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The Venkov Lenin: the Bizarre Fate of a Communist Era Statue January 9, 2014

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
The Venkov Lenin: the Bizarre Fate of a Communist Era Statue

Picture borrowed from Vacilando, a useful source for information on Lewis Carpenter There are some great stories about Lenin statues and busts, including Lenin in Antarctica, a post featured on this blog a couple of years ago. For now though let’s turn to one of the most travelled of all the statues of the man […]

Selling Alaska/Louisiana/Manhattan by the Pound December 4, 2013

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
Selling Alaska/Louisiana/Manhattan by the Pound

History could be usefully defined as one long territory grab: who has the desire to take these acres, and who has the will and the resources and enough young ready to die on the other side? You can almost see the archangels of history pouring blood and bullets into two sides of a balance. But […]

Irish and Africans: A Peculiar Nineteenth-Century English Obsession November 26, 2013

Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
Irish and Africans: A Peculiar Nineteenth-Century English Obsession

The science of ‘race’ is for the most part a series of embarrassing excesses and intellectually dishonst indulgences of contemporary opinions and prejudice, with some requisite skull-measuring and blethering about frontal lobes to make everything sound alright. Even by these particularly sad lows the following picture is an extraordinary achievement. The images come from Ireland […]

The Wood County Creature!!! November 23, 2013

Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite
The Wood County Creature!!!

Some very sad news from the US: the death of Nick Reiter. Nick was a paranormal investigator based in Ohio and his website contains a series of investigations of mysterious cases, particularly hauntings. Beach hasn’t got much time for all this ghost-busters stuff, but Nick’s writing gives the phantoms a rare edge and more particularly […]

Review: The Ghost Wore Black October 30, 2013

Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
Review: The Ghost Wore Black

The Ghost Wore Black: Ghastly Tales from the Past is the latest in Ghosts of the Past series by Chris Woodyard. Anyone familiar with CW’s style will know by now what to expect. There are half a dozen thematic chapters, which takes us from devils, to wild men, to spring-heeled jack wannabees: ‘ghosts’ has to […]

Jokes From World War 2 October 28, 2013

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
Jokes From World War 2

Unlike our previous post on jokes about the World Wars here are a series of jokes from world war two. Beach can’t guarantee that every single one came from the the period between Sept 1939 and the summer of 1945, but they have a contemporary feel. Here are his favourites. Note a factory worker, Marianne […]

Jokes About the World Wars October 4, 2013

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
Jokes About the World Wars

Laughing about the Great War and the Second World War? Probably not in good taste. But some jokes get closer than narrative history to the sheer pointlessness of it all. Three of the best jokes we’ve found follow. First, let’s start with WW1 reduced to a bar fight. Germany, Austria and Italy are standing together […]

The Moment the Cold War Ended (according to Anthony Robbins!) October 3, 2013

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
The Moment the Cold War Ended (according to Anthony Robbins!)

  ***Thanks to SM!*** Anthony Robbins is a well meaning and (for tens of thousands of people) effective life-style coach. In his voluminous tapes, cds and books he includes endless anecdotes about his meetings with the great and the good of the earth. There is an element of name-dropping in some of this but SM […]

The Lion That Didn’t Roar! September 29, 2013

Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
The Lion That Didn't Roar!

Chris from Haunted Ohio Books sent the following late nineteenth-century theatre story in. It would be difficult to beat this. Never, but never work with children and animals. Someone connected with ‘The Soudan’, the English romantic drama which has already surpassed every theatrical record in Boston, thought that a live lion led on the stage […]

Spirit Photo Fakes September 23, 2013

Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
Spirit Photo Fakes

Beach has been enjoying, thanks to the Count (a longstanding friend of this blog), some fabulous spirit pictures, from the golden age of spiritualist shysterism. These were spirit sittings where men and women were photographed and spirits were invited into their presence. The spirits were then, if we are to believe the skeptics, as in […]

Cauls in the Deep South September 5, 2013

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Medieval, Modern
Cauls in the Deep South

Beach has been obsessed the last couple of weeks with baby’s cauls. The caul for readers who don’t know (and Beach was vague previous to the obsession) is the amniotic sac which holds us in our mother’s belly. In some very few cases, a baby is born with a caul in place, in the same […]

Okinawa and Three Dead Marines August 28, 2013

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
Okinawa and Three Dead Marines

, ***Dedicated to Christopher, who signaled this story*** An episode of memory and death in a closed community, this time over a mere 55 years, but that is interesting simply as a point of comparison with the death of three of Cromwell’s soldiers in Scotland and a 200 year-old memory span there. In 1998 the […]

Fairy Knick Knacks: The Five Strangest August 21, 2013

Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite
Fairy Knick Knacks: The Five Strangest

Beach has had a couple of trippy days looking for unusual fairy gifts for a close friend. In doing so he began to understand what a truly strange yet enchanting world modern fairy enthusiasts inhabit. Here are Beach’s top five favourite fairy gifts for the Celtic Faery Shaman who has everything. Enjoy. In fifth place […]

Bullet Proof Mormon Underwear? August 8, 2013

Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite, Contemporary, Modern
Bullet Proof Mormon Underwear?

***Dedicated to the Count, who gave me a pleasant hour on an unpleasant day. Beach should note here that he is not a fan of Mormonism but that he is a huge fan of Mormons: he has had consistently and powerfully positive experiences of followers of that religion and nothing that follows is meant to […]

The Allies and NOT Faking the Holocaust August 4, 2013

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
The Allies and NOT Faking the Holocaust

Several emails about the horrific photograph of the murdered woman and child at Ivangorod. Many of these emails went around the idea that this photograph was a misunderstanding (an idea that we have now argued against under the post itself) or that it was a fake. Certainly, if you stroll around the internet there are […]

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