Friday @ the Almanac


Mark Poustie has written a fitting  obituary for his rock climbing friend Erik Pootjes
You can read it HERE


Signed copies of Gideon Haigh’s  new book The Brilliant Boy are available HERE.



St Kilda v Carlton
Western Bulldogs v Adelaide
North Melbourne v Geelong
Gold Coast v Melbourne
Collingwood v West Coast
Essendon v Sydney 
Hawthorn v Brisbane
GWS  v Port Adelaide
Fremantle v Richmond


The Tigers (Covid) Almanac 2020 will be published in 2021.
It will have all the usual features – a game by game account of the Tigers season – and will also include some of the best Almanac writing from the Covid winter.
Pre-order  HERE


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Round 20 – Sal’s Preview: A Golden Week

After a golden week for the Aussies at the Olympics, Sal turns his attention to the fortunes of the competing teams in their Round 20 matches as he presents his thoughts and selections.

Almanac Life: Pre-Marital Counselling

The things you have to do to get married during the cricket season! Smokie fondly remembers the lead up to his marriage to Margaret.

Almanac Music: Australian Winter Songs – Name a Personal Favourite.

Summer and music go so well together, as everyone knows. What about winter and music? In this piece, KD asks Almanackers to nominate a favourite winter song, and provides one of his own.

Almanac Obituary: Erik Pootjes

It took him a while to get around to writing it, but Mark Poustie’s obituary for his friend Erik Pootjes is a tale of friendship bonded by a mutual love of rock climbing.

Almanac Book Review: Stephen King’s ‘On Writing’ reviewed by Ben Kirkby

Deakin Uni Creative Writing student Ben Kirkby had never read a Stephen King novel, and still hasn’t. But he was drawn to King’s ‘On Writing’. So engaged, Ben felt compelled to take notes. He eventually turned those notes into this review. [Lots of good tips here, as you would expect – JTH]

Balcony Banter – Seasonal Superstition

Lynda Carroll’s family have a number of superstitions when its comes to assessing the Demons’ prospects. She explained them in a recent post on the MCC Members’ blog, ‘Balcony Banter’.

Almanac Poetry: The Weightlifter Retires

With the Olympics in mind, Damian Balassone has a quick and pertinent poem for the reader’s contemplation.

Round 19 – Brisbane v Gold Coast: Freedom 21

Jamie Simmons wound up alone at a nervous ‘Gabba on the weekend, masked and ready. As always, his line of sight illuminates only the worthiest of details.

Round 20 – AFL Footy Fixture: Who, where, and when?

The Round 20 AFL footy fixture has a number of matches awaiting final confirmation of playing details by the AFL. These will be updated when they come to hand.

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Round 20: Sorting out time

This is the Round we’ve been waiting for! The clashes at the top of the ladder could well sort out both the minor premiers and the top four. Or will the Roosters spoil it for the Eels? Ian Hauser is excited by the prospect of top quality rugby league across this weekend.

‘Wangaratta’s anonymous Olympian……’ by KB Hill

KB Hill caught up with ‘Wangaratta’s anonymous Olympian’, Marion Gray, who represented Australia in Fencing at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games.

Almanac Olympics – Rowing: The sport with an oarsome history

Australia has a glittering history within the sport of rowing at the Olympics – Tokyo too has proved to be bountiful. Ron Reed drinks in the success, and recounts his memories of the Oarsome Foursome. (Fantastic insight – Eds).

Almanac Olympics – Soccer: Shades of ’82: cynicism and the world game

On Tuesday night in the Tokyo Olympics’ women’s soccer competition, The Matildas and the United States played out a dull draw. Roy Hay critiques the coaching of the game and the contribution such matches make to sport.

Almanac Footy: Remembering The Seventies – Carlton Full-Forward Peter McKenna

Collingwood great Peter McKenna spent a season with the Carlton Football Club in 1977. Warren Tapner examines McKenna’s time at the club in his report that first appeared on the Blueseum website in 2015.

Geelong’s Record Run – Round 6, 1953: Geelong v South Melbourne – 1952 flag unfurled

Peter Clark’s newest entry to his series on Geelong’s record run of wins sees the Cats unfurl thier premiership flag before trouncing South Melbourne.

Almanac (Hobart) Lunch – July 30: Invitation (definitely going ahead)

Life goes on, and so we’ve scheduled our annual Hobart lunch for July 30 – the North Melbourne – Geelong game is on July 31. We hope mainlanders can get there, but at least the Fossils will be able to lunch! [Update – the Tassie Fossils are going ahead with this. It’s normal life there. Travellers still welcome if things open up.]

Round 19 – Carlton v North Melbourne: ‘They know we’re coming…!’

‘They know we’re coming’ was a former promotional slogan for the Blues but Peter Fuller wonders if, and when that may happen.

Cam Hooke’s Collingwood Life: Round 19 Review, Round 20 Preview

Cam Hooke presents his review of Collingwood’s loss against Port Adelaide, and previews the Round 20 match against West Coast.

FEARLESS 2021: Round 19 – Coaches Beware! Be Careful For What You Wish For

FEARLESS 2021 casts his eye over a few topical footy issues, and reviews last weekend’s Round 19 matches.

Almanac Music: ‘My Brown Yarra’ – Whirling Furphies

The Whirling Furphies are one of those great inner city Melbourne bands well-known for their acoustic, roots based folky music. ‘My Brown Yarra’ is one of their classic songs, check it out.