Today at 2.00pm, Brisbane time, all around Australia people will stop what they're doing for the biggest horse-race/excuse to skive off work of the year: the Melbourne Cup. They've rigged up a betting shop in the middle of one of the busiest shopping precincts in the city and all are welcome to have a flutter. Restaurants have special menus, bars have special deals, clothes shops have special lines and you can't move for fascinators... it's all about this race taking place 1500kms away.
If you believe all the pundits, this year it's a one horse race: So You Think is going to romp it home. My tip for an each-way bet is Maluckyday. No reason other than I like the name. And if you win, you can say "Itsa Maluckyday!"