Category Archives: Men At Work

A Land Down Under

Anyone who cant work out the video, you’re either too young, or lying to yourselves lol! šŸ˜›

Though funnily enough, this piece isnt about Australia, or even the Ashes (which happens to start tomorrow), its about another cricket team, Ireland.

Today, with 2 matches to spare, not only did Ireland qualify for the 2015 World Cup (in Australia, and NZ), they earned the tie that guarantees they have won the group. There might be 2 more games in September against Scotland, but apart from pride (and there will be plenty of that), they arent so important for us now. Oh, and not only that, but the concurrent 4 day competition, they are in the final of that too, again with a game to spare, and all but guaranteed to finish top of the league too.

No, I dont expect to get to Australia in 2015. Apart from the sheer expense, I’m not sure my body could endure flights to and from there, its one of the reasons why I’ve put west coast of US holidays on hold for now. So I guess I’ll settle for watching on Sky, probably mainly highlights, as it will be happening overnight here, and I have to go to work! Ah well…

But guys, if by any chance any of you, or any of the support team do, glad you made it, and I’m proud of you. But please, not as tight as today, its not good for the nerves at my age!

The video, yes it is, but a live version, just for a change.

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The race that stops a nation

This probably wont mean much to many, its your hazard for reading the blog of someone who works in a betting industry call centre lol!

Well, allegedly at least its the race that stops a nation!

Earlier this morning, my time at least, the Melbourne Cup was run in Australia, as is tradition, on the first Tuesday in November. And for the second year in a row, a French horse won the race. This year, an English horse was second.Ā The funny thing is, untilĀ a few years ago, runners in this race from Europe was unheard of. I’m not sure if Vintage Crop in 1993 was actually the first, though I have a feeling he was. One thing for certain is that he was the first European winner of the race, but there has been a few since!

Obviously a major reason for this was the travel, its only been in more recent years that horses have been flown on a regular basis, and until then a horse travelling from Europe to Australia for one race wouldnt even been considered.

Nowadays, horses from here fly over to North America to raceĀ with barely a blink from anyone. Indeed we have another major international race meeting this weekend, the Breeders Cup, being run at Churchill Downs this year on Friday and Saturday. And all of this is shown live on TV over here. I remember when international racing on TV was the Welsh, Scottish, and Irish Grand Nationals lol! Maybe thats a slight exagerration, but anyway…

So alright, as it was the Melbourne Cup that inspired this piece, lets think Australian for the video. I could select from many fine Aussie artists, but lets face it, for many people, one song sums things up perfectly. So, I think most might guess, evenĀ  without looking at the links, that it is,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=McsWKczU6wc