Friday, February 22, 2008

Trivial History February 22

Welcome to all the new readers and welcome back to all the regulars!
It's another exciting meander through the trivial history of the day that makes bamboo under your fingernails a favoured second option razz

10,000 BC The Bedrock News and ancient hieroglyphs announced that Fred and Wilma Flintstone were blessed with a red-haired daughter named Pebbles.

The land on which David Jones stands at 310 Bourke St Melbourne was once swapped for a passable horse and foal.

1791 James Ruse was a clever little dicky-bird and proved he could sustain himself with the first land grant at Rose Hill on the bush block he dubbed Experiment Farm.

1855 There was order in the court for the trial of the 13 miners who lead the Eureka Stockade and who were charged with High Tea, High Tide and High Treason.

Ghost spot-
The famous painting of Chloe in Young and Jacksons hotel, in Melbourne, has been known to wink to many an inebriated patron.

1879 The Aussie artist, author and sculptor who scandalised society, Norman Lindsay, was found in a Bunyip nest. Read more about this talented man HERE.

1884 Former Vic Premier Charles Sladen shuffled off to Buffalo and this mortal coil.

Great Aunt Hepzibah's Handy Hints-
Shred personal documents, like bank statements,bills, etc and dispose of them in the compost heap, worms love the paper hidden Swiss bank accounts are printed on.

1901 Leading Aussie film pioneer Ken Hall was bumped into the world. Producing many films for both Aussie and overseas studios he gave us many Aussie classics that are still watched today. Read more about him HERE.

1928 Bert Hinkler dropped in for a spot of tea and scones in Darwin after his 15 day solo flight from UK. He became the nation's golden haired lad for awhile there with everything stamped with his face and name selling like dirty magazines tinea cream to footballers.

Great Uncle Rupert's Ripper Refreshments-
Bailey's Irish Hot Chocolate Cream.
Grate approx. 100 gms of dark chocolate into 1 1/2 cups of boiling water, stir until melted and combined. Turn heat down and add 2 cups of milk, 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence, 200-300 ml of cream, 1 cup Bailey's Irish Cream.
Stir then pour into large mugs and top with whipped cream sprinkled with grated chocolate.
*Great Uncle Rupert advocates responsible service of alcohol and drinking in moderation.

1932 Melbourne's *ahem* preferred radio station 3AW officially debuted today.

1936 Former Vic Premier John Allan copied Charles Sladen- exit stage left.

1962 The Late Great Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin was born. More HERE

1965 The Royal Mint opened for business, keeping the workers out of mischief and off the streets the following year by churning out 1,500,000,000 to replace the Imperial coins with the new fandangled decimal currency.

Grandma Mehitabel's Menu-
Lemon Soup.
Boil 1 litre of chicken stock and add 100 gms of rice, cook until tender.
Then thoroughly beat 3 egg yolks with the juice of 2 lemons, add to the stock.
Simmer for another 10 mins then serve with hot crusty rolls dripping with lashings of butter.


  1. Happy birthday to Pebbles - where did you unearth that gem.

    I love the hot refreshment - can't wait till winter for that one.

  2. Twas unearthed with King Tut's tomb lol ;)

    The Bailey's hot choccie is very more-ish on cold winter nights when the wind is howling, the rain is pouring and the trees (or something) are scratching at the windows...;)