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  • Daily History Picture: Original Peanuts Cast January 28, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Original Peanuts Cast

    Charlie Brown just doesn’t look like Charlie Brown should…

    The Bogle and the Gamekeeper January 28, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Bogle and the Gamekeeper

    Regular readers will know that Beach has a pronounced weakness for the collision of the supernatural and the legal system: be this in Africa, Ireland or Britain. Here is a lovely case from Scotland in 1889. Five miners were charged yesterday, Falkirk Sheriff Court, with poaching on the lands of Mr William Forbes of Culendar, […]

    History Roundup 578 including Canal Treasures from Paris January 27, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 578 including Canal Treasures from Paris

    Today’s links follow. 1) Long Plague: Europe 2) Hitler and Control: not Germany 3) Treasures of Canal: Paris 4) Ghost Murders: All over 5) Modern Witchcraft Exhibition: Museum 6) Fighting the Cold: WW1 and from the archives 7) British Witch Initiation Other links: Stephen Hawking world about to end, five million conversations (British politics), science […]

    Daily History Picture: Richard III Pays Parking Bill January 27, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Richard III Pays Parking Bill

      Penn Libraries call number: Inc B-720 Loved this…

    History by Kilowat: Humanity Glimpsed from Space January 27, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite, Contemporary
    History by Kilowat: Humanity Glimpsed from Space

    ‘The first day or so we all pointed to our countries. The third or fourth day we were pointing to our continents. By the fifth day, we were aware of only one Earth.’ Sultan bin Salman Al-Saud These sentiments do Sultan bin Salman credit, but the earth at night is rather less democratic than the […]

    History Roundup 577 including Vulture Mascots January 26, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 577 including Vulture Mascots

    Today’s links follow. 1) American Deception: WW2 2) Seduce by Reading Aloud: the bedroom 3) Egyptians in Ireland: the Med and the Atlantic (old theory recycled) 4) Sir John Falstaff: England (I could grow to like this man) 5) Vulture Mascot: Roman Empire 6) Witch Play: England and from the archives 7) Werewolf Lineage Other […]

    Daily History Picture: Sad Handshake January 26, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Sad Handshake

    McCenroe can’t take it…

    The Mystery Footstep January 26, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Mystery Footstep

    A busy day, so a good and, let’s say, credible story from Llanfillin in Wales. This tale also involve a favourite Beachcombian theme, which cannot be revealed to the end without ruining the story.  An English man goes to live in Wales and is warned that the house he wished to rent is haunted. The […]

    History Roundup 576 including Backpack Helicopters January 25, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 576 including Backpack Helicopters

    Today’s links follow. 1) Where were the Witches Killed: Salem 2) Backpack helicopters: over the rainbow 3) John Dee Painted: the Gallery 4) Bronze Age Pompeii: UK (mmmm…) 5) Tenant’s Harbor Mystery: Maine 6) Spook lights: New Zealand and from the archives 7) Lords of Karma and the RAF Other links: killing the comments…

    Daily History Picture: Jonah in a Gargoyle January 25, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Jonah in a Gargoyle

    Man in a fish…  

    Letters from a Witch’s Clients January 25, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Letters from a Witch's Clients

    In 1859 a unique witchcraft source appeared in the British newspapers. Durham police had raided the house of one Mrs Leadpiper and had seized a number of letters from her supplicants. To our great good fortune the Durham Chronicle published several: and the article was then picked up by other papers from Cornwall to Luton. […]

    New History Books: Fall of the Double Eagle January 24, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: Fall of the Double Eagle

    John R. Schindler, Fall of the Double Eagle I’m a big Schindler fan, looking forward to reading this…

    An Outstanding Italian Ghost Story January 24, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    An Outstanding Italian Ghost Story

    This is an Italian memory of a British traveller, it is also a rather good ghost story. The non consequality of many of the events is effective. I had the pleasure many years ago of staying for some days at San Donato, in Chianti. It is about thirty miles from Florence. The way of life […]

    New History Books: Of Beards and Men January 23, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: Of Beards and Men

    Oldstone-Moore, Of Beards and Men This is a favourite subject of mine: let’s hope the book lives up…

    Film, History and Memory January 23, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Medieval, Modern
    Film, History and Memory

    ***Dedicated to David*** In a recent reflection about the way we remember the past, this blogger made the case that after about two hundred years we cease to ‘own’ history. ‘For Beach Waterloo seems, somehow, ‘present’. Anything before that date seems, meanwhile, completely out of reach, as if the historical imagination falls down into a […]

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