Friday, June 13, 2008

Trivial History June 13

Tis Friday the 13th!!!
Well, if the weather holds it will indeed be unlucky for the weeds, snails and whatever else I'll be evicting from the vegie patch!

1810 Today was a lucky day for explorer Matthew Flinders as he was finally released from prison on Mauritius...although his famous pusskin, Trim, wasn't quite so lucky....

1816 Mrs Mac breathed a sigh of relief as the road to Mrs Macquarie's Chair was finished and she could go have some time to herself and get some embroidery done in peace and quiet...while helping plan the architecture of the colony, the new hospital, roads, pioneer hay making with John Macarthur's missus, have babies and....maybe do more than glance at the stunning view from her famous chair.

Mick Conway, former lead singer of the classic Aussie band The Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band (similar to British group The Bonzo Dog Doodah Band), is still active in the music scene but is better known these days as the voice of Wags The Dog from The Wiggles.

1872 The Royal Mint building in William St, Melbourne was officially opened by someone or other...hmph, it's just giving them a licence to print money...

1920 The US Postal Dept made a new rule that declared that no child may be sent via parcel post.
That wouldn't have anything to do with the other ban on posting dangerous items...?
The scary question you have to ask is - how many kids were being posted for them to have had to make the rule in the first place?!

Oz Slanguage-
Wouldn't work in an iron lung = a description of a very, very, VERY lazy person.

1923 That black, salty spread made from the left-overs of beer brewing that we slather on our sangas, Vegemite, waltzed into legend on this day.

1927 Slim Dusty, Aussie Country singer, was pupped.

Great Aunt Hepzibah's Handy Hints-
To save ironing the creases back into pants after washing them, don't spin dry and hang the pants - with creases held in place with clothes pegs- on the line. The weight of the water and pegs will help mark the creases, leaving just a quick swish with the iron afterwards, if at all.

1942 Those loathed ration books were flung to every person, making all goods and services rationed along with the pounds, shillings and pence; which meant that you probably couldn't afford it in the first place but now they were making damn sure you couldn't get it even if you did manage to scrape the pennies together.
Just like today!

1949 Happy Birthday Red Symons!

Six Degrees of Separation of Skippy-
Skippy to Frank Sinatra.
Ken James played Mark Hammond in the Skippy series.
He went on to appear in TV soap Skyways.
Jason Donovan briefly appeared in Skyways as a child.
Jason was recently on "I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here" with David Gest.
David Gest was married to Liza Minnelli
Liza Minnelli grew up with Frank Sinatra as a close family friend.

1956 Eddie McGuire should be popping a champers cork as today saw Broadmeadows loudly proclaimed a City! Of course, it didn't have anything to do with those Olympics that were happening just down the road, now would it...?

1991 A man who's name has become synonymous with bolting, Christopher Skase, was declared bankrupt with personal debts alone reaching the $170 million dollar mark.

Grandma Mehitabel's Menu-
Use a little vegetable and/or chicken stock when cooking fish for fussy palates; it takes away the (sometimes) unpleasant "fishy" taste and gives it more body and flavour.

1 comment:

  1. Are you meaning today is the anaversity of an explorer escaping.