Almanac Music: 2017 – the year of the powerhouse

Sean Mortell gives his wrap of music in 2017, then offers some predictions and possibilities for 2018.

Unpredicting the future

Wine and the invention of the wheel, up as the new down, Richmond as premiers, and more. Not sure what Dips is on this festive season but he’s on something.

I went to the baseball

Andy takes Almanackers on a trip to the ballpark relating his experiences of becoming a new follower of baseball in Australia.

A day (or two) at the races

Glen and friends went to Corowa to see his horse run, but racing is a mug’s game. So it was off to Merton for the picnics a few days later.

NYE in Adelaide Oval’s Bay 135

Micky and the kids, a hot night at Adelaide Oval’s Bay 135 for the important BBL NYE fixture, and would you believe it, the Zooper Doopers have been banished!

The Ashes – Fourth Test: Featherbed

Rulebook Ashwood sums up the Test Match at the MCG and doesn’t have a lot of nice things to say about the curator.

Opinion as fact: The dire future of information (Case studies: Climate change and the MCG pitch)

David Wilson sees social media, groupthink and the rapid reporting of opinions as leading us away from Enlightenment. Is climate change happening? Was that Melbourne Test pitch really so bad? Orwellian intrigue.

The Ashes – Fourth Test, Day 5: Axes and Orchids

Citrus Bob Utber livens up a forgettable final day with his annual Axes and Orchids. [Congrats and thanks for five days of your lively copy Bob – Ed.]

Chappelli always knew when he nicked one

Pubxsutawney Pete takes on Ian Chappell on a point of logic, and has a swipe at S.K. Warne for good measure.

The Ashes – Fourth Test, Day 4: Sod It 

In the bowels of the ‘G, people mill about, wearing confused expressions. What is a man or woman to do when his or her day at the cricket is ruined by the glory of Melbourne summer rain? Jack ponders this question as the rain begins to play a part in determining the outcome of the fourth Test.

The Ashes – Fourth Test, Day 4: A Spot of Gardening

Citrus Bob Utber reports on the truncated Day 4, with some news on the Richie trivia front and another tricky question.

Summer – Quiet, Reading, Silence

Jack Banister’s been thinking a lot about silence, and its been shaping his summer reading list.

The Ashes – Fourth Test, Day 3: The Rivalry of the Century

Anna Pavlou gets her first look at Ashes cricket, from the MCC Members of all places. With a trip to the MCC Library included, she’s off to a great start! (Sounds like the perfect day to me, Anna – great stuff – ED)

The Ashes – Fourth Test, Day 3: A Cook’s Tour de Force

Citrus Bob’s Day 3 was all Alastair Cook’s.

Almanac Cricket: Shane Backx’s favourite To and Froms

Shane Backx is a close watcher and good judge of all things sport. Here he lists his favourite English players and includes a surprise (for good reason).

The Ashes – Fourth Test, Day 2: Catching up

On the field, Day 2 at the MCG surprised Citrus Bob Utber [and many of us – Ed]. Well played, Alastair Cook. Off the field, the MCG Test was also in good form.

The Ashes – Fourth Test, Day 2: Cured of sentiments

David Wilson’s imaginary horse Clarrie Grimmett expected big things from SPD Smith on Day 2 today. As the broiling MCG played stage to those prepared to get the job done, enter messrs SCJ Broad, JM Anderson, JE Root and AN Cook…

BBL Heat v Renegades – Good, Ordinary Cricket

JB is left with the feeling he’s witnessed a good, ordinary game of cricket. Rubi, the cannons, sprinkler cam, robot cam, the music between balls, and so on, feels like a contrived attempt to convince him the BBL was more than what it was.

War and Peace (and A-League) – Round 12

Dennis Gedling runs his eye over Round 12 in the A League and doesn’t have a lot of good things to say about Western Sydney. Meanwhile SFC march on with Bobo registering an away hat-trick.

The Ashes – Fourth Test, Day 2: Cook’s Class and Stevie’s Stumbles

Alex Docherty doesn’t usually do cricket. But he went yesterday and watched from the MCC members, only to be disappointed with the Australian performance.