Sunday, January 27, 2008

Trivial History January 27

Another stunning day full of surprises and very little in the way of trivial history. Apparently almost every Aussie was having a holiday from making the news...beginning the Aussie tradition of the Long Weekend.wink

1802 Matthew Flinders was feeling a tad peckish when he plonked himself upon what he named, through a mouthful of mutton sanga, the Great Australian Bight.

On the first coach run in the early 1890's between Southern Cross(no, not the former Spencer St station) and Coolgardie in W.A so much dust was kicked up by the neddies that when the passengers reached their destination they all had bright red hair. Saves on the hairdressing bills I suppose!

1859 The paddle steamer Albury began chugging up the Darling River beginning transport on our river systems.

Ghost spot-
The Murchinson River in W.A has a large number of 'ghost lights'. These are spots of light that dance all over the area with no scientific or rational explanation. The Aborigines believe they are the spirits of the dead.

1974 Things haven't changed much as 8,000 people were evacuated when floodwaters went tip-toeing through the streets of Brisbane. Water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink...

Great Aunt Hepzibah's Handy Hints-
When coffee cups and mugs have a brown stain from tea/coffee, wipe over with your finger dipped in Bi Carb Soda. This will remove it very quickly.

1989 The Gaming Commission in Tassie estimated Aussie were throwing away $20.6 billion each year on two flies crawling up a wall.

Great Uncle Rupert's Ripper Refreshments-
In a tall glass fill halfway with beer of choice and top up with lemonade.
*Great Uncle Rupert advocates responsible service of alcohol and drinking in moderation.

1990 Our Kylie notched up her 3rd UK number 1 when she warbled "Tears on My Pillow".

Grandma Mehitabel's Menu-
Variation on Choccie Crackles.
Melt chocolate in saucepan and add rice bubbles. Coat thoroughly then spoon into patty pans.Sprinkle with 100's and 1000's before chocolate sets.

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