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Britain and Pearl Harbor April 18, 2014

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
Britain and Pearl Harbor

The whole question of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor has been mired for years in conspiracy theories. There are, naturally, huge problems with said conspiracy theories not least the motive of the American leadership in allowing the destruction of an important part of their Pacific Fleet; it is not as if Japan was being […]

A French Bombing Operation in London, 1984! January 4, 2014

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
A French Bombing Operation in London, 1984!

This is the time of year that UK government records are released, slipping out of the thirty years for which state papers are routinely kept away from the public gaze: freedom of information has changed this situation, but not dramatically. The result is that every year on New Year’s Day British researchers and conspiracy theorists […]

Dreaming Murder in Parliament #2: The Event October 9, 2013

Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
Dreaming Murder in Parliament #2: The Event

Any study of the psychic dream that supposedly/allegedly accompanied the death of Spencer Percival in 1812 needs some background: most studies get straight to the dream and skip over the whos and whats of the assassination, which have some intriguing aspects in themselves. Spencer Perceval (1762-1812) was a Tory statesman who had served as Chancellor […]

Ultra, Enigma, Secrets and Squealing October 12, 2011

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
Ultra, Enigma, Secrets and Squealing

Regular readers of this blog will know that Beach is extremely suspicious of conspiracy theories and those who write about them. However, one partial exception is Robin Ramsay, joint founder of Lobster Magazine, a Fortean Times columnist and a general conspiracy guru. RR certainly has a thorough understanding of conspiracy theorists: ‘[w]hat is wrong with […]

Fidel Castro is a Jesuit Spy! [sic] July 26, 2011

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
Fidel Castro is a Jesuit Spy! [sic]

Beachcombing often speaks of his rusty filing cabinets in which the treasures of a couple of decades of bizarre research have been placed. However, there are also regrets. Sometimes  Beach realizes that he has missed out on two decades harvesting through lack of foresight. An example of this that causes him particular pain is what […]

True Lies May 24, 2011

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
True Lies

Beachcombing has recently been reading and enjoying David Aaronovitch’s Voodoo Histories: How Conspiracy Theory has Shaped Modern History. For those who have not heard of the book, AD takes an unremittingly hostile look at the many conspiracy theories that have characterized the last two broken centuries. Beach certainly doesn’t always like DA’s caustic tone. But, […]

Review: Shadow Pasts April 5, 2011

Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Contemporary, Medieval, Modern
Review: Shadow Pasts

Beachcombing has only a few minutes today before class begins – a spring cold has meant that he is sleeping double his regulation five or six hours. But he wants to take what little time he has to celebrate William Rubinstein’s Shadow Pasts: ‘Amateur Historians’ and History’s Mysteries (2007), a gem of a book he […]

Jean Hill Misremembering Kennedy November 30, 2010

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
Jean Hill Misremembering Kennedy

  What lying dogs we are! Beachcombing is referring to humanity’s extraordinary ability to warp and deform both our immediate perception of the world and also our memories of those perceptions. You don’t believe Beachcombing? Then take the extraordinary case of Jean Hill (obit 2000). Jean – aka ‘the Lady in Red’ – was an […]