Monday, June 2, 2008

Trivial History June 2

My toes are blue, the air is white,
A little frost did land last night.
My nose is red, my ears are black-
A little frost bite I do not lack!


1791 In one case where a rose known by any other name didn't smell so sweet, Rose Hill was renamed Parramatta.

1846The very first, brand spanking new issue of The Melbourne Argus hit the streets of Melbourne, edited by William Kerr.

Oddspot-
Fred Baker of Melbourne, editor of an educational magazine, worked out in the 1980's that if we live to be 70 we will have spent 23 years asleep, worked solidly non-stop for 9 years, spent 1.5 years commuting (with Connex you can add another 20 years), and spent 7.3 years washing, shopping and eating.

1882 The Australian Electric Light Company exhibited those new fandangled electric lights in Melbourne and then went on to outrageously illuminate Spencer St in November of the same year.

1883 Something that will rock Andrea's socks off...or most probably not, Sir Fred Broome jumped into the seat of Governor of Westralia.

Great Aunt Hepzibah's Handy Hints-
To secure buttons on a shirt or blouse, dollop a little clear nail polish on top of the thread holding the button - this will ensure the thread doesn't break and leave you with a missing button.

1915 The BHP steelworks in Newcastle were officially opened. Not exciting for some of us but very much so for those living there.

1916 The famous Goanna Oil trademark was registered for that wonderful bush cure-all...and, yes, is does work!

Oz Slanguage -
Woolloomooloo uppercut = a kick in the groin (ouch!).

1924 Adelaide and Sydney were finally getting messages from above with the commencement of a regular as prunes airmail service.

1965 The Aussie cricketing twins of infamy, Steve and Mark Waugh were pupped.

Oz Etty Kit-
Do not use the term "fanny pack" in Oz, as the word "fanny" is reference to a part of the female anatomy not usually discussed in polite company. The term used is "Bum bag" although this may be acceptable in only some areas and never ask of a stranger in The Peel Hotel "Can I bum a fag?"!

1965 That fantastic Sydney eccentric, Bea Miles, announced her retirement.

1988 Canberra's High Court said a loud and emphatic "NO!" to the Brit efforts at banning publication of the book Spycatcher in Oz. One might be led to believe the Crown may have something to hide...

1993 The great, grand gentleman, Sir Edward "Weary" Dunlop, hung up his stethoscope for the final time.

3 comments:

Brian Hughes said...

"My lips are grey,
My tongue is blue,
It serves me right
For eating glue."

Widdle Shamrock said...

Great Aunt Hepzibah's Handy Hints-
To secure buttons on a shirt or blouse, dollop a little clear nail polish on top of the thread holding the button - this will ensure the thread doesn't break and leave you with a missing button.

~~~ Great Aunt Hepzibah is a mine of information, isn't she??

Jayne said...

That's a healthy diet you've got happening there, Brian :P

She's a mine of something,Nikki, and at times I can assure you it isn't gold LOL!

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