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  • History Roundup 157 including Lying Taxis July 25, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 157 including Lying Taxis

    Today’s post on the singing war and today’s links follow: 1) Big Hair Part II: how they did it… 2) Ghandi to FDR: the letter 3) Mammoth Tusk and the Olmecs: building tribute 4) Piers Mackesy: obituary of military historian 5) 200 Years of British Piers: pics 6) Medieval Faces Reconstructed: from tram dig 7) […]

    The Singing War July 25, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    The Singing War

    Revolutions are normally violent affairs. Popular anger leads to stupid and brutal acts. The French Revolution might stand as the archetype here with nice ideas thrashing out of control: liberty, fraternity and equality turning all too quickly into horror, fratricide and indiscriminate killing. But there are a select group of revolutions where a determined population […]

    History Roundup 156 including Digging Up Trouble July 24, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 156 including Digging Up Trouble

    Today’s post is on a dodgy Irish inscription and today’s links follow: 1) 400 Year Old Cross: Newfoundland 2) Digging up Trouble: the Egyptian Curse 3) Neuroscience’s Most Famous Patient: Phineas Gage 4) Civil War General A Woman: ?!? my memory is that he had kids ?!? 5) Glacial Aircraft Carrier: Churchill 6) WW1 Interactive […]

    Irish Colony in Medieval Spain!? July 24, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Medieval
    Irish Colony in Medieval Spain!?

    ***Thanks to Invisible for this piece*** Not every day brings with it really bizarre history, but here is a cracker. An American and a Galician scholar, respectively, James Duran and Martín Fernández Maceiras have gone on record as claiming that a mysterious fourteenth-century inscription on a north-western Spanish church (Betanzos, Galicia) is Irish. Now really […]

    History Roundup 155 including Bums, Tums and Downy Calves July 23, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 155 including Bums, Tums and Downy Calves

    Today’s post on mass immigration and today’s links follow. 1) 18 Cent Big Hair! a second part promised 2) Colonial Battleground: Lake George 3) Bums, Tums and Downy Calves: 18 cent enhancements… 4) Pompeii of the North: in errr County Durham? 5) Cuban Sunken City: where? 6) 70,000 Year Old Settlement: Africa 7) Bizarre Burials in […]

    Migration, Inundation… Top Scorers July 23, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    Migration, Inundation... Top Scorers

    Migration – seasonal, circular, forced, permanent… – is as old as history. Folks from one community cross the river and go and live with folks on the other side. They work together, live together and eventually have children together. This stuff has been going on for tens of thousands of years. However, in modern times […]

    History Roundup 154 including Unicorn Raising July 22, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 154 including Unicorn Raising

    Today’s post on Irish court comedy, today’s links follow. 1) Japanese Art on Western Inventors: don’t miss this one! 2) The Dead Heads of Annecy: not for the squeamish 3) Morning Glory Dead: English Witch Queen who ‘raised unicorns’ 4) Silk King of Thailand: then he vanished… 5) Ghost Book: outline (interesting?) 6) Mormon Alphabet […]

    Nobs and Plebs in Irish Courts July 22, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Nobs and Plebs in Irish Courts

    Nineteenth-century Ireland was a rum place. The vast majority of the population was poor, Catholic and uneducated. The ruling, largely Protestant minority also described themselves as Irish: and many died and fought in the cause of Ireland. But the gulf of communication between these two worlds was immense and this was rarely so evident as […]

    History Roundup 153 including Female Ninjas July 21, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 153 including Female Ninjas

    Today’s post on magic books and today’s links follow. 1) Johnny Appleseed on the Road: Exhibit 2) Tomb Painting Gaza: near GP 3) 8000 Year Old Brain Matter: Norway 4) The Lucky Villages: no great war casualties 5) The Longstone and the Mower: timber! 6) Iram of the Pillars: Atlantis in the desert 7) Mansion […]

    Review : The Book of Grimoires July 21, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval, Modern
    Review : The Book of Grimoires

    Claude Lecouteux is one of the world’s most interesting writers on folklore and magic: his work on the wild hunt, for example, is perhaps the best we have. However, this new book by CL, The Book of Grimoires: The Secret Grammar of Magic (2013 Inner Traditions, from the French original, 2002) is not strictly by […]

    History Roundup 152 including Medieval Church Graffiti July 20, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 152 including Medieval Church Graffiti

    Today’s post on meteorite weapons and today’s links follow: 1) At 60 to Ceylon: new life, new photographs 2) Armana under Spade: the lost Egyptian city 3) Confederate White House Keeper Photo: beautiful 4) Medieval Church Graffiti: new project 5) Islamic Sacred Springs: short but interesting 6) Restoring Medici Tapesteries: good old Gucci 7) 325 […]

    Meteorite Weapons July 20, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Medieval, Modern
    Meteorite Weapons

    ***Thanks to Radko for inspiring this post*** Imagine a blade made from a star. Now this is not actually as far fetched as it might first seem. After all, ‘stars’ (aka meteorites) sometimes fall to earth and some of them have enough iron content to make a blade practical. These blades are not necessarily exceptional: […]

    History Roundup 151 including Cannibal Clubs July 19, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 151 including Cannibal Clubs

    Today’s post is on papal magic and links follow 1) Iconic 1970s Poster of Tennis Girl Sells: for thousands with white dress… 2) Most Overlooked Scientists: 23 3) Dracula and Safe Sex: not sure what to make of this one 4) Strange Skin Purses: including human… 5) Nottinghamshire Giantess: Georgian England 6) Cannibal Clubs: 19 […]

    Papal Sorceror? July 19, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Papal Sorceror?

    ***Thanks to an old friend of the blog, Stephen D. for this one*** Urban VIII (obit 1644) was one of the most exquisitely cultured popes ever to sit on the throne of Peter. He is famous today for being the man who brought Galileo to Rome to rap his knuckles very hard: but that is […]

    History Roundup 150 including Army of the Dead July 18, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 150 including Army of the Dead

    Today’s post on kissing Satan’s bottom and today’s links follow 1) Isleta Pueblo: Incorruptible 2) Who Was the Ulster Man: Great Train Robbery 3) Smoked Corpses: Papua 4) Cochno Carvings: revealed… 5) More on Children Skulls and Lake Gods: gulp 6) Why You Got Sent to A Mental Asylum, c. 1800: ‘fright of fires’, tobacco… […]

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