Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Trivial History June 24

The rain is simply devine, soaking into everything - including my joints - and leaving me to fluff about without the need to hand-water the garden.
Having printed off a wheelbarrow full of Roman, Tudor, Norman and Reformation worksheets for FB, you'll probably hear from me after we've beaten Julius Caesar and Richard III (poor old Dick da tird) into place.

Nursing Story #3
An elderly, senile gent was admitted to our hospital after sustaining a broken hip and severe bruising in a fall at his nursing home.
Other nurses recognised him as a former local dentist who had a wild reputation of being a bit "free and easy" with his hands with both patients and staff alike.
As we were wrestling the bandy-legged chap into bed one evening, the usually silent bloke found his voice with the demand,
"Go down to the office and show us your "assets" and we'll see if you've got the job."
Needless to say, we declined the employment offer!

1805 Things were a bit crook in Hobart when Lt Collins sent an urgent missive to Gov King about the EXTREME food shortage they were experiencing.
That's how it was written in my history book - "EXTREME food shortage".
I mean, they could have underlined it for good effect,, perhaps thrown in a few !!!!!, but oh no, they had to grab the reader's attention with the shock and awe CAPITALS.

As settlers had no other place to worship in Australind, Westralia, they would gather at a worker's cottage every Sunday.
In 1915 the Church of England bought the building and had it blessed by Bishop Goldsmith, thus it became the smallest church in the country, measuring 4.05 metres by 7 metres.

1854 There they were; the Ararat and Maryborough goldfields, lazing about in the sun, minding their own business when some desperado came along and started scratching about in their navals just to proclaim to all and sundry they had GOLD!!!!! (see? I can do shock and awe, toorazz)

Great Aunt Hepzibah's Handy Hints-
Stretch an old pantihose over some stakes when cabbage/broccoli seedlings are developing and enlarge it as the plants grow; this will let the sun and water in but keep the pesky cabbage moth from laying eggs on the vegetables.

1856 Norfolk Island thought better of it's engagement to Tassie and decided it wanted it's independence , so it waltzed off into the sunset with NSW administrating from afar.

Oz Slanguage-
As useful as a one-legged man in an arse-kicking contest = a vivad description of something/ someone who is completely useless.

1860 Robert Bradford Williams was born, as a slave in Georgia,USA. Travelling as a singer he arrived in New Zealand where he studied and, later, practiced law, and then became a lengthy serving mayor of a suburb near Wellington, Onslow.

Oz Etty Kit-
Australia is a bloody big country but small, population-wise.
Do try to avoid being rude to anyone as you're bound to run into them again in the very near future.

1870 Master horseman and marvellous poet, Adam Lindsay Gordon took himself down to Brighton Beach in Victoria and did himself a nasty mischief with a loaded gun.

1927 The Menin Gate Memorial was officially opened at Ypres, Belgium.
It records the names of over 56,000 Allied soldiers missing in the battles near Ypres in WW1.

Six Degrees of Separation of Skippy.
Skippy - Clark Gable.
Noel Brophy appeared in 2 episodes of Brian's fav series, Skippy.
Noel also had a small part in the 1937 film Fire Over England, which starred that lovely actress Vivien Leigh (with her rotter of a spouse Larry Oliver pffft).
Vivien also starred, in 1939, in Gone With The Wind.
Alongside deliciously dreamy Clark Gable.

1948 Rationing of meat and clothing finally came to an end.
This is something you'll have to ask your grandparents about, coz I wouldn't advise you to hold your breath waiting for this round of rationing to end any time soon.

1978 The first Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras sparkled and danced it's way into the history books, held to mark International Gay Solidarity Day.

Grandma Mehitabel's Menu-
Soak dried soup mix overnight, washing and rinsing thoroughly before heating on the stove.
Cube cheap steak, roll in seasoned flour (with powdered stock) and drop into gently simmering pot of soup mix.
Add 1 cup of frozen mixed vegies and stir often.
When thickened to own taste, serve in bowls with hot crusty bread rolls and /or creamy mashed spuds.


  1. Hello Jayne. I have tagged you for a meme.

  2. Less than I hour ago I was sitting at my dinner table eating fish. Fish cooked with your orange recipe. It's a keeper thanks.

  3. The slangage is much kin to the phrase;'Busier than a one-armed paperhanger.' or 'Hornier than a three legged billy goat.'

  4. Thanks CL ;)

    Great to hear, thanks Elizabeth :)

    LOL I love the billy goat one, Evyl !