The Meeting Place


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Borrowed from  AL Hirschfeld..American caricaturist..




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Yep have fun guys and think of some of us who have to work!

I'll be watching it on TV too. Have a great time and Ray, I would appreciate a couple of tips before Tuesday mate. Not a betting man usually but I do have a bet for the MC.

To think the first Melbourne Cup race was in 1861 and Archer was the first horse to win. It's come a long way since with so many international horses taking part. 

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HA HA HA, you and me both Banjo, waiting for the tips that is,LOL

We made it back for the big day Ray, make it worth our while!


Glad you made it mate. Keep checking your emails and see you later!

Hola, Muntahaa, good choice, but Yucatan is looking very promising too, maybe hedge your bets? Good luck.

Thanks for the tip Ray, I'll check it out at the TAB in the morning. 

I checked my emails and I am pleased, thanks Ray!

Enjoy the race tomorrow all. If I win I shall let you know, if I don't win, I shall be having a word with Ray, hmmm

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The Poms did it, first British trained horse to win MC. Sad though one horse had to be put down. Overshadows it somewhat for me.

Cross Counter Has Won The 2018 Melbourne Cup

You beaut Ray, thanks!


Probably the nicest thing for me at this year's Melbourne Cup was meeting someone I had been in contact with for many years both here on the forum and through private email.

Thank you Ray for being everything I thought you'd husband and I really enjoyed meeting you and your gorgeous wife and what a day it was!

Hopefully will see you all here in Perth soon :)

You will Sophie, you will. Thank you for the compliment, now I shall have to live up to it!

Because of the sadness of losing Cliffsofmoher..I don't think I shall be commenting about the Melbourne Cup..

As an animal lover I am hoping the situation will improve and although I know the Melbourne Cup will is my fervent hope that the horses are better looked after in future..

Rest in Peace..Cliffsofmoher

From me too, RIP Cliffsofmoher.


Another sad event at Melbourne  Zoo a couple of days ago Sophie. The death of Mukulu.

The iconic “The Kiss” photograph.The iconic “The Kiss” photograph.Picture: Ron D'Raine

The zoo said Mukulu had been having intestinal problems and had lost his appetite in recent weeks, prompting the heart-wrenching decision to euthanaise him.

Just like in his early days, Mukulu appears to have remained photogenic and staff pointed out how he “loved having his photo taken” and calmly posed for visitors.

Along with his mate Twiga, Mukulu parented four calves.

The zoo said Mukulu was also a great grandfather to 10 giraffes which have helped boost the numbers of the endangered species.

“Mukulu was a wonderful ambassador for his wild cousins who, with only approximately 670 left in the wild, are very much under threat. He will be dearly missed,” Zoo director Kevin Tanner said.

Mukulu’s mother Mischa was euthanased in May 2016, aged 25 and nine months, after suffering from osteoarthritis.

Mukulu was one of her seven calves.

Source: Perth Now.

That is a very sad story Bijou. That dear little Giraffe had the cutest face. 

We took the kids to see Mukulu when he was born at Perth Zoo. Yep, very sad.

Thank you's been a sad week..

            “I’m back in business,” he said. “I’m retired from politics.”

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                How nice to see a classy ex politician on Q&A last night. 

Malcolm Turnbull said in closing that he was not bitter about his time in public office, and he said the Liberal Party for all its “faults and foibles”, offered the best prospect for continued, strong economic growth in Australia.

He predicted questions about his removal would linger until the next election. “I think those people who are responsible for taking a successful, competitive government and literally blowing it up need to have an explanation.

“But it’s not one that I can provide, because I cannot. I can’t give an explanation other than to say, as far as I could see, it was madness.


Well said Malcolm and "madness" it my personal opinion...many shall live to regret it.

Good riddance to a poor leader who betrayed LNP ideals .

He should’ve been a labor politician instead his lust for leadership and the PM position saw him conning his way into the top

You should stop making ignorant comments Olbaid (aka Old Geezer).

I gather you’re talking to me Micha 

if so please have the decency to refer to me and not to other posters

so please tell me which part of my comment is ignorant and why ?

otherwise an apology for your  rude post and ignorance would be appreciated 


You'll have to wait until hell freezes over olbat

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          Goodbye and good riddance Luke Foley...may you receive your just desserts..

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Strange how Luke Foley is maintaining he "did nothing wrong." Yet Ms Raper said Mr Foley called her last Sunday and apologised, saying he was remorseful and had wanted to talk about the matter many times over the past two years.


Long may the purge continue on male chauvinists who think they can blame everything on alcohol.

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                      Enjoy...Quizás,Quizás,Quizás - Andrea Bocelli - Jennifer Lopez


Sophie -  Thanks for that terrific song, Quizas, Quizas, Quizas. There's nothing like the Latin beat and Spanish songs, absolutely love it. 

I think you must have some Latin blood HOLA!


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Remembrance Day has a special significance in 2018. Sunday, 11 November 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the Armistice which ended the First World War (1914–18).

One hundred years ago, on 11 November 1918, the guns of the Western Front fell silent after four years of continuous warfare. With their armies retreating and close to collapse, German leaders signed an Armistice, bringing to an end the First World War. From the summer of 1918, the five divisions of the Australian Corps had been at the forefront of the allied advance to victory. Beginning with their stunning success at the battle of Hamel in July, they helped to turn the tide of the war at Amiens in August, followed by the capture of Mont St Quentin and Pèronne, and the breaching of German defences at the Hindenburg Line in September.

By early October the exhausted Australians were withdrawn from battle. They had achieved a fighting reputation out of proportion to their numbers, but victory had come at a heavy cost. They suffered almost 48,000 casualties during 1918, including more than 12,000 dead.

In the four years of the war more than 330,000 Australians had served overseas, and more than 60,000 of them had died. The social effects of these losses cast a long shadow over the postwar decades.

Each year on this day Australians observe one minute’s silence at 11am, in memory of those who died or suffered in all wars and armed conflicts.

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On the first anniversary of the armistice in 1919 two minutes' silence was instituted as part of the main commemorative ceremony at the new Cenotaph in London. The silence was proposed by Australian journalist Edward Honey, who was working in Fleet Street.

At about the same time, a South African statesman made a similar proposal to the British Cabinet, which endorsed it. King George V personally requested all the people of the British Empire to suspend normal activities for two minutes on the hour of the armistice "which stayed the worldwide carnage of the four preceding years and marked the victory of Right and Freedom". The two minutes' silence was popularly adopted and it became a central feature of commemorations on Armistice Day.

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Thank you for an excellent tribute Sophie.

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Brought tears to my eyes Sophie. My Granddad was one of the unlucky ones who never returned home.

He loved Vera Lynn, here’s an oldie I found on the internet.

Sent you an email KIAH :)

Thank you Banjo :))

Thanks Kiah and Sophie for that lovely tribute. Vera Lynn was a favourite of the Troops. 

You're very welcome HOLA!

Great pic of the Opera House sails!

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Wow, that looks fantastic. 

An amazing picture. Good one.

It is very beautiful Ray..thank you!


What a beautiful and poignant sight yesterday in Perth's Kings Park to remember our fallen.

A field of 62,000 handcrafted red poppies were planted on the lawns of Western Australia's war memorial to commemorate each Australian soldier who died during World War I. It took dozens of volunteers from the WA Returned & Services League (RSL) more than 18 months to knit and crochet the poppies which have been installed in Kings Park.

A fine and touching effort ladies...

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Freddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballé  - Barcelona (Original David Mallet Video 1987)


Thank you Sophie - you have made my day. Freddy and Montserrat Caballe were fantastic. I bet he was proud as punch being invited to sing at the Olympics. "Barcelona" , fantastic arrangement.  

thank you for that SOPHIE,   lovely to hear them,  


Glad you both liked it..I think it's the best song Freddie Mercury wrote.

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No..I didn't watch the show from the start..but like many of these reality shows I'm usually interested in the ending..

Ali looked lovely..she seems in love with her choice. I read in the paper today her Dad had previously commented that he is used to Ali "bringing home losers." Well comes another one!

I think Taite is taking everyone for a ride including Ali and I've only seen him twice on the show. A sweet girl who deserves better. Hope she is not too devastated when he scampers off..



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