What were you doing 233 years ago? If you happened to be on the other side of the planet you may have been able to witness (or take part) in the settling of Sydney, Australia in 1778. January 26th is Australia Day, so make sure you're especially friendly to any koalas you meet, and why not crack open a can of the old amber nectar too?
In Australia it's a public holiday, commemorating the day the first fleet arrived at Sydney Cove, where the British flag was duly hoisted. Today the celebrations in Australia tend to include concerts, sports competitions, festivals, fireworks and, of course, the community barbecue.
In the UK having a barbecue on January 26th is, to say the least, brave, if not downright foolhardy. Of course, not everyone celebrates 26th January with a party. Indeed for those indigenous Australians it's known as Invasion Day, which just reminds us all how history always has more than one version of events to tell. But if you're looking for an excuse to brighten up a dull January evening, why not have a small Australia Day party - stick the sport on, open up the Fosters and see how many Rolf Harris songs everyone can remember! Bonza!