Last Saturday we went to a dinner celebrating the release of a facsimile edition of Edward Abbott's cookery book, the first published in Australia around the 1860s. The menu was taken from the book and it was a marvelous night - although oats featured a bit too much for my comfort. The MC was (allegedly) a French man who refused to leave when the search party for La Perouse's boats arrived in Tassie. He was enjoying the Hobart life too much... It was a fine conceit, and the actor was excellent.