Sunday, May 18, 2008

Trivial History May 18

Another glorious day after 24 hours of pure, persistent, precipitation (it was p!ssing down) soaking into the ground, down deep where the soil was dry and where the bunyips were having a union meeting to sort out this drought thing....

1736 Dust off your broomsticks, girls, and let the cat out of it's cage - the witchcraft laws were repealed in England.

The fastest Chinese food cook was Ron Coe who, on July 5th, 1980, cooked 5 dishes - steak in black bean sauce, sweet and sour fish, garlic prawns, lemon chicken and Cantonese beef - in 5 mins and 40 secs.

1854 Keep a lump of sugar in your pocket as a horse-drawn railway started plodding between Goolwa and Port Elliot in South Oz, which was in fact Australia's first public railway. Read more about this HERE.

Great Aunt Hepzibah's Handy Hints-
If a kitchen table is too low for you to stand and work at comfortably, attach rubber stoppers to the feet and this will raise the height of the table.

1865 Angus McMillan, the explorer, kicked the proverbial bucket in a pub at Iguana Creek in Gippsland. Well, if you're going to pop your clogs, a pub is as good a place as any....

Madame Babooshka's Star Sign Reading For The Day -
Platypus star signs will discover that attending a picnic with the likes of those born under the sign of the Tiger Quoll could prove both memorable and hair raising.

1953 The 100,000th FX Holden, that classic car with sweeping curves, style, class and beauty, was completed at the Fisherman's Bend factory in Victoria.

Great Uncle Rupert's Not-So-Ripper Refreshment Remembrances-
Ahhh yes, well you've got to understand that Father wasn't adverse to a tipple himself. Why, his drag racing a horse and dray cart down St Kilda Road wasn't the sort of caper a sober chappie would try and I'm sure he would have blown the constable's helmet off if they'd have tried to breathalise him that day ha ha ha ha *cough cough*. No, Father won a hefty wager when he beat the grocer's cart into second place and we had free cabbages for a month...oh how we dutch ovened the house at night! I marvel at Mother's bravery for lighting the kero lamps at all during The Cabbage Month ha ha ha ha *cough cough*....
Will Great Uncle Rupert reveal what happened to his secret brew?
Will Father go drag racing again?
Will Mother ever look sideways at another cabbage?
None of these questions will probably ever be answered in tomorrow's episode...

1978 Prince "I talk to the trees but they don't listen to me" Charlie Chuckle-Head popped into Melbourne for former PM Menzies funeral.

Grandma Mehitabel's Menu-
For a quick hot meal, throw 3 packets of minute noodles into a pot of hot water with some frozen mixed vegies and a family size of soup powder. Boil until cooked through then serve in a bowl.
Otherwise get a meat pie from the local milk bar.


  1. Loving the rain, I can almost see the grass growing with all that water.

    Cabbages - ick, alright in small amounts but not frequently.

    Love the quick hot meal. Will have to remember that for lazy cooking nights.

  2. No, can't stand cabbages too often lol.
    It's one of my quick cheats lol ;)

  3. And doesn't the garden take off beautifully after rain.

    Loving it.

    Cabbages are one of the fav veggies in our house!

  4. It booms along with a decent, deep watering from the sky, Bettina lol ;)
    It's a lovely change!