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Australia and New Zealand 6 – The best of the rest

The best of the rest (2) Melbourne Cup Where? Melbourne, Australia When? November How long? 4 days The highlight of Victoria’s spring racing carnival, the Melbourne Cup is one of the world’s great race meetings, held at Flemington race course (®www.vrc.net.au), just outside Melbourne. The whole of Australia stops to watch the Cup itself, one of the most lavish events ... Read More »

Australia and New Zealand 5 – The best of the rest

The best of the rest (1) Adelaide Festival of Arts Where? Adelaide, Australia When? March How long? 2 weeks This long-running arts festival has been going since 1960 and is modelled on Edinburgh’s mix of highbrow culture and cutting-edge experimentalism, with a main festival (©www.adelaidefestival.com.au), and a fringe festival (©www.adeiaidefringe.com.au) running alongside. Beer Can Regatta Where? Darwin, Australia When? July ... Read More »

Australia and New Zealand 4 – Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras (3) The mornings after The following day offers little reprieve, with the lanes closed behind Flinders Street, and thousands gathering for a cleansing ale and more dancing. Recovery parties continue through Sunday and into Monday, so be sure to pace yourself if you want to keep going. A recent addition to the hectic schedule is ... Read More »

Australia and New Zealand 3 – Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras (2) The Mardi Gras Parade The Mardi Gras Parade is a fantastic event by any standards, and enjoyable for people of any sexuality, provided partial nudity, G- strings, wild unleashings of inhibitions, random acts of love and lewd innuendo don’t offend. The parade gets underway at 7.45pm from the Liverpool and Elizabeth street corner ... Read More »

Australia and New Zealand – Birdsville Races

Where? Birdsville, Queensland, Australia When? First weekend in September How long? 3 days Come September, locals flee the dusty desert township of Birdsville, as a six-thousand-strong crowd descends for a weekend of hard drinking and, if they sober up for long enough to work out the odds, the chance to win a packet on the ponies running in the Birdsville ... Read More »

Asia 25 – The best of the rest

The best of the rest (5) Surin Elephant Round-Up Where? Surin, Thailand When? Mid-November How long? 3 days The Surin Elephant Round-Up, held every year in this small town a few hundred kilometres north of Bangkok, is one of Thailand’s best-known annual festivals, but unfortunately this ancient courtesan display is now extremely commercially exploited, complete with wall-to-wall Pepsi posters and ... Read More »

Asia 24 – The best of the rest

The best of the rest (4) Shandur Polo Tournament Where? Shandur Pass, Pakistan When? July How long? 1 day The highest and most remote polo tournament in the world is staged in the Shandur Pass, in the far north of Pakistan, between six teams from each end of the pass. It’s a fantastically remote place for a sports event, 11,000 ... Read More »

Asia 23 – The best of the rest

The best of the rest (3) Lopburi Banquet Where? Lopburi, Thailand When? Late November How long? 1 day Bad table manners? Not to worry. At the Lopburi Banquet (also known as Lopburi Monkey Banquet) in Thailand, you’ll fit right in. This strange feast is laid on in the jungle town of Lopburi, 160km north of Bangkok, to thank the primates ... Read More »

Asia 22 – The best of the rest

The best of the rest (2) Dussehra Where? India When? October How long? 10 days A classic good-versus-evii spectacle, this Hindu festival celebrates Rama’s victory over the demon Ravana, as described in the Ramayana. Effigies of Ravana and his family are filled with firecrackers and attacked by people dressed up as Rama, whereby the whole lot goes off in a ... Read More »

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