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  • Daily History Picture: Ancient Egyptian Internet October 21, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Ancient Egyptian Internet

    Sorry, but had to watch a lot of videos with cats recently…

    London Polt October 21, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    London Polt

    We are in London in 1847, in a religious family. The whole of the neighbourhood of Black Lion Lane, Bayswater is ringing with the extraordinary occurrences that have recently happened in the house of Mr. Williams in the Moscow Road, and which bear a strong resemblance to the celebrated Stockwell ghost affair in 1772. The […]

    History Roundup 509 including Strange Wasting Deaths October 20, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 509 including Strange Wasting Deaths

    Today’s links follow. 1) Strange Wasting Deaths: America 2) Bad Clergy: England 3) Modelling for the Impressionists: France 4) Serpent in the Sky: the ocean 5) Train Horror Liberation: Germany (amazing photographs) 6) Ruskin and the Paranormal: England and from the archives 7) Seance Faking Other links: Porn and the brain, Heroin, Lou Reed

    Daily History Picture: Suffragette Liberty or Death October 20, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Suffragette Liberty or Death

    Love the don’t tread on me snake

    Counter Factual: Pre-War Politicians and Television October 20, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    Counter Factual: Pre-War Politicians and Television

    A modern politician needs to be convincing on television. That these qualities matter was famously demonstrated in the first debate between Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy in 1960, where radio listeners believed that Nixon had won the contest, but television watchers, shocked by Nixon’s five o’clock shadow, claimed that Kennedy had beaten his Republican […]

    History Roundup 508 including Glass Spears and Mine Spirits October 19, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 508 including Glass Spears and Mine Spirits

    Today’s links follow. 1) Glass Spears: Australia 2) Very Fresh Tomb: Italy 3) Early Africa Migration: China 4) Human Sacrifice: Sweden 5) First Selfie: America 6) Mine Centaur: Pennsylvania and from the archives 7) Dreams of Murder Other links: Arrividerci Earth, Sabina on Madrid

    Daily History Picture: Last Supper Selfie October 19, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Last Supper Selfie

    Sorry. Which is Judas?

    Flying Girlfriend, Frightened Boyfriend and the Witch Orgy October 19, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Flying Girlfriend, Frightened Boyfriend and the Witch Orgy

    Beach has recently become obsessed with stories about witches’ flying exploits. Here is a tale (sounds almost a folk tale) from the pen of the dreadful Jean Bodin, one of Europe’s most important sixteenth-century witch theorists. There was… at Lyons a young noblewoman a few years ago, who got up at night and, lighting the […]

    New History Books: Beware the Rugged Bear October 18, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: Beware the Rugged Bear

    The golden age of British intelligence and the clash with the Communist regime: Beware the Rugged Russian Bear

    Real Tree Trunk Deaths October 18, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    Real Tree Trunk Deaths

    There are several nineteenth century legends about bodies trapped in the hollow of trees. These seem to be, for the most part, urban legends. But there are some unquestionably factual accounts. It must be quite difficult to die within a tree, but clearly some people managed it. Beach concentrated on Britain. Are there other factual […]

    New History Books: Byzantium Triumphant October 17, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books:  Byzantium Triumphant

    The last golden age! Byzantium Triumphant

    Scooby Doo Crime 4#: The Skeleton Robber October 17, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Scooby Doo Crime 4#:  The Skeleton Robber

    This is a story about the countryside around Portsmouth in the UK in 1825. It belongs to our Scooby Doo series of crimes: i.e. local hoodlums using the supernatural while carrying out illegal activities. A curious attempt at robbery took place a short time since, near this town. A Gentleman, returning home after spending the […]

    History Roundup 507 including Snake Venom Drinks and Volcanos October 16, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 507 including Snake Venom Drinks and Volcanos

    Today’s links follow. 1) Bronze Age Sauna: Orkney (!) 2) Andes DNA: Peru 3) The Day Before the Volcano: Italy 4) Snake Venom Drinks: Ancient Med 5) Mummification in Northern Europe: Britain 6) Butchered Mammoth: US and from the archives 7) Fastest Marchers Other links: Friedman on Hayek et alii

    Daily History Picture: Kitchen Debate October 16, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Kitchen Debate

    Nixon vs Khrushchev: these two deserved each other…

    Execution by Swimming Pool: A Saudi Legend? October 16, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Execution by Swimming Pool: A Saudi Legend?

    While looking into the case of the execution of princess Misha’al in Saudi Arabia in 1977 Beach ran across this passage. Eight months after the airing of Death of a Princess [April 1980], another prince approached King Khalid asking approval to have his adulterous daughter executed [so early 1981?]. The King, fearing a repeat publicity […]

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