Friday, January 25, 2008

Trivial History January 25

Wonderful morning to all who plan to dip their toes into the pond of life on this fine day...or those who can still feel the digits on the end of their feetlol
Numb, swollen and ewww looking foot may be stuck on the pouffe for awhile...after much poking and prodding and scraping me off the ceiling The Spouse and I have decided I've broken the bone as well as shredded everything resembling an appendage.
  • Garden brick 1
  • Toe 0
If you're gonna do a job, do it well....

1819 Gideon Lang, who was one of those red cordial slurping pioneer types that just couldn't sit still and did almost everything, was hatched with a platypus. Read about Gideon's many and varied adventures HERE.

1848 Hear Ye ! Hear Ye! The very, absolutely, must finish, never to be repeated,not ever any more after this convict ship, Marion, parked itself in Melbourne and threw off its last cargo of convicts.

A Melbourne punter had a rotten run of luck at the dog track one day.
After losing a fortune on the dish lickers he found his radio had been nicked and when he went to the car park to go home with a lighter pocket he found his car had been pinched too!
Some days you should just stay in bed...

1858 Notorious John Norton, politician who dangled his digits in many pies, was spawned. Read more about his various skullduggery exploits HERE.

1862 Henry Barnett, who helped film the first moving film footage in Australia, was processed by the midwife. Read more of Henry HERE.

Ghost spot-
In the early 1900's on Norfolk Island a large number of picnickers were enjoying the day on Flagstaff Hill when the sound of crashing amidst the undergrowth startled them. Suddenly they found themselves beating a hasty retreat as the sound of drumming hooves and angry braying got closer but no animal was to be seen. When they built up the courage to return to their picnic spot, they found the food trampled into the rugs with all the dishes smashed to pieces and hoof marks all over the ground.

1877 Francis Dutton, former Premier of South Oz, did the soft shoe shuffle from this mortal coil.

1884 James Francis, former Premier of Victoria, did the same as Frank Dutton. I'm seeing a pattern here....

Great Aunt Hepzibah's Handy Hints-
Whether you wash dishes in the dishwasher or by hand, always keep a large bowl in the sink. It will collect any first flush cold water from the hot water tap and is handy for rinsing dishes prior to washing them properly. The water can then go on the garden.

1886 Deciding to have a proper knees up Mother Brown, the Federal Council of Australia held a wild orgy party conference in Hobart amidst the apples.

1900 After all the tongues wagged about how well the wild orgy party conference went in Hobart, the State Labor pollies met in Sydney to repeat the trick with the apple formally found the Federal Labor Party.

Great Uncle Rupert's Ripper Refreshments-
Chocolate Colada.
Into a blender throw 6 or so ice cubes with 1 oz Pina Colada mix, 1 oz pineapple juice and 2 oz Brown Creme de Cacao. Blend and serve with a smile.
*Great Uncle Rupert advocates the responsible service of alcohol and drinking in moderation.

1904 Graham Berry, former Premier of Victoria, popped his...oh alright, enough is enough! There's 364 other days to choose from you know, guys !

1904 Today it was outlawed in Britain for anyone to shoot a longbow without the express permission of the monarch. Pfft. Just when I got my quiver all polished too. Spoilsports.

Grandma Mehitabel's Menu-
Dead Easy Cheesecake.
Smash the hell out of a 250gm packet of sweet biscuits - after putting the bikkies inside a bag- until they're crumbs.
Melt enough butter/margarine to mix with the crumbs to make them stick together.
Use the back of a spoon and push the crumb mixture across the bottom and sides of a small springform cake tin until the shell is formed.
Stick in the fridge.
Into a large bowl throw in 500gms cream cheese (softened at room temperature) and 1 tin of sweetened condensed milk - yes you may lick the spoon.
Beat madly until thoroughly blended.
At this point you can add a little blueberries/strawberries, vanilla essence or lemon juice.
Spoon mixture onto now-set biscuit crumb shell and hide in back of fridge for at least 2 hours.
Serve VERY small slices as this is VERY rich.


  1. Hi, thanks for visiting my blog. I heard that on Saturday, January 26 the Australian embassy is holding Australia day here in the Philippines. Have a nice day!

  2. Hi Rino!
    Thanks and I hope you have as much fun as the Aussies on Saturday :)

  3. Oooh, I feel your pain with your toe - I really feel your pain! Hope it gets better soon :)

  4. Thanks Guera, you were the first person I thought of when I saw what I'd done LMAO !