Monday, May 26, 2008

Trivial History May 26

A beautiful day is awaiting our exploration - so Get. Out. Of. Bed. NOW!!!mrgreen

Get your cheddar ready, boys and gals, for tis the Cheese Rolling Day in Cooper's Hill, Gloucestershire. Click HERE for the 2008 plans, photos, race times and events!

1853 The very last, never to be repeated, closing down sale, convict transport rocked up in Hobart, Tassie.

In the early 1930's a dance band in the Melbourne suburbs was known as the Waterloo Orchestra - the players surnames were Field, Marshall and Wellington.

1868 Public executions in Britian were public no more....damn, there goes the free family entertainment.

Great Aunt Hepzibah's Handy Hints-
To soften a citrus you need to juice for a recipe either heat it (whole) in the microwave for 30 seconds or sit it on top of a warm stove for approx. 20 mins. Roll it on the table a few times after warming it and you'll find you're able to get more juice than you usually do. This is also good for grating the citrus zest.

1924 Alicia Katz, trying to show the boys how it was properly done, was the first female of the species to stand for a seat in the Victorian Parliament, that being the seat of Barwon, but was defeated by the mentally stunted red neck old boys' club males of the day.

Oz Slanguage-
Illywhacker = a con artist

1940 The evacuation of Dunkirk took place, where every man and his dog who could sail a boat rushed to help save over 338,000 British, French and allied troops from the beaches of Dunkirk during the fall of France.

Oz Etty Kit-
A handshake should be firm, not limp. A limp handshake is referred to as a "dead fish" and can cause many a derisive comment amongst new acquaintances.


  1. 'Oz Etty Kit.' I love it. And woe is she who might be the subject of derisive comments. It won't be me. I'm a knuckle grinder. Well . . . I try.

  2. There's nothing like a rousing cheese roll followed by a broken leg to start the day right...

  3. LOL Hilary.

    Training to run away from those Pilling sheep, Brian ?

  4. *thunk* NOW I get it. Etty kit... soooo sloooow.
    I pride myself on having a VERY firm handshake, no limp wrist, webbing to webbing. Few things give me a WORSE first impression than a bad handshake.

    A GOOD one tells people you are self-confident and "you mean business". When I worked with teenagers I often taught them the proper technique and how important it was. never too young to learn!