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Things to Do Instead of Watching the Melbourne Cup

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by Shannon Meyerkort (subscribe)
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Its ok to be un-Australian
The Melbourne bloody Cup. Three minutes on a Tuesday in November that we've made into a national event. The Victorians get even a public holiday.

It's a bunch of little men in shiny blouses riding horses in a big circle, but to admit you don't care is tantamount to anarchy.

carousel horses
These horses also go round and round... and round

So between you and me what else can you do if you're not interested in the Melbourne Cup?

Go out for real lunch, rather than a platter of cold salami and cubes of cheese

Go out for lunch
The good thing about living in Perth is that the big race is run at lunch time, so it's easy to pop out and avoid all the horse-play at the office.

Tuesday is a great day regardless to go out for lunch. Most restaurants are open and if you want to save money there are some great fine dining lunch deals at some of our better restaurants.

Make sure you choose a restaurant that doesn't have a TV stuck to the wall (which rules out all the pubs and bistros) or else you will probably find you are forced to watch the race. Just be prepared for some pretty lousy (i.e. inattentive) service between about 11.55am and 12.10pm.

Go to the movies
I am pretty sure that they don't stop movies to show a horse race, so if you decide to go to the theatre you should be quite safe. The other bonus of course, is that it is cheapskate Tuesday and most of the major movie cinemas have cheap tickets all day Tuesday.

So not only are you NOT wasting money on the sweepstakes that you never win because Jerry from Accounting always cheats, but you are saving money on your movie ticket as well. Here are some other cheap Tuesday ideas.

Run, be free, no one will see

Run naked down Hay Street
You could probably fire a cannon down any of the main streets in Perth and not hit a soul between 11.55am and 12.10pm. I'm not actually recommending this, but my point is that the streets will be quiet.

The naked thing is also not a recommendation, not unless you want to spend the rest of the afternoon at the East Perth lock-up.

Do some good for a few hours.
Donate the money you would have spent on a new fascinator and bottle of Passion Pop and give it to your favourite charity.
Check out Volunteering WA and see if there are any micro volunteering events you can give a few hours to.
Visit the Australian Red Cross and donate some blood or platelets.
Go see your Nan.

Try Your Hand at Busking
If you have always wondered if you'd make it on Australia's Got Talent, why not try out your skills on a local crowd first. The City of Perth requires a busking licence but they're a bit more relaxed in Fremantle and anyone can have a go.

Check out the regulations here. At least if you're terrible, everyone else will be inside watching the race.

Art Gallery of WA
See the Masters at the Art Gallery

Get Some Culture
If the ponyies aren't your thing, then head along to the Art Gallery or WA Museum for some free 'kulcha'. With constantly changing exhibits, there will be something to catch your fancy and fill the afternoon.

Here there be dinosaurs (at the Museum)

Do some work
You could stay in your office and actually do some work. Just saying.

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Update October 12th 2013
A friend, far more cultured than myself, has duly informed me that the Perth Art Gallery is not actually open on a Tuesday. So instead I would suggest standing around outside, pretending you are sophisticated and disappointed and then duck into Northbridge for an ice-cream or laska.
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Why? not everyone needs to wear a fancy hat, eat cold sausage rolls and watch horses run in a circle
When: Tuesday 5th November, 2013
Your Comment
Hilarious! Love the idea about busking. Thought I'd mention too that I really enjoy reading your articles. Great work!

by misschoo85 (score: 1|28) 2945 days ago
There is also the Million Mask March held in Perth this Tuesday.
by thriftyfrugalfun (score: 1|37) 2947 days ago
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