Monday, February 11, 2008

Trivial History February 11

C'mon, up from under the bedclothes coz Monday won't disappear if you stick your head under the pillow!

1788 Having had a rough sleep the night before, the first court was convened at Sydney Cove.

1797 That big pond of water between Victoria and Tassie was tripped over and named Bass Strait.

Tinsel and Christmas decorations on a metre tall marijuana bush in the Brissy CIB (date unknown) had to be removed as the bush was wanted as evidence in a drug case.

1799 Left scratching their heads and asking "why?" the gaol at Sydney was *gasp* deliberately burnt down.

1847 Having a REALLY rough night's sleep the Governor of Westralia, Andrew Clarke popped his clogs.

Ghost spot-
Cradle Mountain in Tassie has had many tourists and bushwalkers talking about more than its beauty, with tales of an unseen creature howling and screeching, racing across the ground as its progress is marked by the crunching and scratching sounds it makes,sometimes knocking against the back of people's legs and enveloping them in a chill. Some believe it is the spirits of an Irish couple who lived and disappeared on the mountain in the late 1870's.

1849 The first of several groups of German immigrants stepped ashore at Melbourne.

1851 The first intercolonial cricket match between Tassie and Vic was a huge sell-out although security had to remove several louts for throwing horse shoes for good luck.

Great Aunt Hepzibah's Handy Hints-
Recycle beer or other decorative bottles into tumblers by soaking a piece of garden twine in kero and tying around the bottle at the point you want to separate. Set the string alight and when it has gone out, plunge the bottle into cold water, The bottle should crack where the string had been.
Smooth the edges with glass sandpaper and paint/decorate as you wish.
The funnel shaped tops of bottles can be turned into hand-painted bells by sealing the top and attaching a small chain with a decorative bead.

1856 Books for the peasants ?! Extraordinary! The Melbourne Public Library opened its doors.

1861 Burke and Wills plopped their bums down at the Gulf of Carpentaria .

1909 Melbourne became home to the Eastern Suburbs Technical College, which is better known these days as Swinburne Institute of Technology.

Great Uncle Rupert's Ripper Refreshments-
Oyster Shooter.
Pour 10ml tomato juice into a shooter glass with 10ml of vodka, then 5ml of cocktail sauce. Add a dash each of Tabasco and Worcestershire sauces and serve with a fresh oyster still in its shell on top of the glass.
*Great Uncle Rupert advocates responsible service of alcohol and drinking in moderation.

1933 The Clown Prince of Country Music, Chad Morgan, was pupped today, giving us such classics as The Sheik of Scrubby Creek, The Fatal Wedding and many more comedy songs that have yet to be re-released. More info HERE and HERE.

1961 Every man and his dog put bums on seats at the MCG marking a daily attendance record of 90,800 bods eyeballing the 2nd day of the Aust Vs West Indies Test match.

1974 Aussie TV came of age when the TV series The Box premiered on the idiot box in the corner.

Grandma Mehitabel's Menu-
Dead Easy Scones.
Sift 3 and 1/2 cups of self raising flour into a bowl, rub in 2 dessertspoons of butter till it resembles breadcrumbs.
Mix in 1 and 1/2 cups of milk, mixing with a knife.
Turn onto floured surface and gently work the dough with a rolling pin till it's 1 inch high.
Cuts rounds (use a floured glass if no scone cutters are available) and place on baking paper on a tray.
Brush tops with a little milk and water and bake in oven for 12-15 mins till tops are golden brown.
Store in a colander lined with a tea towel and cover with another tea towel to retain heat without moisture building up.
Break open and slather with butter and jam or jam and whipped cream.


  1. dont forget to sprinkle a little sugar on top of the milk before baking!!! Mmmmmmm

  2. I'll email you a couple I'm making tomorrow Baby~Amore ;)

    Now Kelley ! That just makes a scrumptious food thingie even more sinfully delicious lol ;)