Thursday, April 17, 2008

Trivial History April 17

A wonderful Thursday to you all!

Tis the Bellows Festival in Nontron, France!
Dressed in long nightshirts, caps, masks and clogs the people take to the streets with dancing and singing where they purify the air with their bellows - as they did in centuries past- this includes purifying the air down nightshirts and up ladies skirts! Ohh la la!

618 In a lesson they'd never forget that the female of the species really is more deadlier than the male, 53 monks were roasted in their refectory on the Scottish island of Eigg by a gang of more-then-slightly-ticked-off women hell-bent on revenge for being cheated out of their pasture rights. Pass the marshmallows...

A military fort which stood 15 miles from Wellington, NZ, was retired after its first confrontation. When a cannon on the top storey was fired, just once, at a passing Maori canoe, the building shook so badly it was decided it would be far safer to never, ever use the building again.

1861 Wasn't quite a wonderful day for Charlie Gray on the Burke and Wills stroll - he popped his clogs.

1863 Brilliant modern Greek poet Constantine Cavafy was pupped. Read more about Con and his poems (which you have most likely heard without realising it) HERE.
Listen to Sean Connery purr the poem Ithaca.

1866 First Aussie protective tariff bill passed through Victorian Parliament like a hot knife through butter.

1917 Pack your cow in your back pocket and come along for a chat - it was the first council meeting of the Aussie Farmers Federal Organisation.

Ghost spot-
Old Koreelah, NSW, was the scene where an old timer, hoping to try his hand at the gold rush in the 1870's, met an untimely demise at the hands of some greedy men intent on gaining the money in his pocket. Since then many travellers have heard the sound of his horse and dray clattering up the dirt tracks at night.

1944 Tsk tsk tsk. All the Sydney daily newspapers -including the Telegraph which was halted at police gunpoint-, the Melbourne Herald and the Adelaide News were given a flogging suppressed by the censor for defying censorship regulations. Censorship regs were finally relaxed May 19th after a High Court injunction.

Great Aunt Hepzibah's Handy Hints-
When buying a bunch of spring onions, plant them in the garden when you get home so you may pick them fresh anytime you need one.

1964 In a "Pick the ones who are still breathing" flashback, Dusty Springfield, Brian Poole, Gene Pitney and Gerry and The Pacemakers parked their posteriors in Sydney for a Aussie tour called The Liverpool Sound.

Miss Ed Ma Kate Shun's Elucidations-
A whiteboard is always handy for working out maths homework, saving on scrap pieces of paper and makes it easier to show methods when correcting.

2005 The Bali Nine were captured in Indonesia.

Grandma Mehitabel's Menu-
Heat a pan with oil and toss in chicken fillets, lowering the heat and adding finely chopped onions, capsicums, carrots, zucchini and mushrooms.
Throw in a cup of white wine and let gently simmer for 30 mins, turning the fillets as needed.
Serve on a bed of rice.

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