Almanac Life: More Things I Like


Knowing that if Gough Whitlam had come over you’d, “play chess and drink claret”


Adelaide Oval’s Morton Bay Figs


Bringing in the bins Fridays after an hour in the pub


Helping our 99-year-old neighbour sort her Foxtel


Kapunda Footy Club being among the world’s oldest and playing under its original name


Garry McIntosh’s handball


Lamb cigars from The Broadway butcher shop


Degraves laneway in Melbourne


Hertfordshire’s Ye Olde Fighting Cocks pub


Staring at the Grand Canyon from its Western Rim


DK Lillee’s delivery stride


Exile on Main Street’s dangerous sprawl


The surreal sadness of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?


Whyalla’s Bottle and Bird as a concept


Bung fritz


Onkaparinga National Park


Listening to Islands in the Stream with old friends


The Old Gum Tree’s barbeques being regularly cleaned by the local council


Your wife leaving you chocolate on your laptop keyboard


“Let’s Give a Cheer for Father” from the Looney Tunes cartoon, A Bear for Punishment


Glenelg Footy Club’s past players beer caravan


“I’ll tell you what pressure is. Pressure is a Messerschmitt up your arse. Playing cricket is not.”


Joni Mitchell’s guitar playing on Blue




Op Shop radios always being not quite tuned to a golden oldies AM station


Damien Martyn stroking one through the off-side


Listening to Skyhooks in a HQ Holden


Getting married on the lawn of your old high school


Having your wedding reception in your hometown footy club


The beauty and satire of “Chateau Lobby #4 (In C for Two Virgins)” by Father John Misty


Getting a giant pillow of chips from a fish shop


Being round a table with friends and all knowing the story someone’s about to tell


The 42-minute version of Wichita Lineman by the Dick Slessig Combo


Picking mint leaves from the garden for a gin


Changing my wife’s car radio to Triple J


When your kids finally say “thanks” without prompting


The Ned Ryerson scene in Groundhog Day- Bing!


Pubs with Friday night meat raffles


Scorsese’s use of the slide guitar and piano coda from “Layla” by Derek and the Dominoes in Goodfellas


Sylvia’s Mother


Noel’s Caravans


Tex, Don and Charlie


Opening a Barossa shiraz to share with Dad


The bawdy humour and joy of Under Milkwood


Saying, “West Coast Eagles” in my head and it only being in Dennis Cometti’s voice


Julia Jacklin’s plaintive melodies


John Cusack’s character breaking the fourth wall in High Fidelity


Chook as a concept


Chook salt as a concept


Jonathan Franzen’s The Corrections


Your wife buying you an unexpected gift


Scenes from an Italian Restaurant by Billy Joel


Kalamata olives


The Indianapolis Speech from Jaws


The Fish Tales pinball machine


Sid Waddell commentating, “There’s only one word for that: magic darts!”



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About Mickey Randall

Favourite film: The Shawshank Redemption Favourite song: Khe Sahn Favourite holiday destination: Gold Coast Favourite food: steak Favourite beer: VB Best player seen: Dogga Worst player seen: Frogga Last score on beep test: 3.14159 Favourite minor character in Joyce’s Ulysses: Punch Costello


  1. Kevin Densley says

    Fine list, Mickey! One of the best things about it is its specificity – this issue is of fundamental importance for any list like this one. One of my absolute favourites: ‘Lamb cigars from The Broadway butcher shop.’

  2. Brilliant, Mickey.
    Could not have curated this list better myself.

    “Watch that first step…it’s a doozy!!”

  3. Thanks KD. I agree that a good list is specific and this diminishes the criticism that lists are for the lazy.

    As a rule Smokie I love Bill Murray’s films but we saw On The Rocks and I thought he’d slipped into self-parody and was playing a sad, almost surreal version of his character from Lost in Translation.

  4. Rick Kane says

    Terrific stuff MR. I’ll elephant stamp Fleabag, just brilliant. And Kalamata olives are the bomb.


  5. Daryl Schramm says

    Hi Mickey. Your heading of this fine(ish) list prompted me to revisit your original list back in Feb. Great memory prompters. My list is in my head. Translating them to a version anywhere near as good as yours remains a bridge too far for me at the minute,

  6. Rick- I reckon we’d been out to dinner one Thursday and getting home popped on the TV and caught an episode of Fleabag on the ABC. Later discovered it was the finale of the original airing so then watched both series which I imagine is a Brechtian (and most appropriate) way to view it.

    Daryl- When you’re ready I’d be most interested in reading your list and learning more of your inner world.

    Thanks for reading and commenting.

  7. Things I like: Your mad professor head shot. X

  8. Mickey – 80% I concurred with. Must be a South Australian thing of a certain vintage. 10% I must look into. 10% I have no idea what you’re talking about and never will.

  9. Someone- so you’re saying that I shouldn’t pursue that gig in a shampoo ad?

    PB- I wonder what my/our lists might look like in a decade?


  10. Luke Reynolds says

    Lost concentration after ‘Damien Martyn stroking one through the off side’. Would add a love heart emoji if I could.

  11. Luke- what a shock it was when Martyn (prematurely) retired following the Adelaide Ashes Test in 2006. I know he wasn’t in great form but having just played in one of the great matches must’ve been unbearably bittersweet for him. He was as stylish as the best of them.

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