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The Immortal Major Fraser August 4, 2012

Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
The Immortal Major Fraser

OK here is an atmospheric little passage from a nineteenth-century description of the fifth most beautiful city in the world. Major Fraser, though he never dined there, spent  an hour or two daily in the Estaminet du Divan [in Paris] to read the  papers. He was a great favorite with every one, though none  of […]

A List of Supercentenarians November 21, 2011

Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern

  The following list of long-living folks crops up in a book from the very early twentieth-century. Different versions of this same list had already appeared in various publications through the nineteenth century and names seem to have been added and dropped as easily as editors clumped decades onto the supposed Methuselahs: John Effingham, for […]

Super-Centenarians in the Roman Empire September 23, 2010

Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
Super-Centenarians in the Roman Empire

Beachcombing knew that life expectancy in the Roman Empire stood at between twenty and thirty years of age – a figure dragged down, of course, by appalling infant mortality. So he was particularly fascinated to come across this passage in Pliny the Elder. In addition there are the experiences of the last census, held within the […]