The nation comes to a stand still!

Melbourne Cup is one of the biggest events in the Australian sporting calendar, literally bringing a nation to a stand still. Despite being held at Flemington race course in Melbourne, the folk here in Sydney treat it as their own. Every office has some kind of function, betting ring, or shuts down to celebrate their “Australian-ism” for the day. Much like the Kentucky Derby, the fashion plays just as important role as the gambling…dressed to the max, men in their suits, and woman in their hats, even the current worldwide financial crisis took back seat to the fashion for the week. To join in the fun and festivities with my co-workers I put in $2 in a sweep stakes, but alas I still had to return to work the following day, $2 less in my pocket.

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