Monday, September 29, 2008

Trivial History September 29

Am rather brain dead today, mentally and physically exhausted from renovating and other stuff.
Brain refuses to engage into gear, so I'm free-wheeling in neutral at the moment.
Have happy fun reading mindless blather from the zombie walking down a musical memory lane!

1825 Bend your elbows a tad, gentlemen, and charge your glasses in a toast to the licence to serve liquor being issued to the Bush Inn (later renamed the Bush Hotel) at New Norfolk in Van Diemen's Land, the oldest continuously licenced pub in the Land of Oz.
Down the hatch!

Knees up Mother Brown, 
Knees up Mother Brown,
Knees up, knees up, never let the breeze up,
Knees up Mother Brown.

1827 Water supply has always been a bother as evidenced with the beginnings of works on Busby's Bore (no, not Busby the bore, that's another dinner party tale) as John Busby's plan to bring water, via a tunnel, from Lachlan Swamps (known as Centennial Park these days) to Sydney.
Glug, glug.

K-k-k-Katie, beautiful K-k-k-Katie,
You're the only g-g-g-girl that I adore.
When the m-m-m-moon shines,
Over the cowshed,
I'll be waiting at the k-k-k-kitchen door.

1836 Those wondering about the naming of Lonsdale St in Melbourne may wonder no longer ( or you can continue wondering if you've nothing better to do) as Captain William Lonsdale parked his posterior in Port Phillip as the first Police Magistrate.

Don't put your daughter on the stage, Mrs Worthington,
Don't put your daughter on the stage.
The profession's overcrowded,
The struggle's pretty tough,
And admitting the fact she burning to act
That isn't quite enough.

1844 Having nothing better to do with Norfolk Island, the Powers That Be annexed it to Tassie, who mowed it, watered it and used it as a grass tennis court in good weather.

Won't you come home, Bill Bailey, won't you come home?
I've moaned the whole night long.
I'll do the cookin' honey, I'll pay the rent,
I know I done you wrong.

1862 Have those opera glasses at the ready, ladies, and bust out the tails, chaps, for the very first professional opera performance in NZ took place (as opposed to Aunt Mildred squealing under the shower) at Dunedin's Royal Princess Theatre by the English Opera troupe.

It's only a shanty in an old shanty town.
It's roof is so slanty it touches the ground.
But the tumbled down shack
By an old railroad track,
Like a millionaire's mansion keeps calling me back.

1888 Lancaster Park in Christchurch played host to the rugby match between Lillywhite and Shrewsbury's English team and the home-grown South Island team.

Barefoot days, when we were only kids,
Barefoot days, oh boy, the things we did!
We'd go down to a shady brook,
With a bent pin for a hook,
We'd fish all day, and fish all night,
But those ruddy old fish refused to bite.

1975 Marlene Dietrich took the stage good wishes of " break a leg" too literally when she snapped a pin on stage at Sydney's Her Majesty's Theatre.

Hey look me over, lend me an ear,
Fresh out of clover and mortgaged up to here.
Don't pass the plate, folks,
Don't pass the cup.
I figure when you're down and out,
The only way is up.
And I'll be up like a rosebud,
High on the vine,
Don't thumb your nose, folks, 
Take a tip from mine,
I'm a little bit out of the elbow room,
But when I get me some,
And look out world, here I come.

2007 Geelong Footy Club won the AFL Grand Final.
Oh stop crying, the really sad thing is the guy who got "Cats '08" tattooed on his back before they lost 2 days ago!

Look out, look out, look out for Jimmy Valentine,
For he's a pal of mine.
A sentimental crook with a touch that lingers
In his sandpapered fingers
He can find the combination of your pocketbook.
Look out, look out, for when you see his lantern shine,
That's the time to jump right up and shout Help!
He'd steal a horse and cart
He'd even steal a girlie's heart,
When Jimmy Valentine gets out.


  1. "When the m-m-m-moon shines,
    Over the cowshed,
    I'll be waiting at the k-k-k-kitchen door."

    "Each to their fancy,
    And me to my Nancy,"
    Said the farmer as he patted his cow.

  2. LOL At least the sheep are safe, for once :P

  3. ...high on the vine...
    High on the wine more like.

  4. "She's only a bird in a gilded cage,
    A beautiful sight to see.
    You may think she's happy and free from care,
    She's not, though she seems to be.
    'Tis sad when you think of her wasted life
    For youth cannot mate with age;
    And her beauty was sold
    for an old man's gold,
    She's a bird in a gilded cage."

    You got me thinking about our days around the piano, mom playing us all singing out of tune. Thanks, it's a happy memory

  5. I'll save a vat or 3 for you, Reuben :P

    Ohhh thanks for reminding me of that golden oldie, too, Elizabeth :)