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Harry: A 175 Year Old Survivor of the Beagle? October 15, 2010

Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
Harry: A 175 Year Old Survivor of the Beagle?

Beachcombing has been interested in longevity recently and thought that today he would highlight the remarkable case of Harry, a particularly long-lived crew member of the Beagle, the boat on which Darwin travelled to the Galapagos and on which the English scientist hatched his explosive ideas. Now some dates to give a sense of just […]

Calleva: the Last Romano-British City October 14, 2010

Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Medieval
Calleva: the Last Romano-British City

Beachcombing finishes, today, his rapid tour around bizarre or curious near-London and London sites: a work he has undertaken partly for Canadian History Student and partly out of nostalgia – he is in Italy at the moment.  And what better place to end than Calleva Atrebatorum, the Woody Place of the Atrebates Tribe, way out […]

The Isis Arms: Britain’s oldest pub October 13, 2010

Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
The Isis Arms: Britain's oldest pub

Beachcombing is having fun this week looking for off-the-beaten-track places in and around London for Canadian History Student. And this morning he is out on Tooley Street in Southwark seeking London and, indeed, Britain’s oldest pub, the Isis Arms. The pub in question was built in the first generation of Roman London, say, c. 70 […]

Going Dark Age on the Circle Line October 12, 2010

Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
Going Dark Age on the Circle Line

Beachcombing’s trawl around south-east England and London on behalf of Canadian History Student is now three-days old and continues here with another side of London’s Circle Line. The Circle Line for any London virgins among Beachcombing’s readership is the wonderful series of station represented by a yellow circle on the map of central London that goes […]

A Ring, A Curse Stone and J.R.R. Tolkien October 11, 2010

Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
A Ring, A Curse Stone and J.R.R. Tolkien

As noted in yesterday’s post Beachcombing is presently trying to pass on some off-the-beaten-track travel tips to Canadian History Student in his/her coming trip around south-east England. Beachcombing thought that for the second of his suggested visits he would counsel a quick run up to Vyne House near Basingstoke. Beachcombing doesn’t care much for the […]

Druidic Ravens at the Tower of London? October 10, 2010

Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Contemporary, Medieval, Modern
Druidic Ravens at the Tower of London?

Beachcombing got an email this week from a Canadian history student. ‘Seeing as you seem to have knowledge of historical things quite off the beaten track I thought I’d seek some historic tourism advice. I’m a Canadian history student and over Christmas I’ll be travelling to London. I plan on a doing a couple of […]

Politicians and Maps October 9, 2010

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
Politicians and Maps

As Beachcombing explained in a previous post it has been a difficult week. And yet his attempt to shrug off the blues with an unfortunate Mayan sacrificial victim yesterday backfired – he had bad dreams. Here then is a further attempt moving on from Mesoamerican pain to political stupidity. And as there is so much stupidity out […]

Mayan Blood and Mayan Victims October 8, 2010

Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
Mayan Blood and Mayan Victims

Beachcombing has had a bad week and so to perk himself up a little he thought that he would resort to the last strategy of the truly desperate: pity someone who is worse off than himself. In this spirit and in continuance of his wcih (‘worst careers in history’) series he has decided to rememeber the […]

Antique Christians in Furthest China October 7, 2010

Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval, Modern
Antique Christians in Furthest China

Beachcombing has often visited in these pages his favourite WIBT (‘wish I’d been there’) moments from history. And today he takes the gentle reader to another this time in China in honour of his mother and step-father who have recently fled the dominions for a holiday in the Far East. It is 1625 and the gutsy Portuguese […]

Germans Pay for the Sins of Their Great, Great, Great Grandfathers October 6, 2010

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
Germans Pay for the Sins of Their Great, Great, Great Grandfathers

Beachcombing often misses major historical anniversaries on his blog or only cottons on a couple of days too late. Certainly he is off in raising the white flag to celebrate the last German payment of First World War reparations. For, yes, so it was that, on Sunday, 3rd October 2010, the German government put its […]

Hunter-Shoppers October 5, 2010

Author: Beach Combing | in : Prehistoric
Hunter-Shoppers

Beachcombing’s nickname at High School – concrete comprehensive school somewhere in the lush north – was Caveman. And Beachcombing’s peers – with that preternatural perception that adolescents still have before soap operas, nicotine and 9-5 set in  – were onto something as the Stone-Ager was always close to the surface. Even now, it is enough for Beachcombing […]

Image: Comrade Lenin in Antarctica October 4, 2010

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
Image: Comrade Lenin in Antarctica

It was a dull weekend and so Beachcombing is going to give himself a pick-me-up this Monday morning with one of his favourite sports – making fun of the Soviet Union. And what better way to do it than with this fabulous photograph of the southern pole of inaccessibility, the point in Antarctica furthest from […]

Boiling mice in the name of history October 3, 2010

Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
Boiling mice in the name of history

It is widely known, Beachcombing believes, that the Romans ate dormice. Despite sumptuary laws forbidding the practice – dormice were an indulgence – they were fattened in gardens and kept in winter in a glirarium (a large ceramic jar) to prevent them hibernating (and becoming thin…). They were then cooked, stuffed with  pine kernels, garum, […]

Those Nice Austro-Hungarian Machine Gunners October 2, 2010

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
Those Nice Austro-Hungarian Machine Gunners

Beachcombing recently found himself marveling over a passage in Mark Thompson’s The White War on Italy’s dreadful First World War campaigns. Italy it must be remembered was fighting, for the most part, the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the Peacock Imperial Throne of central Europe. Another kind of collusion was so rare that very few instances were recorded […]

Beachcombed 4 October 1, 2010

Author: Beach Combing | in : Beachcombed
Beachcombed 4

Dear Readers, 1st October As tradition dictates Beachcombing begins the month with a Beachcombed bringing together the eight most interesting emails he has received in the last month. It is a bit of a hectic moment as Beachcombing is spending a week in and out of hospital so apologies ahead of time if this has not been […]

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