A response to Earl O’Neill’s fashion tips (from Tom Junod)

Earl O’Neill recently offered some fashion advice to Almanac readers – well, blokes really. He paid little attention to skivvies. This piece by Tom Junod, published in GQ, offers some counterbalance. [I am eternally grateful to Jimmy ‘Two Bob’ Weston for a number of things – and this is one of them. JTH]

Clothes maketh the man

With standards slipping dangerously, at last, gentlemen, Earl O’Neill shares his tips for looking sharp. Because “looking sharp is important.” [Magnificent – Ed].

Almanac Satire: The Principal sends for Barnaby

Events in Canberra this week have David Wilson pining for the partnership of John Clarke and Bryan Dawe.

Schrödinger’s Cat – a Valentine’s Day Story about Life, the Universe and Footy

Theoretical physics thought experiments, Mr Ed, fan fiction and Aussie Rules are all connected. An early season reflection from George Smith

Almanac (Cricket) Haircuts: A Fringe Player?

Bush cricket photos from Peter Argent. He reckons the Sevenhill offie M. Wells could do with a trim. [Classic – JTH]

Almanac Book Review: The Rules of Backyard Cricket by Jock Serong

Read Swish’s review of Jock Serong’s 2016 Australian thriller, ‘The Rules of Backyard Cricket’.

Almanac (TV) Memoir: Three Little Bops

Beaut memories from Mickey Randall as he looks back at his boyhood TV and the binding power of Thee Little Bops. [Super piece. Thanks Mickey – JTH]

Everyday Obituaries: Patricia (Pat) Collins

Anthony ‘Gulbo’ Collins, known in these parts by his nom de plume ‘Mulcaster’, delivered these fine words at the funeral of his mother Pat. She was the personification of love.

Tassie footy in the context of community, people, life

This beautiful song and clip from David Bridie, set in Tasmania, is a reminder of footy and community. It’s timely.

Almanac Art: Opening Night of ‘You Kick Like A Girl’

A fine night was had by all at the opening of “You Kick Like a Girl” and Lyn Campbell-Anderson took the photos to prove it. Exhibition open until February 18th at Red Gallery, 157 St Georges Road Fitzroy North.

Tamworth: the ritual

Andrew Starkie writes on Tamworth, on old mates and on ritual.

Almanac Music: Vale Mark E Smith. One of God’s True Prototypes

Gone too soon at 60. Read Dennis Gedling’s tribute to Mark E Smith, frontman of Manchester post-punk band The Fall.

Remembering Festival Hall – The Night Jezza and George Walked Out on the Blues

Reflecting on the loss of another treasured Melbourne venue – Warren Tapner reminds us of some of Festival Hall’s rich history outside of the music world.

Almanac Books: Empathy, Race and Australia Day – thoughts based on A Rightful Place, edited by Shireen Morris, & Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race, by Reni Eddo-Lodge.  

Jack Banister responds to the discussions which make up Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge and A Rightful Place: A Roadmap to Recognition by various authors. His review essay is timely. [These are books 3 and 4 in Jack’s 52 book odyssey]

You Kick Like a Girl: Women in Football Exhibition at Red Gallery

Opening February 1 just in time for the AFLW Season, is a new exhibition at Red Gallery: You Kick Like a Girl: women in football. Be sure to check it out.

70-year old letters come to life!

Enormous thanks to Jan Courtin who, in this post, shares with us her parents’ letters to each other during the Second World War.

Almanac Music: Welcome to the Working Week

Workshy Swish had the day off. His idle hands have produced this playlist that draws parallels with his forty-odd years in the workforce.

Servo Wars/Bin Ninja: So you wanna be a Reality TV star?

Mickey Randall has some ideas for reality TV. He just needs a wise investor to back him.

Almanac Music – Stereo Stories: Daryl Braithwaite batting. Rick Kane bowling.

When Rick Kane was 13 he was part of the Norm O’Neil Cricket Coaching Clinic at the WACA. One Saturday morning training was cut short because a touring pop group had arrived.

Almanac Music: Best Gigs of 2017

Luke Reynolds looks at the favourite gigs he attended in 2017, which included a number through country Victoria.