Monday, April 7, 2008

Trivial History April 7

Today is......another overcast Monday!
Drag that carcass out of bed and throw yourself under the shower and superglue a smile on your dial to greet the dawn!
Failing that just crawl down further under the covers and wait till tomorrowrazz

1780 Jorgen Jorgensen, who would become King of Iceland and claim the throne of Denmark but, in the end, would die homeless and penniless on the streets of Hobart as a convict. Read more about this larger than life bloke, who's biography could never be turned into a film as no one would believe it, HERE.

1851 John Lister and William Tom tripped over some glittery stuff that made their hearts, they hadn't found a drug stash but gold in Ophir, NSW.

A Tenterfield pioneer, John Lane, refused to travel on those new fandangled train contraptions because he believed they would be the death of him.
He was proved correct, at age 84, when the Brisbane Mail Express knocked him down.

1881 George Adams knew the worth of 2 flies crawling up a wall and so he held the first Tattersall's Sweep on the Sydney Cup neddy race. This was the first of Tattersall's lotteries, run from the Tattersall's pub in Sydney.

1891 Brilliant cartoonist who lampooned Hitler and created Colonel Blimp, Sir David Low, was born in New Zealand. His cartoons were published when he was only 15 and The Bulletin invited him onto their staff, in Australia, when he was 18. Read more about this talented artist HERE.

Ghost spot-
A guest house in Katoomba,NSW was the backdrop to a murder of a dancer in the 1920's, and remains the home where her spirit haunts the hallways and bedrooms with her delicate footsteps and soft voice - but she disappears completely when guests are present.

1896 Australia won its first Olympic Gold Medal when Teddy Flack won the Men's 1500 metres at the 1896 Summer Olympics. Read more about our first Olympic champion, who bred Fresian cows in Berwick, Victoria, HERE.

1924 Feeling a little warm under the collar was entirely understandable as the longest recorded period of record temperatures over the century mark - that's 37.8C in the new money - in Marble Bar,WA came to an end after roasting the population since Oct 30th 1923.

Great Aunt Hepzibah's Handy Hints-
Plant lettuces between cabbages to repel butterfly pests.

1939 That "chill" that hospitalised PM Joseph Lyons proved fatal so Sir Earle Page became caretaker PM for a memorable 19 days.

1941 Showing the chaps how it was done, the Women's Royal Australian Naval Service (WRANS) was created.

Miss Ed Ma Kate Shun's Elucidations-
Help kids learn navigation skills and about public transport by getting them to plot a trip on a map, tracing the route and all possible forms of public transport available.

1975 About bloody time was the passing of the Bill to abolish the Death Penalty in Victoria following a marathon 21 hour debate.

1986 Better late than never... Graham Keating became Sydney's first official Town Crier.

1993 Victorian Parliament was suspended after everyone got their knickers in a proper twist and created a right old hub-bub when plans were announced to cut back superannuation entitlements to public servants.

Grandma Mehitabel's Menu-
Baked Banana Pudding.
Sift 1 cup self raising flour with pinch of salt and 2 tablespoons sugar into a bowl and add 1 beaten egg, 3 tablespoons melted butter, 3 tablespoons milk and mix.
Pour into an oven dish and top with 3 sliced bananas, brush with a little extra melted butter and sprinkle cinnamon and sugar on top.
Bake for 30 mins in a moderate oven and serve with vanilla ice cream.


  1. "Plant lettuces between cabbages to repel butterfly pests."

    It also adds a pleasing touch of texture to the border. A carrot every third coupling would act as punctuation too, with two marrows, one at either end of the row, providing the appearance of regal bookends.

  2. Banana pudding - that is just what I feel like in my convalescent state. I will put it to G and see if he will stoke up the oven. The poor man - I bet it will be something in a cardboard container instead.

  3. Outdoor fashion statements, Brian?
    I'll have to peer at your photos more closely now and spy any erstwhile fennel plantings amidst the iron age pottery :p

    G might surprise you LiD !
    Hope you feel better soon.
    The Spouse came home with a banana and walnut cake 10 mins after I'd posted the recipe lol.

  4. I'm so going to do that baked banana pudding. Damn, that sounds divine.

  5. That Banana pudding sounds delicious, I am going to try it. What an interesting site.

  6. Did you know that a dog was once a king in Norway?