Almanac Music: In memory of Shane MacGowan – ‘Fairytale of New York’ – The Pogues (with Kirsty MacColl)

One of the great contemporary Christmas songs is ‘Fairytale of New York’ by The Pogues (with Kirsty MacColl). It is sure to get your feet tapping and put you in the Christmas spirit. [With the passing of Shane MacGowan on Thursday, what better way to remember him by as we lead into the festive season than to replay this great Christmas song by The Pogues. Vale Shane MacGowan – ED]

Almanac Literature: Peter Fitzpatrick’s ‘Mayo Street’

Peter Fitzpatrick has had a wonderful career in the arts – especially writing and directing – and also as an academic. His third novel, ‘Mayo Street’, has just been released. Read more about Peter and his novel here.

Almanac Event (Dec 1): Drinks to celebrate the release of The Furphy Anthology 2023. All welcome.

You’re invited to the All Nations Hotel in Richmond to celebrate the release of The Furphy Anthology 2023 – Dec 1. All welcome.

Almanac Cricket – WBBL Grand Final: Adelaide Strikers v Brisbane Heat

The Adelaide Scorchers will host the Brisbane Heat in this weekend’s Grand Final of the 2023 WBBL. Here’s the how, when and where.

AFLW 2023 Grand Final: North Melbourne Kangaroos v Brisbane Lions

The Kangaroos take on the Lions in the 2023 AFLW Grand Final this weekend. Here’s what we can look forward to.

Almanac Book (Launch): ‘Celestial Footy: the story of Chinese heritage Aussie Rules’ by Patrick Skene

Patrick Skene has been at it again, this time authoring ‘Celestial Footy: the story of Chinese heritage Aussie Rules’. Read on for details of its release and associated events across Victoria. [Those who attended the Footy Almanac Grand Final Lunch will remember Patrick’s fascinating segment – Ed]

Balcony Banter: Ron Barassi Memorial

MCC Members researcher and historian Lynda Carroll reflects on the memorial held recently at the MCG for code legend Ron Barassi.

‘A life-long affair with racing…’ by KB Hill

KB Hill recently caught up with Pat Heffernan, a prominent identity in Wangaratta sporting circles. And he was a dab hand at car sales too!

Almanac Poetry: ‘You Wove Your Web For Me – Karl Dubravs

Karl Dubravs presents a poem of desire, and submission, ‘You Wove Your Web For Me’.

Almanac Cricket: A letter to ICC Hall of Fame inductee Aravinda De Silva

Aravinda de Silva is the 110th inductee to the ICC Hall of Fame. Mahela Jayawardena welcomes De Silva as the fourth Sri Lankan inductee to this exclusive club.

Almanac Cricket: What do you call six wickets in one six ball over?

If three wickets with consecutive balls is called a hat-trick, what do you call six wickets in one six-ball over? It’s a rum tale!

‘Speedster Darcy within sight of AFL dream…’ by KB Hill

It’s AFL Draft time. KB Hill runs his eye over one of the hopes from Wangaratta, Darcy Wilson.

Almanac Music: ‘The Melbourne Cup’ – Slim Dusty

Aussie music legend Slim Dusty sings his song, ‘The Melbourne Cup’.

Almanac Poetry: ‘The Race That Stops a Nation’ – Vivienne McCredie

To put you in the mood for the big race today, have a read of Vivienne McCredie’s terrific poem about the Melbourne Cup, ‘The Race That Stops a Nation’.

Almanac Melbourne Cup Think-tank: The time-honoured Almanac trifecta

The Melbourne Cup Eve get-together (via Microsoft Teams) is on again from 7.30pm Vic time tonight (Monday). All welcome. Deatils are in this post.

Almanac New Book Release – ‘Nicky Winmar: My Story’ by Nicky Winmar with Matthew Hardy

Thirty years after that iconic photo, Nicky Winmar’s much anticipated autobiography, ‘Nicky Winmar: My Story’, was released this week.

Almanac Community Responsibility: Victorian Veterans’ Needs Project

The Footy Almanac is pleased to support the Victorian Veterans’ Needs project on behalf of Dr Richard Evans.

‘The bread and butter jockey…’ by KB Hill

KB Hill catches up with Robbie Beattie, Victoria’s oldest active professional jockey. And what a story, as only KB can tell it!

Almanac Lunch: Cox Plate Eve with Con Marasco (Oct 27)

You are invited to lunch with legendary racing identity Con Marasco of ‘Punter to Punter’ fame. Join us at the Royal Melbourne Hotel on Friday, October 27.

Almanac Books: ‘Ashes 2023: A Cricket Classic’ – Gideon Haigh

Scribe Publications invites the Footy Almanac community to the launch of Gideon Haigh’s new cricket book, ‘Ashes 2023: A Cricket Classic’ on Thursday 2 November at The Yarra, Como Park.