Almanac Football: Respectfully, Rhyce and North Melbourne must part ways

Andrew Starkie suggests, with respect, that North Melbourne simply has to move on from Rhyce Shaw to find a new way forward. [This article was written before yesterday’s announcement. – Ed.]

Almanac Footy: I hope Browny kicks a heap of goals – A fan’s lament

Andrew Starkie is experiencing a wide range of emotions as he deals with the decision by his club, North Melbourne, to dispense with the services of Ben Brown.

Almanac Music: Reservoir Rockers

Sometimes it’s the little things that matter the most; Andrew Starkie has become part of a neighbourly trio of enthusiastic amateur musicians during lockdown.

Round 8 – North Melbourne v Carlton: Correct me if I’m wrong

The 2019 appointment of Rhyce Shaw may have looked like a lively way of rejuvenating the Roos after ten years of Brad Scott. But after Saturday’s loss to the Blues, Andrew Starkie was left questioning what was going on down at North Melbourne.

The day I met Kenny Rogers

The passing of modern music icon Kenny Rogers has touched several Almanackers – Andrew Starkie shares his experiences of watching ‘The Gambler’ up on stage in all his magnificence and frailties.

Almanac Music: Tamworth 2020 – From Little Things Big Things Grow

A magic moment at Tamworth for Andrew Starkie, as Kev Carmody and others join Paul Kelly in a moving rendition of “From Little Things, Big Things Grow”.

Almanac Memories – Bringing me back

Family memories remind Andrew Starkie that he is grateful for his upbringing making him the person he is today.

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.