Wildman: England 4) Baskerville Hound Folklore Origins: England 5) Colonial Chemistry: US 6) Unlucky Castles: Britain and from the archives 7) Weird Jobs in 1881 Census Other links: Economics as science, Dutch migrant lore, Someone like you  

    Daily History Picture: Ancient Egyptian Internet October 21, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Ancient Egyptian Internet

    Sorry, but had to watch a lot of videos with cats recently…

    London Polt October 21, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    London Polt

    We are in London in 1847, in a religious family. The whole of the neighbourhood of Black Lion Lane, Bayswater is ringing with the extraordinary occurrences that have recently happened in the house of Mr. Williams in the Moscow Road, and which bear a strong resemblance to the celebrated Stockwell ghost affair in 1772. The […]

    History Roundup 509 including Strange Wasting Deaths October 20, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 509 including Strange Wasting Deaths

    Today’s links follow. 1) Strange Wasting Deaths: America 2) Bad Clergy: England 3) Modelling for the Impressionists: France 4) Serpent in the Sky: the ocean 5) Train Horror Liberation: Germany (amazing photographs) 6) Ruskin and the Paranormal: England and from the archives 7) Seance Faking Other links: Porn and the brain, Heroin, Lou Reed

    Daily History Picture: Suffragette Liberty or Death October 20, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Suffragette Liberty or Death

    Love the don’t tread on me snake

    Counter Factual: Pre-War Politicians and Television October 20, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    Counter Factual: Pre-War Politicians and Television

    A modern politician needs to be convincing on television. That these qualities matter was famously demonstrated in the first debate between Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy in 1960, where radio listeners believed that Nixon had won the contest, but television watchers, shocked by Nixon’s five o’clock shadow, claimed that Kennedy had beaten his Republican […]

    History Roundup 508 including Glass Spears and Mine Spirits October 19, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 508 including Glass Spears and Mine Spirits

    Today’s links follow. 1) Glass Spears: Australia 2) Very Fresh Tomb: Italy 3) Early Africa Migration: China 4) Human Sacrifice: Sweden 5) First Selfie: America 6) Mine Centaur: Pennsylvania and from the archives 7) Dreams of Murder Other links: Arrividerci Earth, Sabina on Madrid

    Daily History Picture: Last Supper Selfie October 19, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Last Supper Selfie

    Sorry. Which is Judas?

    Flying Girlfriend, Frightened Boyfriend and the Witch Orgy October 19, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Flying Girlfriend, Frightened Boyfriend and the Witch Orgy

    Beach has recently become obsessed with stories about witches’ flying exploits. Here is a tale (sounds almost a folk tale) from the pen of the dreadful Jean Bodin, one of Europe’s most important sixteenth-century witch theorists. There was… at Lyons a young noblewoman a few years ago, who got up at night and, lighting the […]

    New History Books: Beware the Rugged Bear October 18, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: Beware the Rugged Bear

    The golden age of British intelligence and the clash with the Communist regime: Beware the Rugged Russian Bear

    Real Tree Trunk Deaths October 18, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    Real Tree Trunk Deaths

    There are several nineteenth century legends about bodies trapped in the hollow of trees. These seem to be, for the most part, urban legends. But there are some unquestionably factual accounts. It must be quite difficult to die within a tree, but clearly some people managed it. Beach concentrated on Britain. Are there other factual […]

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