Pub Review: Five Cups in Fremantle

Mickey Randall gives his expert review of five Freo pubs and the brews consumed at each – making your next trip to Fremantle much easier to find the best watering holes.

Cream of Cauliflower Soup and the No Repeat Workday

Mickey Randall’s most excellent trip from Adelaide to Melbourne provided many highlights, culinary and sporting alike.

Almanac Everything (including Music): Fruity Ale and a Fire Bucket

We weren’t expecting a survey like this on the Almanac pages but it certainly has merit – especially when presented within a missive which describes the sanctuary of Mickey Randall’s home.

Pub review: The Prince of Wales, Kapunda

Mickey Randall takes us back to the Prince of Wales pub, Kapunda in the days when “Puffa” Jansen was its colourful mine host. A real pub devoid of music, pokies, TV and meals; a rural watering hole where ‘to not be abused would be offensive’. Enjoy with a butcher of West End Draught!

Pub review: The Bunch of Cherries, Hertfordshire, AL4 0XG

Mickey Randall’s Friday afternoon pub for 30 months, The Bunch of Cherries in Hertfordshire, had less allure than an abattoir. “Red Brick Hideous”. Yet the worst pub in town may have been the best pub in town.

Round 7- Adelaide v Carlton: Come, Come Mr Bond

A critique of TV, radio and Bond movies all in one match report from Mickey Randall. Gold!

Sports Day

School sports days offer camaraderie and competition, whilst gifting parents a window into the simple joys egg and spoon races and obstacle courses never fail to provide. Mickey Randall’s all-too-brief window is captured here.

Round 3 – St Kilda v Adelaide: The Noel’s Caravans/Jock Cheese Cup

Caravans, TISM and housing development; this match report from Mickey Randall has got it all!

Beauty and the Cricket Club

‘I wonder, just quietly, if I didn’t learnt more at cricket clubs than I did when undertaking my degree.’
Mickey Randall reminisces his playing days as he watches his son participate in a world he treasures dearly – local cricket.

Finally, a pub review: The Broadway, Glenelg South

Mickey Randall delivers us his first pub review in a while, taking us into the charming Broadway Pub in Glenelg South for a Friday happy hour.

Almanac Glassware: Southwark Mugs

Mickey Randall has enjoyed a 26 year relationship with his Southwark mugs. Here’s why.

Almanac (TV) Memoir: Three Little Bops

Beaut memories from Mickey Randall as he looks back at his boyhood TV and the binding power of Thee Little Bops. [Super piece. Thanks Mickey – JTH]

Almanac Cricket: The Catch

Dwayne Bravo’s dismissal in Monday night’s BBL match between the Melbourne Renegades and Adelaide Strikers may have been innocuous on the scorecard but was sublime for Mickey Randall.

Servo Wars/Bin Ninja: So you wanna be a Reality TV star?

Mickey Randall has some ideas for reality TV. He just needs a wise investor to back him.

NYE in Adelaide Oval’s Bay 135

Micky and the kids, a hot night at Adelaide Oval’s Bay 135 for the important BBL NYE fixture, and would you believe it, the Zooper Doopers have been banished!

Ripper ’76

Mickey lets rip with thoughts about a favourite album.

The Ashes – Adelaide, Day 1: A brisk lunchtime in the Cathedral Hotel

Micky Randall prepared for the Adelaide Test at the famous Cathedral Hotel, just across the road from the Adelaide Oval. The throng were in good pre-match from, with cricket stories being fired from all quarters.

To Alex, our cricketer

From beyond the boundary we gaze at you, leaning forward as you accelerate, and your long frame foreshadows the fast bowler’s menace. Our hope and our pride are funnelled to the demanding biomechanics of what you’ll do in the next seconds. The expectation makes me squirm and spasm. It’s anguish and delight. What will happen? C’mon, Alex! A loving letter to a cricketing son from proud parents.

Winx is no Waikikamukau

The Randall boys are immersed in another Randall Family Ritual. Playing, watching, learning and eating pizza. [Great stuff – JTH]

Philip Road, Elizabeth – Holden cars and me

Over the years Mickey Randall has told us about football, meat pies and kangaroos. Well, it’s time for Holden cars. Enjoy this reminiscence.