Thursday, January 17, 2008

Trivial History January 17

It's Good News Week for TV viewers !
Due to the writers strike in Hollywood, have a rough guess which Aussie show Channel 10 is rushing back to our TV screens next month?
Yep, 8 years without it and Good News Week is coming back.
My chooks and I are happy lil campers, thank you very much Channel 10 !

1773 To while away the time,Captain Cook thought he'd have a 'Captain Cook' (look) at the Antarctic Circle.

1846 Sir Harry Wollaston, some bloke who fussed around with customs, was hatched. Read more about Harry HERE.

1860 Mary Watson, an early pioneer heroine, was born. Read about Mary's story HERE and HERE.

At a Glen Wills race meeting on a hot New Years Day in 1911 everyone was engulfed by a blizzard in a sudden snowstorm. The name of the winning horse during the freakish storm was Lily White.

1867 The Victorian Royal Commission into uncollected customs duties presented its final report to parliament. Apart from putting everyone to sleep, it was no doubt a pleasant 21st birthday pressie for Sir Harry Wollaston (see above).

1877 Born today in England was well-loved Australian children's author May Gibbs, creator of the Gumnut babies. Read more about May and Snugglepot and Cuddlepie HERE, HERE and HERE.

1899 Saw the birth of aclaimed Aussie author Nevil Shute Norway, who dropped his last name after piloting his own plane to Australia and settling in Victoria to write his many enthralling books. Read more HERE and HERE.

Ghost spot-
Near Taree is a small town called Tinoree that played host to a very short-lived ghost in the 1930's. A lantern light was frequently seen throughout the town but without any human hand holding it. A group of people from Sydney went to Tinoree to investigate and they were treated to a sighting of a wispy image in a white funeral shroud. Both the lantern and ghost were never seen after that.

1922 Splashing a bit of paint around was profitable for William Beckwith McInnes who took home the very first Archibald Prize for portraiture.

1942 Ita Buttrose, journalist and broadcaster who helped crack the glass ceiling for women, was hatched.

1944 Learn to love your underground mutton, boys and girls, as meat rationing began.

Great Aunt Hepzibah's Handy Hints-
Always pop a sheet of paper towel in any container holding vegies,before placing in the fridge, as this will soak up any moisture and condensation, letting the vegies last a bit longer...before they turn into a blackened ball of slime in the crisper.

1959 Tasmania's first shark attack in over a century took place at Port Arthur.

1986 $1.45 million was exhibited by The Australian National Art Gallery, in the form of 6 Jackson Pollock paintings they'd obviously not picked up at a garage sale.

The Spouse of The House's Tucker-
Meat Pasties.
Lightly sautee mince meat and finely chopped and/or grated vegies of choice in a mix of HP, Worcestershire and sweet soy sauce.
Let cool, then add a generous helping of grated cheese.
Cut out circles of puff pastry from store bought frozen pastry sheets. ( yes he cheated).
Put approx. 1-2 tablespoons of the filing on one half, fold the pastry over, then crimp the edges with a fork.
Bake in a moderate oven for approx. 30-40 mins or until pastry is golden brown.
Serve with lashings of tomato sauce.

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