Almanac Music – Best Albums and EPs of 2017

Just in time for Christmas – Luke Reynolds brings his annual review of music highlights. Albums, artists, stories; with an Australia/ New Zealand leaning. [Do you have any to add? -Ed]

Ripper ’76

Mickey lets rip with thoughts about a favourite album.

#almanac280 Writing Competition – Tigers’ 2017

Calling all Tigers, all Tiger-watchers. Entries are NOW OPEN for #almanac280 – Tigers’ 2017 edition. Send us your 280-character creations of Richmond’s premiership year.

#almanac280 – Adelaide: place, language and bubblers

#almanac280 Adelaide. Thanks for your contributions. Here’s the winner and some honourable mentions.

Almanac Short Story: Pre-season Blues

Barry Mitchell’s short story invites some questions on player-coach relationships. Where are your sympathies in this one? or do we need to know more?

Almanac Writing Competition – #almanac280: Adelaide

Let’s have another go. In this week’s #almanac280 competition, we’re seeking your best story inspired by “Adelaide” – our city for the Second Test. In 280 characters or less. It’s about Adelaide the city, not about cricket (although it can be about cricket as long as it’s Adelaide and cricket). Enter here.

Rick Kane + 1916 Easter Uprising = Stereo Story

On a recent visit to Belfast Rick Kane wrestled with his heritage and the Irish troubles. Then, in a lttle bar called Fibber Magee’s, he heard a song that ‘married the personal to the political, the blood of resistance to the marrow of love’.

Aussie Rules – Passion and Pain Exhibition

The Rotary Club of Caulfield is very active in the local community arts arena. They are taking submissions for next year’s footy themed exhibition, further details can be found here.

Almanac Short Story: Disservice with a smile

Barry Mitchell captures a modern phenomenon – and one that happens all too often.

Almanac Book Review – How the West was One: By Lucia Nardo

Lucia Nardo, who grew up in the West, presents another overview of the terrific new book How the West was One – which is available now.

Almanac Classic: An afternoon in Dusseldorf

Thebeaver has produced one of the more creative pieces of sports writing we’ve published in some time. But you be the judge.

#almanac280: “All played well”

Well, that took off! After a busy week of entries galore E. Regnans highlights a few rippers (you can still read all of them in the original post) and picks a winner. Thanks to everyone who had a go. They’re terrific. Let’s do this again. Suggestions for the next #almanac280 topic welcome. [Huge thanks ER – JTH]

Almanac Music: If you want blood – we got it

A heartfelt tribute to Malcolm Young and everything that AC/DC means to many

Almanac Art Auction: ‘Girls, First Season’ by Kate Birrell

Kate Birrell’s artwork commissioned to be the cover of The Women’s Footy Almanac 2017 is up for auction. It’s a terrific piece – and represents a significant moment. Find out more – and make a bid.

Almanac Writing Competition – Sport. Write from the heart: #almanac280

Step right up, writers, thinkers. And enter the #almanac280 competition. Write your best story inspired by our tagline “Sport. Write from the heart.” In 280 characters or less. Enter here.

We have a winner. [Check out our other post]

Almanac Athletics: So you want to run the world’s toughest half marathon?

Mick Jeffrey talks us through the experience of the Point to Pinnacle Half-Marathon in Hobart – dubbed the toughest in the world. (We’d rather you than us, Mick! – Ed)

Almanac Book Review – How the West was One

Blow-in Vin Maskell (who has only lived in the west since 1986) reviews the wonderful new collection of memoirs about growing up in the Melbourne’s Western Suburbs. How the West was One is a lovable book.

Yoshi in Melbourne: All-in-One City Tour organised by Freddy’s Bike Tour

Yoshi certainly kept busy while in Melbourne. Here he tells the story of the historical tour he did on Freddy’s Tour.

Stereo Stories’ final show for 2017 – this Saturday at Newport Bowls Club

Almanackers Smokie Dawson and Rick Kane will be front and centre at the final Stereo Stories concert for 2017. They’ll be amongst half-a-dozen writers sharing the stage with The Stereo Stories Band next Saturday night at the Newport Bowls Club, Melbourne.

Butler + hitchhiking + Chisel = Stereo Story

John Butler can make you laugh and he can make you – if not cry – then ponder the deeper moments. This time it’s via the Cold Chisel song My Turn To Cry.