When I say the Melbourne Cup is a pretty big thing here, I mean that lots of people get the afternoon off work or - like us - take time off to watch the action. Ours was quite impromptu - spare bottles of fizz and snacks from some previous event, a spur-of-the-moment sweepstake. I got the favourite - a japanese horse called Admire Rakti..... which ended up last, and then died immediately after the race.
... and there was a prize for whoever got the last horse. So I got 2 bucks back, which was actually not that nice.