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Melbourne Cup Day in Canberra

By GnT - 3 November 2009 12

I suppose we should have a story about horse racing on this day of the race that supposedly stops a nation. Two other major online media outlets have their stories today, although the ABC does focus on today being the last cup holiday for us here. I for one am pleased that our Family and Community Day is no longer going to be associated with the gambling industry.

Even the government’s event in Glebe Park today has a horse racing theme.

Any tips for the big race? Mine is to save your money and enjoy your day off with family and friends.

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Melbourne Cup Day in Canberra
dvaey 2:10 am 04 Nov 09

bubzie said :

busgirl said :

…diddly squat? Didn’t you earn public holiday rates for working today?

Nope. Standard rate.

Grrrrrr… >:(

Sounds like you need to contact the Workplace Ombudsman, as I had to do over Easter.

thelozenger 10:52 pm 03 Nov 09

Personally, I enjoyed working a bar at the races and getting paid $45 an hour. Wish it was a public holiday next year too.

Observations from the day:

I got abused more by older patrons out there than young drunk ones.
The shorter the dress- the more likely the girl is not wearing underwear.
The amount of people who didn’t even watch the Melbourne Cup shows that most people just go out there to get pissed

Gungahlin Al 8:13 pm 03 Nov 09

Can’t stand the gambling industry, but would love to have seen all the gurls battling to keep their dresses decent and their hats on in that wind we had here this arvo. Would have made great entertainment.

bubzie 6:03 pm 03 Nov 09

busgirl said :

therealarigold said :

nice for some….. meanwhile others worked their backsides off, why was it retail employees got didly squat and all others got the day off a PH….?

…diddly squat? Didn’t you earn public holiday rates for working today?

Nope. Standard rate.

Grrrrrr… >:(

rosebud 4:35 pm 03 Nov 09

therealarigold said :

nice for some….. meanwhile others worked their backsides off, why was it retail employees got didly squat and all others got the day off a PH….?

5 words – weak or non existant union

busgirl 4:31 pm 03 Nov 09

…me? I spent the day out in the garden…what a glorious day it was today. Horse race? What horse race? Who cares about the horse race?

busgirl 4:29 pm 03 Nov 09

therealarigold said :

nice for some….. meanwhile others worked their backsides off, why was it retail employees got didly squat and all others got the day off a PH….?

…diddly squat? Didn’t you earn public holiday rates for working today?

therealarigold 3:46 pm 03 Nov 09

nice for some….. meanwhile others worked their backsides off, why was it retail employees got didly squat and all others got the day off a PH….?

rosebud 3:20 pm 03 Nov 09

You should have had someone out at the races, taking photos of the fashions, live blogging etc. Like yoyu did for the election. I for one would have tuned in. Much more fun that listening to a race 1000kms away!

Danman 2:00 pm 03 Nov 09

I may sound like a miser – but I preferred it when it was not a holiday.

Before I would get a half day at work in, then have a chicken and champagne lunch at work, Melbourne Cup festivities at work, a sweep at work and an early finish to my working day.

Now I sit at home and watch Ellen…

harley 12:30 pm 03 Nov 09

Where’s the “I’m an IT contractor, I don’t have a family and I don’t get paid” option?

RatsNest 12:02 pm 03 Nov 09

It’s great to have a tuesday off, really puts a nice break in the week. We need more mid-week public holidays.

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