Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Getting Ready for the Melbourne Cup

The first Tuesday in November is Melbourne Cup Day!

It's the highlight of Melbourne's Spring Carnival, and the day they run 'The race that stops a nation™' at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne. It starts at 3 p.m., and I can tell you where I'm going to be: in front of the TV in the loungeroom!

The morning of the race, Stephen will prepare a "sweep" (a betting pool), assigning each of the horses in the race to a member of the household. There's no betting, of course, just the honor of holding the name of the winning horse, but who cares? It'll be SUCH FUN!

In Flying Over the Rainbow, I described the first Melbourne Cup race I ever saw, and how exciting it was. Well, seeing is believing, and here's a YouTube video of that fantastic race:

And here's last year's race (not quite as heart-poundingly dramatic, but heaps of fun to watch, all the same):

Part of the fun of race day is getting all dressed up and strutting your stuff around the racecourse. If you're going to the race, you've gotta dress for it, and the official "New Racegoer's Guide" advises attendees to "dress to impress!" My budget just doesn't include funds for haute couture, but the hat I put together last year (using Laka's tail feathers) will work just fine for the fashion parade in our loungeroom.

  • What I’m listening to: (what else?) "You Can Leave Your Hat On" by Joe Cocker
  • What’s for tea: homemade chicken-fried rice
  • What I’m reading: "Ali Abdul v The King" by Hanifa Deen
  • Wine recommendation: Pinot Gris - from any of the wineries on the Mornington Penninsula
  • What's the season?: spring in Oz, fall in the U.S.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Ready, Fire, Aim!

It's official: Flying Over the Rainbow is available on!

Time to launch this blog - a companion to the book (and the new book I'm working on now). You can stay up-to-date on the doings of Wolfgang (the giant spider), the wallabies, the inside and outside birds, and so on. There are lots of little stories which didn't make it into the book - just the kind of thing that blogs are great for. And, of course, links will be easy to share here.

Best of all, it doesn't have to be a one-way conversation. Let's experiment with anonymous comments for a while and see what develops.

  • What I’m listening to: "Heaven (Must Be There)" by the Eurogliders
  • What’s for tea: chicken roasted with lemon/herbs, steamed rice, roasted pumpkin with madras curry
  • What I’m reading: "Ali Abdul v The King" by Hanifa Deen
  • Wine recommendation: shiraz - a cleanskin from Dan Murphy's
  • What's the season?: spring in Oz, fall in the U.S.