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Offline mugwump

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O.P. « 2009-Feb-27, 09:09 PM »
In Victoria (at least) a race-club employee would roam around the betting ring with a water bag and a glass. His job was to quench the thirsts of the bookies, bag-men and clerks. He would use the same glass between customers, lightly rinsing the glass each time.

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« 2009-Feb-27, 09:11 PM Reply #1 »
Mobile phones, or any other personal communication devices were banned from race-courses?

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« 2009-Feb-27, 09:14 PM Reply #2 »
Mobile phones, or any other personal communication devices were banned from race-courses?

They certainly were.

Back to original post, that was well before my time  :rolleyes:

But I remmeber I used to do the runner for a few bookies at Harold park and get them and their clerks Milk Shakes and donuts and keep the change out of 20 or sometimes 50   :biggrin:

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« 2009-Feb-27, 09:14 PM Reply #3 »
Tic-tac men used to relay the bookies' odds between race-course sections whenever there was line of sight. One example I recall was between the north hill and the main ring at Flemington.

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« 2009-Feb-27, 09:15 PM Reply #4 »
Tic-tac men used to relay the bookies' odds between race-course sections whenever there was line of sight. One example I recall was between the north hill and the main ring at Flemington.


Bookies didnt have Betfair on a laptop    :lol:

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« 2009-Feb-27, 09:18 PM Reply #5 »
Caulfield had three areas. The Flat for the poor, the Guineas for the slightly better off, and the main area (what was it called - the Stand?) for the silvertails. I used to have a shilling each way with a bookie on the Flat.

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« 2009-Feb-27, 09:20 PM Reply #6 »
  :lol:

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« 2009-Feb-27, 09:23 PM Reply #7 »
There were two lakes in the middle of Caulfield teeming with yabbies. I used to catch them with a length of string tied to a stick which was stuck in the ground, and a lump of meat tied to the other end of the string. When the string went tight I would gently run my hand along the string then scoop up the poor creature using a small net.

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« 2009-Feb-27, 09:24 PM Reply #8 »
That's the way to catch Yabbies   emthup

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« 2009-Feb-27, 09:29 PM Reply #9 »
That's the way to catch Yabbies   emthup

Nah,

Old racing bicycle rim, remove all the spikes and then tie an old hension chaff bag around it making a kind of net. tie big chuck of meat in the middle and tie a long piece of rope to the rim so it pulls up evenly out of the water.

Chuck it in and leave for half a day then pull it up very quickly  :)

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« 2009-Feb-27, 09:43 PM Reply #10 »
Flat, Guineas, Lawn ...

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« 2009-Feb-27, 09:47 PM Reply #11 »
Nah,

Old racing bicycle rim, remove all the spikes and then tie an old hension chaff bag around it making a kind of net. tie big chuck of meat in the middle and tie a long piece of rope to the rim so it pulls up evenly out of the water.

Chuck it in and leave for half a day then pull it up very quickly  :)


where were you when i was a kid magic?i used the old piece of string like mugwump,then again,reckon your way would catch more,but less fun

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« 2009-Feb-27, 09:51 PM Reply #12 »
Jim Meek who is the current Caulfield track-man used to train a small team some 50 odd years ago. He'd let me ride his lovely white pony around the streets of Caulfield. Can't imagine doing so in today's traffic.


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« 2009-Feb-27, 09:52 PM Reply #13 »
Jim Meek who is the current Caulfield track-man used to train a small team some 50 odd years ago. He'd let me ride his lovely white pony around the streets of Caulfield. Can't imagine doing so in today's traffic.


Especially on the same pony   :lol:   :lol:   :lol:

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« 2009-Feb-27, 10:07 PM Reply #14 »
I attended some trials at Epsom a couple of years before it was closed and converted into housing. The day was memorable for me because Simon Marshall said g'day to me whilst I was wandering around the stabling area. Does anyone else remember when Simon won a race at Caulfield on Spartacus and he was so exhausted after passing the winning post he just kept going and completed another circuit of the track. I mentioned this to Simon a year or so ago at a Tabaret R&R function at Caulfield and he said he remembered it well. I enjoyed that function coz there was lots of free tucker and free booze, and I got legless. I'm sure you all will be happy to know that I gave up alcohol some 17 weeks ago. Then again, you probably couldn't give a stuff.

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« 2009-Feb-27, 10:59 PM Reply #15 »
LOL.........mugwump, top bloke old jim meek,
 u look good on the pony. :)
 if i could copy a photo om my wall here,
 i could show u all " the master ", riding his first winner, in 1963  :biggrin:
 and ive just given up the grog too, its bloody 12.00 midnight :what:

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« 2009-Feb-28, 07:38 AM Reply #16 »
allhigh, why don't you take a photo of your photo using a digital camera or mobile phone? It's pretty easy to then transfer the picture to your computer.
« Last Edit: 2009-Feb-28, 09:17 AM by mugwump »

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« 2009-Feb-28, 09:12 AM Reply #17 »
thats true

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« 2009-Feb-28, 09:26 AM Reply #18 »
Tic-tac men used to relay the bookies' odds between race-course sections whenever there was line of sight. One example I recall was between the north hill and the main ring at Flemington.

I have been to greyhound meetings in the UK.  They still use tic-tac men there, to relay the odds between the home straight and back straight bookies.  I suspect they don't have the official flucs electronically as they do at the gallops, as I attended a few horse meetings and never saw any (except for John McCrirrick of course).

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« 2009-Feb-28, 09:29 AM Reply #19 »
Michael Jackson was black     :lol:

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« 2009-Feb-28, 09:31 AM Reply #20 »
Michael Jackson was black     :lol:

He probably got second thoughts now.
Tiger best golfer the world has seen.
Obama US President.
  :lol:

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« 2009-Mar-01, 09:25 AM Reply #21 »
In the 50s I used to go to the Caulfield track after a meeting and collect discarded Boon Spa soft drink bottles. I'd place the bottles is large sacks and my mum would drive me and the sacks to the soft drink factory and collect deposit money. Probably cost more for the  petrol than was gained from the deposit money.

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« 2009-Mar-01, 01:53 PM Reply #22 »
 ile get my daughter to try it , mugwump, ime flat out
 working the microwave  :biggrin:

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« 2009-Mar-01, 03:06 PM Reply #23 »
ile get my daughter to try it , mugwump, ime flat out
 working the microwave  :biggrin:


when he refers to microwave,he means tiny waves at the beach,the ones the jocks and ex jocks like himself ride   :lol:

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« 2009-Mar-01, 03:08 PM Reply #24 »
Those 1 metre ones that go over their head   :lol:


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