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Flying to the Moon on Geese December 5, 2011

Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
Flying to the Moon on Geese

Beach has heard rumours over the years of Domingo Gonsales’ strange voyage to the moon in the early seventeenth century [1620s], carried thither by a flock of enormous geese. But it was only this morning that he finally settled down to read DG’s adventures: perhaps inspired by the equally fantastic Zambian moon programme. For those […]

The Zambian Space Programme of 1962 December 4, 2011

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
The Zambian Space Programme of 1962

One of the problems of looking for the bizarre in history is that, after a while, you’ve read everything before: mermaid funerals in the Hebrides, tick; bats used in bombs against Japan, tick; Roman legionaries in China, tick… But then every so often something comes along that is fresh and that has completely escaped your […]

Joy Riding on the Moon October 3, 2011

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
Joy Riding on the Moon

***This post is dedicated to Larry who pretty much wrote the whole thing himself*** Autumn flu continues, but Larry K came to the rescue this morning saving Beachcombing from having to think too hard or even, if truth be told, from dragging himself out of bed. Beach can do no better than quote from Larry’s […]

The Cornbeef Sandwich that Almost Destroyed a Spacecraft… September 20, 2010

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
The Cornbeef Sandwich that Almost Destroyed a Spacecraft...

Today astronauts have it easy when it comes to lunchtime.  They open  their MandMs or unpack a fabulous meal whipped up down at ground control – in 2006 celebrity chef, Rachael Ray even prepared them Swedish meatballs. Then there are the views… Life doesn’t really get much better. But ‘back in the day’ when the […]