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  • Witch Oven Near Florence December 19, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Witch Oven Near Florence

    This story appeared in 1893. It is a witchcraft report from Italy in a period when Leland assures us that there were still many cunning women and planet rulers making their living in the country. What is unusual is the advice given. In any case, first the preliminaries… At Ponte a Ema, about three miles […]

    History Roundup 284 including Surviving Alcatraz December 18, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 284 including Surviving Alcatraz

    Today’s links follow. 1) Beautiful Star Tomb: China 2) Impossibly Strong Roman Concrete: The Empire 3) Racton Man Died in Combat: England 4) Surviving Alcatraz: waters round about 5) Love at Sea: English Channel 6) History of Seaweed: shorelines 7) Pakistanis Fighting for Britain: Punjab 8) Flyting is Back: Scotland (our take on flyting) 9) Shugborough […]

    Daily History Picture: Best Ankles Competition December 18, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Best Ankles Competition

    London 1930 a bobby helps to judge who has the best ankles.  

    For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow and WW2 December 18, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    For He's a Jolly Good Fellow and WW2

    A painful moment from 1939, at least for any Britons reading this post. Neville Chamberlain and his capable foreign minister, Lord Halifax, have travelled, 11 January, to Rome for a meeting of minds with Mussolini. In fact, Britain is just nine months away from a World War and a year and a half away from […]

    History Roundup 283 including Banshee Memories December 17, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 283 including Banshee Memories

    Today’s links follow. 1) Cod Pieces and Wolf Hall: Fantasy Tudor England 2) Execution by Burning Ape: Byzantium 3) WW1 Time Capsule: Germany 4) Hundreds of Babies Buried in a Cistern: Ireland (oldy from the summer) 5) Banshee Tale: Ireland 6) Egyptian Beads: in Denmark 7) George VI Saved the Monarchy: Britain 8) Oldest Human […]

    Daily History Picture: Amelia’s Last Hair Cut December 17, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Amelia's Last Hair Cut

    Amelia Earhart before rushing off for that round world flight…

    Immortal Meals #18: Breakfast in the Forbidden Palace December 17, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Immortal Meals #18: Breakfast in the Forbidden Palace

    The month is March 1912, the day unspecified, but you walk into the dining room in the Forbidden Palace in Peking and one breakfast is much like any other. The sole guest is about to have breakfast and the twenty five dishes for this important meal have just been laid out by the eunuchs. Beach […]

    History Roundup 282 including Christmas Horrors from Iceland December 16, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 282 including Christmas Horrors from Iceland

    Today’s links follow. 1) Christmas Horrors: Iceland 2) Stealing the Olympics: St Louis 3) Wartime letter’s Peregrinations: Maryland 4) Viking Treasure Back: York 5) John Lennon on Holiday: Edinburgh 6) Dirty Weekend Viking Style: North Western Europe 7) More Viking Evidence from Arctic Canada: Baffin Island 8) Oral Memories: Australia and from the archives 9) cat […]

    Daily History Picture: Left Right Change December 16, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Left Right Change

    1967 Sweden changes driving from left to right: curiously fatalaties dropped…

    Roman Coins in Iceland December 16, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Medieval
    Roman Coins in Iceland

    Roman coins have been found within and without the Empire. Denarii and solidii turn up in Scandinavia, Free Germany, Ceylon, Mainland India and Ethiopia, there is even one fascinating outlier in Madagascar (another post, another day). These coins will have arrived in two separate ways. Some will have been brought by Roman traders and some […]

    History Roundup 281 including Easter Island Bodies December 15, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 281 including Easter Island Bodies

    Today’s links follow. 1) Unusual Witch Execution: France 2) Underwater Ballroom: UK 3) Graveyard Christmas: Russia 4) Wood Diaries Rediscovered: Oxfordshire 5) Budgie Trainer and Pig Sketcher: London 6) Tulip Power: Lowlands 7) Sniper’s Rifle on Display: Texas 8) Scottish Canon: Pakistan 9) Bodies under Heads: on Easter Island and from the archives 10) Toasting […]

    Daily History Picture: Dog Fight Over Parliament December 15, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Dog Fight Over Parliament

    Battle of Britain shot from the summer of 1940 with Parliament in the foreground. 30 Dec 2014: Andy the Mad Monk writes, ‘Sadly this picture is photoshopped.  The original does not have the clock tower in the foreground. Link to a copy of the original pic – note it is copyright to the Imperial War Museum […]

    Buying Flying Rocs and Sailing Ships December 15, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Buying Flying Rocs and Sailing Ships

    There is always a joy in imagining yourself in those fabulous nineteenth-century pantomime production where glitz, technology and spectacle came together and left audiences in London, New York, Chicago and Manchester speechless. It is only rarely though that we get to look behind the magician’s curtain, to see how things really worked, with very few exceptions […]

    History Roundup 280 including Fairy Music December 14, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 280 including Fairy Music

    Today’s links follow. 1) Leeches, Radium and a Corpse: London 2) Buying Up Cromwell: the Commonwealth 3) Christmas Cracker Truths: Laden table 4) Ancient Horse DNA and Breeding History: EuroAsia 5) Dowser and Plague Pit: Tunbridge Wells 6) Century Old Rose: Derbyshire 7) Music of Fairy: Kerry 8) Foul Fowl: Aldershot (of course) and from […]

    Binoculars, Wanted Posters and Green Dresses: Irish-British Relations Post Independence December 14, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Binoculars, Wanted Posters and Green Dresses: Irish-British Relations Post Independence

    By the end of 1916 the British establishment and the establishment in waiting of a future Irish state had come to loathe each other. The cause for this was not only the long history of rebellion and suppression (‘Ireland, through us, summons her children to her flag…’), nor was it just the fighting of the Easter […]

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