Almanac Lunch Report – Matt Zurbo’s ‘Heart & Soul’

E Regnans had never met Matt Zurbo until he went to the Almanac Lunch at the North Fitzroy Arms Hotel to hear him talk about ‘Heart & Soul’ and introduce some of the well-known footballers he interviewed for the book. [Sounds like a cracking lunch – Ed]

Almanac Life – #hourlydaily scenes of life: 10-16 July 2019

Snatches of overheard conversation from the past week; observed by David Wilson.

Almanac Life – #hourlydaily scenes of life: 3-9 July 2019

ER is intrigued by the snatches of conversation often heard during daily meanderings. He has posted a selection of these accounts from the past seven days. [Record what you have heard in the comments section- Ed]

VAFA Premier B Round 10 – Fitzroy v Monash Blues: Rattle and Hum

The winter solstice sees David Wilson along to Brunswick Street Oval to watch Fitzroy play footy. It is a journey of past and present; of people and place.

Almanac TV: A brief letter of thanks to Ricky Gervais for “After Life”

E.regnans is quite taken with Ricky Gervais’ “After Life”, available on Netflix. (Warning – there is some explicit language in this piece).

Almanac Roadtrips – To Uluru: Part 5. Right here

E.regnans and family make it to Uluru. It makes E.regnans wonder. His big questions are answered by his children. This is the final part of ER’s roadtrip series. [Thanks for this ride ER – JTH]

Almanac Roadtrips – To Uluru: Part 4. Compelled

“Compelled,” wrote Patrick White. And now E.regnans and family are drawn closer to the geographical centre of Australia as they endure the heat of summer on Day 4 of their roadtrip Uluru.

Almanac Roadtrips – To Uluru: Part 3. Fried egg

To Uluru. Day 3. In temperatures approaching 50 degrees E.regnans and family motor their way towards the Dead Heart, across the parched, desolate ancient seabed.

Almanac Roadtrips – To Uluru: Part 2. “Does it have a pool?”

Day 2 of the summer roadtrip of E.regnans and family. From Bordertown to Port Augusta. They take the back road through the Hills to Tanunda where the Apex Bakery is closed. And on to Port Augusta where he observes grey nomads and caravan life.

Almanac Roadtrips – To Uluru: Part 1. “It’s working!”

In the summer just gone, David Wilson and family drove a motorhome from Melbourne to Uluru. It was a journey that revived many memories, and developed many meanings. This is Part 1 (Day 1), the drive to Bordertown.

Portrait of a Club in Hard Times

In this poignant fictional offering, ER paints a telling portrait of the struggling bush club where changing times test the resilience of local stalwarts. (Some beautiful imagery here. – Eds.)

A meditation on this Australia. Australia v India: this near wild heaven

David Wilson leans on R.E.M. in this meditation on Australia, 2018 – the place, the idea, the “vibe” that represented Australian men’s cricket this past week in Adelaide.

ICC World Cup 2015 – South Africa v India: Betty Wilson honoured as the Pirates of India rise again

Momentum for the ‘Betty Wilson Statue’ continues to build. Let’s revisit David Wilson’s piece that marked a special moment for the Wilson family when his great aunt Betty was inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame (posthumously) along with Anil Kumble (very much alive) on a day when India took possession of the MCG.

Letter to Cricket Australia: View from the outer suggests you need to take responsibility

This piece was first published in April 2018. We re-visit it here…

Cricket Australia managers suspend three players, announce an internal review into culture but continue to act in their roles. In this letter David Wilson suggests that they need to step down.

Lost to cricket: a fan’s lament

Cricket Australia is not cricket. But long time player and fan David Wilson feels lost. And Australian cricket has lost him. [Includes John Arlott’s poem: “Cricket at Worcester: 1938” – Ed]

Almanac Cricket – Speeches given on the occasion of Betty Wilson being inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame

As the campaign for a Betty Wilson statue outside the MCG continues, let’s revisit the night Betty was inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame. David Wilson shares the text of speeches given on this occasion – one given by his Dad, Ken – Betty’s nephew. [Wonderful – JTH]

Grand Final – West Coast v Collingwood: And now we are done

For David Wilson, a day begun young ended old. But tomorrow is another day.

Collingwood dreaming 2018: When the war is over

In his second Collingwood dreaming of 2018, David Wilson wonders about connection and luck; about chance and the stories we tell ourselves. And is grateful.

Second Semi Final – Collingwood v GWS: When Jeremy Howe defies physicists and mystics

David Wilson and the buds are at the MCG to see what he describes as an “open savanna of a match” and “a 1500 metre race of a match”. But it’s Jeremy Howe’s moment that is the focus of his poetic prose. What a moment! What a mark!

Finals Week 1 – West Coast v Collingwood: Pies make an omelette

“It’s a rare night that sees us step into the bar wearing full-body white chemical-spill jumpsuits.” It’s a September Saturday night and David Wilson gives into Collingwood temptation.