Two day turnaround!

As the Australians lick their wounds and prepare for the Second test against Pakistan, who look hungry, Lou reckons you can’t change 20 years of false learning in two days.

Seasons in the Sun (Part 4): Slogging, slagging and sledging

Calllum O’Connor continues the season of the Lower Plenty 3rd XI with a bit of niggle helping the team get home for a win on the weekend.

The People’s Elbow’s Guide to Carlton’s Trade Period: Part Two — The Liam Jonaissance

Part 2 of the People’s Elbow’s Trade Period Review… where cult-figure-status hair beats a dubious highlight reel every day of the week.

NTFL Wrap-Up: Round 4

Brilliant young talent is on display in Darwin as Jackson Clark reviews the Round 4 clashes in the NTFL.

Sydney, don’t think

Matt Watson consults a leading sports psychologist to explore the mental side of Hawthorn’s domination and Sydney’s capitulation in the 2014 AFL Grand Final.

First Test, Pakistan v Australia (Dubai) – Day 5: Adrift, disoriented

E.Regnans fifth day meditation on fortune, chance, patience, technique and all the other vagaries of Test Cricket in the desert.

Russell Jackson: Every domestic one-day uniform ever

For those old enough to know better. A link to Russell Jackson’s brilliant ‘Wasted Afternoons’ blog with all the coloured uniforms in domestic one-day cricket. Read it and go and clean out your wardrobe (including the one in the garage).

Every team needs their own ‘Wheels’

The story of “Wheels” and the impact he had on a local footy club. [Funny - Ed]

First Test – Pakistan v Australia: And how do you play spin bowling?

We thought Lou might go hard. Here he starts with some views on the art of batting, the art of bowling, and on the organisation of the summer fixture. Just a few to kick him off.

Johnny Warren 10 Years On

Vaughan Menlove celebrates the life and contribution of Johnny Warren to the development of the World Game in Australia, on the 10th anniversary of Johnny’s passing.

Introducing Lou (a reluctant cricket correspondent)

Introducing Lou who has recently discovered the Almanac and, having thought about it for a while, has decided to become a contributor.

A Fly in the Pool

A moving piece from Dips O’Donnell about triumph and struggle and his daughter Kate.

About St Kilda’s Trades and My Hope to the Future for the Saints

Yoshi Imagawa takes issue with his Saints’ trade decisions and wonders about the influence of Chris Pelchen on the club’s recent direction.

Smokie’s Stereo Story: Before too long – he’ll wish that he never met you

Darren ‘Smokie’ Dawson debuts on the Almanac’s sister site ‘Stereo Stories’ with a tale of lost love to the backdrop of Paul Kelly’s “Before too Long”.

Crio’s Racing: the double album

Crio points out the pitfalls of the double album. Then he discusses the Friday-Saturday double meeting at The Valley. Lots of races: but how many of them are any good? The Manikato and the Cox Plate certainly are.

The time-honoured Almanac Melbourne Cup Eve Lunch featuring Greg Carpenter and Robbie Griffiths

It’s a cracking afternoon. Down tools and come along. Bring your friends. Book now.

Cricket and the Country Member

Mickey Randall reminisces about the times, names and places of growing up with cricket as a constant summer companion.

Sal’s Valley View

Sal take his customary look at this week’s racing. Seems he has been around the mark, and his arguments makes sense again.

The People’s Elbow’s Guide to Carlton’s Trade Period: Part One — The Outs (aka Mick “The Blue Butcher” Malthouse)

In Part I of his review of Carlton’s off-season, the People’s Elbow looks at those who have emptied their lockers at Princes Park.

Gough Whitlam’s foreign policy was his true economic legacy

Tim Harcourt on Gough Whitlam and his foreign policy. [Nice intersection of the personal and the academic from Tim -Ed]