Friday, February 1, 2008

Trivial History February 1

A pinch and a punch for the first of the month...and no pay backsrazz
1 month down, only another 11 left in 2008....doesn't time fly when you're having fun?!

1788 The Government of the colony of NSW decided to start a farm at...Farm Cove so they did the usual and started clearing their weekender bush block.

1843 The gals in the Female Factory in Parramatta had such a riot of a time the military was called out to politely ask them to cease and desist as it was past the neighbourhood party hour of 11pm.

1844 Finding they had no service for their Next G mobile phones a monthly sea mail service was started between Britain and Sydney instead.

1851 Finding a plum in their mouths along with a silver spoon and a crooked pinkie finger anti-transportation groups got together to discuss ending the simply horrid practice of shipping those dreadful convicts to Or-Stray-Lia.

Oddspot-
In 1863 bushranger Johnny Gilbert and his off-sider held up and robbed all those who passed the NSW pub in which they were eating breakfast but then offered their victims drinks at the bar.

1858 Having missed out on tickets to the Twenty20 cricket match at the MCG, William Dean was higher than a kite when he made the first balloon ascent in Australia from Cremorne Gardens.

1879 A touch of the vapours was felt when W.A was visited by a UFO. More HERE.

1889 According to the old jingle "it's got the flavour that's taken it all round the world"...but Fosters hadn't got a passport yet when it went on sale for the first time today.

1903 The populace of Coolgardie was humming along with Bonnie Riatt's single of Cool Clear Water when the waterpipe from Perth was finally opened.

Ghost spot-
A house in Carnarvon used to be the home to the ghost of its former owner, a madame who ran a brothel from the house. She was found murdered in the late 1940's and several people who rented the house afterwards reported seeing her and smelling her perfume. The house was bulldozed in the 1960's.

1915 Coober Pedy opals found themselves turning up in pockets and jewellery stores when word went out about them.

1923 Finding the sensation of being kicked up the bum a little tiring Billy Hughes and his Nationalistic Govt sang "you can take this job and shove it".

1925 Eternal Flame by The Bangles was not on the playlist when the Melbourne Town Hall sizzled a tad when gutted by fire. Smokin' !

Great Aunt Hepzibah's Handy Hints-
Put any unused stale bread in a bag in the freezer and crumb it with a food processor, while still frozen, when a recipe calls for breadcrumbs.

1931 Tightening belts and cooking that Bushman's Mince recipe became the fashionable thing to do when, during the Great Depression, the Commonwealth Arbitration Court marked down wages by 10%.

1947 Aussie pop star Normie Rowe was found warbling in the cabbage patch. More HERE.

1955 The infamous Six O'Clock Swill died under a raucous cheer when pubs were allowed to stay open serving the amber liquid until 10pm.More HERE.

Great Uncle Rupert's Ripper Refreshments-
De Rigueur.
In a glass with crushed ice mix 10 ml honey, 30ml Scotch Whiskey and 10ml grapefruit juice.
*Great Uncle Rupert advocates the responsible service of alcohol and drinking in moderation.

1981 Who will ever forget ( except those not yet indoctrinated into Cricket Lore) the day Trevor Chappell bowled an underarm ball against NZ ?!?! Yes Trev...we still remember!redface

2004 Tickets please! The first Ghan passenger train tootled across the landscape from Adelaide to Darwin.

Grandma Mehitabel's Menu-
Stuffed Capsicums (non-spicy variety)
Cut top from capsicums and removes all the innards, seeds as well.
Stuff with a cooked mixture of boiled rice that contains garlic, egg, parsley, onion, chives and grated carrot. Season to taste and don't overfill the capsicum.
Finish with a dollop of butter on top, wrap in foil and bake in a hot oven for approx. 20-30 mins.
Serve on a bed of crisp green salad.

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