Almanac (Footy) Song: ‘The Ballad of Darcy Moore’

Simon Minahan has penned ‘The Ballad of Darcy Moore’ to the tune of Jimmy Webb’s ‘By the time I get to Phoenix’.

Almanac (New) Books: Gideon Haigh’s ‘Shelf Life’

It’s not a cricket book, but it is a Gideon Haigh book, which we’re always enthusiastic about here at The Footy Almanac. ‘Shelf Life’ is a collection of Gideon’s journalistic writing over the past 20 years; Gideon explains more within.

Almanac Music: Dave Kimber – Scavenger hunts in Beverly Hills and Malibu.

More adventures from Dave Kimber and his mates on scavenger hunts around Beverly Hills and Malibu.

Almanac Poetry: ‘The Practice Nets’ – Philip Hodgins

Footy is over, cricket is here and it’s time to hone up those cricketing skills! Philip Hodgins (1959 – 1995), in his poem ‘The Practice Nets’, reflects upon the role the nets play in the life of cricketers.

Balcony Banter: Ready to return

It’s been a very different year for the MCG. MCC Library sleuth Lynda Carroll writes about previous occasions when the ‘G’ coped with unusual circumstances resulting from a variety of causes.

Almanac Music: ‘The President Sang Amazing Grace’ – Kronos Quartet and Meklit

At this time of Presidential elections in the USA, a stirring memory; the Kronos Quartet and Meklit sing, ‘The President sang Amazing Grace’.

The Footy Almanac Melbourne Cup Soiree Trifecta and Sweep (assigned horses and results)

Following an afternoon of discussion and debate, here’s the Almanac trifecta for the 2020 Melbourne Cup. And the draw for the four Cup sweeps. Results now notified.

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 Music: ‘The Melbourne Cup’ – Slim Dusty

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

Podcast: Don Watson on Keating’s Redfern Speech, 1992

It’s considered one of the finest ever examples of Australian oratory. Tony Wilson shares with us speechwriter Don Watson’s take on then Prime Minister Paul Keating’s incredible Redfern Speech

Almanac Horseracing: Melbourne Cup lead-up races in one place

Here’s the form you need to sort out the 2020 Melbourne Cup. The seven important races – gathered from YouTube

Almanac (Footy) Songs: Dangerfield

Simon Minahan breaks his Almanac duck with a song. Shortly before the Grand Final, he penned these lyrics about Patrick Dangerfield, to be sung to Jimmy Webb’s tune ‘Galveston’. [Good to have your words on the Almanac site Simon – JTH]

Almanac Poetry: ‘Cricket at Worcester: 1938’ – John Arlott

One of the great poems about cricket by John Arlott reflecting the idyllic nature of the game.

Balcony Banter: No reign on the parade

MCC Member Grant Fraser looks back over the recent fortunes of the Hawthorn Football Club for ‘Balcony Banter’.

‘The Hopper who flew to the Sunshine State……..’ by KB Hill

KB Hill catches up with an old mate, Kevin ‘Turk’ Weule. They reminisce over Kevin’s playing career for North Albury and, later, Coorparoo in Brisbane.

Almanac Horseracing: The Almanac Cox Plate Sweep (results)

Here’s the results of our Cox Plate sweep.

Almanac Music: Dave Kimber and Surfing with James Arness  

The continuing tales of Dave Kimber, this time involving surfing and skiing in his native California. And of course, meeting a few celebrities along the way.

Almanac Poetry: ‘An Old Man’ – C.P. Cavafy

C P Cavafy, is a well known Greek poet who was prolific during the late 19th and early 20th century. ‘An Old Man’ reflects on time and wasted opportunities.

Almanac Rugby League – NRLW 2020 Grand Final: Brisbane Broncos v Sydney Roosters – Experience overcomes potential

The 2020 NRLW Grand Final was a torrid encounter between the Brisbane Broncos and the Sydney Roosters. Father and son team Ian and Liam Hauser covered the game from the perspective of each team.

Almanac Rugby League: NRL 2020 Grand Final: Panthers v Storm – Purple reigns over Panther parade

Melbourne Storm defeated the Penrith Panthers 26-20 in the 2020 NRL Grand Final. Guest writers Alan Whiticker (Penrith) and Jarrod Landells (Storm) give their take on the game.