Tuesday, August 9, 2011

She's still at it on August 9

'Ello, 'Ello, 'Ello, what do we 'ave 'ere?
Apart from the obvious bunch of homeless aitches scattered willy nilly all over the shop.

On this day in 1968 Kidney Health Australia came into being.
Love yer kidneys!

Percy Grainger wed his Nordic Princess Ella Viola Strom after the world premier of Bridal Song To A Nordic Princess, at the Hollywood Bowl in 1928 in front of an impressive guest audience of between 15,000 - 23,000.
Thankfully it was BYO slab of beer and Ladies, A Plate.

In Queensland Helen Goff was dropped off by the wombat in 1899.
No flipping idea who this gal is?
She's better known as P.L Travers what writ them Mary Poppins tales, who disliked the film treatment of her book as much as Roald Dahl was underwhelmed by his Willy Wonka experince.
On yer brolly, then, for the 2012 Maryborough Mary Poppins Festival!

Terowie in South Oz was originally dubbed Shebbear on this day in 1877 by the then-Acting Governor Sir Samuel Way after a village of the same name in Devonshire, England where his father had founded a college.
Why they couldn't stick with this name I wasn't able to ascertain in the non-existant ad breaks of Midsomer Murders.
Answers in 25 words or less on the back of a stamp self addressed envelope containing a cheque for a bajillion dollars to influence the judge.

This is me being happy.
Or just getting a good dose of fleas dressing up a stray mutt.


  1. I recently read/reread the Mary Poppins saga. And she was right. In the books she is indeed portrayed as magical, but also vain, egocentric and difficult. A much more interesting person.

  2. P.L.Travers was actually Helen Goff??
    Well, damn! We kids spent many hours wondering exactly what the P.L. stood for, often coming up with the silliest giggle inducing names.
    And now I find she was a Helen....

  3. The number of immigrants to Australia who literally took a china plate to a function must number in the thousands, maybe tens of thousands and far exceeds the number killed by drop bears or hoop snakes.

  4. Yep, the books were way better than the movie ;)

    LOL I can imagine the combinations, River!

    Oh, those dreaded hoop snakes, Andrew...!

  5. How imaginative the early settlers were! And how unperceptive (if that's a word!!) - There's a dry, dusty, small town on the edge of the highway in SA called 'Dublin'. Go figure ...