Friday, April 11, 2008

Trivial History April 11

Another lovely day with the garden screaming for attention, the tree prunings sulking near the compost bin and vegie seedlings stamping their feet and threatening to move out of their pots...who needs offspring when you can get the same lovin' from green things?!

1856 Dr Thomas Embling had a few words to say, some of them being "Eight hours labour, eight hours recreation and eight hours rest". Click HERE to see One Little Detail's recent photo and entry on another monument to the 8 hour day.

Oddspot-
(Something that won't be repeated anytime soon with this latest mob....)
In 1952 Robin Tocher was called to the front of her class at Perth Girls High School to discover she was the recipient of an inscribed wrist watch, that had been donated by rail commuters who travelled with her each morning and who were very impressed with her first class behaviour and manners.

1866 Bernard O'Dowd, Aussie journo, public servant, poet and editor, was pupped. Read more about Bernard HERE.

Ghost spot-
At Waratah, NSW, the site of an old brickworks is still home to the spirit of a labourer who died on the job many years before. The change of building hasn't deterred his ghostly wanderings and tricks late at night, although late night shopping may have put a crimp in it.

1904 A Victorian Royal Commission into the butter industry was established, coz we all know it's a rich, slippery, deliciously addictive substance that Needs Looking Into.

1914 G.J Coles was a nice chappie who opened his very first "Nothing over a shilling" store in Collingwood. Strange how a grocery store bearing his name has changed the pricing of late...

Great Aunt Hepzibah's Handy Hints-
Now is the time to start planting bulbs as an easy present. Plant a single bulb (like a hyacinth) or 3 of the same flower (like tulips or daffodils) into a decorative pot. These simple gifts will continue to multiply each year, giving the recipient many hours of joy.

1921 Bert Hinkler was a bit of a show off when he broke his own flying record from Sydney to Bundaberg, making it in 8.5 hours and then taxi-ing down the street to his mum's house, no doubt hoping she had the kettle on.

1977 40,000 people were entertained by Alice Cooper in Sydney, the largest crowd (to that date) to rock up to a rock concert.

Grandma Mehitabel's Menu-
After grilling steak, try steaming it, with the vegies, for the last 10 mins of cooking time; this will ensure the meat is tender.

6 comments:

Bettina said...

don't get me started on coles........... grrrrr.

LiD said...

Maybe Coles could flip back through the history books and find the original spirit of their enterprise. Oh for sure they will!

Cheers for the link by the way.

Hilary said...

Green things or human offspring? In my experience green things have the decency to sit in their pots and die quietly.

Andrew said...

If Coles had anything under 12 cents now, they would put in a pack of 6.

Brian Hughes said...

"...she was the recipient of an inscribed wrist watch, that had been donated by rail commuters who travelled with her each morning and who were very impressed with her first class behaviour and manners."

Sounds like a protection racket to me.

Jayne said...

Bettina and LiD - it's a 5 letter word we need to wash our mouths out after using.

Hilary- at least my green things don't laugh at my attempts to sing lol ;)

Absolutely, Andrew and probably hidden down the back.

LOL Brian.

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