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Immortal Meals #13: Buttock Eating in Milton (Berkshire) March 10, 2014

Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
Immortal Meals #13: Buttock Eating in Milton (Berkshire)

Patriotism is a very fine thing, but it can also make men and women act like asses: or even worse, chop off parts of their rumps and eat their own cooked flesh…. This patriotic feast, the latest in our immortal meals series, took place in 1650 or possibly in 1649 at Milton in Berkshire. Five […]

Immortal Meals #12: The Feast to End all Feasts January 21, 2013

Author: Beach Combing | in : Prehistoric
Immortal Meals #12: The Feast to End all Feasts

The Ness of Brodgar is one of the most impressive Neolithic sites in Britain and, indeed, in Europe. It includes a series of massive buildings that have been interpreted as mausolea or temples and that would have taken modern stone masons years to put together: without metal tools it must have taken the Neolithic Orcardians […]

Immortal Meals 11#: Feasts at Hambledon Hill January 13, 2013

Author: Beach Combing | in : Prehistoric
Immortal Meals 11#: Feasts at Hambledon Hill

Another from the Immortal Meal series: this time beef steak on Hambledon Hill in Dorset (UK) c. 5000 years ago as a warm September evening is resolving itself. Hambledon Hill, for those who had not had the pleasure, is an extraordinary Iron Age hill fort on the edge of the upland region of western England. […]

Immortal Meals 10#: Love Feast in Fifteenth-century Florence October 20, 2012

Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Medieval
Immortal Meals 10#: Love Feast in Fifteenth-century Florence

If you could visit any dinner in history, where the mighty of the earth were gathered, what would you choose? One of Nero’s shindigs in ancient Rome, Giordano Bruno’s Ash Wednesday Supper, the Banquet of the Chestnuts to watch the Borgias having sex, Churchill and Stalin‘s snarl show at Tehran, Mannerheim blowing cigar smoke into […]

Immortal Meals 9#: The Discovery of Nero’s Rotating Dining Room? May 17, 2012

Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
Immortal Meals 9#: The Discovery of Nero's Rotating Dining Room?

Beach’s reading today comes from Suetonius’ Lives of the Caesars, Nero (31) There was nothing however in which [Nero] was more ruinously prodigal than in building. He made a palace extending all the way from the Palatine to the Esquiline, which at first he called the House of Passage, but when it was burned shortly […]

Immortal Meals #8: The Ash Wednesday Supper May 12, 2012

Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval, Modern
Immortal Meals #8: The Ash Wednesday Supper

Giordano Bruno (pictured badly) was a sixteenth-century philosopher with a thing about infinity. Giordano also had an infinite capacity to create irritation. Indeed, his travels around Europe have a fascinating pattern of greeting, slighting and sprinting. Typically, GB is obliged to leave his last home in a hurry because of offence caused to the church […]

Immortal Meals #7: Papal Orgies November 4, 2011

Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
Immortal Meals #7: Papal Orgies

It has been a while since Beachcombing visited an immortal meal, one of those dinners past where the great ate and history crackled in the air. Still suffering from the Italian Renaissance bug and given that this is, after all, the season of the chestnut he thought that he would today lift the veil on […]

Immortal Meals 6#: Arguments at Tehran October 19, 2011

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
Immortal Meals 6#: Arguments at Tehran

WIBT (Wish I’d been there)  moments from the Big Three Conference at Tehran in 1943 are so numerous that a casual reader would be spoilt for choice: Marshal Voroshilov dropping the Sword of Stalingrad at the worst possible moment in the ceremonials; German intelligence’s attempts to kill Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin; agreement on the United […]

Immortal Meals 5#: Mannerheim and the Cigar July 12, 2011

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
Immortal Meals 5#: Mannerheim and the Cigar

Halcyon hours this birthday evening with the flash of kingfisher wings: excellent presents, visits from friends and, best of all, the food… Strict health diet suspended for one glorious twelve-hour period. Beach has just finished a litre and a half of coca cola: if God exists then he tastes like cane sugar. In tribute to […]

Immortal Meals 4#: Eating a French King’s Heart June 17, 2011

Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
Immortal Meals 4#: Eating a French King's Heart

There are great men among great men (Plato, Galileo, Einstein…)  and great eccentrics among great eccentrics. For this second exclusive club Beachcombing’s candidates would include the charming and irrepressible William Buckland (obit 1856), Victorian geologist and zoophagist and, towards the end of his life, inmate in a mental asylum. Buckland – unlike his more mannered […]

Immortal Champagne Toast April 24, 2011

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
Immortal Champagne Toast

Beachcombing continues his series of Immortal Meals with a mere liquid lunch, a short champagne party from 29 August 1991 in Whitehall, London. Of course, champagne parties in London are two a penny: but this one was rather unusual as all those in attendance were (i) ostensibly at work and (ii) they were members of […]

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 […]

Immortal Meals #1: Keats, Wordsworth, Haydon, Lamb, Monkhouse, Ritchie and the Comptroller March 14, 2011

Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
Immortal Meals #1: Keats, Wordsworth, Haydon, Lamb, Monkhouse, Ritchie and the Comptroller

Beachcombing spent yesterday looking for modern food-tasters and, in so doing, found himself inspired by another question. What meal  in history would he most want to have eaten at? Now, of course, there are two ways that the best meal might be judged: either in terms of the food eaten or in terms of the company. […]