Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Trivial History March 25

Wonderful good morning to all!
Did you get the stunning display of nature last night, in the form of a delightful thunderstorm with all the bangs and crashes and gazillion litres of cloud juice?

1789 *gasp* 7 marines were charged with robbery from the food stores....it's not like they were on tiny rations and starving, now is it?!

When Prince George (later King George) and Prince Albert were guests at a picnic at Botany Bay during their visit to Or-stray-lia in 1881 a stray dog made off with the centrepiece - a fattened, stuffed goose.
The two young Princes, with a little help from their friends, chased after the dog and retrieved the bird, and dined heartily on the fowl after cutting out the bite marks!

1838 Having a soft spot for the future AFL footy team the Cats, Robert Hoddle claimed that X marked the spot for Geelong.

Ghost spot-
In Glebe, NSW Bobby Hancock had led the good people and police a merry dance over the years of his career as a gangster but when he died in 1877 his mates sent him off in the most toast-filled spirited wake the whole of Sydney had ever seen. But Bobby wasn't finished, for his ghost came back to haunt his many friends and enemies due to a greedy girlfriend of his faking a will in an attempt to inherit Bobby's vast estate. Alas, the jig was up, the coppers found the real will and the greedy girlfriend graced the inside of a gaol...and Bobby's ghost was seen no more.

1863 Having nothing better to do with his time, John Jardine set up camp - and a settlement - on the tip of Cape York Peninsula dubbed Somerset...which was nothing like the original Somerset back in the Old Dart.

Great Aunt Hepzibah's Handy Hints-
With so many dynamo powered torches available these days, keep one or 2 handy around the house for ties during blackouts. As they're hand-crank powered you'll never have to find batteries for them and they're far safer than candles.

1894 Finally the Perth choo-choo's had somewhere to stop when the Perth railway station was finished.

Great Uncle Rupert's Ripper Refreshments-
In a tall glass hal fill with stout and top with lemonade.
*Great Uncle Rupert advocates responsible service of alcohol and drinking in moderation.

1913 Harry Butler was dropped off by the Bunyip in The Wild today. Read more about the wildlife expert HERE.

Miss Ed Ma Kate Shun's Elucidations-
If kids are having trouble with a LOTE (Language Other Than English) consider sign language. In many areas it's recognised as a LOTE and is easier for some kids to master a sign language than another spoken language. It also opens up many study areas of hearing impairment and the uses of technology bhy today's deaf community. Knowing sign language in any field/career is also an added bonus kids can take with them.

1934 Kitchen whiz and first home grown Aussie celebrity chef Bernard King was hatched today. Read more about him HERE.

1936 Taswegians were able to retire their carrier pigeons at long last when the Apple Isle was connected to the rest of the nation by telephone.

Grandma Mehitabel's Menu-
Chicken In Wine (no not the Beaked Backyard Biatches!).
Brown the whole chicken in 2 tablespoons of oil then throw it into a saucepan with 1 cup of white wine, finely chopped parsley and chives, pop the lid on and let it burble away until thoroughly cooked.
Transfer the chook to a baking tray and throw in the oven to crisp up, make the gravy with the wine and juices from the saucepan and serve with boiled rice and steamed vegies.


  1. nice to know that princes aren't above chasing a stray dog for their meal lol

  2. Twas probably a corgi, Bettina lol