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Geologist Galivants with Spirits and Fairies May 9, 2012

Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
Geologist Galivants with Spirits and Fairies

John Beaumont (obit 1751)  was a celebrated, to use an anachronistic word, geologist. He also experienced ‘the other side’ with a rush of spirits and ghosts that would have thrilled a wind-sock. One passage from his An Historical Physiological and Theological Treatise of Spirits, Apparitions, Witchcrafts, and Other Magical Practises are well known because they […]

Immortal Meals 2#: Eating in a Victorian Dinosaur April 10, 2011

Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
Immortal Meals 2#: Eating in a Victorian Dinosaur

  Sadly Beachcombing will just write as a short post today as the sfiga hex has settled over him. Paul Johnson’s book has extended its evil to Beach’s comic shelves that collapsed in the night and the attack on his body is now burning fierily, so much so that Beachcombing is enforcing what the medieval used to […]

Reading Runes at Runamo March 25, 2011

Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval, Modern
Reading Runes at Runamo

The horror! The horror! Beachcombing joined the rest of his family this morning with headlice and so is rushing this post in between a delousing shower and the preparation of an application for a new job for Mrs B. Apologies too to all those many correspondents to whom he has not yet replied. He hopes […]

Mary Anning and the Fire from Heaven January 4, 2011

Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
Mary Anning and the Fire from Heaven

Beachcombing is in disgrace tonight for accidentally sitting on ten-day-old Tiny Miss B – she was wrapped in a duvet on a sofa and Beachcombing homes in on comfort wherever it is to be found. Beachcombing will expiate his guilt by writing about Mary Anning (obit 1847), the fossil hunter and an extraordinary fire-from-the-heavens episode […]

Aristotle and the Flatulent Earth October 27, 2010

Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
Aristotle and the Flatulent Earth

Beachcombing is always loath to give any publicity to the appalling Aristotle – and recently had a piece on Aristotle’s lost work on comedy wrung out of him against all his better judgement. However, after Beachcombing’s first experience of an earthquake last year he found himself grazing in Aristotle’s Metereology where the non-Platonic one gives […]