Friday, January 11, 2008

Trivial History January 11

Greetings slightly-warmer-than-usual-and-melting-into-a-puddle readers !
Found 2 cats sprawled in the bath tub this morning...had a bit of a job getting them out so I could have a shower but they managed to shift themselves when the water was turned on lol.

1819 Joseph Keen, he who gave us Keen's Curry ( not to be spiced up with Keen's Mustard) popped into the world. Read about Keen and his Kingston curry from Tassie HERE.

1841 Opera glasses to the fore, ladies ! The Queen's Theatre opened in Gilles Arcade in Adelaide.

1858 Alfred Billson, the brewer who brewed up a different drop when he became a politician, was corked. Read more HERE.

In the 1880's a printer named George Pritchard rode his horse into the surf at Hobsons Bay and rescued a man by pulling him from the jaws of a shark while still in the saddle.

1866 Richard Meagher, a notorious politician who horse-whipped the editor of The Truth newspaper in Pitt St Sydney, was spawned. Read more HERE.

1874 Albert Thurgood, AFL footballer and centre half-forward for Essendon, was punted into the goal square of life. Read more HERE.

1902 Wash those grotty digits lads ! Fingerprinting of criminals was begun in Sydney.

Ghost spot-
A community theatre near Adelaide was originally built as council chambers. During their construction in 1886, one of the labourers was caught "in the act" with a co-workers' wife,given a thumping and shoved into the council safe where he suffocated. His spirit is infrequently seen and he causes no mischief - you could say he's pretty safe.

1926 He missed out on the Boxing Day sales...Sidney Baillieu Myer, son of Myer store founder Sidney Baerski Myer, was hatched.

1930 Aussie actor Rod Taylor, who starred in the original H.G Wells' Time Machine and Hitchcock's The Birds, was pupped.

Great Aunt Hepzibah's Handy Hints-
To clean straw hats or wicker furniture, use an old toothbrush slightly dampened with water to gently brush dust and dirt from the crevices. Let dry in the shade as some straw and wicker will become yellowed if damp in direct sunlight.

1933 Man didn't sprout wings, so Sir Charles Kingsford-Smith flew the first paying passenger to NZ.

1949 Daryl Braithwaite, the former lead singer for Aussie band Sherbert, hit the pop charts of life today.

Great Uncle Rupert's Ripper Refreshments-
Jack In The Box.
In a cocktail shaker mix a dash of Agostura Bitters, 60ml of pineapple juice and 60ml of Cognac.Shake well and serve.
*Great Uncle Rupert advocates the responsible service of alcohol and drinking in moderation.

1986 Don't you worry about that...The Gateway Bridge, linking north and south Brisbane, was officially opened by Premier Bjelke-Peterson.

1988 Not to be outdone by his northern counterpart, Premier John Cain opened The National Tennis Centre in Melbourne.

Grandma Mehitabel's Menu-
Drought Buns.
Into 450gms of sifted flour add 85gms of melted butter, 170gms of sugar, a handful of currant/raisins, 1 teaspoon of baking powder and nutmeg. Mix through well, then add 1 cup of cold water mixing until it forms a limp dough. Shape into buns and bake on a greased tray in a moderate oven. Delightful eaten straight from the oven with lashings of butter.

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