Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Mad, plague-ridden July 26

A little something of the usual sort to keep you entertained.
Unless juggling chainsaws is more your thing.
Then I can point you in the direction of a fabulous 1-armed topiary artiste.

The West Coast Times reported that Ned Kelly made a limited return visit to the police court in 1880.
After November his tours will cease and desist.

The Grey River Argus was, rightly, tut-tuting in 1872 over the captain who hoisted passengers on board a ship seething with small pox and someone had done a head count as there were 1387 insane people in NSW.

The Nelson Evening Times tattled in 1886 about how the Aussie Cricketers were wined and dined at a banquet in Stoke, obviously they bowled a maiden over.
Or three.

And, finally, the Evening Post stated, quite rightly, in 1907 that the Postmaster General had openly admitted that the telephone service was notoriously bad throughout The Land of Oz.
Good to see we uphold some traditions...

Pizza dough recipe.
2 cups of plain flour dumped into a bowl with 2 teaspoons of dried yeast, 1 tablespoon of oil, a tiny pinch of salt and about 1/2 - 1 cup of tepid water.
Optional - 1 chopped spring onion, mixed Italian herbs, 2 or 3 finely chopped sun dried tomatoes, not too many as it will weigh down the dough.
Mix together until a pliable dough forms, then knead as usual.
Plop into oiled bowl, cover with clean teatowel, plonk out of sight in warm area for 30 mins or until doubled in size.
Knock down then shape into size of pizza bases.
Tip - use oil from jar of sun-dried tomatoes in pizza tray, it will flavour the bottom of the pizza base.


  1. How many insane people in NSW now do you think? Particularly in Sydney.

    PS Will have to try that pizza dough. Thanks.