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  • Daily History Picture: BEF Greeted February 8, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: BEF Greeted

    Supposedly a British family greeting the troops out of Dunkirk

    The Gandhi-Hitler Letters February 8, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Gandhi-Hitler Letters

    Love or hate Gandhi, and God knows there are plenty of reasons for both, there is something remarkable about this abortive correspondence between he and Hitler (see below the post): ‘correspondence’ might not be the right word as Hitler never wrote back. The first letter dates to late July of 1939 when the world was […]

    New History Books: When Hitler Took Cocaine February 7, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: When Hitler Took Cocaine

    Giles Milton, When Hitler Took Cocaine and Lenin Lost His Brain, History’s Unknown Chapters I’m always a sucker for these books…

    Death by Boggart (or Meningitis)? February 7, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Death by Boggart (or Meningitis)?

    This is a one of these stories where the problem is not with the facts but with interpretation. As it involves human facts it is not a very happy story: be warned a little girl dies. We are in 1871 in Ashton-under-Lyne just outside Manchester. Mr F. Price is the coroner and he held his […]

    New History Books: The Vanishing Man February 6, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: The Vanishing Man

    Laura Cumming’s The Vanishing Man: by all accounts ‘a great detective story’.

    The Matrimony Business February 6, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Matrimony Business

    You are living in the middle of the nineteenth century and, man or woman, you have failed to get your mate for life. Perhaps you regret, saying, ‘no’ to the third son of a duke: or perhaps you regret asking twelve daughters of men in ecclesiastical offices. The point is that, tick toc, time is running […]

    History Roundup 584 including Earliest Scurvy February 5, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 584 including Earliest Scurvy

    Today’s links follow. 1) New Oldest Footprints (southwest): US 2) Earliest Scurvy: Aswan! 3) Oldest Tartan: Scotland 4) Lady Authors in the 1960s: the market place 5) Lost Submarine: Scotland 6) New Ancient Theatre: Greece and from the archives 7) Old New New Old: Churchill and Elizabeth II Other links: Welsh Dragon, Jovanotti, A Te

    Daily History Picture: Beer is Back! February 5, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Beer is Back!

    Beer Day in Iceland, end of prohibition, 1989

    Red Fairies #4: Added in Translation? February 5, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval, Modern
    Red Fairies #4: Added in Translation?

    Perhaps the real key to the Red Fairies problem is language. As we have established they are referred to as y Gwilliaid Cochion Mowddwy in Pennant our first extensive source. Let’s work backwards. Mowddwy refers to their region, modern Mawddwy. No problem there. Cochion refers to a deep red colour. Again no problem or controversy. (Some […]

    History Roundup 583 including Shackleton’s Heart February 4, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 583 including Shackleton's Heart

    Today’s links follow. 1) 18 Cent Riding: England 2) Caste System and Genes: India 3) Go history: China 4) Shackleton’s Heart: Antarctic 5) Nabakov and Marriage: US and Russia 6) Post Mortem Ghost: Dublin and from the archives 7) The Spirited End of Edwin Drood Other links: Will Hay, Ask a Policeman

    Daily History Picture: Nineteenth-Century Teacher February 4, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Nineteenth-Century Teacher

    Colorised image, beautiful face 25 Feb 2016: it has been pointed out multiple times now that this is not a 19 cent teacher but probably Edwardian. Leif can speak for all those readers who objected: The Nineteenth century teacher photograph is lovely, but do double check the date. Women wore long hair throughout the 19th […]

    Red Fairies #3: Do NOT Use the Chimney February 4, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Red Fairies #3: Do NOT Use the Chimney

    One curious folklore tradition survives about ‘the red fairies’. This is David Pennant our earliest extensive source. The traditions of the country respecting these banditti, are still extremely strong. I was told that they were so feared, that travellers did not dare go the common road to Shrewsbury, but passed over the summits of the […]

    History Roundup 582 including Married to a Witch February 3, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 582 including Married to a Witch

    Today’s links follow. 1) Witch and Husband: England 2) Brave Death: Sea (reminds me of the taxi tale) 3) Botching Tut Repairs: Museum 4) Domestic Surgery: US (Christ!) 5) First Europeans in Australia: Portugal? (our take) 6) Wild Science: the lab (or not) and from the archives 7) Canadian Viking Legend Other links: Fotheringay, Too […]

    Daily History Picture: Beach Scene February 3, 2016

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

    Victorians on the beach

    Red Fairies #2: A People Apart? February 3, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Red Fairies #2: A People Apart?

    One of the most curious aspects of the Red Fairy legends in the belief that the Red Fairies survived up until the nineteenth century as a race apart in the locality. This was elevated to high pseudo-science. Here is a passage from The British Race (1909) In Merioneth there is a red-haired, ruddy-skinned people, with […]

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