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.

Collingwood dreaming 2018: new coat of paint

Is Tom Waits a Collingwood supporter? David Wilson dreams of people, of places, of Collingwood and of this team of 2018. “Let’s put on a new coat of paint…”

The #BettyInBronze campaign

David Wilson, great nephew of the Australian Women’s Cricket legend Betty Wilson, gives his thoughts about Bobby Macumber and Angela Pippos’ campaign to have her immortalised in bronze outside the MCG.

Almanac Satire – Please explain: Desmond interviews an AFL Executive

David Wilson’s character, interviewer extraordinaire, Des Troyer is again joined by our anonymous up-and-coming AFL Executive to discuss equality and fairness in the AFL.

Echoes of Dreamland: on footy and footy writing and 2018

As a teenager, David Wilson (as one of 1200) sang the hymn “Forty Years On” each year at school. Its “echoes of dreamland” live in 2018.
On footy, history, place, story, responsibility. Follow-up!

A Portrait of the Supporter as a Young Woman – part 2

ER continues his deep and thoughtful, poignant tale of a Portrait of the Supporter as a Young Woman.