Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Trivial History March 18

Ahhh a breeze, a cool zephyr, a wafting draft, flurrying past with a gusty breath of fresh air, bringing with it a whiff and a blast of winter waiting around the corner to chill these autumn days.
Sure beats the air con!

1825 Helping Or-stray-lia feel more like Old Blighty the Sydney Turf Club was hatched.

Oddspot-
A vet who performed a post mortem on a horse who died suddenly on a property near the Nepean River, NSW (date unknown) found a large live fish in the animal's stomach.

1840 Talk about bringing down the house...the Royal Hotel and theatre were destroyed by fire but, fear not! Tales continue to be woven on the same spot in the guise of Dymock's book store in George St, Sydney.

1850 A red Letter day in some people's diaries - the birth of James Toohey in Melb, founder of Toohey's Brewery.

Ghost spot-
A small house in Lawson, in the Blue Mountains of NSW is home to the ghost of a little girl. She has been sighted on many occasions by various people and likes to move items around the house.

1857 William McNamara, radical socialist,journalist and step-father to Henry Lawson's missus, was pupped. Read more about this controversial character who helped shape Australia, HERE.

1910 He of the smoke and mirrors, Harry Houdini, piloted the first controlled aircraft flight at Diggers Rest, Vic.

Great Aunt Hepzibah's Handy Hints-
In winter cover shelves in a green/glass house in kitchen foil to reflect more light and heat in the darkest, coldest months of the year.

1923 John Campbell Miles, having nothing better to do that day, discovered lead and silver at Mt Isa, Qld.

Great Uncle Rupert's Ripper Refreshments-
In a tall glass pour 1 oz vodka, 1 oz ouzo, and top with orange juice and ice cubes.
*Great Uncle Rupert advocates responsible service of alcohol and drinking in moderation.

1940 The con artists govt started flogging selling War Savings Certificates.

1944 He who zipped around the world in a helicopter, Dick Smith, was spawned today.

Miss Ed Ma Kate Shun's Elucidations-
Let the kids see what life on the goldfields was like by letting them camp out in the backyard. Hide some small rocks (covered in kitchen foil) to represent gold in a sandpit/garden bed/area that can be dug over. Cook the very basic food staples, that miners ate at the time, on the BBQ for the kids and let them have just bottled water. Remember, they can't wash/shower/take a break to visit mates or phone a friend whenever they feel like it - their next meal depends on them finding gold to pay for it and their gold licence. Discuss how gold fever changed people's lives and behaviours, the terrain, wooded areas, trades, etc and helped develop growing towns, tracks, roads, businesses,etc.


1985 Neighbours premiered on Channel 7, the channel who in a moment of complete silliness axed the soapie after only 6 months and has wept buckets of tears ever since while watching its popularity climb on another channel.( Whoever made that decision is probably still cleaning public dunny's).

Grandma Mehitabel's Menu-
Leek and Potato Soup.
Finely chop 2 large leeks, including as much of the green leaves as you can. Peel and chop potatoes into small cubes, throw into a saucepan with leeks, 1 litre water, seasoning to taste and gently simmer for 30 mins.
Add 1.5 litres milk, 2 tablespoons butter and an oxo cube, simmer for another 20 mins.
Serve with fresh hgot crusty bread rolls with lashings of butter.

5 comments:

Widdle Shamrock said...

Oddspot-
A vet who performed a post mortem on a horse who died suddenly on a property near the Nepean River, NSW (date unknown) found a large live fish in the animal's stomach.

I love it !!!

I so enjoy these bits of trivia.

Jayne said...

Thanks Nikki ! :) I've got heaps of this stuff lol.

Andrew said...

Ironic that Toohey was born in Melbourne, when we traditionally despise the product.

Brian Hughes said...

"Neighbours premiered on Channel 7, the channel who in a moment of complete silliness axed the soapie after only 6 months and has wept buckets of tears ever since..."

Not unlike those two original Neighbours' stars, Des and Daphne, no doubt...who's rise to obscurity ever since has never documented.

Jayne said...

And we had to deport XXXX from Vic borders too,Andrew lol.

Daphne has played the rooly ocker missus in a few soapies masquerading badly as dramas...and she's lived down to her original performances :P
Des,on the other hand, didn't have a very good time with fame and had a few hiccups along the way...hum the Amy Winehouse song a few times, you get the idea ;)

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