The dying art of so many things………

Sporting conversation is not the only thing to have gone missing lately

Richard Flanagan: ‘Our politics is a dreadful black comedy’ – National Press Club speech in The Guardian

Australian author Richard Flanagan addressed the National Press Club as part of the Canberra Writers Festival.

Red Fox extract: Ron Barassi v Albie Rodda

Taken from the brilliant biography of master coach, Norm Smith, this extract looks at Smith’s appraisal of his protege Ron Barassi as a prodigiously talented 12-year-old.

Almanac Music: Dire Straits Inducted Into Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame

Over the weekend just passed, rock band Dire Straits were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame in Cleveland, but their creative maestro wasn’t there to accept it. Chris Michaels revisits the great band’s history to put the pieces together about why he stayed away.

PFA Football History Conference: Tuesday May 15

The PFA will host its inaugural Football History Conference at Lakeside Stadium on Tuesday 15 May 2018.

Sports Day

School sports days offer camaraderie and competition, whilst gifting parents a window into the simple joys egg and spoon races and obstacle courses never fail to provide. Mickey Randall’s all-too-brief window is captured here.

Latest instalment from Norman Weaver’s “As The Twig Is Bent”

More great reading with another cracking extract from Norman Weaver’s book on growing up in Northern Victoria during the inter- and post-War years, “As the Twig is Bent”. Part 3 of 3.

Almanac Lifestyle: The high price of living for the 21st century urban woman

Kate Birrell ponders privacy policies, then pays the price for procrastination when Jamie the P.T. phones. Luscious lemon tarts and coffee with a friend at a Chaddy roastery give way to the call to be ‘fitter, faster and fabulous’!

Book Extract – “As the Twig is Bent” by Norman Weaver. Part 1: Footy and Nine Ounce Gloves

Brett Weaver has been kind enough to share this from his father’s recently released book, “As the Twig is Bent” on childhood and adolescence in post-war country Victoria. This is an absolute cracker, Almanackers – do yourself a favour

Almanac Hurling (and Travel): An Australian on Tour (in search of kulcha)

Matt O’Hanlon and G-Squared are on tour in Ireland. Matt is having trouble with the language but he’s loving the kulcha. [Classic O’Hanlon and a great travel yarn – JTH]

You can go your own way, but you better be home soon…

A bombshell in music as a famous band gets a little more famous/infamous. Are there similar stories in footy that got you fired up?

Artist Susan Sutton – South Coast Exhibition: March 31 until April 21

Artist Susan Sutton will be exhibiting at the South Coast Exhibition at Qdos Arts, March 31 until April 21 in Lorne.

Funny Stuff not on the field: The 2018 Cartoon Exhibition at Glen Eira City Council Gallery

Yvette Wroby has a different fan-girl experience when she meets cartoonist Judy Horacek at The 2018 Cartoon Exhibition. On at the Glen Eira City Council Gallery until April 22nd, it is well worth a look. Cartoonists from 1800’s, 1900’s and current day all on display.

It was one of those moments…

A trip to the hospital for an eye check up exposed Jan Courtin to something she’d never seen before and weeks later, she’s still thinking about it.

Gideon Haigh book launch: “A Scandal in Bohemia” – Booking not required

April 11 – join Gideon Haigh to launch his new book on the life and death of writer Mollie Bain at the Victorian Archives Centre in North Melbourne.
PLEASE NOTE: Booking is not necessary for this event. Just turn up on the night.

“A funny thing happened on the way back to the rotunda” by Brent ‘Tiger’ Crosswell

They don’t make ’em like Brent ‘Tiger’ Crosswell anymore…in fact they never did. Here’s a piece from the three-club champion, teacher, son of a butcher, and writer; first published in The Australian.

Pies on the Prize: A Hyper-belated Year in Review – Part 2

Our old mate the MCG Pie Girl had her final year of school in 2017. Here’s how she went after half-time. Featuring equal rights stoushes, the German word for protein and Boxing Day catering. Bonus insights into her first term of Uni.

Play On: The Art of Sport exhibition

Play On: The art of sport, celebrating 10 years of the Basil Sellers Art Prize, will open at Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery on 2 March and run until 29 April 2018.

Cheating at cricket: acceptable standards; forgiveness and the false equivalence of #MeToo

Australia’s ball tampering fiasco in South Africa has David Wilson wondering why he bothers to follow sport. Here he navigates ideas of failure, forgiveness and acceptable standards. The sun will rise again.

Upcoming (March 28) public lecture: Sex & Testosterone in Sport

There will be a public lecture held in Melbourne this week on “Sex & Testosterone in Sport” – details inside