Horses for Courses – Your Form Guide to the Asian Century

The Airport Economist, Tim Harcourt, is thinking like a punting analyst. Here he presents the field of Asian trade markets and their form. [Playful - Ed]

Melbourne Cup Eve Lunch at the Waterside – Latecomers Welcome!

We’re moving upstairs at the Waterside for Monday’s lunch, which means there is now plenty of room for those yet to commit. We’d love you to come along. Click through for more info and to RSVP.

Footy Almanac Snippet II: A report which starts at Brunswick Street Oval

Another morsel from The Footy Almanac 2014

Almanac Music (Stereo Stories): Paint it Black by the Rolling Stones

Debbie Lee’s piece on our sister site Stereo Stories is an exploration of the personal link between the Stones classic and her journeys to visit an ailing relative.

American Football: A visiting Australian sees the Denver Broncos

Tony McLeod is studying in Colorado. He is following the Broncos and the University of Colorado.

Lou on swing bowling

Lou on swing bowling. Has Boof been reading? Boof has gone to town on missing straight ones today.

Walking through a Tiger Wonderland

John Green takes us on a walking tour down memory lane in Tigerland, and lets us know that he and a mate have developed a downloadable map to guide your journey to Tiger shrines like Jack Dyer’s old school and St Ignatius’ premiership bells on Richmond Hill.

Two day turnaround!

As the Australians lick their wounds and prepare for the Second test against Pakistan, who look hungry, Lou reckons you can’t change 20 years of false learning in two days.

Russell Jackson: Every domestic one-day uniform ever

For those old enough to know better. A link to Russell Jackson’s brilliant ‘Wasted Afternoons’ blog with all the coloured uniforms in domestic one-day cricket. Read it and go and clean out your wardrobe (including the one in the garage).

First Test – Pakistan v Australia: And how do you play spin bowling?

We thought Lou might go hard. Here he starts with some views on the art of batting, the art of bowling, and on the organisation of the summer fixture. Just a few to kick him off.

Introducing Lou (a reluctant cricket correspondent)

Introducing Lou who has recently discovered the Almanac and, having thought about it for a while, has decided to become a contributor.

Smokie’s Stereo Story: Before too long – he’ll wish that he never met you

Darren ‘Smokie’ Dawson debuts on the Almanac’s sister site ‘Stereo Stories’ with a tale of lost love to the backdrop of Paul Kelly’s “Before too Long”.

Gough Whitlam’s foreign policy was his true economic legacy

Tim Harcourt on Gough Whitlam and his foreign policy. [Nice intersection of the personal and the academic from Tim -Ed]

How a Japanese Guy Became a St Kilda Fan

Saint Yoshihiro Imagawa debuts with his story on how he became an Australian footy fan. “In 2011, I saw an AFL match at the pub by a chance; however I thought it was extraordinary (much different to other sports – I apologise if it offends you).” No apology necessary Yoshi. Welcome aboard.

Almanac Music: Stereo Stories Big Day Out a huge success

Congratulations to Vin Maskell (Stereo Stories editor) and all those involved in the Stereo Stories Big Day out. From all reports (including this one) it was a huge success. Check out the card.

AFL Grand Final: Glory Equals Pie Art Shared

Only from Tinsel Tony Wilson. A tale of the competitive juices which flow on Grand Final day. [More Tinsel madness - which somehow makes sense, and has a heart-warming denouement - JTH]

Trick Knee

Peter Goldsworthy’s fine poem about an end-of-career sportsman. [oustanding - Ed]

NFL: Eagles-Giants rivalry Q & A in preparation for the big clash

Philadelphia Eagles’ fan Scott Langford and New York Giants’ fan Cody Royle have a (very civilized, I must point out) debate about the big upcoming rivalry game between their two teams.

Football in Australia: “The World Game” – Is this marketing phrase a tad deceptive?

Miles Wilks takes issue with soccer appropriating the marketing slogan of “the World Game”.

Mental Health Week: Black Dog to Goal Posts (Reprised)

This piece by Jason Kevin Groves from 2011 is one of the most eloquent descriptions of the journey into and out of serious depression. (Hope you are doing well Jason. Give us an update on your footy or personal adventures – Ed.)