Almanac Art: Footy Fun Day

You may have seen Jack Riewoldt riding to school on his bike this week. School kids are celebrating Footy Fun Day, or Footy Colours Day, this month by wearing their team colours in support of a charity.

Almanac art (pen and ink): Lunchtime Footy

Kate Birrell’s young lad opened up about a game of lunchtime footy to his mum. It’s a story with a sad ending.

Ode to the Hartford Whalers

Ode to the Hartford Whalers celebrates the life and demise of an ice hockey team. Peter Baulderstone believes it will resonate most strongly with Doggies and Saints fan everywhere, or Roy Boys who couldn’t follow their heart to the sunny north.

MIFF Review: Weekend of a Champion

Weekend of a Champion – the documentary following Sir Jackie Stewart – is up there with sporting documentary films such as Senna (2010), When We Were Kings (1996) and Dogtown and Z-Boys (2001).

Almanac Art: Lounge Room Footy

I didn’t go to any footy games this weekend but for some reason I feel as if I did, and not one, but many.

Almanac Art (pen and ink): Game by the Beach

Boys love a muddy oval (and a bit of footy, too).

Almanac art (pen and ink): Sunday’s Game

For those not familiar with the routine of Sunday Morning Junior Footy….the parents are as much part of the game as the kids are. This is a game that operates in much the same way as a theatrical work in that it has many roles to be filled.

Adam Goodes – Zero tolerance to racism

Michael Viljoen presents a personal and communal view of policy and action based on inappropriate racist ideology, condemning Social Darwinism,and outlines its personal and societal impact.

Back to my old drawing board

Inspired by his children and other footy artists, Jeff Dowsing salvages some footy artwork from a yellowing old scrap-book he feared lost.

Springsteen’s pen: Kaney’s attempt at a Crio type question

Rick Kane, inspired by his audience with Bruce Springsteen, asks for your favourite opening line of the great man’s songs, as well as reflections from his recent tour if you attended.

My winter vacation

Glenn Brownstein discovered The Footy Almanac from Louisville, Kentucky. and has been a wonderful correspondent. Glenn and Debbie spent the summer (their winter) here and, thanks to Yvette Wroby and David Downer, many of us were able to meet them. Here are some of Glenn’s observations.

Bye, bye beloved Age broadsheet: now only The Oz is left

Tomorrow will be a miserable one for many old journos, lamenting the down-sizing of a beloved daily broadsheet into a humdrum tabloid.

Sean’s Muppet Manifesto for Australia

Sean Curtain takes inspiration from The Warne Manifesto to come up with his own plan of attack for Cabinet.

Our National Dish

Peter Baulderstone looks at the state of the nation through the sporting lens in the lead-up to Australia Day.

1980s US comedies – A pointless yet valuable discussion

A wise philosopher in a fine film once said, “Man’s got to know his limitations” I am acutely aware of mine, and if I was ever in doubt of them, I get reminded of them by many on a comfortably regular basis.

A modern dilemma – to delete or not?

Gigs needs help with a very modern dilemma.

Random Summer observations

Sean Curtain’s mind filled with thoughts over the summer. They are neither insightful or earth shattering, not important or helpful, more vague and strange, and obscure and reasonably pointless. Still, he feels the need to share them.

Hot, Hot, Heat

It’s hot. Damn hot. Rick Kane listens to the experts and devises three easy steps for you to beat the heat.

Art exhibition opening

Resident Almanac artist, Yvette Wroby, advises the Annual Paint in the Park Exhibition of the Glen Eira Artists Society will be held from Wednesday, December 4-16, in the Annexe of the Glen Eira Gallery

Marathons and the off-season of footy

Yvette Wroby is filling her off-season with painting and Rodriguez the Sugar Man.