I’ve rarely ever watched a game of rugby in its entirety, but this recent match between Super 15 teams the Highlanders and Chiefs, should have been an exception, if this snippet of play was indicative of the excitement of the rest of the game.
Both teams, by the way, are from New Zealand, and their players would go on to form the ranks of the All Blacks, which would be, historically/statistically, the best rugby team in the world. I suspect though plenty of people would disagree with such a statement.
On account of exorbitant shipping costs at the time, film reels shipped out from the US to countries like Australia and New Zealand were seldom returned, a state of affairs that is now proving to be a boon for film historians.
Among the movies found in storage are a copy of Ford’s “Upstream,” the earliest surviving movie by comic actor and director Mabel Normand and a period drama starring 1920s screen icon Clara Bow. Only 15 percent of the silent films made by Ford, who won four Oscars, have survived.
Lady Lamington, the mistress of Government House in Brisbane, found herself in just such a predicament in 1900, when more guests than expected turned up to one of her informal “at homes”. Her head chef, Frenchman Armand Galland, was called upon to whip up something to feed the extra mouths. Galland cut up some French vanilla sponge cake he had baked the day before, dipped the cubes in chocolate to soften them and then in coconut to set. So popular was the treat that Lady Lamington’s guests asked for the recipe. As was the tradition of the time, Galland named his creation in honour of his patrons.
Apparently New Zealand is trying to claim lamingtons as theirs… can’t they just be happy calling the pavlova one of their creations?