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John Butler + meeting Richard Thompson = Stereo Story

I’ve generally abided that warning about meeting your heroes. But this is Richard Thompson! How often do you get to meet a bona fide legend? A bona fide legend who is signing CDs after his gig…

John Butler + Robert Johnson = Stereo Story

In this age where there’s supposedly no such thing as bad publicity, where every mundane detail of life can serve as grist to the celebrity mill, the rarest commodity of all is a genuine sense of mystery. Because he was dead long before he was famous, Robert Johnson will never lose his mystery.

Butler + hitchhiking + Chisel = Stereo Story

John Butler can make you laugh and he can make you – if not cry – then ponder the deeper moments. This time it’s via the Cold Chisel song My Turn To Cry.

Series preview – Australia v Pakistan: Summer sneaks upon us

In a summer where mental health has caused more discussion than the cricket, the First Test is upon us. John Butler looks at what may lie ahead.

The Ashes 2019: Tim Paine is not our problem, but you might be

John Butler responds to the naysayers calling for Tim Paine’s sacking after the Headingley loss, instead questioning the supposed cultural change Australian cricket was meant to have undergone following last year’s ball tampering fiasco.

The Ashes 2019 – Third Test: This is where the test comes

Headingley 2019 was ultimately Ben Stokes’ moment. But other moments will present. John Butler hopes the Australians sense the opportunity.

Round 20 – Carlton v West Coast: Eagles show Blues what’s required

John Butler muses on caretaker coaches, before recounting a high standard game that left Carlton with a clear indication of where they stand.

Almanac Time Capsule: Some of my best friends are Saints (really)

It has been a very long decade for both St Kilda and Carlton. Back in 2009, John Butler ventured some opinions on the differing world views of both clubs. Both are now, once again, contemplating new coaches. How do both sets of supporters view things now?

Round 12 – Carlton v Brisbane: When all else fails, in Crippa we trust

John Butler can’t tell you if this Carlton win means anything in the bigger scheme, but he was glad he was there to watch one of the great individual performances. Ladies and gentlemen, Patrick Cripps!

Carlton: Trust us, we’re professionals

“With this decision, the New Carlton has developed a very strong whiff of the Old Carlton. Which is no real shock, because some of the board actually are the Old Carlton. They’d just claimed they’d seen the light.” John Butler on the Old Dark Navy Blues.

AFLW Round 1: A conference imbalance already?

Season 3 of AFLW began spectacularly, with four thrillers out of five games, all played in hot conditions. But as the players put on a great show, John Butler has concerns about the potential for the new conference system to unduly shape the finals.

Australia v India – Adelaide, Day 1: Dogged Pujara saves sloppy India

Cheteshwar Pujara saved his side from embarrassment, as India struggled against an impressive Australian first day effort. John Butler reports.

Almanac Cricket – Questions of legacy

With the revolving door at Cricket Australia spinning ever faster, John Butler assesses the legacies of those departed, or soon to depart.

Almanac Cricket: One big step on a path to redemption

Tim Paine’s men have just delivered a big statement on this country’s cricket culture. As for the pending reviews? John Butler thinks we should all just read The Grade Cricketer.

Carlton 2018: Every rebuild can be unhappy in its own way

Much furious comment surrounded Carlton’s 2018. John Butler offers his thoughts on the Year of the Double Spoon.

Round 21 – Fremantle v Carlton: Three quarters out of four not enough for Blues

A new stadium, but a familiar result. The Blues saw three solid quarters of effort disappear in a Fremantle third term blitz. John Butler reports.

Round 20 – Carlton v GWS: Welcome to Globetrotters’ AFL

As he watched the Giants pulverise the Blues, John Butler was left contemplating the wider football universe. Let’s just say, he has his reservations.

Round 19 – Gold Coast v Carlton: The Sunk Cost Fallacy Cup

When you’ve won 1 of your last 27, any win will do. John Butler evaluates the Blues’ win over the Suns.

Almanac Book Review: Roar by Samantha Lane

John Butler’s review of a book that captures the story of the AFLW’s initial steps and also seems ahead of its time: Roar by Sam Lane

Round 2 – Carlton v Gold Coast: Fumbling in the Sun

The journey into Etihad Stadium on Saturday gave John Butler plenty of time to ponder what his Blues would bring after an honourable loss in Round 1. Despite adding another defeat to the board for 2018, he’s still optimistic for Carlton’s future.