Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Trivial History January 23

Another brilliant day for us to run barefoot amok through!mrgreen

Today is Bounty Day on Pitcairn Island where they remember the burning of the original Bounty by building model-sized replicas and setting them on fire...

1790 Fletcher Christian, that dashing daring dude made a BBQ of The Bounty to stop any mutineers from changing their minds....yep, that'll do it Fletcher!

1796 Alas and alack, the distillation of spirits was banned, prohibited, outlawed, disallowed, barred and generally tut-tutted at in the new colony.

After it was split right down the middle by a lightning strike, a naval orange tree in QLD was bound together by the station owner and it kept on bearing fruit - naval oranges on one side and St Michael oranges on the other.

1803 Pottering around the Port Phillip District, Charles Grimes was feeling adventurous and climbed Arthur's Seat. Bet Arthur wasn't impressed!

1813 Charles Harpur, Australia's first notable poet who could string a sentence together about Aussie scenery, was hatched. Read more HERE.

Ghost spot-
A house in Bunbury is called home to a harmless spirit that sits in the loungeroom and silently wanders about from room to room.

1838 James Clark, an architect of such burgeoning talent that he designed The Treasury Buildings in Melbourne aged 19, was pupped. Clark went on to design many buildings around Australia, littering the landscape with taste, beauty and style. Reads more HERE.

Great Aunt Hepzibah's Handy Hints-
If red wine is spilled on a carpet, cover immediately with salt and allow to dry. This will absorb the wine and can be vacuumed up later.

1908 Balmain Rugby League Club was launched into the world today. They won their first premiership in 1915 and their last in 1969. Long time between drinks fellers!

Great Uncle Rupert's Ripper Refreshments-
Blueberry Delight.
Into a shaker pour ice, 60 ml cream, 20ml Coconut Liqueur, 30ml Black Sambuca and 10 ml Strawberry Liqueur. Shake thoroughly and serve in a cocktail glass garnished with blueberries and strawberries.
*Great Uncle Rupert advocates the responsible service of alcohol and drinking in moderation.

1981 Adelaide was sweltering just a wee tad when that damn mercury refused to drop below 33 degrees Celcius.

Grandma Mehitabel's Menu-
Peanut Toffee.
Into a saucepan on low heat throw 1 cup of sugar,2 dessert spoons of water, 1 teaspoon butter and 1 dessert spoon of vinegar and stir until everything is blended. Bring it to the boil,stirring, until it turns a golden brown colour. Toss in 1/4- 1/2 cup of peanuts, then pour mixture onto a greased shallow baking tray, mark off in squares and let cool. When hardened, snap each square off and store in an air-tight container.


  1. Bounty Day sounds delightfully eccentric ... but what else can you expect? Where do you find this stuff? It is gold.

  2. The Tribe would tell you I witnessed every event in history first hand, Gavin LOL.