Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Trivial History October 21

 Tis Trafalgar Day, when, in 1805, Lord Nelson won the Battle of Trafalgar and came out of the closet when he asked Hardy to pucker up.
Parades, jocularity and general frivolity once prevailed on this date, but, alas, no more.
Or you could drop in on the Battle of Trafalgar Festival in Trafalgar, Gippsland.

NZ has the world's largest earthworms.
You can get something over the counter for that these days, you know.

1800 Where there's a fat sheep there's a fair wether....the good ship Buffalo toddled off to England from Oz with 6 sample Merino fleeces from John Macarthur Mrs Macarthur who did all the hard yakka.

Oz Slanguage-
Khyber Pass = arse.

1818 Michael Howe went a' bushranging, changed his title from convict to "lieutenant governor of the woods" and ended up in a sticky mess; being shot by Private William Pugh and convict Thomas Worrall will do that, even on the banks of the Shannon River.

Place Name Origins -
Avoca in NSW and Avoca in Victoria both took their township names from the nearby river, both named, strangely, Avoca River.
Which both were named after the Avoca River in County Wicklow in Ireland which is associated with the poet Thomas Moore.

1821 A member of the British Aristocracy and distantly related to the Windsors, The Monster of Glamis was, aptly, pupped.

Kiwi Slanguage-
My arse is a red cabbage = often a term of confidence, as in "If he can pull this one off, my arse is a red cabbage", a varient on "I'm a monkey's uncle".

1886 George Chaffey signed a mad-arse agreement with the Victorian Govt (the sound of duelling banjos should have given him dire warning) to knock together an irrigation settlement at Mildura.

Trying to run electrical line through a narrow tunnel many years ago,Adelaide techies attached a light line to both the heavier cable and to the harness of a ferret.
They then gently lowered the ferret down the hole while dangling a piece of meat from the other end of the tunnel - the ferret shot through the tunnel, pulled the main cable through and enjoyed his feast while the techies connected the line.

1915 Former PM Alfred Deakin's daughter, Vera Deakin, established Australia's Red Cross Missing and Wounded Enquiry Bureau in Cario.

NZ Place Name Origin -
Clive on the North Island was given it's name by John Curling to remember that spicey chap, Major-General Robert Clive aka Clive of India.

1952 Trevor, Trevor, Trevor....Chappell, that is, was pupped in Glenelg in South Oz.
You - and the whole of Aotearoa -probably remember him better for that underarm cricket bowling incident.
Yes, Trevor, elephants and I never forget.

 Silly Schoolyard Rhymes -
Miss Molly had a dolly who was sick, sick, sick,
So she called for the doctor to come quick, quick, quick,
He wrote on the paper for a pill, pill, pill,
And said, "I'll be back in the morning with my bill, bill, bill."

1957 Excitement, peoples! Australia's very first automatic telephone weather service made it's grand entrance in Melbourne today.
Still no bloody sign of drizzle, though.

Great Aunt Hepzibah's Handy Hints -
Grab the coconut oil and smother your face and hands in it to moisturise your skin.
Just don't stand in the sun or you'll smell like a Bounty bar on heat and sizzle like a spit roast.

1964 The Kiwis were streaking it on the world stage!
Peter Snell galloped home for Olympic Gold in the 1500 metres at the Tokyo Games, with fellow Kiwi John Davies bathed in Bronze in the same event.

Grandma Mehitabel's Menu-
Grab some cheap chicken and beef cuts and chop them up into 1cm cubes.
Toss them into a large container and drizzle with mustard, honey, soy sauce, cracked pepper and capers.
Let them sit overnight, then pop them onto bamboo skewers with pineapple, tomato and capsicum in between.
Grill and enjoy.

1972 Yippee! The Snowy Mountain Hydro-Electric Scheme was officially done and dusted, opened and online.
We won't see any more of these types built as it's against the govt's religion to build dams, so soak up the ambience of the Snowy...while the water still runs.

You know you shouldn't listen to your slightly demented great aunt's advice about hand and face creams when your dog drools each time she looks at you....


  1. You really have it all covered today with coconut oil, ferrets and drooling dogs! lol

  2. "Lord Nelson won the Battle of Trafalgar and came out of the closet when he asked Hardy to pucker up."

    I was told that he snogged Kismit the frog.

  3. Not to mention large earthworms, Bettina :P

    Ahh, twas fate, Brian :P

  4. I had to laugh about the coconut tip and the bounty bar comment. Also laughed out loud at the techies ideas with the ferret and cable.