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The secrets of a diary written on castle floorboards - BBC News

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A hidden diary written by a carpenter on the floorboards of a French Alpine chateau provides a rare insight into the private lives of villagers in the late 19th Century, writes Hugh Schofield.

When the new owners of the chateau of Picomtal decided to renovate the parquet in some of their upstairs rooms, they made a remarkable discovery.

On the underside of the floorboards - invisible until the boards were taken up to be replaced - were long messages written out in pencil. The messages were dated over several months between 1880 and 1881, and they were signed by a certain Joachim Martin.

Joachim Martin, it quickly became clear, was the carpenter who installed the parquet for the chateau's then owner - and what he left behind was a kind of secret diary intended to be read only long after he was dead and buried.
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"Bread leavened civilisation" from the comments

But it seems totally unsurprising to me. It's not like early people would say "let's invent farming and grow this grain that we have no use for".
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California ghost town sells for $1.4 million; buyers plan to develop it as a tourist attraction

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"We want to maintain the historic nature of the property while introducing amenities that will allow more people to enjoy the location," said Underwood, adding that the family's goal was to open it up to more visitors.

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Though an ambitious undertaking, he said the job has been made significantly easier by Robert Desmarais, the property’s caretaker for the last 21 years.

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Underwood is most excited about the saloon, which has been meticulously maintained by Desmarais. In addition to a pair of pianos, the space holds a card room, a long wooden bar and a wall of antique bottles.
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From the linkWorld War I caused the death of millions of combatants and civilians, while countless soldiers suffered from injury and disfigurement. Perhaps the most disheartening were facial injuries, as soldiers had to not only deal with the physical loss, but also the constant psychological stress of wondering how people would react to their changed appearance. These men worried about their homecoming — how would strangers react, but more importantly how they would be treated by friends and family.

Surgery and skin grafting was an option for some, but many sustained injuries that went beyond the ability of surgery to repair. These unfortunate soldiers turned to portrait masks. Pioneered by English sculptor Captain Derwent Wood, and improved upon by American sculptor Anna Coleman Ladd, portrait masks were modeled from photographs taken before the injury and were painted in oils to resemble the former features of the patient.
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Stealing back looted objects? Which side should I support? Oh I know, white people.

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Queen Victoria of Britain was given a pet Pekingese dog, the first of its kind ever seen in Europe. Unabashed by its provenance, she named it Looty.
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LOL. What goes around, comes around. Goose/gander.

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Girl, 8, pulls a 1,500-year-old sword from a lake in Sweden - BBC News



Eight-year-old Swedish-American girl pulls pre-Viking era sword from lake - The Local



Listen, Swedish women divin' in ponds distributin' swords is no basis for a system of government.
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I'm boycotting the History Blog a blog about history unless liv makes a bit more effort to visit us here. :hmph:
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This is the greatest thing you will read today. All week. This month.

Girl, 8, talks about her find:
I pulled a 1,500-year-old sword out of a lake | Life and style | The Guardian

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People are saying I am the queen of Sweden because of the legend of King Arthur
And rightly so.

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Daddy was begging me to rush so he could watch the World Cup final, but I like to take my time about things so I ignored him.
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One end had a point, and the other had a handle, so I pointed it up to the sky, put my other hand on my hip and called out, “Daddy, I’ve found a sword!”

I felt like a warrior, but Daddy said I looked like Pippi Longstocking.
Oh, Dad!

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She pulled a sword out of a lake?

She now thinks that she is the Queen of Sweden? Has that been confirmed?
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But it seems totally unsurprising to me. It's not like early people would say "let's invent farming and grow this grain that we have no use for".
Vaguely remembered idea about how it happened

Wanderers found a place where grain grew natively in sufficient abundance that a small population could remain stationary long enough to have a small village. The village would need a sort of designated place of pooping, where undigested grains would pass onto a well fertilized soil. Shortly the grain would be extra abundant, and it wouldn't require a great deal of imagination to make the leap to intentionally sowing some grain and fertilizing it to make even more grain for even more house dwellers, etc.

Maybe Jarred Diamond? I can't remember.
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