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  • The Ghosts of Children Past December 30, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite, Contemporary
    The Ghosts of Children Past

    Beach has spent a lazy Christmas trying to get to know his new daughter and trying to stop his two elder daughters from killing ‘baby’: ‘can I carry her up the stairs’, ‘but I thought she would like to eat a carrot’ etc etc. All this primed him for a dive into CHILDES, possibly the […]

    Benedict’s Pool (Worcestershire/Gloucestershire) December 29, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Benedict's Pool (Worcestershire/Gloucestershire)

    This ghost story is a curiosity, a maverick. It is not that there are not haunted pools or even haunting monks. But no book read by this blogger has ever troubled to put them together and certainly no tradition makes the monk into a nasty piece of work. This is a nineteenth century, which seems […]

    Fighting Sea Monsters with Vinegar in Medieval Iran December 28, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    Fighting Sea Monsters with Vinegar in Medieval Iran

    One of the joys of ancient and medieval geographies are the small ethnographic details that sound strange, but that might just possibly be based on fact. The following comes from the works of Chang De, a thirteenth century ambassador and informant for a famous Chinese work, The Record of an Embassy to the Regions of […]

    Churchill: Euro-Sceptic or Pro European? December 27, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Churchill: Euro-Sceptic or Pro European?

    Winston Churchill is a hero to almost all points of the spectrum of British politics and it is quite natural that his views are trotted out to justify positions. How predictable then that proponents of the European Union and those against the European Union, the single most pressing issue in British political life, trot out […]

    Saved by Birds and a Gypsy December 26, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Saved by Birds and a Gypsy

    Archduke Joseph Karl (obit 1905) was one of the minor scions of the Austro-Hungarian royal family. He was famous though for a particular interest: in a country where gypsies were despised he was a Roma-phile, writing books on gypsy culture and even learning their language. In his attempts to advance the claims of the gypsy […]

    At the Lychgate: Happy Christmas! December 25, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    At the Lychgate: Happy Christmas!

    At the lychgate we may all pass our own conduct and our own judgments under a searching review. It is not given to human beings, happily for them, for otherwise life would be intolerable, to foresee or to predict to any large extent the unfolding course of events. In one phase men seem to have […]

    Daily History Picture: Tsar Nicholas After Abdication Before Death December 24, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Tsar Nicholas After Abdication Before Death

    Poor old Tsar Nicholas, months away from execution. Heavy the head that wears the crown, but heavier still (to judge by his face) those who’ve just lost it….

    Gypsies as Children Stealers in Italy: A Modern Myth December 24, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Medieval
    Gypsies as Children Stealers in Italy: A Modern Myth

    As noted previously on this blog the idea that gypsies steal children is an old one, at least five hundred years old if one piece of medieval German legislation is to be taken seriously. It is an idea that has died out in most western countries, but one that has survived curiously in Italy where, […]

    History Roundup 286 including Spy Sketcher December 23, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 286 including Spy Sketcher

    Today’s links follow. 1) WW1 Art War: Combatant Powers 2) University Students and the Great War: Britain 3) Mistletoe Kissing: Britain 4) Psychology of Duelling: Field of Honour 5) Totalitarian Communism and Hollywood: North Korea 6) Peasants Revolt (minus peasants): Kent 7) Spy Sketcher: UK and France 8) 10 Unsolved Archaeological Mysteries: America and from […]

    Daily History Picture: Wright Brothers Fun December 23, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Wright Brothers Fun

    OK not serious but loved this memory of the Wright Brothers…

    A Dublin Haunted House Case December 23, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    A Dublin Haunted House Case

    We’ve looked before at Irish haunted houses in court cases. But in this forgotten nineteenth-century ghost story there is some ambiguity about whether the noises were nasty neighbours, creaking floorboards or spirits from the other side (1885) A remarkable case was heard on Saturday in Dublin. Mr Waldron, solicitor’s clerk, sued his next door neighbour, […]

    History Roundup 286 including Photographing the Guillotine December 22, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 286 including Photographing the Guillotine

    Today’s links follow. 1) Churchill’s Goldfish: Auction house 2)1930s Prosperity? Britain 3) Photographing the Guillotine: France 4) George III, Hoarder: UK 5) Ben Franklin’s Printing Blocks: US 6) John Joseph Merlin, Inventor: UK 7) The Stag of Arbigland: Scotland 8) Foch, the Offensive: France and from the archives 9) French Envoys in 13 Cent Mongolia Other […]

    Daily History Picture: Execution 1945 December 22, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Execution 1945

    Vivid shot of German general Anton Dostler being executed for his part in the murder of American POWs.

    The Loneliness of Nineteenth-Century Infanticide December 22, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Loneliness of Nineteenth-Century Infanticide

    Today an unmarried mother, in a western country will be, assuming that the father is nowhere to be seen, taken care of by the state or by her family. This was not necessarily the case in the nineteenth century, and in that period an unmarried mother would find herself the object of scorn to boot. […]

    History Roundup 286 including Husband Wives December 21, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 286 including Husband Wives

    Today’s links follow. 1) Christmas in War: the Trenches 2) Christmas Ghosts vs Christmas Fairies: UK 3) Swimming Pool Fish: Australian Desert 4) Husband Wives and Gay Scene: Georgian England 5) Snow Lore: New England 6) Smelly, Rowdy, Dangerous: Colonial New York 7) Duck Master: Taiwan 8) Jousting on Scooter: insanity and from the archives […]

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