Tuesday, November 04, 2014

(RIP) Misha: the nation of animal lovers stops today

Misha, (chatterbox) the cat which came with the house and gave us so many stories disappeared this weekend leaving many heavy hearts in the Media Dragon world.
The Melbourne Cup is Australia's major thoroughbred horse race. A rare race  as it stops a nation Down Under.

BART Cummings is in Melbourne to watch his nine-year-old Precedence contest his fourth Melbourne Cup. Cummings has trained 12 Melbourne Cup winners, prompting observers to say that he could train his horses to the moment the field jumped.

Not that we doubt Cummings’ extraordinary ability — you may know him only as “The Cups King” — but it is highly unlikely the 87-year-old trainer could do that now or even in his prime. He is a horseman not Nostradamus Why the cup is so tough on horses

The Germans have the football World Cup and now they have a Melbourne Cup after Protectionist eclipsed his rivals at Flemington.
Australian Bloodstock bought half of the horse from Protectionist’s German owners after he won Group II Hansa-Preis (2400m) in June before the five-year-old qualified for the Melbourne Cup with his win in the Group II Prix Kergorlay in France 2014 Melbourne Cup The Germans triumph

The 2014 Melbourne Cup has taken a tragic turn with pre-race favourite Admire Rakti dying and fellow runner Araldo also left fighting for life. Admire Rakti, which won the Caulfield Cup in October, died after collapsing back at the stalls just five minutes after shocking punters by finishing last in the Cup Admire Rakti : japanese horse diesp

Clive James I feel like a multiple car crash in rainProlific writer clive james facing death reflects on getting a few things done

Coda: Why Your Cat Thinks You’re a Huge, Unpredictable Ape Wired