Monday, January 7, 2008

Trivial History January 7

Another stunning day of fresh breezes, clear skies, no cats in the hand basin and the sun muted to an appropriate level of heat again. Aint life grand?biggrin

There's only 359 days left in 2008 - quick! lay-by those Christmas pressies!

1788 Tassie sighted the First Fleet...but Tassie didn't find anything about them to write home about.

1799 Bass and Flinders completed their circumnavigation waltz of Van Diemen’s Land with a dosey-do and a bow to your partner.

1814 Australia's first boxing match took place in Sydney. John Parton defeated Charles Sefton over 56 rounds without Anthony Mundine in sight.

The shortest lived hunting club in Australia was the Avoca Harriers. Formed in 1869, during the first week a riders horse crashed into the very first fence leaving the rider unconscious for several days. The club lost heart and was disbanded the following week.

1867 Powered by the mix of the colour of gold with the colour of jealousy, riots at the Crocodile Creek goldfield destroyed the property of Chinese miners. I bet their backsides were deeply bitten by Karma.

1871 Thomas Gale ascended in his balloon "Young Australian" from Victoria Park in Sydney, to a height of 2.5 miles. Some say it was a Gale powered by hot air that day...

1884 Adelaide's Academy of Music was burnt to the ground. It was later rebuilt, but gutted again in 1886. Caused, no doubt, by the hot tunes they were belting out on those violins ?

Ghost spot-
J Ward at Ararat Prison has had many reports of balls of light and unexplained noises disturbing visitors. Paranormal researchers have captured on film the ghostly figure of a person walking up a set of stairs.

1895 Sir Wilmot Hudson Fysh,Qantas co-founder, was delivered by the stork today. Read more of this enterprising chap HERE.

1919 The Electricity Commissioners Act in Victoria was passed which created the State Electricity Commission of Victoria.Ohh yes, I remember the SEC...who didn't have to blame possums for any power outages.

1920 Edmund Barton, the first Prime Minister of Australia, popped his clogs aged 70. Raise a glass or 3 to Eddie...goodness knows he raised plenty while he was breathing.

Great Aunt Hepzibah's Handy Hints-
A simple fly trap to find some relief this summer.
Fill an old jar 3/4 full of soapy water.
Punch a hole the size of a five or ten cent piece in the centre of the lid and smear a generous amount of honey on the underside of the lid.
The flies will crawl in after the honey but won't be able to get out.
Empty and refill as needed.

1930 The Victorian Royal Commission on the prices of flour and bread presented its final report to Parliament...proving that then, as now, bread was a basic staple of which people knew which side theirs was buttered.

1931 Guy Menzies flew the first solo trans-Tasman flight from Sydney to NZ in 12 hours and 30 minutes. I hear the in-flight movie was a doozy.

Great Uncle Ruper's Ripper Refreshments-
Black Velvet.
Half chilled stout and half chilled champagne, pour both at the same time into a punch bowl DO NOT STIR. Pour into tall glasses and serve.

1932 The first airmail to arrive in Australia touched down at Darwin under the command of Charles Kingsford Smith, who had winged in from the UK...without a customs check too !

1933 Aussie aviation pioneer Bert Hinkler began his planned global circumnavigational flight from Heathrow but disappeared. The best laid plans of mice and men...

1934 Sir Charles Kingsford-Smith broke the Sydney to Melbourne to Sydney record, taking just 17 hours and only 3 packets of airline peanuts

1983 Hans Tholstrup farewelled Perth in the Sunshine Chariot, a solar-powered car, to begin the first solar-powered crossing of Australia.Goodness, you mean there's energy in that there big ball of fire in the sky ?!

Grandma Mehitabel's Menu-
Toffee Baskets.
Put 500gms of white sugar into a saucepan over a low flame. Stir briskly and when it begins to melt add 3 tbls of water.Continue stirring then add 500 gms of sliced blanched almonds and the juice of 2 lemons. Allow it to boil for approx. 5 mins then add 2 tbls of treacle.
When the toffee comes away cleanly from the sides of the saucepan pour it onto 4 well buttered plates,using the lemon skin to press and shape it into the rounds.
When the toffee is coolish but still flexible take it and gently press them into a bowl and around the sides so as a basket shape is formed. Leave enough toffee to make a basket handle.
Allow to harden and slip the bowl off the bottom and fill the basket with a fruit salad, trifle or strawberries and whipped cream.

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