Saturday, July 19, 2008

Trivial History July 19

 Another superb day of drizzle, wind, rain, blustery sleet and the frequent chilly drip finding it's way down the back of your neck as you scurry inside.
Yes kids, this wet stuff and cold weather is what Winter is supposed to be like, us oldies can actually remember when Winter was like this all the time.
Shocking, I know....

Nursing Story # I-can't-remember-
One old duck we admitted once was a bit of an odd bod; she had strange, almost paranoid mannerisms and tardive dyskinesia (rabbit-like chewing motion) which was indicative of long term antipsychotic meds, yet she vehemently denied taking any medication other than the occasional paracetamol.
Contacting her usual GP we questioned the doctor about the patient's history but the GP denied that she'd ever prescribed any psych meds for this woman and that, in fact, the woman only suffered from very mild hypertension. She even came in to witness the tardive dyskinesia herself, agreeing with our observations.
The GP contacted the patient's daughter who had no idea what we, or the doctor, were talking about but agreed to go around to her mother's house and look for medications.
Later that day the daughter arrived with a large fruit box filled to the brim with medications of every shape and description, covering every kind of ailment and with enough doctor's names to fill an address book.
Result - 1 doctor shopper caught red-handed and 1 daughter getting her mother shifted into supervised care! 

 1814 Matthew Flinders, he what chugged his way all around this large island and who gave it the name Australia, popped his clogs, aged only 40, the day after his monumental book was published.

1873 William Gosse was having a light stroll about the back o'beyond when he tripped over a pebble and named it Ayers Rocks.

Six Degrees of Separation of Skippy.
Skippy - Steven Spielberg.
Andrew Clarke starred as Sonny Hammond in The Adventures of Skippy.
Andrew Clarke also appeared in the very funny movie Dalkeith, alongside Gus Mercurio.
Mercurio had previously appeared in an episode of the US TV series McCloud.
McCloud starred Dennis Weaver in the title role, but earlier he'd starred in the TV movie Duel.
Which was directed by Steven Spielberg.

1916 First battle for Aussie soldiers in the Western Front in WW1 saw 5,533 injured, killed or taken prisoner at Fromelles. This number was greater than the Australian casualties in the Boer War, Korean War and Vietnam War combined. It was cited as the worst 24 hours in the whole of Australia's history.

1919 Peace Day processions were held throughout the width and breadth of the fair land of Oz to celebrate the signing of the Treaty of Versailles. In Melbourne, though, riots broke out after returned soldiers clashed with police.

Place Name Origins-
Albury in NSW was not, contrary to popular belief, named after a greedy little brat who who kept demanding "all berries" on his ice cream.No, quite sedately it was named after the village of the same name in Surrey, England.
With nary a berry or dessert in sight.

1923 The Housewives Association was a tad miffed at the 40% price hike in gas, so they protested loud and clear.
Moral of the story - never miff-off a Housewife!

1958 Perth saw the last of her trams running anywhere about her streets and packed her playthings away forever.

Oz Slanguage-
He's so mean that when a fly lands in the sugar bowl he shakes it's feet before he kills it = describing someone who is extremely tight fisted.

1987 The final, very last, never, ever to be seen again episode of Countdown graced the ABC *sob*.

1994 The then tallest building in Melbourne, The Rialto Tower, had it's observation deck on the 55th floor officially opened by then Premier Jeff Kennett. It was officially Jeffed.

The words Australia and Australian were first used in 1693 in the English translation of a Dutch novel.
So we're living on an island named after a fictional place in a Dutch author's mind - does this make us figments of a dream ?


  1. Funny about the name--didn't know that.

    Did you ever hear the story of the men sailing to Australia and they had to resort to cannabalism?? They killed the youngest--Richard Parker and ate him.

    YEARS before that Edgar Allen Poe wrote a story about cannabalism and the man who was eaten was named Richard Parker.

    Also a story like that with the Titanic.

    Do you think they got the name Australia from the Dutch book or was it a coincidence?

  2. A wonderful selection of info today... do you win all trivia contests you enter?? I want you on my team for the next event!!!!!

  3. Hi! My father-in-law was a good man but unfortunately he loved hoarding pills and changing doctors.

    He must have had ten years worth of lasix and slow-k laying around in boxes and cupboards.

    Why did he keep changing doctors? When he found out they were gynecologists he'd have nothing to do with them.

    Take Care,

  4. Go the housewives!


    PS I love all your trivia. I should comment more often, shouldn't I?


  5. Oh yes, I've heard of that crew, Dina. It's amazing what the human will to survive will force people to do.
    The name probably came from the book, subconsciously ;)

    I don't win them all, BB but I do give others a good run for their money ;)

    LOL Peter!

    Thanks Kate. You're excused, you're busy enough at the moment!

    Taking thrift to new levels, Evyl -fly dirt probably counts as extra fibre lol ;)

  6. "Moral of the story - never miff-off a Housewife!"

    Amen to that. Speaking of which, I'd better go and put her ladyship's breakfast on...

  7. Arrr, thee's a good lad, Brian :P