A Cup of Melbourne

It’s been a nice cuppa days here since arriving in Melbourne…

Behold the Flat White

Behold the Flat White flickr photo by cogdogblog shared into the public domain using Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication (CC0)

My long time friend Jan, whom I knew way back when when we both worked at Maricopa, came into the city to lunch Saturday and walk a bit with me (and enjoy two cups of coffee in the laneway near my apartment). Jan has lived here since 1995 and has twice shown me around Victoria.

On Sunday I met up with Rowan Peter a DS106 original, he of the crickets on ds106 radio and ds106 lawn art.

Goofing About With Rowan

Goofing About With Rowan flickr photo by cogdogblog shared into the public domain using Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication (CC0)

We walked to Victoria Market in a vain effort to find props for my workshop, but I did enjoy my first Borek. It’s been maybe 6 years since we hung out, the time we stumbled across the artist who installed the Giant Theremin on Southbank.

His son Alex has just a pup then, apparently he’s a big 7 now.

Alex, It's For You!

Alex, It’s For You! flickr photo by cogdogblog shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license

I’m hoping see the whole family in 2 weeks for a BBQ at Rowan’s house.

And I am here today for the Melbourne Cup, more or less an Aussie National Holiday. And a horse race. Yes, a horse race.

The day I got off the airport bus at Southern Cross Station I noticed all the nicely dressed people in costume. No one told me about that! And yesterday, I watched the parade go buy on Swanston Street:

Melbourne Cup parading

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Indeed I saw the Cup, the horsey grail itself.

Wee Marchers

Wee Marchers flickr photo by cogdogblog shared into the public domain using Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication (CC0)
Let's Look Demure

Let’s Look Demure flickr photo by cogdogblog shared into the public domain using Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication (CC0)
The Spirit of Melbourne Cup

The Spirit of Melbourne Cup flickr photo by cogdogblog shared into the public domain using Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication (CC0)

With some irony, on my first trip to Australia back in 2000, my first week here in Canberra, I got to see the way people enjoyed this day.

They put the American in charge of the betting slips…

I remember placing my bet on a 100:1 horse who ran more like 500:1 (I think he may have failed to even finish)

Betting on the long shot…

My notes show that my host Allan Moore won- very typical big Al!

Well, the race is on in an hour… in this modern age, I can watch on Twitter at https://melbournecup.twitter.com/.

And maybe I ought to get my next flat white coffee, I have not had one yet today.

Oh Look, It's Flat White Time Again

Oh Look, It’s Flat White Time Again flickr photo by cogdogblog shared into the public domain using Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication (CC0)

Featured Image: 2017/365/310 The Cup! The Cup! flickr photo by cogdogblog shared into the public domain using Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication (CC0)

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