Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Trivial History June 25

You may have noticed that the blog roll has undergone a face-lift of sorts....well if you didn't notice then go look now!
It's all purdy 'n' shiny 'n' got me some bells and whistles to let me know when my fav peeps have posted again.
Now I'm off to demolish a bag full of lolly snakes.....coz I canrazz

Nursing Story #4
A mentally agile 102 yr old lady was admitted for a spot of respite care. Everyone in the small country town knew her life history - from a wealthy farming family she'd married young, had 3 children but her hubby found another woman and asked for a divorce.
Being a strict Catholic she refused so he had her committed to the local asylum and successfully had the marriage annulled...making sure he kept the large amount of money she'd inherited.
This lady saw out WW1 and WW2 in the asylum before a court case secured her release.
Her children had never stopped visiting her and she lived with one or other of them as she aged.
We'd often stop to chat with her as, while she was still quite lucid she was immobile and once in bed for the night she was pretty well stuck there on her own.
We got around to discussing her early life and asked if she had any regrets over her husband.
"Oh no dear, I got over that messy time years ago. When I was let out I had the greatest satisfaction to find I'd outlived him and I made certain I danced on the bastard's grave."

1847 Queen Vicky of Old Blighty (she who was stuck on the throne for ever and a day) declared Melbourne to be a City....yippie...now pass the beer nuts.

Oddspot-
Mrs Thomas in Talbot, Vic, had a lucky escape in 1940 when dirt covering an old mine shaft gave way as she walked across it and left her dangling by tree roots over a 90 foot drop into 30 feet of icy water until her husband came to her rescue.
7 years passed and the same thing happened, with Mr Thomas coming to the rescue once more.

1860 25 camels rocked up in Melbourne for the Burke and Wills road trip. If you missed the movie, it's like Thelma and Louise - a lot of unreliable men who don't know their arse from their elbow, a few jokes and it ends in tears before bedtime.

Great Aunt Hepzibah's Handy Hints-
Chili powder mixed with water and a tiny amount of soap flakes sprayed onto seedlings will deter possums and garden pests.

1877 HA! A Royal Commission on public education was begun, to look into the state of education in Victoria and to consider ideas on ways to better it.... Bwahahahahahaha oh dear I don't think their think tank came up with much *snort* Some might say they're not paying peanuts yet they're still stuck with some monkeys...

Six Degrees of Separation of Skippy.
Skippy - Star Trek's Mr Spock.
Jack Allan played a character named Joe in 2 episodes of Skippy.
He appeared in the 1975 film Inn of The Damned, which starred (Dame) Judith Anderson.
She starred in the 1984 film Star Trek III: The Search For Spock, with Mr Spock being the central character.

1926 Beryl Mills of Westralia won the very first Miss Australia competition. Onya Beryl!

Oz Slanguage-
Go dip your eye in hot cocky cack = a rather rude term to say to someone you wish to insult.

1950 Just for Widdle Shamrock...Tim Finn joined the world on this day.

Grandma Mehitabel's Menu-
Cheat's Risotto.
Boil 1 cup of rice, drain.
Saute finely chopped onion, beans and mushrooms in a tablespoon of olive oil in a saucepan till soft.
Add 1 packet of a family sized soup powder mix (flavour of choice) stirring till all vegies are thoroughly coated.
Slowly add water, stirring, till you have the consistency you want.
Add cooked rice and 1-2 cups (depending on own taste) grated cheese, stir in thoroughly.
Serve with meat or fish.

6 comments:

Goldie said...

"Oddspot-
Mrs Thomas in Talbot, Vic, had a lucky escape in 1940 when dirt covering an old mine shaft gave way as she walked across it and left her dangling by tree roots over a 90 foot drop into 30 feet of icy water until her husband came to her rescue.
7 years passed and the same thing happened, with Mr Thomas coming to the rescue once more."

I hope it wasn't the same mine shaft! Way to learn from your mistakes, LOL...

LiD said...

I'm staying out of Talbot.LOL. By the way your new blogroll is very impressive. I bet I can't do that on Wordpress boo hoo! Also loving your nursing home stories. I am glad she got her revenge.

Hilary said...

I can procrastinate with the best of them but, seriously, I think even I would get around to permanently covering that mine shaft. I have stayed in places like Jameison where you can't walk around in the bush for fear of unmarked shafts. It's just like land mines (huh! Yes it is!) left forever as a threat to any who walk this way in the future. Been to Coober Pedy too. There are road signs warning tourists not to step backwards while taking a photo.

Jayne said...

LOL Goldie, I'd seriously question her hubby's motives if it was!

Talbot has got nothing on Bendigo where people park the car in the driveway and return 5 mins later to find the whole lot has disappeared into a gaping hole!
Thanks, it's a new Blogger feature, Wordpress will have something similar shortly ;)
She was a lovely old girl!

Oooo I know Jameison and Woods Point well, Hilary!
You can't plan a garden very well in Central Vic either for fear of pulling a radish might start and shaft collapse!

JahTeh said...

Lovely blogroll, no pressure to post, no, none at all, great, must get one myself. Stupid blogger.

Dysthymiac said...

Talbot is lovely and the weekends they have their street market it is even better.
There is a divine old Observatory there. Unbelievable, and worth the drive.

re
"Hope she's having the time of her life now, without the bastard!"

thanks for your visit,
and perceptive comment.
In the final chapter, it is just like Scarlett O'Hara at the end of GWTW - no money, but no aggravation either.

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