I forgot it was Melbourne Cup day, and was only reminded of the fact when I visited the hairdresser in the morning, and found everybody wearing glamorous hats!
I take no interest in horse-racing (or any other kind of racing) at all, but when I was working, it was part of my duties to run the annual Melbourne Cup Sweep! The entire country stops for the race, and it's a marvellous opportunity for people to get together for parties and lunches and to dress up to the hilt - and throw their money away.
I must admit I was quite shocked, years ago, when my daughter was attending a preschool (aged 3). When the kids were dropped off by their parents, they were asked to enter each child into a sweep, and at 2.30, the kids were all woken from their afternoon naps to watch the race on TV. I thought this was going A Bit Far. That was nearly 40 years ago, and I doubt much has changed since then. Melbourne Cup Day is HUGE!