A letter of thanks to U2: Surrender (The Joshua Tree tour, Melbourne)

They’re one of the biggest bands in the world, with a career spanning decades, but amidst the dark hours and a cast of thousands, our E.r experienced U2’s music in a way that resonated deep within his soul – here he shares the experience as best he can in mere words.

Whatever happens, Collingwood, you already won

As we await the two preliminary finals, the outcomes of which will be measured by the score, E Regnans considers other metrics. Having watched the club’s deeply human ethos emerge and then been given a further lens – the documentary From the Inside Out – he concludes that whatever happens tomorrow night the Collingwood FC and Nathan Buckley have already won. We can learn a lot from them. [A mighty fine piece – JTH]

Almanac Life – #hourlydaily scenes of life: 11-17 September 2019

David Wilson delivers another edition of #hourlydaily before taking a well-earned break. May we all get our Appreciation speech someday.

The Ashes 1989 – Sixth Test scrapbook

The Ashes tour of 1989 featured six Test matches. Australia was ahead 4-0 going into the Sixth Test at The Oval. Here is David Wilson’s final scrapbook of that famous 1989 Tour; articles collected as a 14-year-old.

Almanac Life – #hourlydaily scenes of life: 4-10 September 2019

What did David Wilson’s overhear during his travels last week, something naughty, something nice or just plain old everyday run of the mill stuff? Find out at #hourlydaily.

The Ashes 1989 – Fifth Test scrapbook

Here is David Wilson’s 1989 Ashes Tour scrapbook of the Fifth Test, Trent Bridge. Australia had already won the Ashes – with still two Tests to play. Day 1 at Trent Bridge was an Australian celebration…

Almanac Life – #hourlydaily scenes of life: 28 August-3 September 2019

What’s David Wilson overheard this week in his meanderings around town? Check out #hourlydaily here and find out.

The Ashes 1989 – Fourth Test scrapbook

Take yourself back to 1989. If Australia wins the Fourth Test at Old Trafford, Australia wins the Ashes…

Almanac Life – #hourlydaily scenes of life: 21-27 August 2019

David Wilson continues his #hourlydaily conversations that occurred over the past week.

The Ashes 2019 – Third Test, Day 4: Humans, if

Well. Headingley. Heraclitus of Ephesus said that we enter the river as one person and leave it as another. David Wilson sees Day 4 as a celebration of human fallibility.

Almanac Life – #hourlydaily scenes of life: 14-20 August 2019

David Wilson brings up the #hourlydaily ton, as he continues his observations of the little moments that reveal a lot.

The Ashes 1989 – Third Test scrapbook

ER has dug into his scrapbook once again and presents his record of the Third Test played at Edgbaston during the 1989 Ashes Test series.

The Ashes 2019 – Second Test, Day 3: SPD Smith transcends to Wonderland

SPD Smith is 13 not out at Lord’s. David Wilson says: “It’s fair to say that SPD Smith now operates beyond the reach of human influence. He bats now in a kind of “Strawberry Fields Forever”/”Penny Lane” Double A Side zone.”

Almanac Life – #hourlydaily scenes of life: 7-13 August 2019

ER continues his weekly #hourlydaily of catching snippets of conversations heard here and there to provide an interesting backdrop of everyday life.

The Ashes 1989 – Second Test scrapbook

It’s amazing what you find when rummaging through things at home! ER found a scrapbook he’d produced of the 1989 Ashes Test series. Here is his record of the Second Test at Lord’s.

Almanac Life – #hourlydaily scenes of life: 31 July-6 August 2019

The big revelations of small moments. David Wilson’s next installment of #hourlydaily.

The Ashes 2019 – First Test, Day 5: Platypus revisited

Australia won the First Ashes Test of 2019 by 251 runs, after floundering at 8/122 on Day 1. Some things are hard to explain using old understandings.

The Ashes 1989 – First Test scrapbook

Check out this scrapbook of articles from the First Test of the 1989 Ashes tour, 30 years on. Articles sourced from The Age by correspondent Martin Blake.

Almanac Life – #hourlydaily scenes of life: 24-30 July 2019

Another week around the traps for ER, and another week of overheard conversations for our delight.

Almanac Music: Twenty years old is “What rhymes with cars and girls”

Twenty years ago, another time and places, friends and acquaintances, some loved. ER bears his soul of times gone by as he relives “What Rhymes With Cars & Girls” by Tim Rogers and the Twin Set by replaying his story with his distinctive voice telling what those songs meant to him.