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  • Daily History Picture: Desperation Beach January 2, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Desperation Beach

    Sniffing glue in Cumbria in the late 1970s

    Immortal Meals #19: Rum Up at Harewood House January 2, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    Immortal Meals #19: Rum Up at Harewood House

    ***Dedicated to Chris who sent this one in*** The year is 1805, the month December and the location Harewood House, a delightful stately house near Leeds, Yorkshire. The cellar records have a special note for this meal as something extraordinary happened there. The Lascelles family, who had built and owned Harewood, ordered up eight bottles […]

    Beachcombed 55 January 1, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Beachcombed
    Beachcombed 55

    Dear Reader, Anarchy rages in the Beachcombing house with newborns and shifting nannies, then, this morning snow arrived on the beach. Thanks, as always, to the multiple linkers: Amanda, Chris, Chris S, Joan, Ricardo, Wade and others. I’ve put the very best contributions below to the posts from this month. Thanks to all emails too. […]

    History Roundup 288 including Tut’s Afterlife December 31, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 288 including Tut's Afterlife

    Today’s links follow. 1) Tut’s Afterlife: Egypt 2) Christmas Rapping: Ohio 3) Ancient Settlement with Great Goddesses: Ukraine 4) Christmas Soccer, New Letter: Britain 5) Winter Landscape and Damn the Spanish: Netherlands 6) David and Solomon Real: Israel 7) Recreating Edward VI’s Baptism: England 8)  Mad Dali’s Christmas Cards: Spain and from the archives 9) […]

    Index Biography #14: prize = book December 31, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Index Biography #14: prize = book

    LL writes in with the correct answer, scroll down… The Index Biography is a new form of biography pioneered by this blog and introduced in a previous post. The creator must find a biography of a famous individual from history, they must turn to the index and write down eight peripheral facts about the individual’s life. […]

    History Roundup 287 including Witch Pits December 30, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 287 including Witch Pits

    Today’s links follow. 1) Witch Pits Used as Late as 1970s! Cornwall 2) Mad Milker of Tarcutta: Australia 3) Jesus and Herod: Israel 4) Mystery Civilisation Destroyed: China 5) Bad Christmases: some brilliant stuff here 6) Putting 60 Secs in the Minute: Babylonia (video) 7) Folk Charm for the Recession: Dorset 8) Mystery Sketch Book: […]

    The Ghosts of Children Past December 30, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite, Contemporary
    The Ghosts of Children Past

    Beach has spent a lazy Christmas trying to get to know his new daughter and trying to stop his two elder daughters from killing ‘baby’: ‘can I carry her up the stairs’, ‘but I thought she would like to eat a carrot’ etc etc. All this primed him for a dive into CHILDES, possibly the […]

    Benedict’s Pool (Worcestershire/Gloucestershire) December 29, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Benedict's Pool (Worcestershire/Gloucestershire)

    This ghost story is a curiosity, a maverick. It is not that there are not haunted pools or even haunting monks. But no book read by this blogger has ever troubled to put them together and certainly no tradition makes the monk into a nasty piece of work. This is a nineteenth century, which seems […]

    Fighting Sea Monsters with Vinegar in Medieval Iran December 28, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    Fighting Sea Monsters with Vinegar in Medieval Iran

    One of the joys of ancient and medieval geographies are the small ethnographic details that sound strange, but that might just possibly be based on fact. The following comes from the works of Chang De, a thirteenth century ambassador and informant for a famous Chinese work, The Record of an Embassy to the Regions of […]

    Churchill: Euro-Sceptic or Pro European? December 27, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Churchill: Euro-Sceptic or Pro European?

    Winston Churchill is a hero to almost all points of the spectrum of British politics and it is quite natural that his views are trotted out to justify positions. How predictable then that proponents of the European Union and those against the European Union, the single most pressing issue in British political life, trot out […]

    Saved by Birds and a Gypsy December 26, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Saved by Birds and a Gypsy

    Archduke Joseph Karl (obit 1905) was one of the minor scions of the Austro-Hungarian royal family. He was famous though for a particular interest: in a country where gypsies were despised he was a Roma-phile, writing books on gypsy culture and even learning their language. In his attempts to advance the claims of the gypsy […]

    At the Lychgate: Happy Christmas! December 25, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    At the Lychgate: Happy Christmas!

    At the lychgate we may all pass our own conduct and our own judgments under a searching review. It is not given to human beings, happily for them, for otherwise life would be intolerable, to foresee or to predict to any large extent the unfolding course of events. In one phase men seem to have […]

    Daily History Picture: Tsar Nicholas After Abdication Before Death December 24, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Tsar Nicholas After Abdication Before Death

    Poor old Tsar Nicholas, months away from execution. Heavy the head that wears the crown, but heavier still (to judge by his face) those who’ve just lost it….

    Gypsies as Children Stealers in Italy: A Modern Myth December 24, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Medieval
    Gypsies as Children Stealers in Italy: A Modern Myth

    As noted previously on this blog the idea that gypsies steal children is an old one, at least five hundred years old if one piece of medieval German legislation is to be taken seriously. It is an idea that has died out in most western countries, but one that has survived curiously in Italy where, […]

    History Roundup 286 including Spy Sketcher December 23, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 286 including Spy Sketcher

    Today’s links follow. 1) WW1 Art War: Combatant Powers 2) University Students and the Great War: Britain 3) Mistletoe Kissing: Britain 4) Psychology of Duelling: Field of Honour 5) Totalitarian Communism and Hollywood: North Korea 6) Peasants Revolt (minus peasants): Kent 7) Spy Sketcher: UK and France 8) 10 Unsolved Archaeological Mysteries: America and from […]

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