Friday, June 20, 2008

Trivial History June 20

Another delightful day and another rug on the requested by Feral Beast wink
With, perhaps, the odd shifting of the vegie box some time between double chain 2 and the final slip stitch.

1790 Feeling a bit peckish with the drastic food shortage and rationing those in the colony were over-joyed when the Second Fleet's store-ship, Justinian, parked her prow in Port Jackson and food rations resumed regular broadcasting the following day.

1841 The first land sales were held in Jervis Bay with nary a housing developer with more arse than class in sight.

Production of the Funnel Web Spider anti-venom serum was held up in Melbourne in 1981 after the doctor who had developed it was suspended for 7 weeks for throwing paper-clips at, and tipping a bowl of pins over, the head of his superior.

1864 More than 2,500 bronzed Aussies popped over the Tasman to The Land of The Long White Cloud to fight at Te Ranga in the NZ Wars.

Oz Slanguage -
To shoot through like a Bondi Tram = describing someone/something travelling very fast, after the original tram to Bondi (Sydney) that rattled along at a great rate of knots.

1866 Adelaide's council must have been relieved when they could get down to some actual work after the official opening of the Adelaide Town Hall...and they could hire it out for functions on weekends, too!

Great Aunt Hepzibah's Handy Hints-
To use an open fireplace in warmer months, fill it with a large vase/ container holding a large bouquet of lavender or other strongly scented flowers - this will cover up any odour of soot and look pretty.

1909 Errol Flynn (or "Shagger, as Dad refers to him) was spawned in Hobart. Sure, he had a bad reputation but he was a nice piece of eye candy when he was younger; swashbuckling in those oh so nice and tight leather pants and those ripped shirts ...*sigh*...

1943 Darwin was bombed by the Japanese.

Six Degrees of Separation of Skippy.
Skippy - James Bond.
Gerry Duggan played the character Mr Trundle in 3 episodes of Skippy.
He also played the character of a hawker in the movie Goldfinger.
Which starred Sean Connery as the title character, James Bond.

1967 Happy Birthday to the lanky red-haired sheila who doesn't look a day over 28, Nicole Kidman.

1988 Better patch up those trousers as the $2 coin began weighing our pockets down from this day.

Oz Etty Kit -
Men may wear a shirt, vest, tie and trousers to work.
Women may wear a shirt, blouse, skirt or trousers to work.
Casual pants are acceptable for both men and women.
Casual skirts for men, however, is not.


  1. I once read about a protest in a manufacturing plant. The dress code allowed for skirts but not shorts. The men started wearing skirts to protest the fact that the women could wear cooler clothing but they couldn't. I never heard if their protest was successful.

  2. "...swashbuckling in those oh so nice and tight leather pants and those ripped shirts ...*sigh*..."

    With his ever-trusty salami sausage close at hand in the fridge in case the press unexpectedly called.

  3. I hate funnywebs. hate them but I found the oddspot, amusing.

  4. "Shagger" snorts coffee on keyboard. Love it!

  5. now I've forgotten what I was going to say...................

    I'm sure it was riviting and funny though :)

  6. Just to annoy you, a meme for you over at my blog.

  7. And I'm sure you'd look simply stunning in a wrap-around skirt, Evyl :P

    Shagger was partial to processed meats, Brian ? Well, I never knew! :P

    Thanks LiD, Tiff and Bettina ;)

    Ta Anja, I'll pull my digit out some time today and reply :P

  8. Jayne,

    The story's a famous one...or rather infamous...and far too indelicate to go into detail on a family site such as this one, so I'll just leave again quietly for now.