Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Trivial History January 6

Am off with the Feral Beast a far and mighty 10 kms (round trip) from home today to socialise where I shall sit and natter and drink black tea and gossip and tell the kids to belt up and drink more black tea and natter some more and check why the kids have gone suspiciously quiet and gossip again and drink more black tea and throw a stale piece of bread at my friend's other half when he walks in and demands dinner and round up the kids and fight against the harsh wintery gale sending sleet and icicles down our backs as we trudge eleventy hundred miles home again....
Or something like that.

1851 The very first Kiwi school, that didn't involve someone's mother drumming into the kids, "I before E except after C," was opened in Lyttelton. It later grew up and graduated to become Christ's College.

On the 12th day of Christmas my Truelove (a chap I met in the chatroom 5 mins ago) gave to me -
Hugh Jackman tied in ribbon, Cate Blanchett NOT birthing babies, Celine Dion's voicebox, Daniel Craig at my mercy, Amy Winehouse actually sober, Baz without a budget, Paris afflicted with poverty,
Ni-cole de-prived of Botox!
Madonna chained to her coffin, Tom Cruise on the Mothership, Jen permanently gagged and An-gel-ina for-ever stuck up a gummmmmmmmmmm treeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.

1872 In Sydney they were toasting marshmallows around The Prince of Wales Theatre as it burned to the ground for a 2nd time.

Hey, Dina! A little Julian McMahon goes a loooooooooooong way.

1953 Godfrey Bowen was finally recognised in 1990, and inducted into the NZ Sports Hall of Fame for the record effort he put in for helping those 456 over-heated sheep divest themselves of their thick woollen coats within just 9 hours.

It had to happen; someone has finally written a tell-all, behind-the-scenes book on Sesame Street...hmmm ,cookie?

1968 The Beatles were giving the Royal wave in the top singles chart spot with Hello Goodbye.

Some evil small human scared dobbin into movie stardom...or something.

1973 Kiwks were off and celebrating The Great Ngaruawahia Music Festival which was the first of its kind in the Shaky Isles.

BBC brouhaha over betting on the new Jelly Baby Doctor.

1975 Daryl Braithwaite (of Sherbet fame) was telling all the squealing teeny boppers You're My World which got him into the top spot of the Aussie music charts.

Coronation Street will soon have more spirits than are found behind the bar of the Rovers Return....


  1. Jayne,

    That's weird you posted the Julian McMahon stuff. I posted about his daddy today. Maybe it's McMahon Day. If that new holiday gives me an excuse to lift my no-sugar ban, I'm all for it. Or maybe in honor of the McMahon family, I should eat fast food. William McMahon is partly (or fully responsible) for bringing McDonald's to Australia.

  2. "Still, you can’t help but be moved by some moments in the emotional backstage saga of “Sesame Street.”"

    I've read about this in Hello magazine; how Cookie Monster's 400 a day habit led to the harder stuff - Garbialdi biscuits; how Ernie and Bert had an off-set barney after Bert discovered Mr Hooper's underpants underneath Ernie's pillow; how Mr Snoffleophagus was diagnosed with a split-personality disorder after it was discovered there were two people inside him; how Supergrover got cancer of the stick and how Big Bird ended up stuffed, plucked and mounted over Kermit the Frog's matlepiece...it made fascinating reading, and a bit of a change from Jade Goody.

  3. Oh my - I just read the Sesame Street link and got all teary again about the death of Mr Looper.

  4. EEK, Dina!
    This means I was being Brain-probed by the McMahons!!!

    Yep, myself and thousands of others were moved,Brian...it solved mass constipation in one fell swoop :P

    I was just waiting for someone to lock Big Bird away, Jeanie, for having a psychotic break with auditory and visual hallucinations (when no one else saw Mr Snuffleupagus and thought he was Big Bird's imaginary friend).

  5. What's green and smells of pork?...

    Nah, we all know that one. Soooooooooo, Kermit isn't a Jewish frog.

  6. My Christmas Day roast, Anja, that I forgot to throw out...? lol :P j/k

  7. oh I wondered what happened to Mr Hooper. As for the coro street story heaven help us all.....do I mention I don't watch that programme either lol ( I was abused as a child as my parents made us watch the prog as kids). BTW Mike is off to see Iron Maiden in Feb with a mate for a bogan weekend.

  8. A tell all book on Sesame St......

    I can hear the promo jingle now....

    "Can you tell me how to get, hot to get at Sesame St"

  9. I wonder how they will gloss over the whole Bert and Ernie thing.

  10. My childhood involved being tortured with the theme music, too, Janine lol.

    Wonder if it's in the non-fiction or sci-fi section, B? lol.

    Ernie sold out years ago, to supplement his bottle-cap collection, Evyl. And Bert got caught out in those photos from pigeon Fanciers Monthly Magazine ;)