Sunday, January 11, 2009

Wonderous Trivial History January 11

Well, there's not that much wonderous about this particular day but we had to make it sound promising otherwise every man and his dog (or cat) would spend the whole of Sunday lazing about under the doona with the gossipy newspapers while claiming it's "cricket research" or some such blather.
So, between you , me and the fence-post it's an average day that could do with a bit more sparkle, a dollop or 3 of sun showers and maybe a sprinkling of no tennis on the telly.

1837 Colonel Light stood upon the hill and surveyed Adelaide...or rather, what was about to become Adelaide, once he'd surveyed her credentials rather closely and laid her out, so to speak.

1846 During the Northern War between the Maori and British, the Ruapekapeka pa was taken over and occupied by the British soldiers...right after Kawiti and his followers had abandoned it.

1851 The very first issue of another fish wrapper the Lyttelton Times was let loose on the public at large and you can read that very first issue HERE.

1928 Rarely will I celebrate the death of anyone let alone that of a writer but the good Lord truly delivered us from Brit author Thomas Hardy's drivel when He collected him on this day.

1949 Lead singer of Aussie rock band Sherbet, Daryl Braithwaite, was pupped.

1973 Gov-Gen Sir Paul Hasluck announced Australia had ceased hostilities in Vietnam, ending 11 years of Australia's involvement in the war.

2008 Sir Edmund Hillary left us mere mortals behind when he soared higher than the summit of Mt Everest.

2008 The brand spankers Wilkins Runway at the Australian Antarctic Territory hosted the arrival of Airbus A319 which was the first passenger flight from Oz.

8 comments:

RVB said...

every man and his dog (or cat) would spend the whole of Sunday lazing about under the doona with the gossipy newspapers while claiming it's "cricket research" or some such blather.

Me and my cat were actually having a diligent, intellectual debate about determinism and our relationships with others.

Brian Hughes said...

"Colonel Light stood upon the hill and surveyed Adelaide."

He must have a good theodolite.

"The good Lord truly delivered us from Brit author Thomas Hardy's drivel."

Bit harsh. I like Thomas Hardy's novels on the whole. Beats that shallow pulp produced by Jane Austen, at any rate.

Anja said...

I've only climbed to base camp on Everest, and that was heaven.

Sir Edmund has been to the peaks of heaven - no pearly gates could match that.

Thomas Hardy, not a fan; but I so have to agree with Brian on Jane Austen. Her 'writing' makes my eyes twitch. *shudders*

Marita said...

I don't mind the modern film adaptations of Jane Austin novels. Clueless is one of my all time fav. shows to watch when I'm doing other stuff and want background noise.

Jayne said...

You've been in the catnip again, haven't you Reuben?

You can recycle Jane along with Thomas as bum fodder aka toilet paper, Brian :P

Can't say as I've gone beyond the heights of a ferris wheel, Anja *insert white knuckled panic here*

Wasn't Shaun of The Dead a recent adaptation of Jane's psychotic break with reality, Marita?
Or am I thinking of a certain president? :P

Mistress B said...

Daryl even looks old too

I'm with you on the sprinkling of less tennis on telly....... is there somewhere we could petition?

miss diarist said...

I heart Daryl. One Summer is great, but The Horses... just lovely. I introduced that song to some foreign friends of mine who even now, 7 years on, still know it word for word.

Jayne said...

I thought there was a law stating that no rock idol was allowed to age...EVER, Mistress B lol.

The moment I read your comment the lyrics started trotting through my mind, MD lol ;)
"...That's the way it's gonna be little darling, you'll go riding on the horses, yeah yeah..."

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