Book extract – “As The Twig Is Bent” by Norman Weaver. Part 3: By the Light

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

Wishing everyone a happy sporting weekend

Jan Courtin wonders if she watches too much sport. She has a huge weekend ahead, with her Swans in Round 1 AFL action, her Lions in the AFLW Grand Final and her Bulls in the Sheffield Shield decider. [Great photo – Ed]

Pies on the Prize: A Hyper-belated Year in Review – Part 1

Our old mate the MCG Pie Girl had her final year of school in 2017. Here’s how the first half went down. For lovers of cricket, Canadians and chicken pies.

Almanac Music: The Smokers, 2000

You won’t get a chance to see a gig from The Smokers, but Earl O’Neill takes us back to the first, last and only time the band got together.

Ross Dillon: Dees and Redleg royalty

Rulebook reviews the career of one of Norwood’s finest. And Kyabram’s. And Melbourne’s.

Politics and Sport – SANFL Clubs v Nick Xenophon

The SANFL has encouraged its fans to ‘vote wisely’ in the state election when it comes to poker machine policy. Dave Brown pulls at the threads of the statement in a way that 280 characters could not.

Finally, a pub review: The Broadway, Glenelg South

Mickey Randall delivers us his first pub review in a while, taking us into the charming Broadway Pub in Glenelg South for a Friday happy hour.