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Highest Placed Spy August 2, 2012

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
Highest Placed Spy

And so it begins… Mrs B woke up at 5.00 am this morning and took darling daughters and aupair to the sea for at least a week. Beach is going to relax today and then from tomorrow do some serious MANLY writing. (He will only really relax when he learns that Italian motorways have not […]

Israel Saved by the Soviets in 1973? January 13, 2012

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
Israel Saved by the Soviets in 1973?

In 1948, 1967 and 1973 Israel fought wars that could conceivably have seen the destruction not only of the Israeli state but also of the Jewish community in Palestine. None of these wars came closer to Arab success than the last, the Yom Kippur war. Egypt and Syria (with Iraqi backing) managed to achieve almost […]

Cyclops Origins June 7, 2011

Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
Cyclops Origins

  Beachcombing has always had a bit of a thing about Cyclops. And who can blame him? After all, the encounter between old Round Eye and that smarty-pants pirate king from Ithica is what most children – genuine or grown – remember about the Odysseus: there is something so Roald Dahlish about the disgusting yet […]

Sex Life of Unicorns February 5, 2011

Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Medieval
Sex Life of Unicorns

Unicorns have a claim, in Beachcombing’s mind, to be the most interesting of all mythical creatures. There is, after all, a fascinating combination of the mundane – the unicorn is surely based on the rhinoceros? – and the fantastic: think of all that nonsense about a dilating horn and floating hooves. Then there is the […]