In search of Jenny’s pasta

In the second round of Paddy Suggests, John Harms tells the incredible story of the 2011 Grand Final, originally published in October 2011. (This was the very piece that led me to write for the Almanac – Paddy).

Luke Beveridge, the Bulldogs faithful, and Play On

Footy means so much to so many. Just ask a Doggies supporter. In his book Play On (from the Loose Men Everywhere section) John Harms considered why. Luke Beveridge read an extract from Play On at the club celebrations last night. Here’s what the much-loved coach read.

Almanac Books: Gideon Haigh’s Stroke of Genius (and Gideon for dinner on Nov 23)

Gideon Haigh’s new book Stroke of Genius: Victor Trumper and the shot that changed cricket is out now. Read about the book. (Includes Catherine McGregor’s review.)

Come to dinner with Gideon Haigh on Nov 23.

Almanac memoir: Man and Beast Extract – Island Bream

John Harms doesn’t get to Fraser Island with PJ and the crew anywhere near enough. It is paradise.

Almanac Cricket: If you love cricket you love initials

There are so many elements to cricket. John Harms looks at the multi-initialled player throughout history. You probably have a favourite. A piece first published in the Cricket Monthly.

Almanac Racing: We snagged the Cup trifecta

We nailed it! Well played Lunchers (and Smokie Dawson).

Michelle Payne’s story ‘Life as I know it’

Time to remind yourself of a magnificent story. Do yourself a favour.

Geelong Cup (2008): Bright young things

It’s Geelong Cup day today. John Harms has been reminded of a wonderful day at Geelong when the Cup was won by the same connections as yesterday, J. Dunne was in charge of his travel arrangements, and a couple of bright young things lit up the Media Puzzle room (almost). I wonder where they all are now?

Almanac Soccer: The A-League and the place of meaning in sport

The A-League clubs generate heartfelt support from loyal supporters. But, given the growth agenda of Australian soccer, will the broader community find the A-League meaningful enough to get involved? John Harms considers the state of play.

TAB Gem

John Harms popped into the TAB on Saturday.

Play On

Play On is the omnibus edition of John Harms’s first three books: Loose Men Everywhere, memoirs of a Mug Punter, and Confessions of a Thirteenth Man

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.

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.