Saturday, October 25, 2008

Trivial History October 25

 Another Saturday and another 30 degree day in which the big burning thing in the sky will sizzle the dirt and do little for my aging skin.

Tis the Feast Day of St Crispin and St Crispian, a pair of chaps who worked as cobblers at night and today was celebrated as Snob's Holiday (snob being an old name for a shoemaker). Of course they are the patron saints of cobblers, shoemakers, glovemakers, weavers and leatherworkers.
Yes, they are the ones to call on when lusting after Prada, Kelley.

1788 More convicts and those lusty, busty Marines were bon voyaged on the ship Golden Grove as they sailed on their merry way to Norfolk Island.

Oddspot-
The 12th test-tube baby born in Oz was entered into a Melbourne Cup Sweep by his grandmother and, when he barely a few hours old, he won the $12 first prize.

1877 The good folk of Lyttelton were able to be hosed off in their excitement as a high pressure water supply system came on line today.

Kiwi Slanguage-
A handle = a beer.

1938 The ANA aircraft Kyeema crashed into the western side of Mt Dandenong, in Victoria, killing all 18 on board.
This was the first air crash where the plane remained in radio contact until the impact.

Place Name Origin -
Avon River in Victoria is the name of 2 rivers (coz they didn't flex their mental muscles much when brown nosing) with the first but a mere stream near Avoca named by Major Mitchell for Shakespeare's dribble of water and the second in Gippsland named by Angus McMillan for a river in Scotland.


Avondale Heights in Victoria was known as Avondale after the estate upon which it was perched but to avoid postal workers going postal over the other Avondale in Qld, "heights" was tacked on and all lived happily ever after.

1941 She was roaring when she was first born and she only got louder but Helen Reddy refined the roar into the great singing voice we all know and love.


Oz Slanguage-
Rouseabout = odd job bloke on a cattle/sheep station.

1971 108 years of regular steam train service called it a day when the Christchurch-Dunedin overnight express ran the very final steam-hauled train.

NZ Place Name Origin -
Coalgate, on the South Island, was named thus as it was the "gateway" to the coal fields.

1971 Daylight Savings Time was dragged back, kicking and screaming, into NSW, ACT, Victoria, South Oz and Qld for the first time since WW1.

Oddspot-
The Shaky Isles have the world's heaviest insect, the Weta.
And to think Weight Watchers have been around for all these years...

1986 The McDougall Art Gallery played host to the Chinese Buried Army exhibition with record making 71, 145 bodies trooping through the doors over a 7 week period to view the goods.

Grandma Mehitabel's Menu -
Having a large number of broad beans growing in your garden you might like to start hiding them in your cooking.
Spring them from their pods, thinly slice them and they may then be added to any stir fry, casserole, pasta dish or anything that grabs your fancy. (No, not sandwiches.)
And you'll be all warm and fuzzy knowing you've contributed to your tribe's fibre intake without any fuss.

1990 Nelson Mandela paid a visit to the Victorian Parliament after his release from 27 yrs in prison on February 11 that year.


Great Aunt Hepzibah's Handy Hints-
Pop your broad beans from their pods away from prying eyes while still in the garden and you can quickly hide the empty pods straight in the undergrowth or in the compost bin.

9 comments:

Brian Hughes said...

"Tis the Feast Day of St Crispin."

Agincourt! Henry the V! Kenneth Brannagh in tights! It's enough to put anyone off their meal.

ELIZABETH said...

Pop your broad beans from their pods away from prying eyes while still in the garden and you can quickly hide the empty pods straight in the undergrowth or in the compost bin.

Smart woman!!! :)

Jayne said...

St Crispin always reminds me of crispy bacon and WS has 9 brand new birthed baby bacons at her joint!

I got sprung in the kitchen though, Elizabeth!

RVB said...

Another Saturday and another 30 degree day in which the big burning thing in the sky will sizzle the dirt and do little for my aging skin.

Althought it's not completely relevant to your post, my recently assimilated British friend believes people in Australia look older. I blame the sun.

Kelley said...

W00T! Lets celebrate all that is shoey today!

Awesome!

R.H. said...

All these gangsters in land development put words like Heights, Water, Park, Lakes, Orchards, Hills, and so on into shitty estates which are really flat windswept claypans miles from anywhere. 'Chelsea Heights' is actually below sea level.

miss diarist said...

St Crispin and St Crispian? I'm not sure why, but seeing that made me think of potato skins. And how much I'd like to partake of some right now...

Jayne said...

Sorbolene can cure anything but falls short of miracles, Reuben ;)

Look, Kelley, shoes -------->>>>>>

That one in Cranbourne is more a seeping cesspit of a camel jockey's crotch than anything that could be called "green", Robert.

Hmmm crispy, crunchy baked not fried Kettle chips, MD ;)

RVB said...

Would it solve my Normal Standard Deviation graph problem then? Can it allude to the context of 'identity and beloning' in terms of 'Catcher In The Rye'?

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