Yvette Wroby and her daughter met a footy mad, Saints loving Japanese young man in a chocolate factory memorabilia museum in Sapporo. As you do. Things got stranger after that.
A magnum opus from ERegnans about life, the universe and everything. A near fatal car accident 19 years ago changed the physical landscape. But what shapes the mental mandala?
Glen Davis loves a trip to the country races, as much for the colour and characters as for the horses. On Saturday Glen and his good lady ventured to the Avoca Cup, while a more modest affair was being staged at Caulfield.
Racing finishes the week on a high after the tragedies of earlier in the week. Some of the best middle distance horses from around Australia and around the world are assembled for the $3M purse. Crio and the crew (come back Muz – Ed.) are assembled to pick the wheat from the chaff.
Art and Words from Kate Birrell – say no more. Kate and her kids adopt a wiser approach to Guineas Day than the ‘other half’.
Mic Rees profiles the 1964/65 district cricket season in Melbourne, and his Footscray team’s search for elusive success.
Sal Ciardulli provides an excellent summary of each club’s activity over the Trade Period, and offers his advice for those wading into the Caulfield Cup meeting.
Patrick Skene on The Auburn Giants – a women’s Muslim Australian Football team. [Excellent piece, and comments section worth reading as well - Ed]
Rod Oaten has been thinking about ultra-local sports. Here he describes half a dozen of them. Add your suggestion.
Inspired by his literary heroes (Haiku Bob, Dr Seuss and RFlanagan) Peter Baulderstone ghost writes DBeams farewell note to Collingwood.
With the focus still on Spring Racing, venerated racing writer Danny Power joins Harmsy, Matty Q and Stone Cold Steve Baker on the couch to crack open a few bottles of red and share his love of the horse.
Trucker Slim with some words of advice for neutrals and their neutrality.
Old Dog recalls a footy-less warm-up. [Ray Wilson and his Uni Blacks are onto something - Ed]
In the wake of a tragic racing incident in Rockhampton in which a young jockey lost her life, Chris Riordan reflects on the inherent dangers which face hoops every time they climb aboard their mount.
Richard Flanagan’s magnificent work: “The Narrow Road to the Deep North” was awarded the Man Booker Prize 2014 for fiction overnight in London. This novel, of and by a Tasmanian, includes footy. To celebrate, here is a wonderful school yard scene; “and then began the magic of kick to kick…”
Dennis Gedling offers a colourful and comprehensive review of the first week of the A League. The World Game is on the march to capturing the summer sport market.
Brenton ‘Nose’ Eckert has what his life insurance and superannuation providers like to call a “terminal medical condition”. What will happen to his collection of football memories? (Now with bonus ‘Nose’)
Only from Tinsel Tony Wilson. A tale of the competitive juices which flow on Grand Final day. [More Tinsel madness - which somehow makes sense, and has a heart-warming denouement - JTH]
Almanackers will feature prominently at this Sunday’s performance of Stereo Stories Live at the Newport Bowls Club. Rick Kane is making his Stereo Stories debut and Vin Maskell is MCing.
We think this is the first ever piece to be published on footyalmanac.com.au
And it was from Dips, who is still an advocate of entertaining direct football, and getting crankier and crankier about rubbish, trades, and sloppy surf.