Sledging: Todd (Gleisner), Agnew, Jackson, Haigh, Lalor, Dahl, Arlott and Plato

From January 2015: “Sledging is back in the sporting discourse once again, after Jonathan Agnew’s spirited opinion piece earlier this week. David Wilson injects a lil’ bit o’ Plato to the debate.” The more things change…

The Ashes: Forget England; Australian cricket culture is rubbish (Come gather ‘round people)

David Wilson with his thoughtful take on Australian cricket “culture”.

The importance of story-telling seems to grow: Dirty dancing

David Wilson shares some recent observations on the importance of stories – in sport, politics, human existence. In all fields, the need remains to sort the stories that make sense from those that do not.

Almanac Book Review – Running like a cyclone: Jimmy Barnes’ “Working Class Boy”

David Wilson has just finished Jimmy Barnes’ first book, Working Class Boy. It moved him greatly and inspired him to write this piece.

Adelaide and Richmond: Helter skelter, particle physics and the indisputable romance of swashbuckling

On Preliminary Final weekend, Adelaide and Richmond each carved the idea of footy anew. They were superb. Cavalier, high-wire playing styles, shared spirits of Errol Flynn, and two enormous cresting waves of emotion make this Grand Final a footy follower’s dream.

An open letter of footy and political wondering to Martin Flanagan

In the absence of weekly touchstones, David Wilson has navigated by the stars through 2017. And he now “takes the game on” by posting this open letter of wondering to Martin Flanagan.

Finals Week 2 – Summary of highlights for neutral fans

Recorded for posterity from AFL Finals 2017, Week 2, are all highlights of a big weekend of footy for neutral fans.

Finals Week 1 – Misfits (If)

None of the AFL finals “analysis” makes much sense to David Wilson – and that’s just fine. We’re all misfits, they’re all misfits; and no one really knows what will happen next. Game on.

Almanac Music – Tex, Don & Charlie at the Thornbury Theatre: Here’s as good as anywhere

With all signs pointing towards a dystopian future (or should that be present?), David Wilson caught the magnificent stories and songs of Tex, Don and Charlie.

Quiz Answers – Pre-AFL finals bye week

[In the spirit of imitation being the highest form of flattery…] We had a surprising response to our ‘Pre-finals AFL bye week’ quiz and we thank everyone who entered. The winner was G. Long of Geelong. And many congratulations go to you G. Well played. For the record, the answers were as follows:

Juniors Almanacking – Memories of 10-year-olds. Brilliant.

It’s book week. This is David Wilson’s story of volunteering to take a couple of sessions at his children’s school on “the writing of a memory.” A rare privilege.

Enjoying the ride

The question ‘Is football fun anymore?” is the springboard for E. Regnans’ dive into a discussion of the contemporary moment – in and beyond sport.

Almanac Satire – Tackling the tackle: Desmond interviews an AFL Executive

David Wilson’s character Des Troyer returns to make sense of this tackling fiasco. Here he interviews an up-and-coming AFL Executive about recent tribunal decisions…

Junior Almanac Netball – Under 13E Parkville comp Round 1 – Brunswick NC Penguins: Hurricane

Here’s a story of Round 1 for the mighty Under 13E Brunswick Netball Club Penguins. Written by Steph Wilson (11y.o., Goal Defence,Wing Defence, David’s daughter). It’s her first piece for the Almanac.

Ribbons in a handbag – Celebration, acceptance and battling the delusion of merit

“All successful people are hard workers,” even if it were true, is not the same as “all hard workers are successful people.” David Wilson on acceptance, luck and enjoying the ride.

Almanac Music – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band at 50: The philosophy of kaleidoscope eyes

David Wilson has a new awareness with each listen, still, all these years later, as he celebrates the 50th anniversary of the legendary Beatles album ‘Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band’.

An open letter of humble thanks to Martin Flanagan

David Wilson has put into words the essence of what many of us are feeling with this letter of thanks to Martin Flanagan. No doubt we all have a Martin Flanagan story. No doubt we all feel a sense of gratitude, and loss.

Round 10 – Collingwood v Brisbane: From little things big things grow

David Wilson and the buds are off to the footy; Sir Doug Nicholls Indigenous round 2017. It’s a changing game in a changing time, that ends with visiting a special tree and Collingwood one win outside the eight(!)

Almanac Satire – Desmond interviews the President

This week the President is in the hot seat. David Wilson’s transcript of long-time (fictional) sports interviewer Desmond Troyer’s conversation.

A Portrait of the Supporter as a Young Woman

So much certainty in the “adult” world. With their team struggling, Little Jenny and her Mum head off to the game. [What is hope? What is evidence? What is opinion? – Ed]