Friday, February 1, 2008

Trivial History February 2

A glorious Saturday and how was that Twenty20 match last night ?!
Goodnight Gilly, you good person you mrgreen

1803 Charles Grimes found a patch too thick to drink and too thin to he called it the Yarra River.

1829 The Darling River found its first European stumbling about its banks and called it Charles Sturt.

An Aussie wood chopping champ was visiting Paris when he became involved with a French lady, whose lover took exception and slapped the Aussie in the face.
"Choose your weapon!" The Frenchman dramatically challenged.
"Axes" replied the Aussie.
The duel was cancelled.

1840 Joseph Macarthur, after a substantial sheep or 3 for lunch, went for an afternoon exploratory walk and ended up in the Port Phillip District.

1880 Some shivery sheep made an appearance, to much applause and demands for encores and mint sauce, in London in the first successful shipment of frozen mutton from Australia.

Ghost spot-
A very popular hotel in Liverpool St, Hobart was once home to a ghost who stomped and thumped noisily all over the upper floors disturbing many patrons and staff. When it briefly became a rowdy nightclub in the late 1960's the ghost disappeared.

1899 Because NSW and Victoria were name calling at each other the Premier's Conference decided to send the 2 states to their rooms until they could behave and announced the national capital would be somewhere else.

1912 73 year old Emma Miller unseated the QLD Commissioner of Police when she took on a mounted police charge and stuck her hatpin in Commissioner Cahill's horse. Thereafter hatpins were outlawed and wide berths given to innocent-looking little old ladies.

Great Aunt Hepzibah's Handy Hints-
Clean and clear drains the cheap and eco-friendly way. Pour at least 1-2 cups of Bi Carb Soda down the drain and wash it down with white vinegar. Repeat if necessary. The reaction between the two substances will clear any small blockages and clean up any odours.

1918 John Forrest was able to add the title Sir to his autograph and Chrissy cards when he became the first Aussie-born peer, the Baron Forrest of Bunbury.

1934 Having no luck growing their zucchinis and no doubt hoping for a freebie lawn mowing service, an acre of the Parliamentary grounds was given over to the Melbourne City Council and is now known as the Parliamentary Gardens. Go figure.

Great Uncle Rupert's Ripper Refreshments-
Fallen Angel.
Into a tall glass pour over shaved ice 20ml Kirsch or Cherry Liqueur, 20 ml Advocaat and top up with lemonade.
*Great Uncle Rupert advocates responsible service of alcohol and drinking in moderation.

1951 The scientists as CSIRO were wooping and hollering with geekish glee when they spluttered between sips of champagne they'd created a rabbit-reducing virus called Myxomatosis.

1972 Women were roaring and the men were certainly hearing them when the Women's Electoral Lobby was founded.

1975 The "back water", South Oz  moved with the times and announced Australia's first legal nude bathing beach open for business. Nude crow eaters...niiiicelol

Grandma Mehitabel's Menu-
Pioneer Potato Pie.
In a pie dish alternate layers of sliced raw spud with rindless bacon slices and seasoning to taste sprinkled throughout, until the pie dish is not quite full.
Dollop butter over the top and put pastry on top, using a pie funnel in the centre for excess steam to escape.
Glaze pastry with milk and throw in a hot oven for 15 mins, then lower the heat and bake for another 45 mins. Lift the pie crust to check if the spuds are cooked enough, then carefully pour in a cup of milk with 2 raw eggs mixed in it.
Turn off heat and let pie stand for approx. 15 mins or until the egg mixture is set. Slice and serve with fresh baked damper rolls.

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