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Burning Libraries: Episode Four of the Lost Planet January 19, 2013

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
Burning Libraries: Episode Four of the Lost Planet

Dr Who, which began being aired in 1963, was Britain’s attempt to join the science fiction race. Though less famous than Star Trek, which it preceded by three years, a comparison tells you a lot about the differences between the two countries in the 1960s: the gung ho US and demoralised post-war Britain. Star Trek […]

Admiral Byrd and Nazi Cobblers June 6, 2012

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
Admiral Byrd and Nazi Cobblers

***Dedicated to KMH who, not for the first time, inspired the hunt*** The following is the record of an interview with American admiral Richard Byrd which appeared in El Mercurio, a Chilean paper, 5 March 1947: it was written by a US journalist, Lee Van Atta, but seems never to have been published in English. […]

Image: Comrade Lenin in Antarctica October 4, 2010

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
Image: Comrade Lenin in Antarctica

It was a dull weekend and so Beachcombing is going to give himself a pick-me-up this Monday morning with one of his favourite sports – making fun of the Soviet Union. And what better way to do it than with this fabulous photograph of the southern pole of inaccessibility, the point in Antarctica furthest from […]