November 2nd, 2004

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A question for my American friends

Why do you have your elections on a Tuesday? It must make it harder for people who work to get to the voting booth. We have our elections on a Saturday and get a much higher voter turnout, then again, voting is compulsory down here.
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Melbourne Cup

Every year, Australia stops for a horse race called the Melbourne Cup. One of the traditions that have evolved around this horse race is that of wearing outlandish hats. This used to be a female tradition, but men have since joined in, usually with variants on the theme of alcohol consumption. My office had a Melbourne Cup lunch and conducted a Melbourne Cup hat competition. One of the categories was for the most unusual hat, and I entered a hat with a plush horse as the centrepiece. I won! It was the first time I've ever won anything (just about) so I was taken quite by surprise.

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