Friday, December 19, 2008

Trivial History December 19

 Spotlight is an insidious contagious disease.
The moment a store opens near-by all it takes is one itty bitty peek inside the doors and - whoosh- your brain is sucked through a black hole (that's draped in the lovliest of velvets and trimmed in simply stunning gold braid) then you have nothing but *plaid* thoughts of sewing *ribbons* all sorts of *beads* patterns for items you never *scrapbooking* even though you could *buttons* ever contemplate but *aprons* suddenly you have this *gingham* overwhelming urge to *knitting* start getting busy *tapestry* with your hands and your *fabric glue* bank account begins *crochet yarn* to take a severe *quilting* battering.

1686 Robinson Crusoe, a fictional chappie in a book of the same name, was dragged kicking and screaming from his island hideaway back to the real fictional world after 28 years.
Damn those inconsiderate fictional sea captain rescuers!

1813 After four years of living the high life being stuck on the west coast of The Shaky Isles (NZ), ten sailors were rescued by yet another inconsiderate, but not fictional, sea captain.
Life imitating art ; it'll never take off....

1855 A bill was passed like a rich man through the eye of a needle introducing this new fangled idea of a secret ballot.
So next time you wander down to toss your vote in the box without fear or favour of upsetting your neighbour, remember the smart-arse Melbournians dreamt the whole thing up.

1915 The evacuation of the ANZACs from that bloodbath balls up known as Gallipoli, more precisely Anzac Bay and Suvla, was begun on this day with the last poor Aussie and Kiwi boys removed on the 20th.

1928 The Floral Clock in Taronga Park Zoo was officially turned on for the first time.
Bought from Scotland it originally cost £ 200.....saying it with flowers would have been soooooooo much cheaper!

10 comments:

RVB said...

Spotlight is an insidious contagious disease.

...best remedied with a strong dose of Aldi.

Brian Hughes said...

"The moment a store opens near-by all it takes is one itty bitty peek inside the doors and - whoosh- your brain is sucked through a black hole (that's draped in the lovliest of velvets and trimmed in simply stunning gold braid) then you have nothing but *plaid* thoughts of sewing *ribbons* all sorts of *beads* patterns for items you never *scrapbooking* even though you could *buttons* ever contemplate but *aprons* suddenly you have this *gingham* overwhelming urge to *knitting* start getting busy *tapestry* with your hands and your *fabric glue* bank account begins *crochet yarn* to take a severe *quilting* battering."

Or, alternatively, you could just walk past.

angel gurl said...

so you are addicted to Spotlight lol, sounds like you may need a 12 step programme to fight that one....actually you just reminded me I need to get some beading pliers from there......

Widdle Shamrock said...

Brian !!!!! No, she can NOT walk past.

I share your thrill of all things Spotlight.

And meh to the twelve steps. Stay on step one sweets, admit it but do nothing more ;)

Marita said...

I like RVB's remedy :)

Jayne said...

But only if they stock the Hollylane fruit mince pies, Reuben, YUM!

Nope, not possible for anyone once they've peeked inside, Brian :P

12 steps, Janine? But it's more than 12 steps to my nearest store :P

Exactly, WS !

If only they built them side by side, Marita, then all would be right with the world ;)

jeanie said...

Did you know Spotlight have classes? I wonder if they have ones to deal with that brain suck thing?

I believe the equivalent is Bunnings - happy is the marriage where they appear in the same complex.

Jayne said...

Oooooooooo I love me some Bunnings, too, Jeanie.
Ok, ideal shopping centre is an Aldi, Spotlight and a Bunnings all beside each other.
And a Borders bookstore...

Brian Hughes said...

"...not possible for anyone once they've peeked inside, Brian..."

I suspect I could manage it with a bit of training.

Jayne said...

Nooooooooooooo. Once those beads, fringed trims, swathes of fabric(in all colours of the paleontology rainbow) get their claws into you, Brian, resistance is futile.
*Feral Beast is now disgusted with me sullying the good name of paleontology with fabric samples

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