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  • Robin and the Sermon January 30, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Robin and the Sermon

    When Beach was at university he lived about six floors up just under the roof of a marvelous Georgian building. Every day a bird used to visit his room and fly around inside impressing all Beach’s friends and casual visitors who thought that he’d turned into a Celtic saint. The real reason for the bird’s […]

    New History Books: Making David into Goliath January 30, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: Making David into Goliath

    Muravchik, Making David into Goliath One of the tragedies of the postwar period…

    History Roundup 580 including How Old Are Fairy Tales January 29, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 580 including How Old Are Fairy Tales

    Today’s links follow. 1) Mandrake Use: Magic Books 2) Early Siberians: Prehistory 3) New Buddhist Caves: Mumbai 4) American Witchcraft: Chicago 5) More on Volcano Art: Prehistoric France 6) How Old Are Fairy Tales: Prehistory (perhaps) and from the archives 7) Why Isn’t Modern Fairy Fiction Frightening Other links: paranoid monsters, find the panda, prehistoric food […]

    Daily History Picture: Ron and Nancy and Decapitated Chinese Warrior January 29, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Ron and Nancy and Decapitated Chinese Warrior

    1984. He’s not Nixon but…

    Ancient Saunas with Cannabis January 29, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
    Ancient Saunas with Cannabis

    What is the first recorded use of cannabis? There follows what is unquestionably the first European reference, though it relates to a Steppe people. Herodotus (4,73) is here describing the Scythians, the barbarians beyond the Black Sea, a region note that Herodotus may have visited: certainly he had lots of surprisingly accurate information about Scythian […]

    New History Books: Truce January 28, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: Truce

    Padraig Og O Ruairc, Truce: Murder, Myth and the Last Days of the Irish War of Independence The catastrophic winding down of the struggle in Ireland

    History Roundup 579 including Mystery Prehistoric Massacre January 28, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 579 including Mystery Prehistoric Massacre

    Today’s links follow. 1) what was it like to live in Stone Age: prehistory 2) John Dee and the Dwarf: Britain 3) Mystery African Massacre: Prehistory 4) Middle Eastern Gladiators: in Britain… 5) Mummies: from all Around the World 6) Fake Fairy Tales? France 7) Gypsy Romance: Britain and from the archives 8) Postcard Terrorists Other […]

    Daily History Picture: Original Peanuts Cast January 28, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Original Peanuts Cast

    Charlie Brown just doesn’t look like Charlie Brown should…

    The Bogle and the Gamekeeper January 28, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Bogle and the Gamekeeper

    Regular readers will know that Beach has a pronounced weakness for the collision of the supernatural and the legal system: be this in Africa, Ireland or Britain. Here is a lovely case from Scotland in 1889. Five miners were charged yesterday, Falkirk Sheriff Court, with poaching on the lands of Mr William Forbes of Culendar, […]

    History Roundup 578 including Canal Treasures from Paris January 27, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 578 including Canal Treasures from Paris

    Today’s links follow. 1) Long Plague: Europe 2) Hitler and Control: not Germany 3) Treasures of Canal: Paris 4) Ghost Murders: All over 5) Modern Witchcraft Exhibition: Museum 6) Fighting the Cold: WW1 and from the archives 7) British Witch Initiation Other links: Stephen Hawking world about to end, five million conversations (British politics), science […]

    Daily History Picture: Richard III Pays Parking Bill January 27, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Richard III Pays Parking Bill

      Penn Libraries call number: Inc B-720 Loved this…

    History by Kilowat: Humanity Glimpsed from Space January 27, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite, Contemporary
    History by Kilowat: Humanity Glimpsed from Space

    ‘The first day or so we all pointed to our countries. The third or fourth day we were pointing to our continents. By the fifth day, we were aware of only one Earth.’ Sultan bin Salman Al-Saud These sentiments do Sultan bin Salman credit, but the earth at night is rather less democratic than the […]

    History Roundup 577 including Vulture Mascots January 26, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 577 including Vulture Mascots

    Today’s links follow. 1) American Deception: WW2 2) Seduce by Reading Aloud: the bedroom 3) Egyptians in Ireland: the Med and the Atlantic (old theory recycled) 4) Sir John Falstaff: England (I could grow to like this man) 5) Vulture Mascot: Roman Empire 6) Witch Play: England and from the archives 7) Werewolf Lineage Other […]

    Daily History Picture: Sad Handshake January 26, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Sad Handshake

    McCenroe can’t take it…

    The Mystery Footstep January 26, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Mystery Footstep

    A busy day, so a good and, let’s say, credible story from Llanfillin in Wales. This tale also involve a favourite Beachcombian theme, which cannot be revealed to the end without ruining the story.  An English man goes to live in Wales and is warned that the house he wished to rent is haunted. The […]

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