Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Trivial History February 20

Tis drizzling ! Yippee! Now the Day of The Triffids vegie garden can run amok even morelol

1809 Poor old Billy Bligh boarded a boat after agreeing to go straight to England,not pop into any part of the colony for a cuppa or pass Go and collect $200.

1811 In a move guaranteed to put a crimp in the most party-worthy garter belt, Austria declared itself bankrupt.

In 1820 a convict on an outside working party found a nugget and picked it up, but the authorities suspected him of stealing jewellery and melting it down into a nugget-shape so they gave him a flogging with 100 of the best!

1872 William Lygon popped into the world today. Willy-boy became Gov of NSW and was a patron to Henry Lawson for awhile. Shoved out of the closet by his brother-in-law in 1931, Willy quietly went into exile. Read more about the 7th Earl Beauchamp HERE

1913 Instead of driving women crazy, today King O'Malley was driving a steel peg into the top soil to mark the beginning of building Canberra.

Ghost spot-
Batman's Hill was once the site of Melbourne founder John Batman. The hill was levelled in the 1860's to make way for Spencer Street train station but Batman's ghost is still seen around the area today.

1913 The world was presented with another brilliant Aussie author in the shape of Mary Durack. Read more about her HERE.

1961 The world was robbed of a brilliant Aussie pianist and composer, Percy Grainger. Read more about Perce HERE.

Great Aunt Hepzibah's Handy Hints-
Recycle newspapers as a weed mat when starting new garden beds. It smothers any new weed growth, breaks down into the soil and worms love it.

1962 Perth was dubbed The City of Light when everyone switched on their outside lights for US astronaut John Glenn, who was passing overhead in Friendship 7.

Great Uncle Rupert's Ripper Refreshments-
Hot Wine.
Warm red wine in a saucepan with cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla beans. Simmer for 5 mins, strain and serve.
*Great Uncle Rupert advocates responsible service of alcohol and drinking in moderation.

1981 Actor Peter Regan (married to actress Olivia Hamnett) was a tad miffed at workers who started work far too early on a construction site next door to his hotel he piffed eggs at them. They started at the proper time the following day.

1998 That former Singing Budgie, that ever-lucky Kylie Minogue had her first UK number 1 hit with "I Should Be So Lucky".

Grandma Mehitabel's Menu-
Loquat Jelly.
Wash, de-stalk and cut the loquats in half. Throw into a pan with enough water to cover the fruit, then bring to the boil and simmer for 30 mins. Strain into another saucepan then add 3/4 cup of sugar for every cup of juice.
Heat for another 10 mins. To check if the jelly is ready drop a little onto a saucer ; it should set as soon as it hits the saucer.


  1. re the rain: it's drizzling on me too, 20 kms south of Ballarat.
    Trusting the forecast, I worked outside all yesterday in the heat, so that the rain is now perfecting all the yardwork
    (including 44-gal drums under every shed spouting to collect water for garden next week) and I can drink tea and read blogs all day, just gazing out the window at the loveliness of it all.

    re your post on Peter Regan throwing eggs at construction workers starting too early:
    what a crummy thing to do.
    Everbody knows filmsets start work with the birds, and his wife Olivia Hamnett was in RUSH the ABC tv series on the goldrush and it started filming at 6am everyday.
    Now I think I will write to Aunty ABC pleading for a rerun of Rush.
    It was good enough for the D-Gen to lampoon, so it's good enough to see again.

  2. Wonder if our Lygon Street is named after William.

  3. Ahh tea and blog reading - bliss on a day like today lol.
    I'd love to see Rush again,just to ogle John Waters in that uniform ;)

    Waiting to hear back from RHSV with an answer, Andrew ;)