Sticker of the week
My cooking is so fabulous, even the smoke alarm cheers me on!
Did you know?
Escalators are a real novelty in the US state of Wyoming, with only two in existence across the entire state.
What answer do you get when you multiply all the numbers on a telephone keypad?
Seen on the door of the public conveniences, location unknown: “Rest room out of odor.”
An out-of-order sign on an ATM: “Tiny money counting gnome is out sick.”
Seen in a supermarket ad: “Campbells Chicken Needle Soup 59c.”
Seen in the classifieds: “Found: Dirty white dog … looks like a rat. Better be reward! Call…”
Real words with modern-day meanings:
Tomorrow (n): A mystical land where 99 per cent of all human productivity, motivation and achievement is stored.
1. What is the smallest bird in Australia? a. Calibri, b. Wren, c. Weebill or d. Swallow.
2. Everybody knows parrots can imitate human voices, but what other bird, native to Australia, has sound mimicking abilities? a. Lyrebird, b. Budgerigar, c. Magpie or d. Kookaburra.
3. How many species of birds are there in Australia? a. About 800 species, b. About 1200 species, c. About 1800 species or d. About 2300 species.
4. What forms the major part of a Honeyeater’s diet? a. Honey, b. Insects, c. Meat or d. Nectar.
5. Which bird of prey, found Australia-wide, is the fastest member of the animal kingdom? a. Grey Falcon, b. Black Falcon, c. Blue Holden, d. Peregrine Falcon.
Recipe of the week
Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake Ingredients: 200g dark cooking chocolate, broken 200g butter, chopped 5 eggs 1 and 1/4 cups Bundaberg Caster Sugar 2 tsp vanilla extract 3/4 cup gluten-free SR flour 1/3 cup cocoa 1 and 1/4 cups almond meal Bundaberg Pure Icing Sugar, for dusting Thick cream, to serve Method: 1. Preheat oven to 160 degrees celsius. Grease and line base and sides of a 23cm round cake pan with baking paper.
2. Place chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl over simmering water. Ensure that the base of the bowl does not touch the water. Stir occasionally, until smooth. Set bowl aside to cool slightly.
3. Place eggs, caster sugar and vanilla in a large bowl and beat with an electric mixer until thick and pale (about 8 minutes). Add chocolate mixture and beat to combine.
4. Sift flour and cocoa together and add to chocolate mixture along with almond meal. Mix until combined.
5. Pour mixture into prepared pan and bake for 50 minutes. Cake will still be a little soft in the centre. Cool in the pan. Cake will deflate slightly on cooling.
6. Remove from pan and dust with icing sugar. Serve with thick cream.
Serves: 10. Source: Bundaberg Sugar.
Can you work out the title of this 1984 children’s movie from the following clue? The incessant allegory.
In what could go down in history as the weirdest, most embarrassing and most disastrous date ever, a woman had to be rescued by emergency services after she became trapped headfirst in a cavity between two windows at her date’s house. The woman was on a first date with a man she met on Tinder and had been invited back to his place. Everything was going nicely until she had to use the loo and discovered to her horror that it wouldn’t flush. Clearly too embarrassed to leave her deposit sitting in the bowl for her date to discover later, she fished it out of the bowl, wrapped it in paper and threw it out the window, assuming it would land in the garden. But when she realised that rather than a garden, the only thing on the other side of the window was another window with a tiny 18-inch (46cm) wide cavity in between, she panicked and tried to retrieve it. And the rest is history.
The way we were
10 years ago The McIvor Times, September
12, 2007 Heathcote’s new Centrelink agency was officially opened by Senator Michael Ronaldson on Thursday.
A power blackout affecting more than 670 South Heathcote residents last week was caused by downed power lines. Residents were left without power for almost 10 hours...
Heathcote RSL hall is finally receiving a facelift, more than two years after the City of Greater Bendigo budget allocated funds for the work … Workmen were busy last week rendering the outside of the hall and updating exterior lighting. The McIvor Times, September
13, 1992 McIvor Shire Council has decided to take the opportunity to upgrade the Barrack Reserve as its major project, using funds provided by the Federal Government.
The paint had barely dried on the re-marking of car parking bays in High Street when the McIvor Shire Council decided, on a split vote, to remove the bike path and the controversial concrete blocks from the Western side of High Street at last Thursdays council meeting.
A decision was made at the Bendigo Regional Scout meeting last week to relocate one of the two Heathcote scout huts, which are no longer used since cubs and scouts folded, to the active Axedale cub and scout group. It is understood the second hut, which is not in as good condition, is only suitable for dismantling…
The McIvor Times, September
12, 1967 At the public meeting called by the chairman of the Heathcote Medical Committee (Mr J Hill) on Thursday night last, a representation of about 50 citizens attended ... Mr F J Granter, MLC said it was imperative to have an appeal for a doctors residence as without a doctor there was no security in the town ... Cr McMahon, in supporting the motion, said that in the past the people of Heathcote had donated $10,000 in 10 weeks to build the RSL Hall, and $8000 to build the swimming pool ... Promises of donations to the value of $1260 were immediately made...
A local Apex Club was officially formed at a dinner function held in the RSL Hall on the night of 2nd September.
The McIvor Times & Rodney Advertiser, September 13, 1917
The bazaar, in aid of the building fund of the new Costerfield hall was a great financial success, the final balance sheet is not yet prepared but something like £110 will be cleared.
The Tooborac Welcome Home Committee tendered Private Archie Dickinson a banquet in the Mechanics' Hall on Wednesday evening last...
The local Shire Hall was taxed to its utmost holding capacity on Monday evening, when a concert was held in aid of the local sick and wounded soldiers' fund and the YMCA. The programme was largely contributed to by the children, the first portion being devoted to a cantata entitled, "Lily Vale," which was pleasingly played and highly appreciated...
Have a laugh
A blonde walks into a pharmacy and asks the assistant for some bottom deodorant. The pharmacist, a little bemused, explains to the woman that they don’t sell bottom deodorant, and never have. Unfazed, the blonde assures the pharmacist that she has been buying the stuff from this store on a regular basis, and would like some more. ‘‘I’m sorry,’’ says the pharmacist, ‘‘we don't have any.’’ ‘‘But I always get it here,’’ says the blonde. ‘‘Do you have the container it comes in?’’ ‘‘Yes!’’ said the blonde, ‘‘I will go get it.’’ She returns with the container and hands it to the pharmacist who looks at it and says to her, ‘‘This is just a normal stick of underarm deodorant.’’ The annoyed blonde snatches the container back and reads out loud from the container, ‘‘To apply, push up bottom.’’
Quote of the week
“Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” —
Brainteaser: 0. Trivia: 1. c. Weebill (at a tiny 8 to 9 cm (3.1 to 3.5 in) approx long); 2. a. Lyrebird (A lyrebird chased up a tree by dogs barked for three weeks afterwards); 3. a. About 800 species; 4. d. Nectar; 5. d. Peregrine Falcon.