Thursday, May 22, 2008

Trivial History May 22

I have been off with the pixies today...no, really I've been out and about, doing the hunter gatherer thing in a couple of Op Shops, green grocers and the butchers.
Found a brand new, never been opened or used cast iron fondue set for The Spouse, an old cast iron flat-iron (the sort heated up on a roaring wood stove or used as a door stop or tossed at a passing door-to-door salesman) and a plethora of great Aussie books I shall review over the weekend.

An article in this week's The Weekly Times newspaper stated that those who collect the wild bird series of cards from Ty-nee Tips Leaf Tea will only be able to continue doing so until August when the company will cease producing the cards.
For further details on obtaining the books and any available cards, contact Consumer Services, Tetley Australia Pty Ltd, PO Box 133 South Yarra 3141.

Tis Dandelion Day in East Anglia (England). This is the last day for picking dandelions for making (hic) dandelion wine...ish a nish drop, ish that (hic).

Oddspot-
Governor Sir William Denison and 78 members of the Tassie Legislative Assembly got down to the roots of politics in 1854 when they invited their relatives and friends to dine in the hollow of Tassie's largest tree.

1851 The NSW Govt were greedy beggers when they proclaimed that all gold found was property of the Crown...somehow Queen Vicky forgot to pop over to dig and pan for her own gold, though.

Great Uncle Rupert's Not-So-Refreshing Remembrances -
Well, the chooks were off the lay and looking decidedly seedy; their feathers were moulting out of season and they were off their tucker. We knew it was the home brew and, the way Mother was fussing over those fowls with doses of castor oil and garlic being thrown down their gullets, we also knew it would only be a matter of days before she discovered our gear. We'd nicked enough milk bottles but sealing the tops was puzzling us no end. We laid awake at night trying to come up with the solution and were half asleep during the day - even the teacher started asking questions when I was woken up from a brief snooze only to find my nose in the ink well ha ha ha *cough cough*
Will Mother start dosing the boys with castor oil?
Will Father start gargling the garlic?
Will Great Uncle Rupert begin on a never-ending diet of roast chicken?
The answers to these questions will be pondered till tomorrow.

1855 Captain Sir Charles Hotham became the first Governor of Victoria under ( ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha, oh stop it, my sides are aching) Responsible Government.

Great Aunt Hepzibah's Handy Hints-
For a quick and easy way to clean the loo, toss in a couple of Alka-Seltzer tablets and leave, this will clean the china of the bowl when you have other things you'd rather do!

1886 Sydney's first cable tramway started chortling 'round the streets and curves of the town.

Grandma Mehitabel's Menu-
Lightly saute onion, fennel, bacon pieces and leek, set aside to cool.
Into a large bowl grate several cucumbers, carrots, cheese and shred some lettuce.
Toss in the onion, fennel, bacon and leek mixture, stirring through thoroughly.
Serve with avocado and parmesan cheese on top.

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