Almanac Life: Eloise Learns to Ride

Andrew Starkie has a story about his daughter, a bike, and important first steps.

Northern Football Netball League – Division 1 Grand Final: Three-quarter time huddle

Underdogs West Preston-Lakeside FC with some good old fashioned guts and determination defeat the red hot favourites Greensborough FC in the Northern Football Netball League Division 1 Grand Final as Andrew Starkie reports.

Rain

Andrew Starkie gets lyrical about the weather, particularly the rain, and wet weather footy.

Almanac Real Life: Tommy

Andrew Starkie tells the story of ‘Tommy’ who has battled long and hard, jumped more hurdles than most, been put through more hoops than many. But he’s resilient and, with a little help, seems to be coming through it to a better place. [An uplifting story – Ed.]

Round 11 – North Melbourne v Richmond: A new dawn, baby

Andrew Starkie is a satisfied man, unlike his mate Daff, as the Roos upset the Tigers in their Round 11 match.

Tom Boyd

Andrew Starkie looks at the football odyssey of Tom Boyd, from number one draft pick to retirement at age 23.

Round 7 – Carlton v North Melbourne: This was about them

As much as he enjoyed the win, Andrew Starkie finds it hard not to talk about how bad the Blues were.

Round 4 – North Melbourne v Adelaide: Nightmare redeemed!

Past nightmares haunted Andrew Starkie and his mate, about whether the Roos could overcome the Crows in their Round 4 match. In the end, they had little to worry about!

Almanac Music – Tamworth 2019: it’s all about the yarn

From Bushwackers to cricket watching receptionists, Andrew Starkie and his mate Defa, enjoy their annual sojourn to the country music capitial of Australia. Its got the lot!

Christmas

Andrew Starkie writes about his Christmas-New Year experience. [An example of less saying more, fine writing – JTH]

Colossus: A story for our times

Jenny’s life force is resilient. She has a strength not seen. She is indefatiguable. Unbowed. Colossal. Andrew Starkie relates the story of Jenny and her son Craig, who suffers from mental illness.

Beginnings and Endings

Some recent sad news from a family friend has given Andrew Starkie a chance to reflect on the relationships he has to people he loves and the beginnings and endings we all face in life.

Billy’s Reality

Andrew Starkie details the long road shared by friends, one navigating the rollercoaster of addiction and meetings along the way between them in the experiences of life.

First Day of School

Andrew Starkie shares a poignant tale of the disarming, charming and at times, alarming nature of parenthood

Tamworth: the ritual

Andrew Starkie writes on Tamworth, on old mates and on ritual.

We are Green and Gold (2014)

Andrew Starkie lost a dear footy friend, Matt McNeil, at the age of 43. He reflects on their time together in the Old Collegians team in the WDFL and their adventures in Warrnambool. [Superb tribute – JTH]

Round 23 – Brisbane v North Melbourne: Love and integrity

Starkie reflects on what makes footy so special to him after being asked one simple question by his daughter.

Almanac Music: The River

Andrew Starkie has a look back to his childhood spent with his best mate, Patrick McGinness. The connection has stayed strong with the help of a mutual love for Bruce Springsteen.

Almanac Music: Tamworth – Light on the Hill

Andrew Starkie realises the Tamworth Music Festival is one of the beautiful things in this world that gets him excited to write.

Billy: the addiction’s doing push-ups

Andrew Starkie has been keeping us up to date with the struggle of Billy*. Here’s the next instalment.