ANZAC Day – From the Floreat Pica Society: by Frank Taylor

An Anzac Day article in two parts: the first, a challenging discussion of the meaning of Anzac Day; the second, a description, from a Pies perspective, of the Essendon-Collingwood match.

Bob Lawless – ANZAC Day Tribute

Martin Croker has put together a powerful tribute to his Great Uncle Robert Leslie Lawless, a Lance Corporal who was killed in France on 22 April 2017.

Sacked

Andrew Gigacz posted this piece from five years ago on Facebook today and it is brutally honest account of job loss and the affect it can have on someone’s mental health. Must read.

Footy coaching of a different kind – Vale John Clarke

A classic piece of football related comedy from the late John Clarke.

Round 4 – Hawthorn v Geelong: Hard Times Come

It was quiet on the South Morang train as Rick Kane made his way back from the MCG on Easter Monday.

Almanac Music: Andy’s Wake

A farewell to gifted Bendigo musician Andy Pattison who died suddenly. This was quite a wake.

Postcard from the mixing desk

Stereo Stories now has postcards, designed by none other than Chris Rees (the man behind the fabulous Footy Enigmas designs).

RIP John Clarke: The Dagg is Dead

Peter Baulderstone mourns the passing – and celebrates the work, wisdom and wit – of John Clarke.

The Boys Trip – Day 1: Gestation

Stuart Hunter is about to head off with his family on a sporting tour of England. This is his first report.

A real flood report… oh, and a footy update.

Here’s a report from Up North where the flood is no big deal – it’s just part of life. There’s some big footy news as well. [Hope this strikes a chord Down South Mick – JTH]

Almanac Music: In Praise of Lucky Oceans – and Robyn and Doug

Peter Crossing laments the loss of some great music shows from Radio National. The ABC’s decommissioning may save on dollars but has come at a greater cost?

Special Olympics – Swimming: Please Let Me Win

Kate’s sporting kite crashed at the Special Olympics Victorian State Games on Saturday, but Dips helping out at the games, says, his daughter can learn from her experience and recover from her loss to once again fly her kite high. {If you do nothing else today, read this – JTH]

Almanac Art: Football at ‘Arlparra Store’ by Katie Kemarre

A terrific painting by by Katie Kemarre entitled ‘Football at Arlparra store’. It comes from an area called Utopia- central desert region which adorns the walls of Braham Dabscheck.

Footy: It’s not Life or Death

Luke De Piazza was a free spirit who loved the Western Bulldogs. Josh Pinn recounts his cousin’s life supporting the Doggies and seeing them win their first premiership in over 60 years. [Powerful words that really hit home – Ed.]

A Day on the Green: Annie’s Lane

Mickey Randall enjoyed The Whitlams and others at Annie Lane’s winery. He also got to experience the joy of discovering an unexpected game of cricket.

Women’s Footy Almanac: Michelle Brisbane and The Houndlings – Supporting those who support the Almanac

Michelle Brisbane and Ethical Investment Services have supported the inaugural Women’s Footy Almanac. Yvette got along to see her band The Houndlings play last Sunday, and recommends the band to other Almanackers.

Almanac Music: church, childhood, Dave Graney

Hobart graphic designer Chris Rees is known to more than a few Almanackers for his artwork, especially his images of footy enigmas from the 1970s and 1980s.

Chris is also a dab hand at telling a story, as he shows in his debut Stereo Story, inspired by the Dave Graney song That’s the Way It’s Gonna Be.

Almanac Music: Chuck Berry – Ent Cent, 1989

Hail, hail rock-n-roll! Earl gives thanks to Chuck.

Almanac Inventiveness: Gotta keep possession

What can be done with a footy? Where are the limits? Adam Muyt on a chance encounter at the bottleshop – with a sassy footy creative; pushing boundaries.

Almanac Music: Chuck Berry at Festival Hall 1975

The sweat, smoke, and cold misery of thousands of defeated fist-fighters never seems to leave the suspended air of Melbourne’s Festival Hall. Even though the venue’s famous boxing ring has been disassembled for tonight’s show, the hall’s echo-enhancing walls still reverberate with the tolling clang of the bell. It’s a big, bloodied, booming cavern.

I’m here as a wide-eyed 13 year old anticipating the presence of true rock’n’roll royalty.