"Move yer bloomin' arse!"

Trip Start Sep 20, 2006
Trip End Sep 20, 2007

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Sunday, December 24, 2006

To celebrate Mariana's birthday we all got "gussied up" and went to the races!!
I've never been before and it certainly was an experience. We went to Royal Randwick and arrived to find a nice table on the grass close to the track. For those of you Canucks don't know what a day at the races is about I'll explain it: When the horn blows that familiar melody announcing the race, punters go mad getting in their last minute bets at the kiosks all around the grass and in the building. (Punters are people who place bets). Then everyone makes their way down to the railing at the edge of the track and once the race begins all eyes are on the big-screen TV showing the horses on the far side (the finish is closest to the spectators). The anticipation builds as the horses round the last bend and head for the straightaway...and the finish line. Punters begin to cheer for their horse and as the sound of the hooves become louder and the thunder of their approach fill your heart, the noise from the crowd grows as shouts of "Come on' Fairies Knees! Move it Damn Yankee!" fill the air. (Names have been changed...). Finally the strong beasts streak past and with quickened pulse the punters get their answer...and possibly their pay-out!
It's really very exciting. And just so that everyone knows, I won on ALL three of my bets! Yes, that makes a total of $27 profit for me! Shane didn't do so well, although it seems to be the rule that if you bet more, you lose more (my biggest bet was $10 on a place) so "everything in moderation" worked for me.
What I should have mentioned was that although the race is very exciting, the fashion show which takes place on the green is just as interesting to watch. Ever heard of a "facinator"? Well, it's a "fascinating" accessory used just for race day that women wear in their hair. It can be made of feathers or bows or ribbons or lace as long as it's colourful and matches your dress. Which is also quite beautiful and exciting too! Women actually go out and buy new special "race" outfits for the big day! And some of the dresses really are wonderful to look at.
It was a wonderful day (even when it rained for a bit) and I'm sure Mariana had a great celebration!
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