Sunday, June 15, 2008

Trivial History June 15

Watched the shenanigans of a LARGE possum in the trees the past two nights.
Found slug guts on the back doorstep again this morning.
Coincidence? I think not!
The Possum Mafia are warning me not to spy on their nocturnal party habits and to forget everything I've seen if I'm ever questioned.
Or they're hoping for a trade of the chook's seed feed!razz

1804 The Sullivan Cove settlement wasn't happy with it's title so it changed into something more comfortable, Hobart Town.

During a rugby league match in Sydney in 1950 a player kicked wide of the uprights but a flock of pigeons swooping past deflected the ball through the goal and the points were awarded.

1839 NSW was getting too big for it's boots so it pushed the boundaries out to include "portions of NZ that The Crown might acquire". So shove over and give us room to stick our aching feet in your hot springs, Widdle Shamrock razz

Great Aunt Hepzibah's Handy Hints-
When cleaning the pot after making porridge, use bi carb of soda to quickly and effectively clean the creamy, yummy bits out of the pot.

1862 Frank Gardiner, Ben Hall and the gang weren't misunderstood, naughty bushranger boys - they were RICH, misunderstood, naughty bushranger boys when they robbed the gold escort at Eugowra Rocks and got away with 14,000 pounds.

Oz Slanguage-
Nervous as a mother 'roo in a room full of pickpockets = describing someone who is very nervous.

1924 Victoria finally had light when the Morwell Power Station began whizzing away to generate the sparky stuff for households in and around Melbourne.

Six Degrees of Separation of Skippy.
Skippy - Queen Elizabeth II.
Deryck Barnes played Doctor Morton in the Skippy series.
He also had a role in that brilliant Aussie horror flick The Cars That Ate Paris.
Also appearing in that fantastic, under-rated horror flick was a young Max Gillies.
Max Gillies has impersonated many Oz and international heads of state, Queen Elizabeth II being one of them.

1942 Forget about the white satin and tulle gown for the Town Hall dinner dance this week, Violet, clothes were rationed.

Grandma Mehitabel's Menu-
Creamy Porridge.
Measure out an approximate serving of 1 cup of oats per person - or halve that if you don't have bottomless pits to feed.
Into a saucepan, fill with just enough water to cover the oats, then heat on a gentle flame.
When oats become softened, add milk - volume of own choice, and keep stirring.
The oats will become a thick, creamy porridge with the milk, serve in a bowl with sugar or honey.


  1. "Watched the shenanigans of a LARGE possum in the trees the past two nights."

    Having watched Neighbours and Home and Away and various other examples of Australian television, I can understand why.

  2. LOL

    Love your Possum Mafia stories.

  3. Looking at the tight clothes some of today's teenage boys get around in, one would be forgiven for suspecting clothes are rationed these days, too.

    Oh dear, did I really just say that? Must be getting old...

  4. Yes, Brian, coz East Enders, Casualty and Coronation Street are soooooo classy :P

    I was hoping they'd slunk off into the neighbour's yard for good by now, Naomi!

    No, not old, MD, just good taste in recognising that some haven't got what it takes to flaunt it in tighter than tight blood restricting attire ;)