An original recipe for reading enjoyment from the McIvor Times. Dictionary definition: RABBIT STEW (rab’it’ ste-oo) A healthy concoction using a satisfying basic ingredient, mixed with whatever else is on hand. Popular with country people.
Sticker of the week
After spending any amount of time on social media, you can understand why they need to print “Do Not Eat” on those silica packets.
Did you know?
After a female Emperor Penguin lays an egg, the male spends an incredible 65 days without food, protecting it from the freezing Antarctic conditions by balancing it on top of his feet where it is covered and kept warm by his belly.
Can you solve the following rebus?
“esgg sgeg gegs gsge”.
Seen in France: “Thank you not to get stones thrown at our little frogs and to catch them neither?? Thanks for them.” Seen in China: “Religion Free
Actual headline: “Deputy shoots resident with knife.”
Seen in the news: “Despite the occasional discovery of a dead body, officials say the Cook County Forest Preserve is a safe place to hold family events and commune with nature.”
Real words with modern-day meanings:
“Feet” (n): A device used for finding Lego bricks in the dark.
1. A float chamber is found in what part of a car: a. Fuel tank; b. Carburettor; c. Steering wheel; or d. Air-bag? b. Carburettor.
2. Name the component of an engine that opens and closes the valves on an overhead valve engine? a. Camshaft; b. Piston; c. Crankshaft; or d. Exhaust. a. Camshaft.
3. What engine component allows the leftover gasses from combustion to escape the engine? a. Harmonic balancer; b. Alternator; c. Exhaust; or d. Fan belt. c. Exhaust.
4. What is the name of the appendage to an engine that charges the battery? a. Alternator; b. Starter motor; c. Distributor; or d. Resonator. a. Alternator.
5. The distributor cap controls what function? a. Lubrication distribution; b. Cooling distribution; c. Spark distribution; or d. Power distribution. c. Spark distribution.
Recipe of the week
Coconut Rough Ingredients: 1 cup flour 1/2 cup CSR White Sugar 3/4 cup coconut 125 g butter 1 tsp baking powder 2 tsp cocoa Topping: 25 g butter 1/2 tin condensed milk 1 cup CSR Pure Icing Sugar 1 cup coconut 2 tsp cocoa 1/2 tsp vanilla essence Method: 1. Cream butter and sugar, add dry ingredients (can be quite crumbly) 2. Press into a tin. 3. Bake 180 degrees for 10 minutes. Topping: 4. Melt butter and condensed milk together.
5. Add icing sugar, coconut, cocoa and vanilla essence and mix well 6. Spread over base while hot. 7. Set in fridge. Source: CSR Sugar.
Can you work out the title of this Mel Gibson movie release from the following clue?
“Dracula’s favourite paterfamilias.”
Never, ever, upset a farmer who has access to a manure spreader. That is the lesson learnt the hard way by a US Customs and Border Protection officer recently after he had a run-in with a disgruntled farmer in Vermont. Apparently, the farmer confronted the officer and accused him and his colleagues of not doing enough to stop illegal immigrants from entering the US and stealing jobs from locals. And to prove the profundity of his anger the farmer hopped in his tractor, positioned it perfectly and engaged the PTO to force his manure spreader to spray a wave of liquified poo all over the officer’s vehicle!
The way we were
10 years ago The McIvor Times, August 29,
2007 Heathcote's equine fraternity can breathe a sigh of relief, with the threat of equine influenza easing across Victoria.
Victoria Police work bans implemented yesterday will affect all Heathcote police staff. Police from region three, which includes Heathcote and Bendigo, will take part in industrial action despite the risk of having their pay docked.
Heathcote police are investigating the theft of underwear from a High St, Heathcote, property on the weekend. Sergeant Jamie Ward, of Heathcote police, said he believed the theft was the result of a practical joke by a group of young "out-of towners". 25 years ago The McIvor Times, August 26,
1992 An act of “gross stupidity” was carried out on Saturday night in Heathcote … Ambulance officer Danny Lumby was called out at 2am Saturday night and was proceeding down High Street when he was confronted by sand bags placed across the highway.
Parishioners were thrilled to move back into St Johns on Sunday after an absence of three weeks while renovations were undertaken. The painting of the complete interior of the church including the 35 end walls was undertaken by a small group of volunteers … During the renovation, two new trefoil windows high above the altar and sanctuary were opened and glazed by Neil Boxshall to allow more light into the church. The tiled floor of the church was extensively repaired by Fred Hicks and Pat Taylor…
Heathcote is unlikely to have access to any automatic teller machines for the foreseeable future according to all three banks who offered tenders for the McIvor Shire banking recently.
50 years ago The McIvor Times, August 29,
1967 The attendance at the Heathcote Football Club’s ball last Friday night was not up to expectation, but nevertheless it was a successful and pleasant evening. Miss Shirley Taylor was selected Belle of the Ball. She is now eligible to compete at the League’s Belle of Belles Ball at Colbinabbin in September. Shirley was attired in a lipstick pink empire line gown with floating panels and looked very demure ... Mrs Smith, wife of Heathcote Football Club President Alan, presented the “Belle” with the McIvor Times sash...
100 years ago
The McIvor Times & Rodney Advertiser, August 30, 1917 “Chips” by Broad Axe: When taking my usual Sunday afternoon ramble I found myself down in the Old Cricket Reserve gazing at the wondrous beauty of the trees Mr Rankin wasn't allowed to plant ... A youth, a lost bike and policeman enacted a comedy in Heathcote last Friday morning. The farce began when the youth got up on Friday morning and discovered his bike was not in its usual place on the verandah. The family held a conference and decided it was a case for the copper. A messenger was despatched and the policeman came on the scene. After securing much information and studying many foot-prints be went forth to find the thief. And it was during his absence it was discovered the youth had left his bike in front of a local-store on the previous day, so crestfallen he went down and brought it home … Some sport went out some time ago to bring in a load of house-wood for his own use. He put in a hard day's work splitting up stumps, etc., after which he loaded his cart and set out for home. Upon reaching the racecourse he found that, owing to the bad state of the roads, it was impossible to go any further, so he propped the cart up and went home. A couple of days after he went back to get it, but found someone had been before him.
Mr A B Kemp, the well-known local breeder of sheep dogs, swept all before him at the Wagga trial on Thursday last, when he annexed the first, second and third prizes with Scott, Chief and Dodger respectively.
At the annual meeting of the Heathcote Ladies' Patriotic, Red Cross and Local Sick and Wounded Soldier's League, Mrs G T Kilroy made reference to the good work done by the secretary, Miss M D Thomas; also, her untiring efforts and capable work for the benefit of the League, and the soldiers' welfare generally. Mrs Kilroy then presented her with a silver manicure set, which was subscribed by the members of the committee, as a small taken showing the appreciation of the work she had done.
Have a laugh
A Father’s Day Joke: The King and Queen Potato were discussing potential suitors for their daughter, Princess Potato when she approached them and said: “Mum, Dad, I’ve found someone, we’re in love and intend to be married!” The King and Queen were shocked but at the same time, very excited. “Who is it, dear?” asked Queen Potato. “Dennis Cometti,” the princess gushed. “Dennis Cometti?” King Potato, sniffed derisively. “But he’s just a commentator!”
Quote of the week
"Sometimes the poorest man leaves his children the richest inheritance." — Ruth E Renkel.
Brainteaser: Scrambled eggs. Trivia: 1. b. Carburettor; 2. a. Camshaft; 3. c. Exhaust; 4. a. Alternator; 5. c. Spark distribution. Mystery Movie: Blood Father.
❏ Heathcote Primary School staff in 1982. Pictured (l-r) are Trevor Hyland (Vice Principal), Ross Anderson (Principal), Carol Stuart and Ian Perry. Photo: Carol Stuart via Facebook. Do you have a photo for Rabbit Stew? If so, we would really love to...