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  • Self Serving Capital Punishment May 2, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    Self Serving Capital Punishment

    Where are our modern executioners? Most people would have problems answering this because there are no modern executioners as such, at least in the US. There are guards (who get overtime), there are governors, there are wardens, there are doctors and, outside some death chambers, there are members of the general public and journalists. It might […]

    Beachcombed 59 May 1, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Beachcombed
    Beachcombed 59

    Dear Reader, Beach is knackered. An appalling month of business, exams and worst of all an audit that has driven Mrs Beachcombing to desperation. There is talk of 40,000 euros to be paid back…. Christ! Yesterday was the last exam, thank the gods, and today a headache and corrections, but almost there. Beach has been a […]

    History Roundup 396 including Cone of Death April 30, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 396 including Cone of Death

    Today’s links follow. 1) Magna Carta and Monty Python: England 2) Child Sacrifice: Bulgaria 3) Rug Story: Armenia and the US 4) Cone of Death: Sweden 5) African Elephant out East: India 6) Silver Pearl Genius: Prague 7) Industrial Obesity and Cancer: London 8) Nymphomania: bedroom and elsewhere and from the archives 9) Hunter Shoppers […]

    Daily History Picture: Mannerheim at Odessa April 30, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Mannerheim at Odessa

    The hero of Finland just as the revolution is beginning in his adopted homeland, Russia, recuperating at Odessa.

    Searching for Mrs S***k*n*us April 30, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Searching for Mrs S***k*n*us

    Can anyone please help with this one? Beach will send a 75 Euro voucher for the first person who manages to get a convincing candidate in a British census return. ***note this has now been solved*** Walter, My Secret Life, is an eleven volume work of pornographic autobiography describing a Victorian gentleman’s ‘romps’. As the ‘gentleman’ in […]

    History Roundup 395 including Wrong Place Broach April 29, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 395 including Wrong Place Broach

    Today’s links follow. 1) Secret Westminster Abbey Room: London 2) Stay Behind Army: Scotland 3) Royal Bed Rediscovered: England 4) Who Was Responsible for the Vikings: Denmark 5) Earliest Customer Complaint: Babylonia 6) Out for the Night in 1916: New York 7) Vulgar Latin from Graffiti: Spain 8) Wrong Place Roman Broach: Denmark and from […]

    Daily History Picture: Luxembourg Liberated April 29, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Luxembourg Liberated

    Allies arrive at the end of WW1 and the Grand Duchy tastes freedom for another twenty years.

    Man vs Horse: Pheidippides and his Missing Mount April 29, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
    Man vs Horse: Pheidippides and his Missing Mount

    ***Inspired by Little Miss Beach and Tacitus at Empire*** http://detritusofempire.blogspot.it/ When Beach recently described, at table, Pheidippides’ heroic 300 mile round trip from Athens to Sparta little Miss Beach looked at her father contemptuously and asked ‘why didn’t he just get on a horse?’ Beach prepared to gently put his daughter down, not wanting to crush her […]

    History Roundup 394 including Late Witch and Elephant Egg April 28, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 394 including Late Witch and Elephant Egg

    Today’s links follow. 1) Late Witch: Suffolk 2) Artificial Flavors History: the Larder 3) Tomb Raiders Caught! China 4) Last Inca Rope Bridge: Peru 5) Stonehenge Secret: I screwed up the address last time, sorry, worth reading. 6) Medieval and ancient Texting: the West 7) Elephant Bird Egg Sale: Auction House 8) Mystery Tunnel Work […]

    Daily History Picture: Medieval Golf April 28, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Medieval Golf

    Late medieval manuscript (BM) showing what looks like golf.  

    The Hanging Bed April 28, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Hanging Bed

    Ohio’s premier anomalist, Chris Woodyard has just put up a post on an unusual method of execution in the nineteenth-century press, the cone of death, and she has two earlier posts, including the needle mask, praying to death, squeezing to death and smothering to death. Every ‘funny’ bone in Beachcombing’s body tells him that there […]

    History Roundup 393 including Mercury River and Giant Hats April 27, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 393 including Mercury River and Giant Hats

    Today’s links follow. 1) Underground Mercury River: Mexico 2) Roosevelt’s Tree Army: US 3) Giant Hats: Easter Island 4) Mystery Tracks: Malta 5) WW1 Photographs: Gallipoli 6) First Video Phones: Nazi Germany! 7) Twerkers Jailed for WW2 Affront: Russia (had to look twerking up) and from the archives 8) Lenin in Antarctica (classic) Other links: […]

    Ash Magic April 27, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Ash Magic

    Your little boy is ill. The doctors can do nothing (this is the nineteenth century) and money is, in any case, short. What on earth do you do. Well, the folk answer, and one that is almost certainly as efficacious as Victorian medicine, is to look for an ash tree. This account comes from Somerset […]

    Daily History Picture: Rolling Ball April 27, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Rolling Ball

    Loisset performs the ball trick at the Vauxhall Gardens

    History Roundup 392 including New Stonehenge Secret April 26, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 392 including New Stonehenge Secret

    Today’s links follow. 1) 170 Yr Old Champagne: Finland 2) Drink Like a Pope: Italy 3) New Stonehenge Secret: UK 4) The London Monster? Britain 5) Medieval Robots: Christendom 6) Lenin’s Body Ripens: Russia 7) Crucible Steel in Ancient Europe?! Russia 8) Gruesome Georgian Murder: Hants, England and from the archives 9) Stupid Politicians and […]

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