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Families and the Durability of Memory November 22, 2012

Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite, Contemporary, Modern
Families and the Durability of Memory

How long can memories remain in a family? We have played these games before, of course. Just a couple of weeks ago Beach was imagining his daughter telling his great great grandchildren about the time their great, great, great, great grandfather survived an Italian attack in the Mediterranean, a hundred and fifty years after the […]

The Last Survivor of the Second World War November 15, 2012

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
The Last Survivor of the Second World War

Strange History put up a melancholy post a couple of weeks ago marking the day that the last Battle of Britain pilot died. And this is only the beginning… On that very day the newspapers ran with another story commemorating not the last but the oldest Auschwitz survivor’s death. Now the Battle of Britain and Auschwitz involve […]

The Last of 2973 October 24, 2012

Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite, Contemporary
The Last of 2973

From June to September 1940 2937 pilots flew in RAF fighters to retain British air superiority over the Home Counties in a scrap that has been remembered by history as ‘the Battle of Britain’. Immortalized by Churchill as ‘the few’ these men have come, even more than the Dunkirk-bound BEF, to symbolise the British achievement […]

Childhood, Memory and Lies February 15, 2011

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
Childhood, Memory and Lies

  Beachcombing usually limits autobiography in this blog to the absolute minimum: just enough to give a blurred soap opera of his life. However, today, in part to celebrate his ninth anniversary with Mrs B and in part because, as previous posts have shown, he is obsessed by the limits of memory, he has decided […]

The Treasure Message: A Challenge September 18, 2010

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
The Treasure Message: A Challenge

Beachcombing has a long-standing interest in the reliability of oral legend. Over how many decades can a piece of information be passed from mouth to mouth – without recourse to writing – and yet survive intact? So an example: a young Athenian fights in that city’s golden year, 490 BC, against the Persians. For how […]