Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Trivial History April 23

Have a ripper of back pain happening at the moment.
Also found more slug guts, albeit a smaller deposit, on the back step.
If you hear a savage snarling sound coming from across the suburbs, don't panic - it will probably be me tearing some total tosser telemarketer a new orifice after they've dared to ask how I am....or I've finally laid my hands on the possum mafia razz

Independence Day of the Conch Republic.
Never heard of the Conch Republic? Then educate yourself HERE.

National Beer Day in Germany. Hmmmm a grand reason to celebrate.

1564 Billy Wobblestick aka William Shakespeare was pupped today. Without Bill, we'd have to get our drama quota from The Old Young and The Desperate Restless.

1616 (in the old Julian Calendar) Bill Shakespeare popped his very soaked clogs (after a heavy drinking session and a walk home in the pouring rain) and left only the second best bed and furniture to the missus. Hmphf!

1788 The Guv, Arthur Phillip, eyeballed the site of what was to become Parramatta.

1813 Those scallywag convicts seized the schooner Unity down Derwent River way and were crossed off everyone's Christmas card list after that.

1856 The Victorian Govt, scared their Parliament House wouldn't be finished on time, ticked off the contractors and told them to accept the 8 hour day demands and "just get those stone masons back to masoning stones or whatever they do to lumps of rock so we can pollies can posture and parade for generations to come!" *

1899 Dame Ngaio (pronounced Nay-o) Marsh, a brilliant crime writer and theatre director, was born in New Zealand. Learn more about this great writer HERE.

1900 As if the First Boer War wasn't enough, the first contingents of the Imperial Bushmen left for the Second Boer War.

1915 Rupert Brooke, English poet aged a whole 27 years, died of blood poisoning on his way to Gallipoli.

1918 Eleven volunteers from HMAS Australia took part in a raid that was aimed at closing the Belgium Port of Bruges as a base for German subs.

1931 Same old bucket of poo, different level....the Govt Bank of NSW ceased operating for one simple fact - it had bugger all dosh left in its coffers after many heavy withdrawals from everyone. It was absorbed into the Commonwealth Savings Bank in December that same year.

1955 That gorgeously talented Aussie actor Judy Davis was found in the Bunyip patch in Perth. Read more about her HERE.

2005 Joh Bjelke-Petersen, infamous and larger than life Qld Premier for almost 20 years, passed into the Sunshine Coast of eternity.

*I'm paraphrasing there. They probably couched it in far more caustic terms.


  1. I've read all of Ngaio Marsh's books. My favourite: A Surfeit of Lampreys.

  2. I love her books, too. One of my fav's would have to be Singing In The Shrouds. Must re-read her autobiography and biography again, she's good value.