It Tickled Granny’s Fancy




It being the Season for Rabbits, if anyone actually caught the Easter Bunny and is unsure what to do with him, this issue of the Australian Women’s Weekly had a whole page of Rabbit Recipes. Some of which sound delicious.

I was brought up on underground mutton – - – Click on the image for some tasty noms.


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In the 1930′s & 1940′s when these were published in The Western Mail,

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From a Roman Wall

onceupunatimeorange1“Here is your Caffeinus, Magister,” the slave girl Marti said.

“Gratias tibi,” replied Zoophilus. “Have one yourself.”

He turned to Verbo Ipsum and said, around a mouthful of Bologna Sausage, “This is great food. Nellus has outdone herself with today’s cooking. What is the tastiest sausage you have come across in your travels?”

“Hmmmm” mused Verbo. “There was a nice dish in Caledonia. Made from sheep intestines and oatmeal. That was good. Coming back towards Rome, I found nothing worthwhile in Gaul. They do stuff with eggs and frog legs. Not nice.”

“So Caledonian sausages are the best?” asked Literatus.

“Oh no. the Huns do some very good sausages,” replied Verbo. “Whenever you visit there, always be prepared for the wurst.



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From a Roman Wall

onceupunatimered“Excellent Caffeinus!” Libertinus shouted across to Nellus the Barristerus.

And it was indeed an excellent blend, brought all the way from Libya and roasted to perfection by the Arabian traders in their quarter of Modern Rome.

Literatus the Librarian grumbled, ‘The Caffeinus may be good but I wonder at the young people of today. They have so little culture and their education is sadly lacking.”

“You really have a grump on today”, said Verbo Ipsum. “What has brought that on?”

“Walking here today I spotted a new graffiti carved on the west wall of this open space.” explained Literatus. “It read, ‘OMFG teh phoenecian suckz LOL’. Such immaturity. And their spelling!”

“Ahh”, exclaimed Verbo Ipsum, “What else can you expect from a Forum Poster.

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It Tickled Granny’s Fancy




The Australian Women’s Weekly, Saturday 15 April 1944

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In the 1930′s & 1940′s when these were published in The Western Mail,

PCishness was not a consideration

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From a Roman Wall

onceupunatimeblueA hot Caffeinus from Arabia, a Greek pastry, what more could a good Roman want in these modern times,” Zoophilus mused.

Nellus the Barristerus ruffled his hair, “Oh, there are few other things which may be wanted.” and caught everyone’s eyes with her jaunty walk back to her serving tabula.

“And what are you doing for the good of your fellow Romans this week?” quaeritur Libertinus of Verbo Ipsum, sipping his hot Nubian Caffeinus.

“Not a lot this week.” Verbo replied. “There was a chance I was going to be doing something on the Tiber but that has fallen through.”

“What were you planning?” Secundus sat at the tabula and joined the conversation.

“It wasn’t what I was planning. My mates wanted me to build a wooden platform out into the river.” explained Verbo.

“What was the problem with that?” asked Secundus, in an unwise addition.

“Well,” explained Verbo, “I don’t give in to pier pressure.”



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From a Roman Wall

onceupunatimegreen“Now that is enough to warm the cockles of any man’s heart,” said Libertinus. He was looking, as was every other man at his tabula, at the gently swaying coxis of Nellus, the barristerus of the Forum Cafeteria as she walked back to her serving station.

“Speaking of warming,” the Librarian Literatus mused after a suitable time of appreciation, “My house needs some warmth. It is really cold and that is not improved by the paintings of the walls.”

“What is wrong with the paintings?” asked Secundus.

“They are all of Polar Bears and Icebergs and Penguins and stuff.  Just looking at them makes me shiver.”

Secundus posed a reasonable question, “Why not paint over them?”

“I have tried several times but the original artwork always bleeds through,” explained Literatus.

Verbo Ipsum perked up and commented, “I think I know the guy you need. Pictorius the painter from Pompeii has developed a new paint. It comes in yellow and red and orange. You feel warm just looking at his work.”

“And just what makes you think this Pictorius character can do what every other painter in Rome has failed to do?” grumbled Literatus.

“This is guaranteed to cover over any pre-existing paint.” Verbo Ipsum retorted. “And it will make your house feel warmer. It is his special anti-freize.”


It Tickled Granny’s Fancy


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The Australian Women’s Weekly, Saturday 8 April 1944

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