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DNA Champion November 24, 2011

Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Contemporary, Medieval, Modern
DNA Champion

Our DNA is the damnedest stuff, it gets everywhere: not only forensically but also historically. Just the other day, Beach reviewed the evidence (2010) that one medieval Amerindian woman in Iceland passed on her DNA to eighty modern Icelanders. Then there are plenty of other dramatic examples of DNA spreading through history, especially now that […]

Magic Translation and Flowers November 17, 2011

Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
Magic Translation and Flowers

Beachcombing previously in this place examined magical displays from medieval India and particularly levitation, which Beach still hasn’t got his head around. As a follow up of sorts he thought that today he would quote this description of parlour magic plus from the sub continent in the late nineteenth century. Some of the tricks sound […]

A-Z of Thuggery November 6, 2011

Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval, Modern