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Sunday, December 2, 2007

Koala’s Wine Trifle



sponge cake of any type. Swiss roll is good.
1 can of halved apricots(other fruit will do)
dash of sherry
1 pack of Port wine jelly crystals
custard powder
(plus milk and sugar for this-amounts on the pack but you need
to make it thick)
1 small carton thickened cream.
1 banana or other fruit.
strawberries to garnish.

Cut and place the sponge cake on the bottom of the bowl.
cover with apricots (or other canned fruit) and then
add the sherry and/or juice from the can.
With that done, make up jelly crystals following directions
on pack in another bowl. When the jelly is 1/2 set, then
spoon it over the sponge and fruit. Pop into fridge whilst
you make the custard.
Make up the custard as per directions on the box, then when
that is nearly cool, slice a banana onto the trifle mix.
Then spoon the custard on top of all this. Put back into
fridge until it is all set. Just before serving, beat the
cream until it is thick then coverthe trifle mix in cream.
Garnish with strawberries.
Leave in fridge until ready to serve.

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Sunday, December 2, 2007

Say It’s not true - FREE 46664 Download


Say It’s Not True - FREE 46664 Download
Queen and Paul Rodgers Brand New Recording For Free Download Especially For Nelson Mandela’s 46664 On World Aids Day Available Via Queen online Spurred on by their commitments as Ambassadors to Nelson Mandela’s 46664 HIV AIDS global campaign, on which the spotlight will fall December 1 with a World Aids Day awareness and fundraising concert in Johannesburg,South Africa, Brian, Roger and Paul have announced they have rushed to finish a track specially written for 46664 by Roger and have it available as a free download in time for this coming Saturday’s benefitconcert. The track, Roger’s “Say It’s Not True”, originally came to light for the launch of the 46664 campaign back in November 2003. Roger wrote the song as a gift to Nelson Mandela (or ‘Madiba’, as he is fondly know),and performed it live for him for the first time with Brian and Dave Stewart at the inaugural 46664 concert in Cape Town that month. The song carries the message that HIV AIDS is something that can affect anyone of us. Having played two previous 46664 concerts, but committed in the studio this year, Roger, Brian, and Paul decided to revisit the song, with all three of them sharing the vocals, and to make the song the band’s message of support to Nelson Mandela this year. “By making the song available for free”, according to Taylor, “we hope to help Madiba with his campaign to get across the message that no-one is safefrom infection. We have to be aware, we have to protect ourselves and those we love. The song follows the line of his personal message: it’sin our own hands to bring a stop to this.” Follow this link to download ‘Say It’s Not True’:

Use this link to watch the Say It’s Not True Video in the Queen OnlineMedia Section:

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Friday, November 30, 2007

Some Christmas facts

At midnight on Christmas Eve 1914 firing from the German trenches suddenly stopped. A German brass band began playing Christmas carols. Early, Christmas morning, the German soldiers came out of their trenches, approaching the allied lines, calling “Merry Christmas”. At first the allied soldiers thought it was a trick, but they soon climbed out of their trenches and shook hands with the German soldiers. The truce lasted a few days, and the men exchanged presents of cigarettes and plum puddings, sang carols and songs. They even played a game of Soccer.


Some priests in Australia advise you to say “Happy Christmas”, not “Merry Christmas”, because Merry has connotations of getting drunk - which brings its own problems. One should say “Happy” instead.

Silent Night was written in 1818, by an Austrian priest Joseph Mohr. He was told the day before Christmas that the church organ was broken and would not be prepared in time for Christmas Eve. He was saddened by this and could not think of Christmas without music, so he wanted to write a carol that could be sung by choir to guitar music. He sat down and wrote three stanzas. Later that night the people in the little Austrian Church sang “Stille Nacht” for the first time.

The first commercial Christmas card, produced in 1846, featured a drawing of family members happily toasting each other with glasses of wine - a shockingly decadent portrait that was immediately condemned by temperance advocates. In New South Wales, Australia, the average daily mailbag of six to seven million items of mail can triple over Christmas. The heaviest day ever was on 23 December 1997, when a record 23 million items were delivered in this state in Australia.


Hanging the Christmas stocking on the hearth on Christmas Eve in the hope that it will be filled with presents the next morning is a custom that goes back about 400 years. It derived from the custom in Holland of children placing wooden shoes next to the hearth the night before the arrival of St. Nicholas. The children would fill their shoes with straw and food for St Nicholas’s for the donkey that carried the gifts. In exchange he would leave them a small gift such as small cakes, fruits and other gifts. Stockings were substituted for the shoes in Britain, most of Europe and in North America.

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