Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Oz Facts continued


A glitch in yesterday's final Irish blessing, it should have read:

May you enjoy the four greatest blessings:
Honest work to occupy you;
A hearty appetite to sustain you;
A good woman to love you;
And a wink from the God above.

Oz Fun facts and History

Continuing a look at some of Australia’s past through images. Text and images are from:

Bonus items are from me.

Aussie origins of Freddo the Frog

Australian confectioners, MacRobertson’s Steam Confectionery Works. 

The Fitzroy-based company had originally planned on releasing a chocolate in the shape of a mouse, but this was changed after a young employee by the name of Harry Melbourne suggested that a frog might be less scary for women and children. MacRobertson died shortly after this in 1945 and it was in 1967 that the company, along with Freddo Frogs, were sold to British confectionary giant Cadbury. 

Bonus Items:

I came across the uncropped image for the above pic whilst looking up Freddo’s, I mean looking into the whole of Freddo, you know what I mean. Here is the complete pic . . . 

Freddo Frog now

Freddo then - 1930 Freddo ad

In June 2006, a scare over possible Salmonella contamination in some Cadbury products in the UK led to the recall of around a million Cadbury chocolate bars, including the standard Freddo. As a result of the contamination Cadbury was fined £1M, and ordered to pay an additional £152,000 in costs.

Hollywood marriage torn apart by gruelling Australian tour

Hollywood legends Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier married in 1940 after a years-long secret affair. In 1948, they embarked on a six-month tour of Australia to raise funds for London's Old Vic Theatre; this photo was taken in June during their short holiday on the Gold Coast. Outwardly, the tour was a success: the pair sold out shows as Leigh charmed the press and praised Australian fashions. But in private, it was a disaster. The relentless schedule was especially gruelling for Leigh, who had bipolar disorder and was frequently ill, and she and Olivier often fought — sometimes violently. At the tour's end Olivier told the press he and his wife were "a couple of walking corpses", and according to one biography, the actor later said he "lost Vivien" in Australia. The couple divorced in 1960.

Bonus items:

Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh in Sydney:

In the late 1980s a man walked into a Sydney bookstore. He picked up a book, walked to the counter and approached the assistant. 
'I met them when I was a child. She was wonderful, a real lady. He was awful.’ 
With that the man dismissed one of the greatest actors of all time, Laurence Olivier. He clutched to his chest a biography of Vivien Leigh, paid, and left the store.

The fraught history of the chocolate crackle

The first (known) recipe for chocolate crackles — a favourite snack for generations of Aussie kids — appeared in an advertisement in the Australian Women's Weekly in December 1937, under the entirely accurate headline "Gee, they're good!" The ad was placed to plug the vegetable fat Copha, one of the key ingredients of the crackles. The other key ingredient is crispy rice cereal, and in 1953, Rice Bubbles maker Kellogg's nabbed the trademark "chocolate crackles" (which it still holds). In 2003, Kellogg's reportedly stepped over the line when it attempted to (gasp!) trademark the crackles recipe itself. Fortunately, the story was more "media beat-up" than "corporate power grab" — it's all but impossible to patent or trademark a recipe. 

Bonus items:

Who else remembers these? . . . 

Who also remembers? . . .

(It was an ice cream bar called a Monaco)

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