Everyday Obituaries: Brendan ‘Bourkie’ Bourke

Bourkie, one of life’s great characters, died a few weeks ago. His funeral was a magnificent tribute to his rich life. This is PJ Brangan’s eulogy introduced by John Harms.

Round 7 – Geelong v Essendon: Dips, I’ll fill you in.

For Dips – some notes on Geelong’s win last week. Can anyone else help fill Dips in? [Busy week – JTH]

Almanac Music: Introducing Heed the Porter (especially today, May 10, because their single comes out today)

Heed the Porter are an alt rock/blues band from Brisbane. They have much to offer. Do yourself a favour…

Almanac Racing – Warrnambool Carnival: Pilgrims’ Progress

We love re-visiting this yarn at Bool time…

John Harms leaves home at sunrise for a pilgrimmage to the Bool. He meets quite a few fellow-travellers.

Almanac Poetry: Les Murray – ‘Nocturne’

Sadly, Les Murray died yesterday. We featured this poem, ‘Nocturne’, in the early days of the Almanac site. It is one of John Harms’s favourite Les Murray poems.

Ultimate Wool Teams: Vic, Riverina, WA and SA

In this week’s Footy Record a (provisional) National Wool Team will be announced. It’s picked from these four regional squads.

Almanac Books: Not Bad Thanks is a hoot

If you want an entertaining examination of mateship and sporting obsession, John Harms thinks Graeme Willingham’s ‘Not Bad Thanks’ is an excellent investment. For extracts, and details on how to obtain the book, please read further.

Kate Burke’s mighty roost, The Saints and all things Think Agri

Kate Burke is a great supporter of the Almanac. Her ag consultancy Think Agri is a sponsor. And she can roost a footy as this photo shows.

Almanac (Footy) History: 1963 Grand Final – Geelong v Hawthorn, final quarter

Peter Flynn has found the YouTube of the final quarter of the 1963 Grand Final. The link is here. [Includes some observations from JTH. Add yours – Ed]

Local Footy: Adelaide Lutheran, premiers 1986.

This was first published a few years ago for the 25th anniversary of the 1986 Adelaide Lutheran premiership. Well, five years have rolled on. The 1986 players are getting together with the 1991 premiership players (how many played in both?) this Saturday. Here’s the story of the first quarter. [Forget Gordon Agars – Ed]

Finals Week 1 (2016) – West Coast v Western Bulldogs: Dogs’ day away

Remember when Liam Picken played a manic forward role in the Thursday night final in Perth! John Harms on the remarkable September upset from the Western Bulldogs over the Eagles that night. [One of Liam Picken’s finest – Ed.]

Round 1 (2009) – Richmond v Carlton: Ransacked by Visigoths

This piece by John Harms was published just after the opening round in 2009. Stainless Steele’s series reminded us to reprise it here.

Sarah’s Big Swim – Part 2: Australia is hot

Sarah Wapling continues to train for Sarah’s Big Swim. This is the traditional Equino report outlining what she has done over the past four weeks or so.

Best pubs of all time?

Your top five pubs?

A tribute to Les Carlyon

John Harms knew Les Carlyon by his words. He pays tribute to the classic Australian story-teller.

Almanac Horseracing: Our Andy’s Paisley Park wins the Stayers’ Hurdle at Cheltenham

Almanac form analyst and red wine connoisseur Andy Gemmell’s horse Paisley Park has won the Stayers’ Hurdle at Cheltenham. Go you good thing! [Watch the race and also read the profile – Ed]

Almanac events in Perth – March 27 and 28

Two Almanac events will occur in Perth in March. Look out for further details as they come.

Almanac Cricket (Terminology): What is the correct name for the box/protector/cup?

The humble box has come under scrutiny in the last 24 hours – since Mickey Randall purchased a new one for a forthcoming return to cricket. What are the different terms used for a ‘box’? And, ni this piece, John Harms has included videos of the most famous cricket box incident in history – featuring David Bumble Lloyd.

Almanac Saturday Life: Ted’s big day

Ted Bradley is jet-setting and in sparkling touch again.

Sarah’s Big Swim – Part 1: This is Sarah

Sarah’s Big Swim is one of THE sporting events of 2019. John Harms explains. [That would be Sarah Wapling – Ed]