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Sunday, April 27, 2008

Anzac Day, 2 up and Isla's Birthday

Sarah & Bek with some coin winnings, my first bet I won $5 off Sarah!

Betting around the ring

Friday was Anzac Day so we gathered a few friends together and headed to Cabana Bar for 2-up and beers and a few of us had some food - more on that later.
For those who don't know what 2 up is, two-up is thought to have originated in the early nineteenth century on the Australian goldfields. The game had its hey-day with the diggers stationed in Flanders in the first world war. It remained popular for Australian troops during WWII and is an institution in pubs and clubs on Anzac Day. Two-up is legal only on Anzac Day, it can be played with either two or three coins (again more on that later), "Come in spinner" is the call for the coins to be tossed, The object of the game is to spin a pair of heads and if you're playing it on any other day of the year than Anzac Day you're a cockatoo if you are the person who looks out for the police since playing would be illegal.

Jayne & Sarah

And if you're not sure what Anzac Day is about, it is probably Australia's most important national occasion. It marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War. ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. The soldiers in those forces quickly became known as ANZACs, and the pride they soon took in that name endures to this day.

Chalky & Karl
Roxey, Rob & Dom were first at the club and Roxey was first to toss the coins for 2 up, here she is getting her lesson from the ringer or boxer (person who has organised the game).
Roxey learning how to hold the kip and toss the coins

With $5 Blue Tongue Beer we were all getting quite merry and Chalky decided on doing sobriety tests every hour, lucky for us he failed first in most cases forgetting that the hour mark had passed so we didn't have to 'walk the line!'

Chalky celebrating a win
Some of us were winners some were not so lucky but with only a $5 stake we were all betting within our limits. As the day wore on the most challenging job was remembering who you had placed your bet with!!
Chalky disputing that a coin was on the rope and it should be a re-toss

The ringer reminding Chalky that he had a bet on heads and the coins have landed nicely for him!

Chalk & Sarah enjoying their win - even if the coin was on the rope!

Most of us know it makes sense to have some food while drinking, the food will help soak up some alcohol and besides you get hungry. For Anzac Day the bar had a bbq going and some steaks sizzling so Roxey, myself and everyone else ordered and ate food (all bar Chalky who said eating was cheating) having said that he did try to steal quite a few mouthfuls from me! Then as the day went on we moved bars and by this stage it was now dinner time so a few of us ordered more food, all except Chalky?! Now those who know Chalky well know that he does love his food but on Anzac Day I think he was loving the beer just a little more!

We've had the first fine weekend in 3 but football games were still cancelled as the grounds were too wet! What a nuisance. It's also Isla's birthday today so Happy 2nd Birthday Isla hope you love all your presents, we know you managed a sneak peak earlier this week...we'll speak to you when you get back from holiday!


Blogger Lesley said...

Only Chalk could argue about a decision that favoured him!! numpty.
Looks like you had a good day with your weird Aussie traditions! Summer has finally arrived here so will hopefully be updating blog soon!

5:32 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

'Eating is Cheating' - I have never heard that expression, but Shane was very keen to agree with Chalky on this particular point!

Well done Chalky - you make us Yorkshire Folk proud!

Gaynor x

7:39 am  

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