Almanac Art – Last few days of Footy as Art exhibition

The Art of Football exhibition, organised by Citrus Bob Utber, will finish this Sunday at 4pm in Cororooke. Do yourself a favour and check out the great work on show.

The Community Cup 2018 – this Sunday in Melbourne!

The Reclink Community Cup 2018 returns to Melbourne this Sunday, 24th June at Victoria Park with other States to follow. Get the details here.

Respect for women – the conversation we shouldn’t be having

Violence against women needs urgent addressing. We are sadly reminded of its daily prevalence following the tragic murder of Eurydice Dixon last week. Here is reposted from 2016 – a series of web excerpts and videos around “respect” from Eddie McGuire, James Brayshaw, Danny Frawley, Wayne Carey, the Commonwealth of Australia’s “Respect” program, the Royal Commission into Family Violence, Erin Riley, Alan Jones and Clementine Ford.

Dear Eurydice

Haje Halabi shares his poignant thoughts as he joins the vigil for Eurydice Dixon.

The Poet Lorikeet: What the coaches say

Introducing our new recruit, The Poet Lorikeet, with his first Almanac offering.

Almanac Art: Dreamtime for a Canadian

Artist Kendra Heil has had an opportunity to further her understanding of indigenous culture, which has inspired two fine pieces. She explains how it all came about.

Mother’s Day, with Gram

Jack Banister writes poignantly of his Grandma, going to the footy and visiting her in Middle Park.

Almanac Fiction – Daz Cooper Chapter 6: Rivers of suggestion

Daz Cooper returns – and he’s in class. His story is changing direction.

Almanac Music – The growing maturity of Australian Rock

Oz guitar bands aren’t dead, they’re just adapting. Alex Darling connects a lot of dots in this perceptive overview of Australian guitar bands old and new.

A Wink from the Universe at Willy Lit Fest (June 17)

Our own John Harms will be in conversation with Almanac favourite Martin Flanagan on his captivating volume on the 2016 Premiers, “A Wink from the Universe”

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!

Football is Art?

Football is art? Football as art? Check out this press release on Citrus Bob Utber’s ‘The Art of Football’ exhibition. The exhibition is on now at Red Rocks Regional Gallery in Cororooke. Spread the word.

From World Cups and FIFA bans to the Socceroos and Bertie: the Dutch & Australian football

With orange coloured glasses Adam Muyt (jointly written with Roberto Pennino) looks back on the wonderful contribution of Dutch migrants and their descendants on the round ball game in Australia since the late 1940’s. Includes the tale of when Australia were banned by FIFA for four years.

Field, Ground, Oval, Stadium.

A contemplative piece from Andy Fuller on ground, ovals, history and culture amid the backdrop of a Darebin Falcons game at Bill Lawry Oval.

How the West was One at Willy Lit Fest (June 17)

Get along to the Willy Lit Fest to hear from the people behind one of the best received books on the human history and changing fortunes of Melbourne’s Western Suburbs – “How the West was One”

Almanackers at this year’s Williamstown Literary Festival – June 16-17

Be sure to head along to the Willy Lit Fest for some excellent panels and chats and support the Almanac writers who are part of this year’s program. (The quickview of the whole program is available here too)

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.

Fitzroy Rotary’s Footy Lunch at Fitzroy FC with guest speaker Dave O’Neil

Fitzroy Rotary are holding their annual Footy Lunch this Saturday! Comedian Dave O’Neil will be guest speaker, details inside.

Almanac Book Reviews: Ken Haley on “Through the Peacock Gate” by Sandy McCutcheon

“Through the Peacock Gate” by Sandy McCutcheon (formerly of RN fame) has been reviewed by noted author/journalist Ken Haley

Almanac Teams (and Music): Let There Be Rock!

The Almanac novelty teams rock on, as Glen! selects a team of rock ‘n’ rollers.