Australia's much-feted annual horse racing event, The Melbourne Cup, is somewhat out-of-date and inefficient. After all, today we live in a glorious age of machinery! Thanks to technology, horses can go about their business in the fields or whatever, while the strenuous work of running around a track so that people can bet and drink champagne at work can be accomplished by MECHANICAL PENGUINS.
To this end I held the very first Penguin Cup in 2009. Now, thanks to my good friends at triple j, racing is continuing its glorious waddle into the future. Russell Privett's video from the 2010 cup (below) captures all the hectic glamour of the race that stopped the race that stops a nation.
"Churches once held sacred are now but heaps of dust and ashes; and yet we have our minds set on the desire of gain. We live as though we were going to die tomorrow; yet we build as though we were going to live always in this world. Our walls shine with gold, our celings also... yet Christ dies before our doors naked and hungry in the person of his poor."
"Like the pleasure of friendship, the pleasure of beauty is curious. It aims to understand its object, and to value what it finds. Hence it tends toward a judgement of its own validity. And like every other rational judgement, this one makes implicit appeal to the community of rational beings. This is what Kant meant when he said that, in the judgement of taste, I am 'a suitor for agreement', expressing my judgement not as a private opinion but as a binding verdict that would be agreed upon by all."
roger scruton | immanuel kant | jack black | high fidelity
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pre-raphaelites | denis de rougement | love | passion | beata beatrix