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Water Thief Watcher January 25, 2014

Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
Water Thief Watcher

In distant days I opened a tag on WCIH, ‘the worst careers in history’ and, before things fizzled out, I made the case for precolumbian sacrificial victims and the Galeotti. Here today is a new one to reopen the series, the Water Thief Watcher. Now for those without a degree in timekeeping the water thief […]

Mayan Blood and Mayan Victims October 8, 2010

Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
Mayan Blood and Mayan Victims

Beachcombing has had a bad week and so to perk himself up a little he thought that he would resort to the last strategy of the truly desperate: pity someone who is worse off than himself. In this spirit and in continuance of his wcih (‘worst careers in history’) series he has decided to rememeber the […]

The Galeotti: Rowing Out Of The Barbary Coast September 25, 2010

Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
The Galeotti: Rowing Out Of The Barbary Coast

It’s been a bad week in the seventeenth century. There you were, a French pilgrim, just minding your own business, lounging around on a Catalan cutter and, bang, Barbary pirates overrun the ship. Next thing you know you are being shunted on board their vessel kicking and screaming and being told that you are to be […]