Monday, February 9, 2009

Pink Trivial Champagne History On Ice February 9

Escaping on my evening constitutional I was trundling my way around the side streets when I discovered a new exclusive restaurant that offered "all the meat you can eat".
*ahem* If I had a libido and a waist I may have been tempted but as I have neither I shall leave the challenge for Andrew to take up.

1770 Jimmy Cook was a clever clogs when he merrily sailed the Endeavour round and round and round the North Island of NZ till he got so dizzy he chundered all over the birthday boy to prove it wasn't the mythical large plot of dirt....but an actual island.

Bushfire Appeals click HERE.

1788 The drumming out of a soldier - who was caught probably not playing chess in the female convicts' tents - had the pleasure (?!) of having the first piece of named music played in Oz ; aptly twas The Rogues' March.

Wandering about the streets I ventured down the old Dog Shyte Pooh Lane; with its dog-leg bend it must have proven quite adventurous for the Night Cart Man of yore....and I admire the council town planner allowing storm water pipes to simply run straight out into the lane-way from the adjoining properties...
Helps remove the namesake of the alley at any rate!

1859 Feeling that the Welsh were in need of boosting their Omega 3 essential oils, The Powers That Be on High sent a shower of little fishes upon the Mountain Ash, Wales.
No, it was not a bad dream from chomping my weight in pickled onions, the proof is HERE.

Trying to think of humourous things to write and there's people on the radio hoping against hope to find missing loved ones.

1884 A child was born into poverty with alcoholic parents but he wrote his eccentric way into our history books being known as Mr Eternity aka Arthur Stace.

Next time you're passing through a country town slip a few extra dollars into the appeal tin for the local firies team; they don't get paid for the pleasure of slogging their guts out to save people's lives and they can always do with a bit extra in the kitty.

1898 The Canterbury skies became black as night and it was known as Black Wednesday as the smoke from the Australian bushfires, known as Red Tuesday, spread over The Ditch.

Noticed the gates of a particular house in our suburb were open for the 2nd time in almost 40 yrs; judging by the dishevelled state of the front garden the former Obsessional Compulsive Borders-in-military-lines owner was no longer in residence.
And it

1900 The Wanganui Opera House was flourishingly opened by King Dick aka Premier Richard Seddon.
Click HERE to have a gander; she's not too shabby and pretty easy on the eye.

1917 Almost 4 years to the day of the news of his death the statue of Captain Robert Scott (of the Antarctic) was unveiled in Oxford Terrace, Christchurch.

1958 Infamous and legendary Aussie horseman Professor Lance Skuthorp rode into the sunset for the final time.

 1986 The Anglican Church of Oz ordained its first batch of female deacons in a ceremony at St. Pauls Cathedral in Melbourne....and the sky didn't fall in, either!


  1. After some Googling, it took an Aussie site to spill the beans as to exactly what wasn't finished on Christchurch's Scott statue and why. I agree with Leonie Coombes -- surely something could have been done to pay his wife for the rest of the work. Still, an unfinished statue for an unfinished journey. There's symmetry, there.

  2. Re the shower of mum remembers a shower of frogs in Manchester when she was a nipper. Not funny, I know...but apparently true.

  3. It's damn hard to find anything humorous today. The weekend's events will certainly become a part of history - for all the wrong reasons.

  4. There is, indeed, Lisa. What a perfect way of looking at it.

    Yes, Brian, there's been many showers of odd creatures over the centuries, so I quite believe your mum's frog tale ;)

    Exactly, Anja, and we'll all look back in 12 months time and say things like "has it really been a year already, doesn't time fly", etc.

  5. I'm with Anja.

    Not much to find funny today.

  6. I feel somewhat drained over both at the moment Jayne.

  7. It's just so sad, B, everywhere you turn.

    I think we're all going to be walking through thick fog for a while, Andrew.

  8. Are we all in shock? Imagine how those poor folk in it are, and are going to be.

    I felt this with the Tsunami. I felt this with 911. It is just so stark.