India v Australia: Bangalore Test, Day 2 – A Tale Of Two Marshes

There are two Marshes. Shaun the oft-injured master of inconsistency. And Shaun the patient, stylish, gifted grafter.

India v Australia – Pune Test, Day 2: Fugazi

It is Smokie’s new all-purpose go-to word. But, for Australia, it has not been the “fugazi” that most thought it might be.

AFLW Round 3 – Brisbane v Collingwood: Pacemaker

In a scrappy, low-scoring, but nonetheless enthralling game in Brisbane, Smokie sees the Lions hang on for a narrow win against Collingwood. And he is impressed by the emerging Lions superstar that is Sabrina Frederick-Traub.

AFLW Round 2 – Carlton v GWS: Aidan’s Footy Cards

Smokie’s seven-year-old nephew Aidan loves footy and drawing. And he has a talent for combining both.

Almanac Cricket: Boxing Day preview

The Boxing Day Test is almost upon us. And Smokie has a preview.

Australia v Pakistan – Gabba, Day 4: Spin Me A Spinner

As Pakistan makes Australia fight hard for a win in Brisbane, Smokie decides it’s time for a new spin option

The Glory of ‘Stereo Stories’

The final live Stereo Stories show for 2016 will be held in Geelong on Sunday November 20

Almanac Music: Aussie album review – Cold Chisel “East”

In the sixth of his occasional series reviewing seminal Australian albums, Smokie reflects on the enduring appeal of Cold Chisel’s “East”.

Australia v South Africa – Perth Test Day 3: Belief?

After a long day in the field, Smokie wonders whether the Australian players truly believe they can win

Round 23 – North Melbourne v GWS: Resigned To Their Fate

It is farewell from Smokie to four departing North veterans.

First Test, Sri Lanka v Australia: Mendis Masterclass

All credit to the re-building Sri Lanka. But Australia showed a lack of patience and application.

Almanac Music: Smokie’s new Stereo Story

As the opening chords of Under the Milky Way softly made their way through the speakers, I asked the woman with whom I was planning to spend the rest of my life to dance with me. “I like this,” she whispered.

Round 11 – North Melbourne v Richmond: Witches’ Hats

Smokie suggests North’s game against Richmond was nothing more than a training drill and wonders why Richmond didn’t turn up to play.

Round 4 – North Melbourne v Fremantle: The Transistor

At Etihad to witness North account for Fremantle, Smokie is witness to the emotions of a difficult disease.

Round 3 – North Melbourne v Melbourne: Three Decades

Smokie experienced North’s dramatic win at Blundstone Arena while working his shift and keeping us safe.

Round 2 – Brisbane v North Melbourne: Old Stagers

On a sun-kissed Queensland day, Smokie Dawson stands in a rare, sun-kissed moment of sheer elation as his Rooboys go 2-0.

Almanac cricket: Sheffield Shield final preview

The Sheffield Shield final commences this Saturday in Glenelg. Smokie provides us with a run-down of both teams’ prospects.

Almanac Music: Aussie album review – Ben Lee “Awake is the New Sleep”

It’s been a while between drinks, figuratively speaking, but Smokie continues the series in which he discusses Australian albums. Today it is the turn of one-time enfant terrible Ben Lee.

Australia v West Indies – SCG Test, Day 1: The Curious Case of Fawad Ahmed

Whatever happened to Fawad Ahmed?

A New Year’s Thought

As you welcome in the new year tonight, remember to treasure each and every moment with your loved ones.