Sunday, June 22, 2008

Trivial History June 22

It is positively bucketing down here - some might say tipping- but if you squint your eyes you can just make out the fairies buzzing above the clouds emptying buckets of H2O down upon us....
Looks like I get out of watering the garden again, gee, what a shame lol

Nursing Story #1-
Picture this; walking into the locked but well-air conditioned dementia wing to administer lunchtime meds to a particular resident on a hot Summer's day and finding a trail of...
1 hearing aid
top dentures
2nd hearing aid
a shoe
lower dentures
the other shoe
Only to round the corner and find said resident stretched out stark bollocking nekkid on a couch immediately under an air conditioning unit.
"D, what are you doing?" we ask gently.
The reply from someone suffering senility?
"Well if it isn't obvious to you I think we better change places!"

1846 The Eastern Market was opened in Melbourne right alongside the Female Peniteniary ; the Eastern Market site later hosted The Southern Cross Hotel where the Fab Four stayed during the Melbourne leg of their Oz tour but, sadly for them, there were no longer any caged females screaming next door....

For 2 years Peter Fuller, of Wirth's Circus, had been training Phillip the lion and thought the animal was finally under his control - until he passed Phillip a bowl of water and had his finger bitten off for his efforts.

1854 The news finally reached Oz about the outbreak titled the Crimean War, which gave rise to fears of attack on Oz by the Russian Navy....which in turn led to The Night When The Russians Didn't Invade Victoria.

Oz Slanguage-
More front than Myers = this describes someone who is extremely bold and pushy; Myers is a large department store.
1863 Roll up, Roll up! The City of Churches aka Adelaide (sorry Colin) was sparkling like a hazy diamond in the night when the city was illuminated by gas.

Great Aunt Hepzibah's Handy Hints-
When packing Summer clothing away for Winter and vica-versa, sprinkle in some dried lavender flowers to give your clothing a nice fresh scent when you unpack them again.

1884 A simple lesson for men to change their socks more often!!! Henrietta Dugdale and Annette Bean had been darning too many socks for the menfolk - their heads had obviously been turned by the odourous smell assaulting their senses as they formed the Women's Suffrage Society in Melbourne on this day.

Six Degrees of Separation of Skippy.
Skippy - Dolly Parton.
Candy Devine appeared in 2 episodes of Skippy as a character named Moona.
She then applied her voice to the animated movie All Dogs Go To Heaven, as did Burt Reynolds.
Burt Reynolds starred in the movie The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas.
In which Dolly Parton also starred.

1899 Aussie Rules Footballer Albert Thurgood must have had his weet bix that morning as he kicked a footy 107.6 yards during practice.

Oz Etty Kit-
Even just for your own safety, when dining out don't put your elbows on the table; there's likely to be someone's Great Aunt Hepzibah somewhere in the vicinity who will jab her fork into the soft and tender flesh of your underarm to drive her point - and your rudeness - home.

1938 That brilliantly fantastic Aussie wordsmith, C. J Dennis, who presented to the world The Sentimental Bloke and his great love Doreen, among many other wonderful poems and plays, passed away.

Grandma Mehitabel's Menu-
Easy Fish Pie.
You may use tinned or fresh fish.
In a saucepan gently heat a teaspoon of oil and sizzle finely chopped onion and leeks till softened.
Sprinkle in about 1 cup of plain flour and stir till everything is coated, then slowly add approx. 2 cups of milk - while still on the heat and stirring constantly.
You might want more milk , the thickness of the sauce is your choice.
Steam vegies of choice, chopped into small cubes/slices.
If using fresh fish, gently poach the fillets in just enough milk to cover for approx. 10 mins or until you can flake the fish with a fork.
Combine the vegies, sauce and fish together.
In a pie dish butter slices of bread - crusts removed - and place buttered side down in the dish till all botom and sides are covered.
Pour in the fish mixture, top thoroughly with grated cheese and/ or cracked pepper to taste.
Bake in medium oven for 30 mins or tilll the pie looks golden brown and your stomach can't let you wait any longer.
You may also top the pie with creamy mashed spuds - with extra grated cheese added, of course!


  1. A wild animal will be a wild animal. Always have and always will.

  2. " can just make out the fairies buzzing above the clouds."

    Did you know that, in early mediaeaval times, the Pope taxed windmills because, he said, the wind was the breath of God.

    I wouldn't what he reckoned watermills were using for fuel then?

  3. Hold on...I'll just correct that. For 'mediaeaval' read 'mediaeval' and for 'wouldn't what' read 'wonder what'. Too little sleep. Even less coffee. Must get my brain into gear before posting in future.

  4. Thanks WS ;)

    Yep, Evyl, absolutely.

    Umm I'm guessing the watermills weren't powered by the horse shyte coffee from your local cafe, Brian...and that's not what you're drinking by the bucketful right now lol.

  5. Jayne,

    I don't drink coffee in the morning. I just inject it straight into the vein.

  6. I LOVE to quote the Sentimental Bloke!!! Good to know it has a birthday.

  7. See, Brian? Always told you the Iv for the single malt scotch could be used for other purposes :P

    Always knew you had good taste, Jeanie ;)