Saturday, June 14, 2008

Trivial History June 14

Archaeology throughout the news, everywhere you look!
Some new artefact finds from the ill-fated Burke and Wills expedition have come to light, the Carlton and United Breweries site will soon be the largest archaeology dig ever undertaken in Victoria and the owner of the field in France, where the lost Aussies and Brits have been patiently waiting discovery, has donated the land to the Oz and Brit Govts.

It's International Weblogger's Day!!!

To find out about the theme of "Change" for the 5th annual Weblogger's Day, click HERE.

1789 Poor old Billy Bligh, and a few of his crew, popped into Timor after a not so pleasurable cruise in their open boat lasting 5,800 kms.

A pendulum clock that hung in an office in Port Fairy, Vic, stopped exactly at 11am on Wednesday April 25 (Anzac Day), 1923.
Having observed 2 minutes silence the clock then started again without any help at 11.02am, despite the fact it had been wound only 2 hours earlier.

1814 Revolting convicts - and, ohhhhh, weren't they revolting! - snatched the ship Argo in the Derwent area of Tassie and sailed off into the sunset, never to be seen again.

Oz Slanguage-
Running around like a blue-arsed fly = description of someone running about frantically.

1883 The bridge over the large puddle of water known as the Murray River was completed at Albury-Wodonga and finally linked the NSW and Vic railways.

Great Aunt Hepzibah's Handy Hints-
Hang hanging baskets in and around fruit trees - the water that drips through the basket will water the fruit trees roots underneath.

1890 Battery operated trams began puddling about in Bendigo; these didn't have enough oomph for the Bendigo hills so were replaced by steam engines in 1892. But on a downhill run and with a tail wind, they'd still outrace the Connex express from Flinders St - South Yarra razz

Six Degrees of Separation of Skippy-
Skippy to Mick Jagger.
Frank Thring starred in 3 episodes of Skippy.
He also starred as Judge Redmond Barry in the *gag* 1970 film Ned Kelly.
Mick Jagger had the leading role as Ned Kelly.

1917 Qld's Golden Casket Lottery made it's debut draw; it was created in 1916 to aid war funds.

Grandma Mehitabel's Menu-
Take 1 tin of seafood soup, empty into a saucepan.
Throw in 1 tin of salmon - colour of choice.
Empty in 1 single serve of packet chicken soup mix, (cooked) spiral pasta shapes and (cooked) vegies of choice.
Heat gently through and serve.


  1. I like how you share slang on these posts. Here in Texas, we use the phrase, 'Runnin' around like a chicken with it's head cut off' to mean the same thing.

  2. "Archaeology throughout the news, everywhere you look!"

    Quite right. This is how it should be. The golden age of geographical discovery is past. The gold age of chronological discovery is upon us. Speaking of which, I'd better pack my rucksack with butties before my lift turns up.

  3. LOL Thanks Evyl, we do use that phrase here too, but the blue-arsed fly tickled my fancy today ;)

    Exactly, Brian, which is why more govts should invest $ into archaeology!
    Good luck with that yellow muck and the dumpy level!

  4. Thanks for the links. Interesting reads.

    Consider the word frugul rather than cheap. It's the one I like to use as it actually confuses some people. *grin*

    Although as we always say in our house ... cheap is good.

  5. "Good luck with that yellow muck and the dumpy..."

    Too late I'm afraid. I accidentally stood in the middle of a cow pat today. I wouldn't mind so much, but the cow was still on the other end of it at the time.

  6. LOL Elizabeth. Nah, I'm just plain stingy; my arms are too short and my pockets are too deep on most days ;)

    Would have done wonders for your chilblains, Brian ! :P