Thursday @ the Almanac



‘Smokie’ Dawson has compiled a list of his top 50 Rolling Stones songs.
See his list and read his explanation here.


Round 20

St Kilda 12.9.81 d by Carlton 18.4.112
Western Bulldogs 15.15.105 d Adelaide 8.8.56
North Melbourne 6.6.42 d by Geelong 8.14.62
Gold Coast 4.6.30 d by Melbourne 18.20.128
Collingwood 14.6.90 d West Coast 6.9.45
Essendon 16.6.102 d by Sydney 17.7.109
Hawthorn 14.8.92 d Brisbane 12.8 80
GWS 11.7.73 d by Port Adelaide 15.10.100
Fremantle 7.13.55 d Richmond 6.15.51



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Almanac Music: The Rolling Stones’ Best 50 Songs

In popular music, there is no other band like The Rolling Stones. Their longevity is astounding, their influence enormous, and their back-catalogue unrivalled. On the verge of their 60th anniversary, Smokie (in another epic) has a crack at ranking their 50 greatest songs.

Almanac Olympics – Boxing: Hit-man Harry making rare history

Harry Garside boxed his way to a guaranteed medal on Tuesday night, becoming the first Australian boxer to medal at the Olympics since 1988. Ron Reed shares his insights.


Old Dog on his footy club and football people. [A simple observation – which says it all. JTH]

Round 21 – AFL Fixture: Who is your team playing this round?

The Round 21 AFL footy fixture – with link to the AFL’s website for up-to-the-minute information in the event of re-scheduling.

Almanac (Local) Footy: Ainslie Women’s Division 2 – Round 6

Declan Kerlett provides a report on the ANU Griffins’ latest win

Geelong’s Record Run – Round 7, 1953: Melbourne v Geelong – Demons’ pace tests Cats

Steely defence and a wasteful opposition aided Geelong in defeating a pacey Melbourne at the MCG to continue thier run of victories. Peter Clark’s Geelong’s Record Run series continues.

Almanac Life: More Things I Like

Mickey Randall has come up with another intriguing list of his favourite and important things in life.

Almanac Olympics: Australia has another chance of a medal, but Sweden is bound for the final

Roy Hay continues his reports of the Matildas’ games during the Olympics, this time they came up short in their match against Sweden.

Round 20 – Essendon v Sydney: You have to love these Bloods!

It was another classic encounter between the Swans and the Bombers but it was a smiling Jan Courtin at the end of the match as her Swans hung on to win by seven points.

Round 20 – Fremantle v Richmond: All roads lead to Rome

Like all great empires, their reign eventually ends, and sadly for Richmond, their dominance of the past years is beginning to fade according to John Green.

Round 20 – GWS v Port Adelaide: Giant win by Port as Yeppoon Swans surge again

With one eye on his team in Qld and the other on Port Adelaide, it was mixed results for Nick Kossatch as his report shows.

Almanac Music: ‘You Keep Me Hangin On’ – Vanilla Fudge

If you walked into a party in the late 60s and early 70s it wouldn’t be long before someone put ‘Vanilla Fudge’ on to the turntable and cranked the volume up to earsplitting levels.

Cam Hooke’s Collingwood Life: Round 20 Review, Round 21 Preview

It’s a happy Cam Hooke this week after Collingwood’s terrific win against the the Eagles. He is hoping the Pies can repeat the dose again in their Round 21 match against the Hawks.

Almanac Poetry: ‘Piece Rates’ – Tommy Mallet

The beauty of a tall dead tree rising through the fog is a welcome distraction from the hard slog of tree planting Tommy Mallet’s poem ‘Piece Rates’ points out.

Round 20 – Collingwood v West Coast: It was great to see (Floreat Pica Society)

Shane Cashman reports for the Floreat Pica Society on Collingwood’s rivalry with West Coast – and on a dominant display from the ‘pies.

Almanac Footy: Fair Catch That!

Richard Griffiths tells the story of getting Shaun Smith to the Dees. He recently caught up with Shaun to talk about the Mark of the Century and life since footy. [Cracker. The re-enactment photo is a deadset classic – JTH]

Almanac Teams: Supplementary Seventeens (1980- )

The more obscure Number 17s in recent decades include an odd Carlton ‘hero’, the Tiger who helped start a ‘tradition’ and an early code-hopper; Rodney Boyd shares his selections.

Almanac Book Reviews – William Westerman’s ‘Merger’ by Jamie Simmons

Jamie Simmons read William Westerman’s recent release ‘Merger’ on the events of 1996 between Fitzroy and Brisbane and here shares his thoughts.

Almanac Poetry: Triptych

Kevin Densley’s poem reworks a classic 19th century French painting into an imagined three-part contemporary picture that critiques today’s consumerist society.

Almanac Olympics – Getting on your bike with new tricks

Who could have predicted the heroics of Logan Martin in Sydney 2000? Even the thought of seeing freestyle BMX, surfing and skateboarding at the Olympics would have been ridiculous not so long ago. Ron Reed is a fan of rejuvenation at the world’s biggest multi-sport event and offers his thoughts on the Games’ ever changing roster of disciplines.