Friday, April 18, 2008

Trivial History April 18

Gracious greeting you gorgeous little gremlins!

1839 One of the best poets the world has ever heard string a stanza together, (Thomas) Henry Kendall, was pupped. Read more about this brilliant artist HERE.

In a 1920's lawn bowls match for the championship of New Zealand on the Canterbury Club's greens, Mr Raphael drove a ball which missed the head it was intended for, smashed into the ditch, jumped up and landed heavily on the toe of a spectator, then bounced high to land on the head of another watcher who was knocked out. Such a nice, sedate game....

1864 Sharpen those fish knives and flush out the fish kettles, ladies, the HMAS Victoria parked its bow in Hobart, having on board 100,000 salmon and 3,000 trout googie eggs bound for Tassie's first fish hatchery.

Ghost spot-
In Auckland, New Zealand, the spirit of a little girl riding a tricycle is often seen near a pedestrian crossing late at night.

1889 Jessie Street, social reformer, community worker, writer, human rights activist and only female advisor in the Aussie delegation when the UN was set up, was hatched. Read more about this fascinating woman in the biography I have on her ner ner ner HERE.

Great Aunt Hepzibah's Handy Hints-
When knitting/ crocheting handmade socks, include a few rows of hat elastic at the top to help keep the socks up.

1970 VFL Park aka AFL Park aka Waverley Park, which is now but a memory of windy, wet, muddy and cold spectator conditions ( and that was just the car park) was opened in Mulgrave.

Miss Ed Ma Kate Shun's Elucidations-
Let the kids learn about Braille by making a few sentences with stiff cardboard and a nail, then blindfold them to try to read what the Braille says.

1981 Buck Fizz were No 1 on the charts with music that made Yoko Ono sound hot "Making Your Mind Up"

2003 The most played single in the UK was cruel and unusual torture Kylie Minogue's "Love at First Sight", played 48, 486 times.

Grandma Mehitabel's Menu-
Steam a large selection of vegies, allow to cool.
Place in a pie dish, covered with beef gravy and top with mashed spud that is sprinkled with grated cheese.
Bake in moderate oven for 30-45 mins or until the top is golden brown.


  1. "...then bounced high to land on the head of another watcher who was knocked out."

    That's what I call crown green bowling! I might take up the sport myself. There's a few old biddies round here I wouldn't mind flattening.

  2. LOL
    FB plays lawn bowls and even he hasn't managed to knock anyone out...yet!