Monday, June 9, 2008

Trivial History June 9

Trot on over and reassure Anja that her beautiful mind isn't's just having a lie down out the back for a bit till it gets it's second wind!

1824 Matthew Brady did a bunk from Macquarie Harbour and a bushranging he did go. My crystal ball tells me it will all end in tears!

The streets of Kalgoorlie, WA, are paved with gold!
The road builders used telluride for the footpaths in the early days, before the miners cottoned on to the fact that the ore might contain gold. They did actually consider digging up the roads and footpaths to extract the gold but, sensibly, decided it was not a worthwhile venture.

1858 The Welcome Stranger gold nugget was unearthed by some enterprising chaps who were prepared to work hard and get their hands dirty, at Ballarat. No, history proves they weren't archaeologists because they were rewarded handsomely for their hard yakka...

Great Aunt Hepzibah's Handy Hints-
Create a portable greenhouse by attaching a sheet of heavy garden plastic to 2 poles and laying it across the garden bed you wish to heat. It can be raised off the soil with a few bricks, you can roll it up when moving it or not in use, is cheap and effective.

1975 The bling flinging began with The Order of Australia being flung for the first time.
No need to duck, there's nought coming your way....unless you're male, over the age of 60, have a shed load of money that you give away to a charity and you live in NSW.
Just in case you do fit the criteria, did I mention I'm a charity...?

Oz Slanguage-
As easy as pushing shit uphill with a toothpick = describing something that is extremely difficult.

1976 A large number of people were mightily displeased with Sir John Kerr and so they let him know of their irritation by pelting his Rolls with rocks, eggs and ink bombs. Ink there's a lost art, you never hear of ink bombs these days!

Grandma Mehitabel's Menu-
Mushroom and bacon soup.
Finely dice a tonne of mushrooms and 6 rashers of bacon, toss into a saucepan and gently heat in butter.
Add seasoning to taste, enough water to cover and leave to simmer for 30 mins.
Stir and add about 1/2 - 1 cup of milk, taste test and replace the lid and let simmer for another 15 mins.
Serve with hot crusty bread rolls dripping in butter.


  1. I'm a charity too. Just in case anyone was looking for multiple charities to donate to ;) lol

  2. "No, history proves they weren't archaeologists because they were rewarded handsomely for their hard yakka..."

    Ah...but who writes the history?

  3. The more the merrier, eh Bettina ?! ;)

    The under-paid, over-worked archaeologists, Brian :P