Sunday, March 16, 2008

Trivial History March 16

Tis a naaaasty north wind that blows no good...although it's not bad for a washing day if you can just find the energy to drag the pile of laundry out in the searing heat.
Meh, it'll wait till another day....

1774
He of the itchy feet, Matthew Flinders, was hatched. Read more about Matty HERE.

Oddspot-
A bloke at Otatara, near Invercargill in NZ, in 1948 was a trifle puzzled to find a pile of apples lying in his garden under his maple tree. Looking carefully through the thick foliage he spied clusters of apples growing from the branches of the maple tree. That was the only time the maple produced apples.

1787 The rabble was rousing First Fleet was gathering at Mother Bank off the Isle of Wight.

1791 The first bush blocks land grants were made to free men ie those without either type of ball and chain.

Ghost spot-
Picnickers in King's Park, Perth, are often joined by a small, well-behaved dog who is happy to share their food and join in any games with young children. Although people have patted this animal, had their faces licked by him and have even sighted the collar with his name, suddenly, without warning, in the midst of frivolity the dog simply vanishes.

1826 Ohhh booooooks ! The Australian Subscription Library, forerunner of the State Library of NSW, was founded.

Great Aunt Hepzibah's Handy Hints-
Train a fast growing native vine over west facing windows and walls for some extra shade in summer.

1836 This train not taking passengers...a wooden railed tramway, with trucks dragged by those naughty convicts, running from Port Arthur to Norfolk Bay in Tassie, was completed.

1841 Edward Davis, who was not the Messiah but just another naughty bushranger handing out his booty to the poor, was "hanged by the neck until he was dead". Yep, that'll do it! Read more about Teddy HERE.

Great Uncle Rupert's Ripper Refreshments-
In a large punch bowl empty 2 litres of dry ginger ale, 750mls ginger beer, 200 mls whisky and 1 litre lemonade. Put in as many ice cubes as you can with finely grated fresh ginger to taste.
*Great Uncle Rupert advocates responsible service of alcohol and drinking in moderation.

1949 Ben Chiefly set up ASIO (Another Silly Idiotic Organisation).

Miss Ed Ma Kate Shun's Elucidations-
Get an electricity bill with the average daily usage and ask the kids to work out how much electricity each family member uses per day. Discuss how this can be reduced - ie turning off appliances at the power point and not leaving them in stand-by mode,etc - and explore solar/ wind/ dynamo powered appliance alternatives. Discuss if these are more or less efficient.

1963 Lifeline was established by Rev Allan Walker.

1991 Sir John Kerr, who kicked to the kerb dismissed the Whitlam Govt in 1975, shuffled off this mortal coil.

Grandma Mehitabel's Menu-
*NB This is a novelty recipe and is NOT to be tried as emus have become a protected species since this recipe was originally used.
Braised Leg of Emu.
Remove approx. 6 lbs of the large end of the leg, remove bone.
Fill the cavity with stuffing of breadcrumbs, herbs and seasoning to tatse and 1 tablespoon of dripping.
Tie with string and place in a large cooking pot with 3 cups of water and 1 cup of dripping.
Gently simmer until all the water is gone then gently braise the meat in the remaining fat for 3 hours.

5 comments:

Widdle Shamrock said...

Miss Ed Ma Kate Shun's Elucidations-
Get an electricity bill with the average daily usage and ask the kids to work out how much electricity each family member uses per day. Discuss how this can be reduced - ie turning off appliances at the power point and not leaving them in stand-by mode,etc - and explore solar/ wind/ dynamo powered appliance alternatives. Discuss if these are more or less efficient.

Love this idea. We are geared up for wind and solar energy. Just need the $25,000 to buy and install it.

Andrew said...

One of those days when you can take the first item off off the line dry, as you finish hanging the last one out.

Brian Hughes said...

"That was the only time the maple produced apples."

It must have been having a secret affair.

Jayne said...

I'd love to do that too, Nikki; send me a seedling from the money tree when you find it lol.

It was Andrew; the tomato bushes had sun-dried tomatoes on them today!

Inter-species breeding indeed Brian :P

LiD said...

Jayne, I am late in commenting but I just have to say what a lovely ghost story. Somehow a ghost dog doesn't worry me at all...even the hound of the Baskerville's (for some reason) LOL.

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