Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Trivial History September 9

If you missed Enough Rope last night, then you missed a bloody funny interview with the doyen of dinner parties, Margaret Fulton, as she discussed scone recipes and putting on condoms....not in that order.

As I peck this out on the keyboard Oz is up to 5 gold, 4 silver and 7 bronze at the fan-bloody-tastic Paralympics, which poops all over the other sporting thing that flashes it's 5 rings at everyone like a rapper's hooker addicted to cheap bling.
Note the dates HERE for that wonderfully graceful sport, Murderball aka Wheelchair Rugby.

Did you know that today is the 9th of September?!
Yep, all day till midnight.

1835 Taking pity on Maggie Thatcher chained in a pit, The Powers That Be banned bear-baiting in England.

Oz Slanguage-
Fang-carpenter = a nickname for the dentist.

1836 Port Phillip got officialled (yes, that is now an actual word, feel free to borrow it) when Sir Dickie Bourke crowed about it to all and sundry as the place for a settlement.

Great Aunt Hepzibah's Handy Hints-
When steaming vegies for a meal, steam some extra and store in a covered container in the fridge over-night and you'll have them ready for just re-heating for the following night's meal.

1870 Ballarat was deemed worthy enough to make jokes about be called a city.

Place Name Origin-
Arncliffe in NSW was named after the land grant to the first settler in the district, which in turn was named after a spot in Yorkshire who's ancient title means "Eagle Cliff".
But buggered if anyone can find Don Henley....

1961 The oldest bloke in Oz, James Hull, who was a mere spring chicken at 109 popped his clogs but not before he stated that he managed to live to such a ripe age by never learning to dance.

Grandma Mehitabel's Menu-
Instead of salad dressings this Summer, use freshly squeezed citrus juice on tossed salads instead, for a naturally sweet taste and bugger all fat content.

1976 Big Brother mania swept NZ...and not a turkey slap in sight!
Wanganui Computer legislation passed like prunes through the parliament of the day allowing the police and the justice system to share info on people.

The first music festival in Oz was held, without the long haired hippies and a mosh pit, in St Mary's Cathedral in Sydney, in 1838.

1988 Twas a chilly one at Airport, NZ, with frosts at 8.5 degrees, making it the coldest in September since 1963.
Through another sheep on the fire...


  1. Ew on the steamed vege advice!

    Wasn't Margaret Fulton a scream last night. Puts her in a whole different light!!

  2. Tsk, tsk, on your steamed veg lol :P
    Absolutely Jeanie!
    Not the prim and proper housekeeper I always thought her as!

  3. and people still make jokes about Ballarat! ;) lol

  4. fang carpenter - this does nothing for my phobia of dentist lol but I like the name. I hope us kiwis can repeat the sucess we had at Athens in murderball. We won gold last time.

  5. Yum on the steamed veg! Just don't steam me a brussel sprout.

  6. Aye, Bettina. It's a place worthy of a few nudges and winks :P

    Ahhh you might have to settle for silver behind the Aussies, Janine lol :P

    LiD, I swear brussel sprouts should have cooking instructions on them ;)

  7. I was a bit disappointed at the Margaret Fulton interview, and also frustrated by the silliness of it. Her passion for non GM food was inspiring, but a bit lost in the point scoring. She was lucky Denton paid due respect to her age and did not go hard.

  8. Great idea on the salad dressing suggestion.

    Must see if I can find a download of that Margaret Fulton interview.