Thursday, December 27, 2007

Trivial History December 27

Another splendid sunrise to start Dec 27... as a moonrise mightn't quite work for the chooks and cows.

As it's the second day of Christmas, I imagine you've now got 2 turtle doves and a partridge in a pear tree squawking at you for seed. Here's a hint - leave home before the 3 french hens roll up on the doorstep tomorrow...they're not house trained.


1803 The convict, William Buckley, escaped with three others from the Sullivan Cove settlement in Sorrento and was later to live amongst the Aborigines for 32 years. Poor old Bill must have thought all his Christmases had come at once with his freedom.... pity Santa couldn't find his stocking for three decades.
The saying "You've got 2 choices - Buckley's and none" meaning you've got little chance at all stems from the odds given to Buckley's survival after his escape.
Read more about Bill Buckley HERE


Oddspot -
An old sheep abattoir workers used to lead flocks to the slaughter house on an island was always rewarded with as much beer as it could drink. One day it was well over the limit and staggered from the local pub, weaved its way down to the wharf whilst hiccuping all the way, toppled in and drowned. Moral of the story ? Don't marinate your mutton before it's dead...


1824 Celeste de Chabrillan, novelist, prostitute, theatrical horse rider, dancer and wife of the Australian French Counsel, was delivered by the stork. This lady is a fine point on the old adage "don't judge a book by its cover". Read more about her HERE



Ghost Spot-
In a small quarry near Castlemaine is a chill atmosphere that deters travellers from staying too long or venturing too close to the abandoned workings.No animals have ever been sighted within its boundaries but a flickering light held by no human hand used to be seen dancing about,ocassionally accompanied by the sound of a dull thudding that echoed across the still night air. No one has sighted or heard anything for almost 50 years.


1874 Adam McCay, journalist, editor, poet and satirist was born in Castlemaine. Norman Lindsay claimed McCay was one of the 5 worst men in Australia while Kenneth Slessor stated he was one of the greatest Australian newspapermen of his time. Read more of this enigma HERE



Great Aunt Hepzibah's Handy Hint -
After you've built the fishing shack in which your dearly beloved spouse will insist on spending all of his time , you might notice the need for a sunblind. Create a larger-than-usual bottom hem on the blind, fill it with sand from the kiddies sandpit (they won't notice) and sew it closed. Not only will it weight the blind down but on windy nights there won't be any banging going on to keep you from your well-deserved slumber after a day of untangling fishing line and scaling fish.

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