Strange Olympic Sports

Solo synchronized swimming: Oxymoron alert! Yes, this sport features one female swimmer synchronizing with herself. The sport made its debut in the Los Angeles Games in 1984, with U.S. swimmer Tracie Ruiz winning the gold medal. Similar to the group event, a swimmer performs a kind of water ballet. A lonely water ballet. Despite the […]

Australian Prime Minister Recipe – Joseph Lyons

Artichoke Soup 1 lb artichoke 1 oz lean ham 1 stick celery 1 oz butter 1 bay leave 1 small onion 11/2 pints white stock 1/2 pint milk 1 tsp cream 2 egg Yolk Pepper Salt Parsley stalks 1) Wash and brush the artichokes, putting them into a basin with clean cold water and peel […]

First Modern Olympic Games or Not???

Some sports historians question whether the athletic exhibition that took place over the summer of 1900 in Paris should be considered a true modern Olympiad at all. It was so under-promoted as the Olympic Games, that some victors left not even knowing they were Olympians. But most view those Games as the true successor to […]

Beaten Almost to Death

ON THIS DAY …….7th August 1886 Mary Jane Joy was married to a Chinaman and lived in Heffernan Lane. On the 7th of August, 1886, Mary Jane was seen abusing a 10 month infant in her care. At 11pm that night she had been seen carrying the child out to the outhouse and beat him […]

White man killed sparked last Aboriginal Massacre in Australia

On this day …….. 7th of August 1928 Dingo hunter Frederick Brooks is killed, sparking the Coniston Massacre of Australian Aborigines. Coniston Station is a large cattle station in central Australia, about 300 km northwest of Alice Springs. Covering 2178 sq km, it is bordered by the Tanami Desert to the west. The cattle station […]

The Olympic Torch

As the Olympic torch takes its 70-day trek once it leave Olympia in Greece before arriving at the 2012 Opening Ceremony, it will be traveling by some pretty unconventional modes of transportation, among them, a hot air balloon. Others include zip wire, motorcycle sidecar, cable car and horseback.  

Three Young Men Arrested for Criminally Assault

On This Day ……. 7th of August 1871 Three young men were arrested by the Geelong police on a serious charge, on this day in 1871. A woman named Emily Morgan, about twenty years of age, has charged John James Le Sueur, aged 17, Frederick Martin, aged 18, and Peter Shepherd, 18, with having criminally […]

SCHOOL STRUCK BY LIGHTNING BUNBURY – Western Australia

On this day …….. 7th of August 1948 Bricks and masonry weighing between three and four tons crashed to the footpath early this morning when lightning struck the gable end of -the two-storey Bunbury Convent School building in, Wellington-street, extremely high winds helping to dislodge the structure. Because of the danger caused by fallen electric […]

Manslaughter Finding

On This Day – August 7, 1946 A man who is alleged to have driven a car through a tram safety zone in Fitzroy st, St Kilda, on August 7, knocking down four persons and killing an army officer, was yesterday committed for trial by Mr Marwick, coroner, who recorded a finding of manslaughter. He […]

Lilydale Murder – Detectives Baffled

 On This Day – August 7, 1913 When going through the many statements taken for the information of the coroner in connection with the murder, on August 7 last, of the old woodcutter, Richard Knight, outside his hut in the bush between Lilydale and Coldstream (says the Melbourne ‘Argus’). Detective-Sergeant Arthur and Detective Keily discovered certain discrepancies in […]

SCHOOL STRUCK BY LIGHTNING BUNBURY – Western Australia

On this day …….. 7th of August 1948 Bricks and masonry weighing between three and four tons crashed to the footpath early this morning when lightning struck the gable end of -the two-storey Bunbury Convent School building in, Wellington-street, extremely high winds helping to dislodge the structure. Because of the danger caused by fallen electric […]