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  • Review: The New Civilisation? October 5, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Review: The New Civilisation?

    Paul Flewers, The New Civilisation? Understanding Stalin’s Soviet Union, 1929-1941 (2008) There is a strip in Tintin in the Land of the Soviets (1930), where the intrepid boy reporter spies out some British leftists who are visiting ‘the new civilization’: the Soviet Union about five years after Stalin had ascended the blood steps to the iron throne. […]

    New History Books: Fighting Nazi Occupation October 4, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: Fighting Nazi Occupation

    Britain plans should the worst come to the worst: Fighting Nazi Occupation

    Victorian Urban Legends: Bodies in Trees October 4, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Victorian Urban Legends: Bodies in Trees

    Kay Massingill has recently offered to readers of Forteana Exchange a series of body in tree stories. The earliest seems to be this one from 1873 and they carry on into the 1920s. The tale typically has it that someone, perhaps escaping from danger, climbs into a tree, then cannot get out. That brings us to […]

    The Longest Ancient Snakes October 3, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
    The Longest Ancient Snakes

    How long were the longest ancient snakes? In 2004, Richard Stothers published a fascinating article ‘Ancient Scientific Basis of the ‘Great Serpent’ from Historical Evidence’, Isis 95, 220-238. Among many other bits of ancient flotsam and jetsom Stothers brought together a list of the longest snakes recorded in antiquity. The following snakes need to be looked […]

    History Roundup 497 including Plane Ramming and Goblin Orgy October 2, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 497 including Plane Ramming and Goblin Orgy

    Today’s links follow. 1) Lloyds Lose History: UK 2) New Gilgamesh Tablet: Library 3) Goblin Orgy: US 4) Plane Ramming: Japan 5) An Irregular Marriage: England 6) When Eggs Cost 90 Dollars: California and from the archives 7) Nazi Fairies Other links: psychic tests, the feminist minister and Saudi Arabia, Kate Wolf, Close to You

    Daily History Picture: Finnish Catapult October 2, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Finnish Catapult

    I tried this once with stones, I would not like to try it with grenades…

    Gentlemanly Soldiers October 2, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Gentlemanly Soldiers

    There are lots of different types of soldiers but today Beach wants to put aside the cowards, the sadists, the pragmatists, the survivors and concentrate on perhaps one of the few attractive categories: the gentleman soldier. The cult of the gentleman soldier began amongst the European aristocracy in the middle ages, its values were embodied […]

    Beachcombed 64 October 1, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Beachcombed
    Beachcombed 64

    Dear Reader, thanks for all the emails and communications. This month two obstacles. First, despite being pre-programmed the blog posts were not visible to all readers from 20-30 September. No idea why! they are there now: for some of you were there all the time. Second, agonising toothache kept me away from the computer for […]

    Daily History Picture: The Flight of Witches September 30, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: The Flight of Witches

    One of Goya’s most mysterious pictures: the flight of reason?

    History Roundup 496 including Witchcraft Island September 30, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 496 including Witchcraft Island

    Today’s links follow. 1) Greek ghost: Athens 2) Opening Historic Wines: Black Sea 3) Ancient Nose Job: 4) Black Earth: Review 5) Zombie Corpse: Africa 6) Witchcraft Island: Sweden and from the archives 7) East Riding Fairies: Eighteenth Century Other links: Spanish mermaid school, Do You Believe in Aliens, Old Slew Foot, Johnny Horton

    Index Biography #22: Prize a book September 30, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Index Biography #22: Prize a book

    ***Tacitus wins*** The Index Biography is a new form of biography pioneered by this blog and introduced in a previous post. The creator must find a biography of a famous individual from history, they must turn to the index and write down eight peripheral facts about the individual’s life. We offered up previously here Sheridan le Fanu […]

    Daily History Picture: Swiss Guard Hold Firm September 29, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Swiss Guard Hold Firm

    Nazis salute Swiss Guard at the Vatican…

    History Roundup 495 including One Man’s Dead Penny September 29, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 495 including One Man's Dead Penny

    Today’s links follow. 1) Opium Horror: Lincolnshire 2) Earliest Decapitation: Brazil 3) Magic and Landscape: UK 4) Average Titanic Lifeboat: Atlantic 5) What We Don’t Know About the Holocaust: Books review 6) One Man’s Dead Penny: Canada/UK and from the archives 7) Cruel Treasure Hunting Joke Other links: Enjoy Your Drive to Work, Dalai Lama […]

    Foreign Swindles in the Nineteenth Century September 29, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Foreign Swindles in the Nineteenth Century

    More in our swindlers series. Bread Trick: X in Russia goes to a jewelers and gets 4000  roubles worth of goods. He can only pay 500 but asks the owner (the victim) to come to the bank for the rest. At the bank he reminds the banker that they had spoken before and says ‘can […]

    Daily History Picture: Winter War September 28, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Winter War

    Finnish troops prepare for a Soviet attack. Note the skis.

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