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‘Gimme a head with hair, long beautiful hair…’
Songs about hair presented by Kevin Densley can be read and heard HERE



Melbourne 8.12.60 d by Brisbane 12.10.82
Western Bulldogs 9.13.67 d by Essendon 15.6.96
GWS 11.14.80 d St Kilda 12.7.79
Carlton 14.14.98 d by Adelaide 16.4.100
Port Adelaide 9.12.66 d Fremantle 9.9.63
Gold Coast Suns 16.13.109 d Hawthorn 8.8.56
Geelong 21.13.139 d North Melbourne 10.4.64
West Coast Eagles 16.13.109 d Richmond 10.10.70

Byes: Collingwood, Sydney Swans

Round 4 Results HERE


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Almanac Teams: Arrivals and Departures (Collingwood)

They are arguably the biggest club in all the land, and have had their fair share of comings and goings. Rodney Boyd’s Arrivals and Departures side this week concerns Collingwood.

Almanac Poetry: Wedding Party Photograph: the Marriage of Lucy Jane R— to Edward Thomas P—, the town of P—, South Australia, December 20th, 1905

This week’s poem from Kevin Densley focuses upon a family wedding photograph taken in a South Australian country town in 1905.

Almanac Travel: 20 Photos from 3 Days in Seattle

Ian Wilson recently visited the home of grunge, Microsoft and a modern coffee culture – but also so much more.

Round 5 – Western Bulldogs v Essendon: Bulldogs’ growl bombs out!

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Almanac Poetry: Golf – 4

A golf poem written by Michael Pardy while listening to Mr James Brown who grew up in Parkway Drive about 3 miles from the course.

Almanac (Local) Footy: The Perfect Groundhog Day

The commencement of the local footy season is upon us again. From his Fearon Reserve vantage point, Smokie ponders this – and Groundhog Day.

Almanac Life: Last swim

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Almanac Music: ‘Gimme a Head with Hair’ – Songs about Hair

Yeah yeah! This week, the theme is hair in Kevin Densley’s long-running series focusing upon popular song.

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NRL Round 6 – Prop in the Canefield: You gotta love footy!

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Round 4 – Collingwood v Hawthorn: Nine of the first twelve (Floreat Pica Society)

Last week Andrew Fithall drove from Melbourne to Adelaide to see Collingwood’s home game against Hawthorn. He attended four games in Adelaide and makes some interesting observations.