Melbourne Cup Carvinal 2013 Wrap-Up

The Melbourne Cup Carnival is officially over. I should clarify that the Spring Racing Carnival hasn’t ended yet. It runs from September 21 through November 24 and includes the BMW Caulfield Cup, the Sporting Cox Plate, Melbourne Cup Carnival, Spring Country, and Feature Races. All in all, there are over 100 races with the Emirates Melbourne Cup being the richest and the one dubbed “the race that stops the nation”. The Melbourne Cup Carnival has four unique race days. Day one…

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The Melbourne Cup 2013

Yesterday was the famous Melbourne Cup race and Theo and I had “smashing” good time. We woke up bright and early, had a hearty breakfast, packed a light lunch, and hopped on the train from our suburb into Flinders Street Station. A fun Elvis impersonator was there to guide people to the right trains and we were at Flemington Racecourse just a little after 9am. Mother Nature was on our side. It was a bright…

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The Melbourne Cup

The Melbourne Cup is the race that stops a nation. Melbourne may be the only city in the world that has a public holiday around a thoroughbred horse race. Since 1861, the city has paused on the first Tuesday of November for this three-minute, 3,200 meter race. This year, 24 horses competed for the Cup and $6.2 million prize. Favorites included 2010 winner Americain and 2011 winner Dunaden, but in a stunning upset, Green Moon…

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Fashion at the 2012 London Olympics

I rarely blog about fashion, but I’m finding it hard to ignore the shiny shiny at the 2012 London Olympics. Let’s start at the beginning with the uniforms we first saw at the opening ceremony. Nothing says America more than preppy elitism by Ralph Lauren and “Made in China”.  Some criticize the opening ceremony uniforms as too preppy, militaristic, not Americana at all, and, of course, made in China, but most American clothing manufacturing is…

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The 2012 London Olympics

I’ve mentioned before that I was never a sports fan until I met the AFL. Nevertheless, I faithfully tune into the Olympics and watch sporting competitions that I’d never watch otherwise such as archery, water polo, and women’s weightlifting, or even men’s weightlifting for that matter. I’ll even tune in to the men’s swimming match several hours after it ended and the results have been announced. Unlike our friends down under and our Canadian neighbors…

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Boomerangs

There isn’t a more iconic Australian souvenir than the boomerang. You see them in all the tourist shops and museum gift shops. Most of these are overpriced and they may not fly well. I was determined to get some real boomerangs for my family and friends back home. The boomerang is tens of thousands of years old and part of Australian Aboriginal culture. The popular curved varieties are returning boomerangs used for sport. Non-returning boomerangs,…

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Collingwood Delivers My First AFL Game

Thank goodness Collingwood beat Richmond Saturday night because it would not have been as good a first footy game for me otherwise. In Miami, going to a sporting event can be a real headache. The latest news in Miami’s sports scene is around the new baseball park, a “gauche waste of public funds and taxpayer money” for the Miami Marlins, a losing team. The Sun Sentinel reminds fans how difficult, not to mention expensive, it…

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Aussie Rules Rules

I’m not really a sports fan. Sure, I’ve caught a Super Bowl or two and I even went to a Florida Marlins baseball game once, but I’ve never been able to get excited over sports. I think it’s a psychological block.

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