Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Trivial History January 30

Tis January 30th and The Vic Premiers' Reading Challenge begins!
Check out the NSW Premier's Reading Challenge, the W.A Premier's Summer Reading Challenge ends on Feb 11, S.A Premier's Reading Challenge starts Feb 4, and the QLD Premier's Reading Challenge will be available soon.
Crack open them thar books and escape to the nooks and crannies of your imagination!

1771 A naval surgeon who was happiest exploring Australia, George Bass was found in a litter today. Poor old George disappeared on his last voyage and mystery surrounds his demise. Read more HERE.

Oddspot-
Hit in the face by a large handful of rice which sent her reeling at her wedding in NSW in the 1950's, the bride wasn't shy and grabbed an umbrella and smashed it over the head of the guilty guest.

Matthew, Mark, Luke and John are to get a kiosk...maybe. More HERE.

1818 A moo-ving inspiration for poetry...The Poet Laureate of NSW , Michael Massey Robinson, was granted 2 cows from the govt as thanks for his services. A cow pat by any other name would smell as...sweet?

Ghost spot-
In Tarlo, NSW, was a blacksmith's forge on the road to Picton where the smithy himself was murdered and his spirit left to wander the area and spook travellers in the lonely setting.

Cyber teaching to fill in gaps in geographically empty geography teacher's positions. More HERE.

1893 The more things change,the more they stay the same...The Federal Bank collapsed, contributing to the Australian Banking crisis of 1893. Who said you can trust banks...

Great Aunt Hepzibah's Handy Hints-
Grab an orange and pierce with whole cloves until the entire fruit is covered. Sit in a bowl of all spice for approx. 2 weeks, turning the orange every day.
In the top secure a ribbon in a loop. When the orange is dried completely, hang in your wardrobe.

Wave that wand and maybe the sick will magically disappear along with the nurses and hospital beds! More HERE.

1924 The first rip roaring orgy meeting was held in the so-new-the-paint-was-still-wet Parliament House.

Hot rocks plan is rocking along. More HERE.

1942 The Govt shook a big stick and the Aussie workforce was re-branded as Manpower (no,sadly not the male stripping troupe).

Fears floodwaters may flush frolicking toad tadpoles into new territory. Get the golf clubs ready! More HERE.

1966 Prince Charles blew into Melbourne to yell out at roll call at Timbertop school.

Great Uncle Rupert's Ripper Refreshments-
Barrier Reef.
Into a shaker pour 15ml Cointreau, 1 scoop vanilla ice cream, 1/2 dash Blue Curacao, 30ml gin and 1/2 dash of Angostura Bitters. Shake like mad, pour into a tall glass and serve with a dinky umbrella.
*Great Uncle Rupert advocates the responsible service of alcohol and drinking in moderation.

Tiger isn't growling along in Darwin. More HERE.

1972 Missing : 1 dummy......Pakistan stamped its foot and left the Commonwealth in protest against Britain, Australia and NZ recognising Bangladesh.

Tags prove seals have a better social life than this particular blogger. More HERE.

Grandma Mehitabel's Menu-
Bread and Butter Pudding.
In a casserole dish place triangles of buttered bread overlapping each other. The second layer of bread can have jam of choice included on each slice.Depending on depth of dish, a 3rd layer of bread may be layered over the top.
Mix packet custard as per instructions and pour on top of bread, sprinkle nutmeg and cinnamon over the top, bake in moderate oven.
Serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

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