Thursday, February 21, 2008

Trivial History February 21

A beautiful morning to everyone, everywhere mrgreen


1842 Dig out the feather boa and polish up that garter-belt Mavis...the first play to be wrought in Melbourne was sprung upon the populace at the Theatre Royal, the title "Widow's Victim".

Oddspot-
The first resident artist in Van Diemen's Land, William Gould, was transported in the 1820's. He was such a hopeless drunk in the grip of the grappa that every public house in Port Arthur possessed at least one of his paintings swapped for his liquid lunch.

1899 Sir George Bowen popped his clogs. Georgie-boy was a busy lad with fingers in political pies, being the Guv for Qld, the Guv for NZ and the Guv for Victoria where he didn't kiss the girls to make 'em cry but sacked 400 public servants and made 'em cry.

1929 Riding the peace train, compulsory military training in peacetime was done away with.

Ghost spot-
In Dulbydilla,Qld, in the 1870's was the scene for a brutal shooting of Hing Kee by Tim Tee. Hing Kee was shot 47 times but managed to live to identify Tim Tee as his attacker. The policeman loaded both the dying man and the would-be murderer on a train for Roma but during the trip Hing Kee died. Suddenly the train lanterns all went out and Tim Tee became hysterical, convinced the spirit of his victim was seeking revenge. The lanterns were all re-lit but went out again. The lanterns were replaced with new ones at a station but shortly after the train left the new ones refused to stay alight also. All lanterns were examined at the end of the journey but there was nothing found wrong with them.

1931 Avoiding the knackers yard by a mile Phar Lap became the highest stakes winner.

1937 Ron Clarke ran into the world. He never won an Olympic gold medal but set 17 world records, 12 of them during a 44-day tour competing overseas. Read more HERE.

Great Aunt Hepzibah's Handy Hints-
Keep an old toothbrush near the kitchen sink and use for those hard-to-get-at items and cleaning sharp knives, like vegetable peelers,etc, that would otherwise cut and ruin regular dishcloths/sponges.

1945 A change is as good as a holiday so Pig Iron Bob Menzies formally notified parliament that his party had changed its fish-net stockings title from United Australia Party to Liberal Party of Australia.

Great Uncle Rupert's Ripper Refreshments-
Squashed Frog.
Into a shaker pour 10 ml advocaat and 10 ml Cherry Advocaat and shake with ice. Pour out into a small glass and top with 30 ml Bailey's Irish Cream and 30 ml Midori. Chocolate Freddo Frog on the side optional.
*Great Uncle Rupert advocates responsible service of alcohol and drinking in moderation.

1984 Things were crook up north when nurses from Brisbane's 3 public hospitals walked out in what was their very first strike. It only lasted 24 hours, probably because the Qld Govt didn't have their heads up their backsides wanted to keep the health system running and appreciated their nurses.

1997 Former Westralia Premier Carmen Lawrence was in a spot of bother when she was charged with bad taste in clothing perjury. She was later found not guilty.

Grandma Mehitabel's Menu-
Cheese and Onion White Sauce.
Sautee finely chopped onions in butter.
Add cornflour till its a lumpy mush, then slowly add milk a little at a time, stirring all the while.
When you have the consistency you want, add grated cheese and white pepper to taste.
Serve with vegies of choice.

Addit-
The new Funky Blog Award is thanks to Mo from The Nook of Oz, yet another great blog for everyone to explore
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