Almanac Life: Things I Like

That first glimpse of Lake Bonney in early January

 

Richard Ford’s The Sportswriter

 

Barbeque ignition

 

Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamsala

 

Clare Valley Riesling

 

The beach and jetty ruins at Port Willunga

 

9.55am ACDT on Boxing Day

 

Pushing open the door of The North Fitzroy Arms

 

Cool McCool

 

Tim Winton’s ear for dialogue and eye for nature

 

Vampire Weekend

 

Langhorne Creek Cabernet Sauvignon

 

Bruce Dawe’s Suburban Lovers

 

The shotgun crack of an Adam Gilchrist six

 

The Glenelg North esplanade

 

Coopers sparkling ale

 

EH Holdens

 

The Big Lebowski

 

Annie Proulx

 

The guitar and keyboard solo on Father John Misty’s So I’m Growing Old On Magic Mountain

 

Bill Bryson’s self-deprecation

 

Glenelg Football Club

 

Shaun Micallef’s eyebrow

 

The menace of Keef’s guitar

 

Lake Wazzapamani

 

The Magpie and Stump pub

 

Kapunda High School’s croquet lawn

 

Allen de Botton’s The Art of Travel

 

Lana Del Rey

 

Group 1 racehorse and super stallion Snitzel

 

Clare Golf Club’s seventh hole

 

The Broadway’s beer garden

 

Frank Zappa

 

Greg Chappell cricket hats

 

Garfish

 

Wichita Lineman

 

Triple J’s vitality

 

The humour in Courtney Barnett’s music

 

The architecture of Santiago Calatrava

 

Gideon Haigh’s cricket writing

 

The pause at the top of Shane Warne’s run up

 

F. Scott Fitzgerald

 

Belle and Sebastian’s delicate nostalgia

 

1998 Group Three Canterbury Cup winner Waikikamukau

 

Unexpected snow

 

The quiet intimacy in Josh Pyke’s lyrics

 

Paul McCartney’s boyish optimism

 

Three Little Bops

 

Blundstone boots

 

The Trip

 

Possessive apostrophes

 

Sonic Youth’s beautiful guitar noise

 

The DK Lillee statue outside the MCG’s Gate 1

 

Three D radio

 

The beauty and dread in Radiohead’s OK Computer

 

Bitches Brew by Miles Davis

 

Sea monkeys

 

Kapunda’s Prince of Wales pub

 

Dunlop Volleys

 

The 1976 SANFL grand final

 

Paul Kelly’s evocations of summer

 

The Hammersmith & City Line

 

Frogger

 

Rose of Cimmaron by Poco when the banjo and harmonica emerge ever so quietly and briefly, right at the finish

 

Sizzletown

 

Wes Anderson’s shot composition

 

The Group 1 LKS MacKinnon Stakes

 

Don DeLillo

 

Championship Vinyl

 

Tim Lane’s commentary

 

Ljungbyhed, Sweden

 

The sound of a bag of ice being dropped near an esky

 

 

 

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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

Comments

  1. Daryl Schramm says

    I’d reckon your FB home page would be fairly ‘busy’ Mickey. Are all on the list current likes or have a few previous likes that haven’t been recently experienced been added? There are a couple there that I dislike and a couple I’ll need to look up. This should be a interesting comment read. Cheers.

  2. DBalassone says

    The emus at Coffin Bay.

  3. Colin Ritchie says

    Cracker Mickey!

  4. The last one – prefer the silence shattering sound of the bag of ice being spread across the esky contents!

  5. Well that’s done it. “Rose of Cimarron” is my earworm for the weekend.
    Thankfully.

  6. Mark 'Swish' Schwerdt says

    No chicken salt, sausage rolls or Skyhooks?

  7. Thanks to all for stopping by.

    DBalassone- yes, and much better than coffins at Emu Bay.

    Dips- all of these sounds form a concerto.

    Swish- these are for the dark web version.

  8. Snowy from Busso says

    Magpies warbling
    Ditto butcher birds
    Coopers sparkling ale

  9. Like you Mickey I love garfish, both catching and eating. However I remember getting one of their little side bones stuck in my throat. For days no matter what I tried, it wouldn’t budge, One night, about 5 days later, after visiting a friend, I stopped into a deli for a bottle of Coke. Whilst there I also bought a Kit Kat bar. The very first wafer I ate did the trick and moved that irritating bone, much to my delight. Like Rulebook, I love the Mighty Redlegs. I’m also a big fan of the Goodwood Indians baseball team. I also really love apple turnovers from my local Vietnamese bakery.
    Andre Rieu concerts and reading novels by Michael Connelly, Jeffrey Deaver, David Baldacci and Lee Child.

  10. Thanks Snowy.

    Fisho- cheers for alerting me to the restorative powers of Kit Kats! I’m getting a medical bracelet made as such.

  11. Pedal steel guitar

    Great list MR!

  12. Earlier today I was listening to the most excellent Miniskirt by The Sleepy Jackson and contemplating its great pedal steel guitar! An unheralded gem. Timely as always Rick.

  13. ‘Who’s on first’ routine
    Pork crackling
    Horatio Hornblower novels
    View of Paris from Montmartre hill
    Cuddles from grandkids
    Beethoven’s seventh
    Midnight daylight at North Cape, Norway
    ‘Chalice from the palace’ routine (& magnetic armour)
    Sinatra’s ‘I’ve got you under my skin’
    View of London from top of St Paul’s dome

    Cheers, Burkie

  14. Burkie, “Who’s on First”, is a fabulous Abbott and Costello routine, a must for all baseball lovers.

    Laurel and Hardy clips are also fantastic viewing

    Carry On movies featuring Sid James, Kenneth “Nostrills: Williams, Bernard Bresslaw, Charles Hawtrey and Barbara Windsor. are a treat.

  15. Thanks Burkie. So if you were in Montmarte eating pork crackling and listening to Sinatra, you’d be pretty pleased? It’s the best part of Paris.

    Fisho- the American Abbott and Costello much funnier than our local version.

  16. Mickey, I’ve never seen the Australian version, only seen the American version – it’s hilarious. I don’t know of any of my baseballing friends that don’t love it.

  17. Mickey, Love your suggestion re Montmartre. Might even stroll down to Moulin Rouge to catch the late show. Ah, Paris when it sizzles!

    Cheers, Burkie

  18. Ten years ago we did a cooking class in Montmartre. The most butter we’ve ever used cooking and the results were magnifique! Then we walked the ten thousand steps up to Sacre-Coeur and were tranfixed by its beauty and the jaw-dropping panorama of Paris. I wanna go back there!

  19. Coopers Sparkling Ale – from a long-neck
    #bucketlist

  20. I now quite like lists of the things you like.

    thanks Mickey. Super idea.

  21. thanks Mickey

  22. Thanks to everyone for commenting. Saddens me but Montmarte more chance of getting a side in the AFL than Tassie.

  23. Pleased to see Frank Zappa made the cut!

  24. Billy the Mountain and Joe’s Garage make him a certainty. Thanks Adam.

  25. Luke Reynolds says

    This is a superb list. I’m on board anything that includes Shaun Micallef or his eyebrow.

    But nothing beats the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamsala. What a good looking venue. I so want to go there.

  26. I wonder how often The Dalai Lama attends a match? Did he see Steve Smith make his ton in the venue’s only Test to date? Did aforementioned auteur Wes Anderson undertake the set design, given the ground’s colour scheme and stylised appearance?

    Thanks Luke.

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