Almanac Music: The Shortest Song in the World

Mickey Randall, the Almanac’s micro-grindcore correspondent. Earache, my eye.

Almanac Music: Wichita Lineman and me

Glen Campbell has died at the age of 81. We re-visit Mickey Randall’s story from last year.

“And I need you more than want you
And I want you for all time..”
Mickey Randall on a magnificent song of hope and love; Glen Campbell with Jimmy Webb’s ‘Wichita Lineman’.

Round 20 – Adelaide v Port Adelaide: Barney 43

In bleak conditions Mickey Randall and four other enthusiasts brave the Adelaide Oval Hill to witness a massacre in what our correspondent thinks should never be called The Showdown again. He prefers ‘Barney’.

Pardon me, Pastor, pass the pasta

Mickey Randall says he’ll be back to the Dine Divine, a warm and wonderful place for Sunday night pasta, that sits, geographically, and gastronomically at the centre of Sassafras.

Battery Point Boozers: Heroic Journeys into Hobart’s Hotels

Mickey Randall enjoyed the pubs in Hobart over the weekend. A fascinating mix of establishments, layouts and patrons make for a fun read.

Up the Derwent to MONA

A trip down the Derwent to visit MONA has Mickey Randall in musical mindset. And ends the experience at the pub.

Round 14 – Collingwood v Port Adelaide: A Messerschmitt up your arse or free bird seed

Mickey Randall kept himself while watching the footy with mates; discussing more pressing issues such as Looney Tunes and cricket. Port Adelaide got up comfortably in the end.

Finally, a beer review

Three beers from around the world – which includes Adelaide (the centre of it?) Fun piece on beer and where Mickey Randall has sipped it. Sometimes in places hot and humid enough to call for ice.

On Sunday we went to a lovely lunchtime wedding in a park

Mickey Randall spent Sunday at a lovely wedding in a park. It was the kind of day that reminds him of how much beauty there is in the world.

Round 10 – Adelaide v Fremantle: 2013 Wolf Blass Brown Label Classic Shiraz Is Dramatically Better Than The Dockers

Mickey Randall enjoyed a bottle of 2013 Wolf Blass Brown Label Classic Shiraz while watching Adelaide demolish Fremantle. What a winning combo!

Iconic Instants in Music

Mickey Randall with some iconic moments in song by some legendary artists. The Beatles, Guns ‘n’ Roses, Radiohead. Aural intoxicants.

Round 7 – North Melbourne v Adelaide: Four quarters, four pubs, four points (pints)

A really stupid and futile gesture leads to Mickey pondering the alternatives to an uncaring footy universe. As an ill-wind keeps blowing at Blundstone Arena he contemplates watching a tumble dryer instead.

The Joy of Tables

Mickey Randall shows us his love for tables.

Round 3 – Port Adelaide v Adelaide: A Moment

Taylor Walker’s 70 metre bomb during the Showdown had footy fans in raptures. Mickey Randall was one of them.

A Day on the Green: Annie’s Lane

Mickey Randall enjoyed The Whitlams and others at Annie Lane’s winery. He also got to experience the joy of discovering an unexpected game of cricket.

December 5, 2006 in Adelaide – An Ashes Memory

Mickey Randall remembers the 2006 Ashes test in Adelaide when a certain draw turns into a brilliant victory for the home team. Great stuff.

Almanac Music: Fun and Feasting at the Beggars Banquet

Mickey Randall reminisces over The Rolling Stones album Beggars Banquet. It may not be one of their most popular albums, but it the most fun album for Mickey.

Kapunda Cricket Club’s sesquicentenary: Ten made ducks

Mickey Randall went back to his home town of Kapunda where the Kapunda Cricket Club was celebrating its sesquicentenary. This is a brilliant weaving of past and present. Vintage Randall!

Almanac Music: The Sinner of ’69 – The Rolling Stones’ Let It Bleed

Leaving no stone unturned, Mickey Randall rolls through some classic Rolling Stones albums.

A short story based on Bruce Dawe’s “Drifters”

Mickey Randall finds the perfect inspiration for a story in “Drifters,” Bruce Dawe’s timeless poem.