Melbourne Cup day in Sydney


Today was a public holiday in Victoria to celebrate the Melbourne Cup. This Melbourne event however gets national following and there has been calls to make it a public holiday nationwide.

In Sydney you can see the punters placing their bets in a massive tent at Martin Place. The queues were lengthy thus I can only assume the volume of cash was substantial too.

However, Melbourne Cup is not only about betting and a horse race. Melbourne Cup is also all about fashion. Many girls in Sydney dressed up for the occasion making the city more colourful. There were also more smiles all around.

PS: I drew a dog in a horse race.

Show of force – Police women on horses


This impressive cavalcade of Police women on horses was photographed in the centre of Sydney. It is obviously an exercise in preparation for the September APEC forum. As serious as they looked a smile broke here and there when they saw the camera. I hope the increased security measures the government is planning to deploy for the APEC forum will keep that smile as a symbol of Aussie friendliness.