Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Trivial History April 15

A sleep-deprived good morning to you allrazz

Tis Swallow Day in England, when the humble chimney swallow wings its way back to England bringing with it the return of Summer....and the urge to sleeeeeep build many twigged nests in chimneys which stink to high heaven when a fire is lit the following Autumn.

1185 A whopping earthquake made the earth move for many in England...but they probably slept through it all anyway.

1788 Arthur Phillip, who'd had a decent night's snooze, led a bush walk to Manly and eyeballed the Blue Mountains.

1790 Arthur Phillip wasn't feeling too well (probably a lack of rest at night) and so he penned a missive to Lord Sydney asking for permission to sleep for a thousand days return to England.

Trugo was invented by staff at the Newport Workshops in the 1920's. The object of the game is to wallop a rubber ring with a mallet through 2 posts at the end of a court, the winning score to reach being 24.

1792 Being a tad on the gruesome side, the guillotine was tested on human corpses in France. See what happens when the peasants can't catch forty winks?!

1800 Phillip Gidley King rocked up, as fresh as a daisy, to take over as Guv from Hunter.

1804 The Sydney Gazette employed sharp, on the ball reporters - who obviously got their 8 hours dreaming - who mentioned a new gambling game called "Chuck Farthing" which later became known as Two Up.

1838 William Watts was a smarty pants who had a daily nana nap and who knew a body of water screaming for a punt when he saw one; so he pandered to the Yarra River and launched it's first punt.

Ghost spot-
Tarlo, NSW had a blacksmith's forge there in the 1860's where the owner was brutally murdered (is there ever a nice murder?) and his ghost was said to lurk for many years afterwards.

1878 Police Constable Fitzpatrick was wounded a little ( and, no doubt, snored his head while recovering) when he attempted to arrest Dan Kelly for horse theft. Dan and Ned subsequently did a runner into the bush where Steve Hart and Joe Byrne joined them with rewards for their capture being offered.

1883 Stanley Melbourne Bruce, 8th PM of Oz, was born....go on, guess where!
Yes, in Melbourne (strange that). He was the second Aussie to have a peerage created for him, becoming 1st Viscount Bruce of Melbourne. Obviously not a chap who slept on the job! Read more about Stan the man HERE.

1903 Ooooo bust out the bunting and unharness the jinker! Residents in Bendigo were hardly able to sleep with excitement when the first electric trams began tootling around their streets.

1925 Sir James Barrie, being the good egg that he was (and if he was half as good looking as Johnny Depp then he was a nice piece of eye candy too) donated the rights to a little tale he'd scribbled out to the Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital; something called Peter Pan.

Great Aunt Hepzibah's Handy Hints-
Start checking and sealing gaps around windows and doors; not only will it keep the cold out in Winter and the heat out in Summer, it will cut down on dust and dirt blown inside that adds to your housekeeping each week.

1944 Fred Paterson probably couldn't sleep much with excitement, either, after he was to be, and remains to this day, the only Communist Party of Australia member elected to an Aussie parliament.

Grandma Mehitabel's Menu-
In a saucepan throw a finely chopped zucchini, broccoli, 1 cup of finely chopped cabbage/ Brussels Sprouts, 1 finely chopped onion and 1 teaspoon olive oil.
Saute for 30 mins on a low flame, adding a little water and some mixed herbs and seasoning.
Add more water as needed, until the vegies are able to be squished with a spoon.
Toss in about 1 -2 cups of breadcrumbs mixed with parmesan cheese and powdered beef stock, mix through.
Remove the pan from the stove and mix through as much grated cheese to taste, serve with steamed spuds and grilled chops.


  1. There was, maybe still is, a Trugo club in Prahran. I thought it was an Italian or Greek game, because they were the ones who were playing it.

  2. In the train staff's quiet moments they'd take a rubber buffer off the train and belt it with their wooden mallets down the length of the carriages lol.

    I can't find a Prahran club but The Spouse and FB might join one of the other clubs floating about ;)