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Family & Community Day (aka Melbourne Cup Day)

Holden Caulfield 28 October 2008 56

A quick reminder to all that next Tuesday (4 November) we’ve again been granted the opportunity to forget the troubles of work and watch the Melbourne Cup at our venue of choice, presumably somewhere that allows us to interact with our family and/or community. Yay Canberra!

Source: Chief Minister’s Department


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ant 9:15 am 29 Oct 08

It was an excellent rant. I treasure good rants.

Aurelius 9:15 am 29 Oct 08

Can I complain about the public holiday, not because I dislike it, but because I want Sleaze to punch me 4 times? Pretty please????

Granny 12:29 am 29 Oct 08

Yeah, I’m hoping he won’t hit me but!

*chuckle*

Pandy 12:18 am 29 Oct 08

Sleaze you have anger management issues.

Like 4 times only? C’mon what are you a prancing dancer? pussy.

Roma 11:46 pm 28 Oct 08

oh dear god LOL LOL and a thousand times LOL. Nice one Sleaz

ant 11:25 pm 28 Oct 08

I vote Sleaz’s post Rant of the Week! Brilliant.

Sleaz274 10:59 pm 28 Oct 08

The next person who whinges about a day off work I will personally punch four times in the face. I’m being very specific here 4 times. If you don’t like public holidays go to f$%^ing work and write a f$%^ing email.

4 times you pr*cks I don’t care if the radical communist party legislated a day off from work have it enjoy it and take it or harden the f*** up Australia….my god

Do you know why 90% of people go to work? So they can eat, sleep somewhere and maybe not die. I’m sure the 7 hours 21 minutes of lost productivity will so dent the world.

4 times……..

ilmarinen 10:57 pm 28 Oct 08

Melbourne gets Snoop Dogg, Rihanna, Chris Brown and Jerry Lewis and the day off work; we get to pause work for 3 minutes or so. Yay Canberra!

realityskin 10:34 pm 28 Oct 08

Overheard said :

CTRL+ALT+DEL+IGNORE+TROLL

You’re a dead-set oxygen thief. Go back to your comics and vat of hand cream.

hehe .. you PAY for your oxygen ? explains a lot !!

Wide Boy Jake 5:29 pm 28 Oct 08

caf said :

Aurelius: That doesn’t seem to be a problem in Victoria, where it’s been a public holiday for years.

It’s not a holiday in Victoria, only in Melbourne. The ACT Government brought in this holiday to make a political statement about Workchoices. WC abolished the union picnic day, the Melbourne Cup holiday was supposed to compensate. Hopefully the rumours are correct and this is the last year we will have to suffer this torturous embuggerence.

Overheard 4:55 pm 28 Oct 08

realityskin said :

Overheard said :

Whoops, forgot about that ‘Don’t Feed the Troll’ sign. I’ll heed it next time.

Yeah, wouldn’t want to disrupt your verbal diarrhea about your mundane life stories.

CTRL+ALT+DEL+IGNORE+TROLL

You’re a dead-set oxygen thief. Go back to your comics and vat of hand cream.

realityskin 4:18 pm 28 Oct 08

Overheard said :

Whoops, forgot about that ‘Don’t Feed the Troll’ sign. I’ll heed it next time.

Yeah, wouldn’t want to disrupt your verbal diarrhea about your mundane life stories.

Overheard 4:14 pm 28 Oct 08

realityskin said :

Don’t worry tom-tom, Granny is the kind that types for the sake of typing, ignore.

The difference being, realityskin, Granny usually has something constructive, interesting, pithy or funny to say.

Whoops, forgot about that ‘Don’t Feed the Troll’ sign. I’ll heed it next time.

Overheard 4:13 pm 28 Oct 08

I’ve been in the paid workforce for 24 years and up until 2006, as nearly as I can remember, the first Tuesday in November was a work day.

Last year there was a gathering of some sorts on the Braddon Oval (?) put on by the ACT Government or Unions ACT — can’t quite remember. I know my (now-ex) choir the Canberra Union Voices were down to sing but apparently the weather was woeful so they ended up singing to two blokes and a dog. Some more people allegedly arrived later in the day. (I was off interstate.)

This year for my sins, I have to race back from festival-land on the Monday so I’ll scoping out what fun’s to be had in town that doesn’t involve taking delight in the whipping of quadrapeds and malnourishment of vertically-challenged people.

I’m sure there will be diversions aplenty. (If anyone’s coming to my trivia night next Monday, don’t bother brushing up on your Melbourne Cup knowledge — there won’t be any related questions.)

Granny 3:44 pm 28 Oct 08

Why couldn’t they have just chosen a different day? Yeah, like the Monday, as Primal said. Then we’d be going, cool, what a swell guy and stuff.

They’ve only really given us half a day anyway.

Aurelius 3:27 pm 28 Oct 08

Caf,
It’s a lot easier to go to Flemington when you live in Melbourne than when you live in Downer.

caf 3:24 pm 28 Oct 08

Aurelius: That doesn’t seem to be a problem in Victoria, where it’s been a public holiday for years.

Granny 3:07 pm 28 Oct 08

Well, good for you Tylers. I hope you have a nice day.

: )

tylersmayhem 3:05 pm 28 Oct 08

Personally, I’m just grateful to have a day off as a public holiday – whatever the random reason! Instead of milling around at some work arranged fiasco, I’ll head to the pub where I don’t have to be restrained by office politics, and enjoy the race.

Aurelius 3:04 pm 28 Oct 08

As I think someone pointed out last year, if this holiday continues, kids will grow up without the culture of the Melb Cup Day they get at school. So they wont carry it into their adult years, and it will become just another day off. And once it has no meaning, it’ll vanish. Just like the holiday we all used to get on 24 February for Kokoda Day.

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