Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Trivial History May 7

If you've wandered around the pages you'll have noticed the update to Feral Beast's blog, too. He's very pleased with his old chook of a mother for pulling that one out of her proverbial!
If only the template's I pick for my blog were as easy and hassle-free LOL!

1824 The Supreme Court of Tassie was born after a few strokes of a quill on parchment.

One man, mostly forgotten these days, had a massive influence on Australian, and in particular, Melbourne, society. George Coppin , actor, theatre owner and politician, was the first to import ice, live turtles, deer for venison, English thrushes, white swans and white goldfish.
He helped introduce cable cars to Melbourne, opened the first roller skating rink in Oz, organised the first balloon ascent from his Cremorne Gardens, developed the Sorrento seaside resort and Sorrento steam tramway.
Built Gordon House for homeless men and The Old Colonists and Old Actors Homes in Rushall Gardens, Fitzroy, built 6 theatres, imported and built the world's first pre-fabricated cast-iron theatre, brought world-renown theatrical talent to Oz and introduced the star system into Australia.

1908 A Coat of Arms, having been worn out and outgrown by the big sister, the British Empire, was handed over to the Commonwealth.
This is one from 1912 after we fiddled with the HTML of the original Coat of Arms template....

1926 Voting age for women in Britain was lowered from 30 to 21, allowing those giddy girls a say in the parliament of the day!

Great Aunt Hepzibah's Handy Hints-
When camping, always pack an extra hand basin plug - these are usually as rare as hen's teeth in caravan parks.

1932 British poet Jenny Joseph was caught in the cabbage patch. She is the author of that brilliant poem "Warning, When I'm An Old Woman I Shall Wear Purple" which was the inspiration for the Red Hat Society. Which explains why I'm often found in purple.....

1945 Germany surrendered, thus ending the Second World War in Europe.

1994 Residents on Christmas Island voted Brenden Nelson off the island at a referendum for greater self-rule but rejected complete secession.

Grandma Mehitabel's Menu-
Take 1 steak.
Grill it.
Smother it in tomato sauce.
Feed it to the dog and tell The Other Half to get his own!


  1. "Take 1 steak.
    Grill it.
    Smother it in tomato sauce.
    Feed it to the dog and tell The Other Half to get his own!"

    Hence the expression: "Gone to Bingo, your dinner's in the dog."

  2. *snigger* At least you can rely on the dog to be faithful. Men... meh.

  3. Aye, Brian.

    Abso-bloody-lutely, Anja! ;)