Sunday, November 15, 2009

November is sixteen going on seventeen but Jane Austen says grab Pakenham's gorgeous Bridge!

Well, Hell didn't freeze over as I managed to immerse The Spouse and Feral Beast in a little culture (other than their daily yoghurt rations) when they sat and watched Miss Austen Regrets on the idiot box.
Ahh, bliss.
Now to get both of them to sit through Pride and Prejudice without their usual howls of pain....!


Solar fairy lights.

1838 Republican rebels clashed in battle with militiamen in Pakenham.
That's Pakenham, Ontario not Pakenham, up the road from Dandy and Berwick in Victoria.
And I'll happily take the Ontario Pakenham's gorgeous stone bridge if they don't need it any more...?

1840  NZ officially became a separate British colony all on its lonesome when it slashed, tore and ripped its ties to NSW.
For more info on New Ulster, New Munster and New Leinster click HERE.

1855 Mr Thomson won the privilege of fencing in those scallywags in Spring Street, the Victorian Parliament.
For his trouble of erecting a corrugated iron fence Mr Thomson was given 1,320 pounds....these days I'm sure there'd be plenty who'd pay to have the privilege of stopping those trouble-makers pollies indoors!

1901 After the third time of an earthquake doing a nasty mischief to the spire on Christchurch Cathedral The Powers That Be wisely decided to repair it in timber and metal instead of the heavy and ouchy stone.

1928 The first French Ambassador in Canada, Georges-Jean Knight, flashed his credentials to the Gov-Gen.

1949 Aboriginal singer Harold Blair criticised the whole Australian nation for its piss-poor treatment of Australia's Indigenous People.
The more things change....


Something...something...tree

6 comments:

Timespanner said...

"1840 NZ officially became a separate British colony all on its lonesome when it slashed, tore and ripped its ties to NSW."

Uh, no ... NSW still had us on its hands until 3 May 1841. That's when William Hobson rose from being Lt.-Governor to full Governor. More at his bio page.

Brian Hughes said...

"Now to get both of them to sit through Pride and Prejudice without their usual howls of pain."

Mills and Boon for the literati.

Jayne said...

Sorry, Lisa, I just got it from New Zealand History Online, thought they'd be reliable, oh well lol.

Ahh, haven't been an Austen fan myself, Brian, so I'll take your word for it. I'll lock them in a room to watch it while I watch Tony Robinson do something unspeakable to an excavation :P

Timespanner said...

I'm surprised at how iffy that nz.history piece is, Jayne. I thought they were better than that, as well. They make it sound as if New Ulster, New Munster, and New Leinster from the point when we became a separate crown colony, too. They didn't -- they weren't created until 1846, by Governor Grey.

River said...

If hell did freeze over, even temporarily, do you suppose we'd all get a bit cooler up here? Because asking god to turn down the heat doesn't seem to be working.
All youse out there who loves the heat; you can have my share, I don't want it.

Jayne said...

Wow, that's a huge discrepancy of years, Lisa, I'm really surprised (and disappointed) at that site, now!

Dunno, River, I hear it's going to be a scorcher around Thursday in South Oz and Central Vic, yuk :(

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