Thursday, February 7, 2008

Trivial History February 7

Good morning!mrgreen

A thrilling Thursday teeming with things to titillate, tease and tend you all a'tremour.razz

1788 David Collins climbed up on his soap box and formally proclaimed the Colony of NSW with Captain Whatshisname Arthur Phillip as Governor and chief cook and bottle washer.

Longford Reserves in Tassie managed to rustle up only 16 players for a footy game against Launceston Reserves in a sadly mis-matched match (date unknown).
Longford's team was made up of schoolboys,injured and long retired players.
When they went to the dressing rooms at half-time the score was Launceston 210 to Longford nil.
Longford then did the wisest thing possible- they sent a note to Launceston that read "Blow this for a lark. We give up".
And went home.

1890 Dr Emma Constance Stone was busting out the bubbly in Melbourne as the first registered woman doctor in Australia.

Ghost spot-
The Grange at Wattle Park, in South Oz, is the first home of the winemaking family Penfold. Many personal family items are on display to the public and are often moved but staff never have to worry about returning them to their rightful spots as the following day everything is always restored by an unknown and unseen hand.

1908 North Sydney Rugby League Footy club was hatched, winning their first Premiership in 1921 and again in 1922 but have had a rather dry spell ever since.

Great Aunt Hepzibah's Handy Hints-
If you find soil is repelling water and it is unable to sink in, a small drop of dishwashing detergent in a watering can once per week will help. Repeat as necessary but only in emergencies and remember to mulch, compost and fertilise.

1912 Russell Drysdale was popped into this world. Born in Sussex, he later became one of Australia's best known outback artists. Read more HERE.

1928 Aussie aviator Bert Hinkler took to the air from England in his record busting 15 day solo flight to Darwin and for his hard work amidst the clouds Bert won £10,000.

1967 Terrible bushfires ravished southern areas of Tassie and some parts of Hobart. By the end of it 62 people were dead, 4,000 people were left homeless and 250,000 head of sheep and assorted livestock were killed.

Great Uncle Rupert's Ripper Refreshments-
Creamy Chocolate Lovers.
Melt about 30 gms of dark chocolate and pipe it into heart shapes around the inside of 2 cocktail glasses,throw into the fridge to set.
In a processor toss 1 oz Bailey's Irish Cream, 3 oz milk, 1 tablespoon of Kahlua, 1 tablespoon of Frangelico and 1 scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Put a little ice cream into each glass and pour the cocktail over the top, finishing with a sprinkle of grated chocolate.

1977 That other Aussie Idol joker who can't sing nearly half as well as Marcia judge Mark Holden was warbling his new release "Hey My Love" to the masses. I hear those vinyl records make great frisbees...

1989 An event that was more preferred than listening to Mark Holden strangle a tune sing, sardines fell on Ipswich in Qld. Tomato sauce anyone?

Grandma Mehitabel's Menu-
Champagne Dill Carrots.
Gently saute chopped carrots until slightly brown. Toss in 1/4 cup chicken stock, 1 teaspoon honey and 1/2 cup champagne, simmer till carrots are al dente and liquid has reduced. Throw in 1 teaspoon of lemon juice and 2 teaspoons of dill, stir and serve.


  1. mmmmm yum. Unfortunately I had to try a couple of times cause the glass kept smashing every time I threw it in the fridge to set the chocolate....