Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Trivial History February 13

Morning all you delightful little dewdrops of happinessrazz

1743 A bloke who leapt in joy at the amazing discoveries he clapped eyes on in Or-Stray-Lia, Joe Banks was pupped. Read more about Sir Joseph Banks HERE.

Max Falstein was one of the youngest members of Parliament in the 1940's and was rather blunt in his comments.
He shocked his colleagues with the observance, "This must be the only asylum in the world where the inmates are in charge."

1832 Drumming the 3 R's into their heads, Kings School at Parramatta opened for business.

1866 The Infamous Parliamentary Mace that went on an extended tour of a brothel was first used in the Legislative Assembly.

Ghost spot-
A gallery in North Adelaide was converted from a private house many decades ago but one of the former inhabitants remains. A lady in grey appears only to men and silently watches them going about their business. No one knows who she might have once been but she does no harm.

1933 Don't blink ! Robert Richards popped on the Premiers tiara in South Oz for a dizzying 64 days.

Great Aunt Hepzibah's Handy Hints-
When nail or screw holes need to be filled and painted over, mix a little sawdust with PVA glue and poke it into the hole. Let set for a few hours and then paint.

1937 Walter Burley Griffin, architect of Canberra, had passed away from peritonitis in India 2 days previously.

Great Uncle Rupert's Ripper Refreshments-
Chocolate Monkey.
In a blender throw 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream, 15mls banana liqueur, 2 oz chocolate syrup, 30 mls creme de cacao, 6 oz chocolate milk and 1 chopped banana. Blend, serve in a tall glass topped with whipped cream.
*Great Uncle Rupert advocates responsible service of alcohol and drinking in moderation.

1954 Someone thought a train line in Antarctica was a good idea and Mawson Station was established but strangely no tracks were laid. (tongue now removed from cheek).

Grandma Mehitabel's Menu-
Yummy Yorkshire Pudding.
Sift 2 cups of plain flour into a bowl, add a little salt and pepper, stir and make a well in the centre and throw in 2 eggs, 1 cup of water and 1 cup of milk.
Stir briskly and, when thoroughly mixed, let stand for half an hour.
Grease 12 muffin pans and let stand on top of a hot stove till pan tray is hot.
Pour batter into pans and bake in oven until they've risen and browned.
Serve with roast beef and lashings of gravy.
Half way through the meal you'll have to make another batch so repeat as above.


  1. I still make yorkshire puds, yummy !!!

  2. They are a taste-bud necessity and every household should have them lol ;)