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  • Urban Legend: The Hunger Trick November 10, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Urban Legend: The Hunger Trick

    Here is one for a busy day. Not sure if this is anecdote or factual event, but it is written in an amusing fashion, in that dry understated way that some British writers had in the later nineteenth century. Beach would put it down provisionally as an urban legend: he imagines the room exploding with laughter […]

    History Roundup 523 including the Metal Box Mystery November 9, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 523 including the Metal Box Mystery

    Today’s links follow. 1) Italian Marx Brother: Italy/US 2) A Husband or a Hat: France 3) Metal Box Mystery: the Lab 4) Tut Diary: Egypt 5) WW1 Victoria Cross: Britain 6) Library Closed for Book Moving: Alaska and from the archives 7) Fear and Black Dogs Other links: Ghost thoughts, Can You Trust Your Mind, […]

    Daily History Picture: Hayek’s Dedication November 9, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Hayek's Dedication

    Hayek’s dedication to the Road to Serfdom in manuscript.

    The Wesley Ghost #4: Hearing the Ghost November 9, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Wesley Ghost #4: Hearing the Ghost

    The main feature of the Wesley haunting were the noises that the family heard. For the most part these were banal ghost knocks but there were lots of other more exotic sounds. The following could almost stand as a prose poem: the gobbling of a turkey, (142); dancing in a closed room (142); ‘tingling’ of […]

    The Wesley Ghost #3: Time November 8, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Wesley Ghost #3: Time

    An important preliminary to the haunting is to sketch out the period of Jeffrey’s activity. Most reference works (and this blog) refer rather carelessly to December 1716-January 1717. But a careful reading of the Wesley files shows that actually the haunting was rather more drawn out than that. First, in a very important passage we […]

    New History Books: Broken Idols November 7, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: Broken Idols

    Margaret Aston, Broken Idols of the English Reformation. Expensive but by all accounts amazing: I’m looking forward to reading this more than any other book this month.

    The Wesley Ghost #2: Dramatis Personae November 7, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Wesley Ghost #2: Dramatis Personae

    Samuel Wesley was an Anglican churchman who had been given in the late seventeenth century, through royal favour, a living at Epworth in Lincolnshire. He was married to Susanna with whom he had nineteen children: including perhaps the two most important figures in early Methodism, Charles and John Wesley. At the time of the haunting […]

    New History Books: Distance from Belsen Heap November 6, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: Distance from Belsen Heap

    Celinscak, Distance from the Belsen Heap (note apparently cheaper in the UK?) A detailed description of the liberation of Bergen Belsen, by British and Dominion soldiers.

    History Roundup 522 including Jack the Lantern and Guilty Iceberg November 6, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 522 including Jack the Lantern and Guilty Iceberg

    Today’s links follow. 1) Jack the Lantern: Western Europe 2) Haunted Houses: America 3) Guilty Iceberg (Titanic): Atlantic 4) Amerindian Ancestry: The Americas 5) Okinawa Missile Crisis: Apocalypse 6) Candy Corn: Doorstep and from the archives 7) Totalitarian Weirdness Other links: Suzanne Vega, Queen and the Soldier (not heard this for years, haunting)

    Daily History Picture: Adenauer Thanked November 6, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Adenauer Thanked

    Mother thanks Adenauer for the return of her son (released POW) from the Soviet Union.

    The Wesley Ghost #1: Introduction November 6, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Wesley Ghost #1: Introduction

    ‘The Wesley ghost’ is one of the best attested instances of a poltergeist haunting prior to the twentieth century. There were apparently twelve people living in the Parsonage House (pictured), Epworth (Lincolnshire) at the time of the disturbances, disturbances that centred on the period December 1716 to January 1717: three servants, the Wesley parents and […]

    History Roundup 521 including Scottish Cave Dwellers November 5, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 521 including Scottish Cave Dwellers

    Today’s links follow. 1) Cave Dwellers: Scotland 2) Captain Cook Death Sketch: Auction house 3) Helpful Ghost: England 4) Mystery Hill Fort: Spain (fascinating) 5) Jesuit Meets Amerindian Ghosts: US 6) Weird Grant Photo: the lab and from the archives 7) Early Vikings in the Faeroes  Other links: passport scam, Cranberries, Just My Imagination ‘We […]

    Daily History Picture: Pearl Harbor November 5, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Pearl Harbor

    Genuine? 15 Nov 2015: Nathaniel writes According to this site, it’s “ Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives. Catalog #: 80-G-19948″ . So I’d say yes, it’s genuine!

    Hating Medieval Cats #2: The Rod Cat November 5, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    Hating Medieval Cats #2: The Rod Cat

    A few days ago Beach started the hunt for cat hating in the Middle Ages. Here is a second text from Etienne de Bourbonne (aka Stephen of Bourbon) who has sometimes appeared here before. Etienne was a Dominican inquisitor and so is something of an expert, let’s say. Auvergne is in central France. Similarly something of […]

    History Roundup 520 including How to Hire Women November 4, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 520 including How to Hire Women

    Today’s links follow. 1) Goat Men: Various (Our take: Tweedale and Goat Men) 2) Murder at Gorse Hall: UK 3) How to Hire Women: US 4) Four Centuries of Cat Art: The Gallery (Christ!) 5) Amazing Bronze Age Tomb: Greece 6) Mermen in Ballads: Danish (academia.edu) and from the archives 7) 1938 Leprechaun Scare Other links: […]

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