Today is a little race day called The Melbourne Cup. Australia's richest horse race. The horse race that 'stops the nation'.
Except, it doesn't actually stop the whole nation. Oh no. True, it stops most of the nation. Seriously, not a lot of work gets done this afternoon as workplaces all over the country set up tvs, turn on radios, and lay out the chips and party pies. Sweeps are held. Drinks had.
That is, unless you work for the Methodists. Yup. Gambling, drinking, riding in a buggy without a chaperone and dancing are all verboten.
(Ok, I made up the bit about the buggy.)