British scoff at Melbourne Cup antics

00:34, Nov 07 2012
Charles and Camilla
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and Prince Charles present the Diamond Jubilee Plate to the winning horse owner HP Wong.
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Camilla and Prince Charles enjoy the Melbourne Cup racing from the grandstand.
Racegoers prepare to watch the Melbourne Cup.
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Bright and cheery at the Flemington Racecourse.
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The grandstand was full for Australia's big day of racing.
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Cameras were charged as were glasses.
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Man dances on roof of a shelter at Flemington Racecourse.
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Man stumbles around on the ground at the Melbourne Cup.
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Seagulls feature as people leave Flemington on Melbourne Cup day.

Drunken racegoers pictured pole dancing and passed out amongst rubbish at the Melbourne Cup have stolen the  headlines in the UK, prompting readers to suggest Aussies are rough and mannerless.

While Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of  Cornwall, enjoyed the sights of the race, The Mail online said they would have been ‘‘shocked’’ if they saw the behaviour of some of the crowd.

The website splashed images of men and women flaked out on the  grass and one doing an impromptu pole dance with an umbrella across  its website, with the headline: ‘‘And you thought Ascot was going to  the dogs! Things get a little messy at Aussies’ big day out at the  Melbourne Cup’’.

‘‘Down by the course, men and women were flaked out on the grass after a boozy day, girls drank straight from champagne bottles —  one even staged an impromptu pole dance — while the detritus from  the day built up shamefully around them,’’ the website said.

The images prompted hundreds of comments on the website, calling  it ‘‘disgusting behaviour’’.

‘‘But that’s the point, dear, we DID ship the rubbish out and got  rid of them!’’ wrote one person, and another wrote: ‘‘It is Australia, what do you expect?’’.

‘‘I don’t ever want to hear anyone say how disgraceful the  British can act at times. This bunch of reprobates put us to shame  on so many levels!‘‘