Saturday, March 29, 2008

Trivial History March 29

Good morning all you cold little butternut pumpkins!
After a night with several 4 legged furbabies hogging the blankets I can honestly say it's shaping up to be a 2 dog (and 2 cat) night, every night, this Winter!razz

1878 The Aussies sent their first cricket warriors team on the inaugural first-class tour of England.

1885 The NSW contingent arrived in the Sudan.

1900 Black Jack aka Sir John McEwen was pupped. Black Jack was Deputy PM, and caretaker PM for 3 weeks following the extra long post-lunchtime paddle PM Harold Holt was indulging in.
Read more about Black Jack HERE.

One of the most popular events that attracted big money bets at Windsor, NSW in the 1870's was rolling people down a hill. The man who the most money was a local aborigine named Black Bobby who tumbled head over heels for more than 8 minutes.

1901 Whip out your Sunday best, put down that bottle of beer Eddie and promenade down to the ballot box; the first Federal elections were held with Edmund Barton becoming the first Aussie PM.

1930 Bust out the bubbly for as long as you can for today electors in Victoria voted against prohibition.

1935 The parking meter was invented by some twat Mr McGee.... who was suddenly crossed off many Xmas card lists after this!

Ghost spot-
A beautiful sandstone house in Mount Wilson, in the Blue Mountains, is said to be haunted by the spirit of a previous owners wife who died in childbirth. She is young, good looking but depressed in appearance and makes no noise herself but during renovations in the 1960's she often set off the security alarm and woke tradesmen sleeping on-site by playing croquet in the hallways.

1946 The late, great Billy Thorpe was born. Read more about the honey golden throated singer HERE

1963 Elle McPherson, super model, super actress and super nice person, was delivered by the long legged stork. Read more about Elle HERE.

Great Aunt Hepzibah's Handy Hints-
When cleaning old china and ceramics, do not use hot water but rather warm water, mild laundry soap (IE- Velvet), bi carb soda and soft rags. Place clean rags in the bottom of the sink/trough to prevent your item chipping/scratching and don't submerse it in water for long periods of time. Let dry on an old towel.

1968 For all you Xena; Warrior Princess fans, Lucy Lawless was dropped off in The Land Of The Long White Cloud today. Read more about Lucy HERE.

1976 *gag* Mark Holden released his evil voice power on the innocent public first single "Never Gonna Fall In Love Again".

Miss Ed Ma Kate Shun's Elucidations-
Often free university lectures are offered to the public; search these out and take the kids along to a subject that interests them. Not only do they get to learn more about a favourite subject but they are able to see what a university looks like, how it functions, what a lecture room/hall is like and gives them a rough understanding of what they can expect in years to come should they decide to study further at uni.

1982 *sob* The Sydney Swans South Melbourne Football Club played their first match in Sydney after being kicked to the kerb by the AFL moved north from Melbourne.

Grandma Mehitabel's Menu-
*After thoroughly scrubbing my mouth out after yesterday's recipe, today is something fairly safe*.
Chicken in Pineapple Aspic.
Steam a whole chook then skin and bone the carcass, chop the meat into small cubes.
In a saucepan bring 4 cups chicken stock, 2 tablespoons dry sherry, 2 tablespoons of gelatine, 1 cup pineapple juice and 1 cup pineapple pieces to the boil, then let cool.
In a springform pan (type used for cheesecake) spread half the chicken meat over the base, toss in a few pieces of pineapple at random and pour half the aspic mix over the top. Throw into the fridge to chill.
Repeat with the remainder of the meat, pineapple and aspic, hide in back of the fridge for 2 hours till set, then unmould onto a decorative platter.
Arrange shredded lettuce, tomato slices, grated carrot, grated cucumber and asparagus tips around the edge.
Perfect for a hot day.


  1. "Black Bobby who tumbled head over heels for more than 8 minutes."

    It's amazing how much damage a person can inflict on themselves without caring after a bottle of whiskey.

  2. LOL.
    Wasn't there a similar event at a fair somewhere in the UK, not to mention the cheese rolling?

  3. Cheese rolling and egg pacing are favourite Easter pasttimes here in Blighty, dating back thousands of years. It's where the traditional Easter egg originates in fact.

    The young men of the village gather at the top of the local hill and chase an egg down its slopes. All very symbolic, I'm sure you'd agree.

    Invariably there are broken limbs. Nowadays the Health and Safety Executive go into spasms at the thought of it, but the practice continues to push up the bill for the NHS.