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Published October 28th 2011
1. Eat a sandwich. Did you know that Sandwich is actually a place in Kent, England? Legend has it that John Montagu, an 18th Century Earl of Sandwich, wanted to be able to eat with one hand (for convenience). He instructed his servants to serve his luncheon meat between two slices of bread, thereby inventing the sandwich. Sandwich Day is held on the anniversary of his birthday – 3rd November.
2. Light a bonfire. Guy Fawkes Night is traditionally celebrated with bonfires and fireworks. But to keep things safer (and legal) I recommend replacing the fireworks with a packet of sparklers from your local supermarket. It might not be quite as exciting, but at least you can still sing the old rhyme: 'Remember, remember the fifth of November; Gunpowder, treason and plot; I see no reason why gunpowder, treason; Should ever be forgot'. I always found the idea of burning an effigy of Guy Fawkes himself a little gruesome, but each to their own.
3. Bet on the Melbourne Cup. Even if you can't make it to the races, you can still put a few dollars on a horse at your local TAB.
Phar Lap - the most famous Melbourne Cup winner
4.Visit your local War Memorial. November 11th is Remembrance Day. Take a moment to consider those who have died (and are dying) in wars across the globe.
5. Have a debate. This year, World Philosophy Day falls on November 17th. It is a day for open and robust discussion of different ideas, thoughts and approaches to society's challenges.
6. Read/watch Harry Potter. With the recent release of the final movie, you might have thought the Harry Potter phenomenon was over. Fear not! The Powerhouse Museum in Sydney will open its doors to Harry Potter: The Exhibition on 19th November.
8. Get the family together for turkey and pumpkin pie. You might not be from the U.S., but who doesn't like pie? November 24th is Thanksgiving.
9. Don't buy anything. November 25th is Buy Nothing Day, an international day of protest against consumerism. Some people take this idea even further, taking a whole month, or even year off buying anything new.