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  • Daily History Picture: Transvestite German Soldiers February 17, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Transvestite German Soldiers

    German soldiers in their French girlfriends’ clothes

    Review: Return to Magonia February 17, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    Review: Return to Magonia

    This review should begin with an important caveat. The author loathes UFOs, aliens and Close Encounters of the Third Kind: mosquito smudges on the window of our existence. Yet the book pictured above, which details a series of mysterious objects in the sky (and near to the earth) from 1662 to 1947, gripped and impressed […]

    History Roundup 591 including Jack the Strangler February 16, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 591 including Jack the Strangler

    Today’s links follow. 1) Travelling Circus: Amazing Photos 2) In Search of the Arrowhead Inn: US 3) Mardi Gras History: Gulf Coast 4) Weird Norse Myths: the Viking North 5) Jack the Strangler: London 6) Badger Archaeological Hero: Stonehenge and from the archives 7) Love Goddess, Agnes Sorel Other links: Belief and Anomalies, Noel Coward, […]

    Daily History Picture: Cree Chieftain February 16, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Cree Chieftain

    Cree chief from Alberta

    The Last Crusade, 1996-1999 February 16, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Medieval
    The Last Crusade, 1996-1999

    Beach is always curious about the present’s manipulation of the past and there are few subjects that have been manipulated more than the Crusades. Those men and women who set off towards the Holy Land, in 1095 have been cast in almost every imaginable role in the last two hundred years. They have been made into […]

    History Roundup 590 including Nazi Bear February 15, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 590 including Nazi Bear

    Today’s links follow. 1) Ape Horror: Cornwall 2) Nazi Bear: Germany (brilliant photos) 3) What Language Did God Speak: Israel 4) Last Mud Building: Scotland 5) Stonehenge and Roads: Britain 6) The Coffin Road: the Lakes and from the archives 7) Fortsas Library Other links: Love is the Sweetest Thing, Al Bowly

    Daily History Picture: Eiffel Tower Possibilities February 15, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Eiffel Tower Possibilities

    Potential towers

    Victorian Cannabis Use February 15, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Victorian Cannabis Use

    Cannabis became illegal in the United Kingdom once the 1925 Dangerous Drug Acts came into force in 1928. However, before that there was a long tradition of ‘hemp’ smoking in the country: mainly for medicinal reasons. Regrettably we know little about British hemp-smokers. Victorian interest in opium often reached almost hysterical levels: but interest in […]

    New History Books: Queen of Spies February 14, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: Queen of Spies

    Paddy Hayes, Queen of Spies A regional commander in SIS

    Dying from Fright: Women and the Weak Minded? February 14, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Dying from Fright: Women and the Weak Minded?

    A lazy morning and so Beach inspired by his recent post of a girl who died of fear decided to look a little deeper. How many people really die because they are frightened? To carry out a half decent experiment he surveyed the British press from January 1850 to December 1859. He ignored probable urban […]

    New History Books: Mussolini’s Army in the French Riviera February 13, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: Mussolini's Army in the French Riviera

    Emanuele Sica, Mussolini’s Army in the French Riviera Italy’s Occupation of France  French occupation of southern France.

    History Roundup 589 including Creepy Georgian Cats February 12, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 589 including Creepy Georgian Cats

    Today’s links follow. 1) Spectral Bird: Middlesex 2) Havana Clean Up: Cuba 3) Kidnapped Body: US 4) Creepy Georgian Cats: UK 5) First Nation Clay Medicine: US 6) Nazis Conquer America: Fantasy 7) Black Death Hides: Europe and from the archives 8) Into the Lion’s Mouth Other links: Enoch Powell, Desert Island Discs (particularly enjoyed […]

    Last King Killing February 12, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Last King Killing

    Armchair anthropologists (such as this blogger) often thrill over the stories of mutilated and better still murdered kings and the rituals described by Frazer and his heirs in the tropics and reconstructed (ahem imagined) in European history. The king is the land, and as he becomes old and frail he must be sacrificed so life […]

    Daily History Picture: East German Sentries February 12, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: East German Sentries

    East German Troops

    History Roundup 588 including First British Curry February 11, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 588 including First British Curry

    Today’s links follow. 1) Prehistoric ‘Sorted’ Graves: Jordan 2) Stolen Grave Treasures: Italy 3) First British Curry? Kitchen 4) New Bosch Painting: Gallery 5) Advanced WW2 Fighter: Germany 6) Houdini and the Dead: Spirit World and from the archives 7) Silent Fairies Other links: Galician Murder (best read of the week) Sensational Alex Harvey Band, […]

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