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The Pope and His Tanks January 21, 2014

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
The Pope and His Tanks

If you open a book of memorable quotations you will find bon mots and phrases that have been validated by time. You will also often find controversy as to where these sentences come from and because they belong to a given people or nation or, indeed, all of humanity they are altered and reascribed. Beach […]

Nine Historical Mysteries June 6, 2013

Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Contemporary, Medieval, Modern
Nine Historical Mysteries

***Dedicated to Moonman*** Thanks to an email from an old friend of StrangeHistory Beach found himself wondering about moments from history that are mysterious, and where this blogger would chop off his own digits to get at the truth. In what follows, he has avoided the classics because, to be frank, he just doesn’t care […]

Nanny Coincidence April 19, 2012

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
Nanny Coincidence

When Churchill died in 1965 at the age of 90 there was one picture by his bedside. The picture was not of his wife (though their marriage had been a success), nor of his children, nor of his parents. Rather it was of his nanny who had left the earth seventy years before (obit 1895). […]

Churchill, De Gaulle and Waterloo March 15, 2012

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
Churchill, De Gaulle and Waterloo

Today a bit of modern British history/myth. Beach will write it out as it was told to him. He would be interested to see whether there is any basis to the tale: it sounds very Churchillian, but it also has the exquisite stench of cobblers. Towards the end of his life Churchill was visited by […]

Selling (Balkan) Europe by the Pound March 2, 2012

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
Selling (Balkan) Europe by the Pound

Beach has pioneered for some time his WIBT (‘wish I’d been there’) series. Those moments in the past where any historically-conscious person would just LOVE to be a half dead bluebottle on the windowsill watching the great men and women conspiring to create history. It is a nice idea, of course. However, as most of […]

De Gaulle Flies into History November 17, 2010

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
De Gaulle Flies into History

Beachcombing has a soft spot for Charles De Gaulle. Indeed, he often thinks of old lemon face on the balcony in Mostaganem in 1958, denying that the twentieth century had happened. Or the good General pissing off the Canadians in Quebec in 1967. Then there is de Gaulle’s comment on the death of his daughter, Anne, with Down […]