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The Axe Murderer Who Became A National Hero September 8, 2013

Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite, Contemporary
The Axe Murderer Who Became A National Hero

Nations and cities have passionate rivalries with their neighbours. Beach, for example, grew up in Britain a country where national identity is based not on love of the Queen or respect for the rule of law but rather on disliking the French. However, the whole British-French thing (‘the best of enemies’) is a fairly tame […]

Strange Air Battle in the Caucasus June 20, 2013

Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
Strange Air Battle in the Caucasus

In volume 7 of the Seyahatname the Turkish traveler Evliya Celebi describes his travels in Austria, the Crimea and the Caucasus in 1664. 28 April of that year he had a remarkable experience in Circassia. As there is no English translation of EC we have to rely here on Carlo Ginzburg’s paraphrase of a translation […]

The Mythic Mountain Treasure August 12, 2012

Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
The Mythic Mountain Treasure

***Dedicated to Leif who passed this on*** Internet connection spluttering back and Beach rushes out this fabulous story that has just been sent in. Perhaps the best thing he had read all August. It comes from Jacob Reineggs (obit 1793) who visited Georgia in the late eighteenth century. West of Gergete, near the centre of […]

Romans on the Shores of the Caspian Sea August 5, 2010

Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
Romans on the Shores of the Caspian Sea

Beachcombing has looked in a previous post at supposed direct contact between the Roman Empire and China in the second century. Today he will not be attempting to take the Romans so far to the east – but he will still be going an impressive way into Central Asia. Azerbaijan to be exact. It should […]