Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Trivial History April 29

Tis another glorious day to be awake!
OK...the skies are grey and threatening, the air will chill the very breath out of your lungs and you'll lose feeling in your feet the moment you get out of bed......but hey! Winter is yet to officially hit, there's snow in the mountains already and the stewed fruit was almost frozen in the fridge this morning...what more could the human race ask for ?razz

1789 Fletcher Christian and his mates had an issue or three with pulling their fingers out and doing a spot of work so they threw a mass hissy fit whilst throwing Captain Bligh and his supporters into The Bounty's launch and sailing off into the sunset with The Bounty.

The Mona Vale Homestead is nicknamed The Calendar House due to it having 365 windows, 52 rooms, 12 chimneys, and 7 entrances.

1841 Rev Clark found gold in them thar hills near Hassan's Walls in Hartley Valley, NSW.

1868 Charlie McKeahnie, the bloke on whom Banjo Paterson modelled The Man From Snowy River, was foaled. Read more about him HERE .

Ghost spot-
The Royal Perth Golf Course had a group of golfers that never paid it's dues, never signed in and who never left the course. A group of 4 golfers were occasionally seen on misty days , forever searching in the rough for a lost golf ball. When approached, the group simply disappears.

1915 Australia's submarine, HMA AE2, the first sub to get through the Dardanelles and who disrupted Turkish shipping for 5 days, was scuttled and her crew captured. After torpedoing and chasing off the gunship shelling the beach where the Anzacs were landing on April 25, AE2 scattered shipping until her torpedoes were all gone and Turkish gunboats found her.

1925 Bobby Leach, The Canadian Daredevil who survived going over Niagra Falls, died after slipping on an orange peel whilst on tour in Australia and New Zealand. Read more about Bobby HERE.

Great Aunt Hepzibah's Handy Hints-
Quick Soap.
Grate pure soap into a saucepan and cover with just enough water to stop it from burning. Throw in some honey, glycerine, oats and a few drops of essential oil of choice. Stir over gentle heat till soap is dissolved and boil for 5 mins. Pour into wet mould of choice and use when completely cool.

1954 Russia and Oz had a mild tiff over the Petrov affair and stopped sneaking smokes behind the shelter shed together.

1967 A referendum held in northern NSW on the question to create a new state was opposed as the bogans couldn't elect and run their own government.

Miss Ed Ma Kate Shun's Elucidations-
A morning spent seacombing can give a few surprises and lessons to children. The rounded sea tumbled stones compared to their rough counterparts, long travelled driftwood , shells , seaweed, etc. Also a timetable of the tides will give children a good idea of what to watch for when thinking of going for a swim.

1988 The Stockman's Hall of Fame in Longreach was declared open by QEII who was branded as the first sacrifice to the Goddess Matilda.

Grandma Mehitabel's Menu-
Stuffed Steak.
Take very thin skirt or sandwich steak and cover with prosciutto or very finely shaved bacon.
Spread a tablespoon of basil pesto mixed with fetta cheese, sundried tomatoes and pine nuts.
Roll up and secure with a tooth pick.
Bake in a moderate oven for 30 mins and serve on a bed of rice and steamed greens.

1 comment:

  1. it is so darn cold here too but I do love to snuggle up with a good blog.

    Poor old Bobby - imagine an orange peel doing you in after surviving the "FALL"