The Glorious Nineteenth

Today (September 19) is the twentieth anniversary of the first start of John Harms’s first ever horse, the great mare Courting Pleasure, known as Dog on Fire, or just The Dog. She started at Murtoa in the Wimmera region of Victoria. Coincidentally, this Saturday the Murtoa Cup will be run at Murtoa.

Finals Week 1 – Geelong v Hawthorn: A Classic

John Harms’s piece on Geelong v Hawthorn, first published on the MCC Blog, Balcony Banter. Classic day, classic match.

Play On

If you’re looking for a copy of Play On (which includes Loose Men Everywhere) you can find out more about it here. [Also, read some critics’ comments about the three books which make up Play On – Ed]

Almanac Music: ‘Eagle Rock’ and the origin of The Down Trou

The Down Trou has become world famous. Lord Mulcaster remembers its Union College origins. He was reminded of those grand days recently when he was at a Union College re-Union Ball at City Hall in Brisbane. When that riff plays, there is only one thing to do…

VAFA Section B – Parkdale v Fitzroy: The Wait

John Harms will always remember Parkdale v The Mighty Roys. [With sincere gratitude to the players, coaches, and all those behind the scenes who make it happen – JTH]

Almanac Bigger (Sports) Picture: Radio National and the National Museum of Australia join forces for a Big Ideas program on all things sport

Last Monday Radio National broadcast an edited version of the panel discussion held at the National Museum on Aug 18. It includes Sally Shipard, Louise Burrows, Christian Sprenger, Chris Sarra and John Harms. Hosted by Paul Barclay.

Round 22 – North Melbourne v Sydney: Lunch and Footy in Tassie

The Almanac Lunch in Tassie was a cracker. John Harms tells the story of the footy from Blundstone Arena and the lazy Friday afternoon at the Ball and Chain Grill. He looks forward to the tradition continuing.

Almanac Olympics: Polishing Tarnished Ideals (an extract from the Griffith Review 53 – Our Sporting Life)

In this essay, extracted from The Griffith Review 53 – Our Sporting Life, John Harms remembers two wonderful months immersed in the theory and practice of Olympism at the little-known International Olympic Academy, at Ancient Olympia, in Greece.

Almanac Olympics: Saudade

John Harms caught some of the closing ceremony from Rio this morning and was pleasantly surprised to see the reference to saudade.

Almanac Music: Hell’s Bells chime across the half forward flank

ACDC’s Hell’s Bells bobbed up in an unlikely place and was almost the highlight of the season. But there was something better. John Harms explains.

Lucky 23: A review of Work Work Work

Here’s what John Harms saw in this show, Work Work Work which made him laugh a lot, and made him want to write something in appreciation

The Griffith Review – Our Sporting Life out today (Aug 1)

This is sure to interest those who enjoy some meaty sports writing. It’s out today (Aug 1).

Local Footy: Adelaide Lutheran, premiers 1986.

This was first published a few years ago for the 25th anniversary of the 1986 Adelaide Lutheran premiership. Well, five years have rolled on. The 1986 players are getting together with the 1991 premiership players (how many played in both?) this Saturday. Here’s the story of the first quarter. [Forget Gordon Agars – Ed]

Junior Almanac – Preston Bullants v Fitzroy Under 9-S: Last week the banner, this week the race

Last week it was the banner, this week they experienced the joys of ‘the race’. Joey, skipper for the day, leads the Fitzroy Under 9-S out at the famous Cramer Street ground at Preston. Joey kicked four.

Almanac Golf: The Troon gloaming and other crimes

John Harms has been to Troon. [This is today’s newsletter]

The Geelong flame re-lit at the Almanac: a survey of the Cats’ past six weeks.

John Harms has had life balance issues for a while. He has not paid enough attention to writing about the Geelong Football Club – and his life is poorer for it. Finally, he sits up all night to reflect on the last six weeks of a season with a lot of promise.

The young Roys meet Jacko’s real people

The Fitzroy Under 9-S travelled to Heidelberg and learnt what real life is actually like.

From the Members: Announcing the MCC’s initiative for writers

So what is From the Members? And how is the Almanac involved?

A Fitzroy Life

John Harms loves living in The People’s Republic. Here he describes a thoroughly Fitzroy weekend which featured Geoff Blainey, a win to the Roys and a lightning carnival for the juniors.

Almanac Lunch: A Conversation with Geoff Blainey (May 27)

I look forward to a Conversation with Geoff Blainey at the North Fitzroy Arms on Friday May 27. Lunch will be served at 1pm. All welcome.

We’ll be talking about more than the Geelong Football Club.