'Tis now! the present
The background in today's graphic
was taken at Caulfield - I have added a tube from a photo on a German website of
Makybe Diva (red saddle cloth)- this years winner of the Melbourne Cup. This was
the third win for 'the Diva' and a record in Australian Melbourne Cup
The Melbourne Cup was first run in
After yesterday's posting for
Halloween - several Aussies wrote to me sharing that they too had forgotten it
was Halloween and had experiences of being reminded, but also had plenty of
Aussie stories re the Melbourne Cup. I was reminded to mention that it is also
not just about the horse race as 'Fashion" plays a big part in the race carnival
which lasts about five weeks.
The Melbourne Cup is held in
Melbourne Australia where the climate is much more moderate than here where I
live in Queensland.
I doubt if you would meet anyone,
anywhere in Australia who would not know today was Melbourne Cup day. They might
not know the names of all the 23 horses running, nor the names of the models
brought to OZ for the Fashion Walks..........and there would be very few folk
who hadn't had at least a ticket in a sweep.
Office parties, social parties,
neighbourhood parties, clubs and even churches conduct Melbourne Cup parties.
Maybe some Churches with a stricter code might not allow 'sweeps' with money -
sweeps are almost a mandatory part of the day.
Melbourne Cup Day bypasses all
religious and cultural differences in our society and bonds people together as
Presumably this event became
popular in the days when those who had migrated, willingingly or not, to
Australia were looking for entertainment.
Opera houses and theatres were few
and far between. The majority of the population were struggling to survive in a
land where water is scarce and the sun is Oh, so Hot! By 1861 the colonies were
mainly self sufficient but still relied on supplies from time to time from South
Bonds grew between Australians and
those in South Africa - many families who'd left British Isles had migrated to
South Africa, Australia or New Zealand. Communities were connected between the
In those early days there was a
large number of Irish immigrants - horses and gambling were a part of the
On this day, the first Tuesday in
November there are many people like me who become gamblers for the day - I had
two tickets in two sweeps - total expenditure $3 and I WON!!!!! $10 great
excitement indeed. (Xcitment was the horse - which produced this abundance
Australia is a multi-cultural
society and I'm sure that the importance of their own religious festivals were
not forgotten, except maybe for the three minutes when the Nation stops - to
watch with bated breath for the name on their ticket in "The
Fashion at all these social events
is of importance - hats are a Must. So I share with you two most glamorous
ladies in today's graphic. My Mum and Me. (We think it was taken in 1999 -
certainly not since and although I took my camera along this year I forgot to
Maybe the sharing of this anecdote
will allow you insight into why Australians are "Aussies"
where else but here would a horse
race take precedence over anything else at all? - pity the poor woman who wants
to deliver a baby at 2.40pm on the 1st Tuesday of November. If you ring
Australia at that time and the phone rings, and rings and rings......you know
why. Someone with a small piece of paper with a horses name scribbled on it is
waiting anxiously for their share of "The Sweep."
I wish for you that your heart
should sing at something for which you have passion and joy.
from my heart to your heart in
Gaele Arnott, here in Brisbane
Australia on the 2nd November, 2005
Light a Candle for Peace
I ask that you join me each
day at the dinner hour (evening meal)
in lighting a candle
so that we as One People
may dream together for Peace On Earth.
Together we can create a
reality free of greed and manipulation,
where all people in all
lands may have the freedom to move freely without fear or judgement and in
I ask that the flame burn
eternally within our hearts in recognition of all those
folk who have chosen to
leave this planet at this time, so that we may awaken to the role we are
truly meant to
the midi playing is: De Camptown
Races (Stephen Foster)
Stephen Foster music was popular in
the late 19th century when the Melbourne Cup was first run. Of course I've no
idea what music would have been played in those days at the races and my
research so far has not produced the information I want - so enjoy this one with
Wild Rover No More -
the candle graphic is a snag and
share from Roberta in Virginia
should you wish to be
included on the moment list please email me at: gaeleaus@...
At the current time
there is much discussion over whether music may be shared on the
There are moves to make
music readily available without fear of retribution - some musicians will
their music for
It is my intention to
share with you midis I have collected for your personal use.
There is no commercial
interest by me in any midis shared. The music is used to enhance the message
and the graphic shared
with you. If you wish to purchase any soundtrack and have difficulty in doing
then I would be pleased
to "help you hunt" for that piece through my local music store as I have
done for requested
pieces. (especially if they're Australian). Meanwhile enjoy the moment and the
music with my love
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Don't be dismayed at good-byes. A
farewell is necessary before you can meet again, after moments or lifetimes,
is certain for those
who are friends.
by Richard Bach from The Messiah's Handbook in
Evolution is a leap in
The Circle of Life is
charged with coincidences of the moment.
To follow your heart in
recognizing the power of chance,
invites the energy of
the subconscious mind to create a new reality.
"Simply the Present Moment"
(c) Gaele Arnott
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