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Broad Beans, Paschal Candles and Graveside Stories February 25, 2013

Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
Broad Beans, Paschal Candles and Graveside Stories

Popular superstitions survived surprisingly late in many parts of Europe. However, these superstitions had two enemies, Christianity and urbanization, enemies that gradually scoured them out of mind and memory. From the arrival of Christianity on the scene (any time between 300 and 1000) and increased urbanization (any time from 1700-1950) any superstition would have to […]

Remembering Bologna January 23, 2012

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
Remembering Bologna

Beachcombing doesn’t normally have much time for railway-stations, but for Bologna he’ll make an exception. It is not the edifice itself that catches his attention, but the way memory has been built into its very fabric: the memory that is of 2 August 1980. At 10.25 on the morning of that day a bomb went […]

Fifteenth-century European Knowledge of Australia? August 5, 2011

Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval, Modern
Fifteenth-century European Knowledge of Australia?

Here is one of these sources that Beachcombing just doesn’t know that to do with. It seems to show knowledge of southern Australia/ Antarctica being shared with a European in Java at the end of the fifteenth century. Perhaps this is not so extraordinary as, after all, knowledge is not discovery: and ‘knowledge’ here could […]