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Outlaws on Ice January 10, 2012

Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
Outlaws on Ice

Beachcombing has just, through extraordinary and characteristic, incompetence lost a week of his life. He thought that he began teaching the 23 Jan, when, instead, it seems that he is to start on the 16. He now has two days to write three academic articles. Given this emergency situation he was planning (ha!) to type […]

Epiphany Gift to Readers: Scary Fairies PDF January 6, 2012

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
Epiphany Gift to Readers: Scary Fairies PDF

Scary Fairies… While Barrie, Nesbit and others were trying to anodize* and castrate fairies c. 1900 out in the wilds of Britain, Man and Ireland there will still those who were terrified of the elfen beggars. This terror finds a little known reflex in the literature of the time. Various authors including Buchan, Machen, Le […]

Snakes, Fairies and St Patrick January 5, 2012

Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
Snakes, Fairies and St Patrick

A lead up to tomorrow’s epiphany gift to all readers: Scary Fairies: the Proto Edition. Bede begins his Ecclesiastical History of the English in 731 with a geographical overview of the island of Britain and also, given its importance in the conversion of the English to Christianity, Ireland. It is a memorable passage not least […]

What do fairies smell of? December 23, 2011

Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
What do fairies smell of?

Beachcombing knows that not everyone appreciates his endless posts on fairies, but here is – he promises – the last one for 2011. He might even wait a week before he starts again in 2012. Anyway, apologies apart, he recently stumbled on a rather beautiful book about Yorkshire in the late nineteenth century, one that […]

Jung, Active Imagination and the Bicameral Mind December 18, 2011

Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite, Contemporary
Jung, Active Imagination and the Bicameral Mind

The demography of this blog is unusual: it is about 30% history buffs, 30% anomalists/Forteans and 40% hybrid types. Beachcombing belongs very much to the first of these three and he certainly did not plan, when he started, a year and a half ago, to write for anyone but his dry-as-dust friends. He is glad, […]

Fairy Death Bed Conversion December 15, 2011

Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
Fairy Death Bed Conversion

Beachcombing’s fairy year continues. In his grazing through the accounts of the fairy faith on the western and northern fringe of Europe one of the things that has most fascinated him is the belief of the connection between Catholicism and things fairy. There is a famous early modern comment – irritatingly Beach can’t remember by […]

Case of the Cottingley Fairies December 2, 2011

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
Case of the Cottingley Fairies

Joe Cooper, The Cottingley Fairies, 1990. The story is a simple one. In the First World War a young girl named Frances Griffith saw fairies at the brook where she played in the Yorkshire village of Cottingley. In 1917 she and her older friend Elsie Wright were stung by their parents’ refusal to believe Frances. […]

Haunted Chessmen November 25, 2011

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Medieval, Modern
Haunted Chessmen

  Invisible writes in with the news that the Lewis Chessmen are about to go on exhibition in New York. And Beach took this as a prompt for one of his favourite archaeological stories. The unnamed Lewis farmer in the following account was one Malcolm ‘Sprot’ Macleod In 1831 a high tide on the coast […]

A Dark Age British Sasquatch? November 18, 2011

Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
A Dark Age British Sasquatch?

*** This post is dedicated to Adrian S *** One epic poem survives from Anglo-Saxon England: Beowulf. Beowulf, for those who do not know, was a Danish hero who, in the course of said poem fights three monsters: first Grendel, second Grendel’s mother and third a dragon who gets the better of him. Grendel particularly […]

Fairy Investigation Society November 14, 2011

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary