I'm not sure spending most of the day watching the car racing from Bathurst counts as a waste of a day, or an affirmation of Australian culture. But I did spend a few hours in front of the TV, between bike riding, chess meetings and gardening. The race itself was made more exciting by the occasional showers, meaning that each lap wasn't as predictable as the previous one.
Although I did not watch all of it, or even the finish, I did get to watch it long enough to hear one of the commentators say "The game of chess continues". And that was enough for me. Another entry for the IAGOCOT files.