Almanac Poetry: A greeting from Bruce Dawe

This piece was written by John Harms just after he had received a beaut greeting card from Bruce Dawe around Christmas time 2016. Bruce Dawe’s poetry, loved by many, was special to John Harms.

The Footy Almanac 2007 Round 1 – Western Bulldogs v Geelong

‘A delicious prospect’ – that’s how John Harms saw the 2007 opening round clash between the Western Bulldogs and his beloved Cats. Forever hopeful at the start, he left the ground with a sour taste in his mouth.

The Footy Almanac 2007 Round 1 – Melbourne v St Kilda

This is the very first match report from the very first edition of The Footy Almanac, on the internet for the very first time. John Harms opening the bowling, reporting on Melbourne v St Kilda.

Almanac Footy History: An afternoon of footy with Fred Goldsmith

Richard Davis’s piece about Fred Goldsmith reminded John Harms of the time in 2008 when he visited Fred at home in Spotswood and they watched the Swans take on Melbourne.

Almanac Life: State of mind? Or genuinely funny?

A movie has snuck under JTH’s guard.

Almanac Life: Kids and the language instinct

The kids were talking about words today.

Almanac Punting: The weather (late mail)

Need a dabble. Well weather markets are very popular at the moment, and JTH has stumbled across some good mail.

Back in time: footy coverage at the Almanac in 2020

The Footy Almanac is going back in time. As a community of writers and readers who love history and memoir, this is right up our alley. Check out this alternative to a real-time season.

Flattening the curve: an issue of urgent (clear) education and individual and collective responsibility

Confronting times.

Setting up your Almanac season: Footy Tipping, Tip the Top 8 and Membership

We could be spending a fair bit of time indoors in the coming weeks. Time to set up your 2020 season. [includes an interesting initiative – Ed]

Almanac Lunches: Canberra, Lenny Hayes, Britt Tully, QTRBCK, the National Press Club and Manuka Oval

The Footy Almanac Canberra Lunch, hosted by QTRBCK, will be held at the National Press Club on 3 April (before the GWS v Western Bulldogs game). All welcome.

It’s Hot

John Harms remembers hot days on the Darling Downs.

Almanac Music: Smoky Dawson’s ‘The Hero of the West’

At this time of the year, the hearts and minds of traditionalists turn to the Adelaide Oval and Rodney Marsh who made such an impression on the nation that Smoky Dawson produced this masterpiece (thanks to Graeme Orr and Australian Kitsch for alerting me to this).

Almanac Golf (and Weather): Dry

John Harms returned to Oakey again this holiday season. He played nine holes at his beloved Oakey Golf Club. There was no sign of rain.

The Greatest Sports Photo of 2019

This is a superb photo. The mighty Greens. Photo by Jasmine Hirst. [With some words from JTH – Ed]

Almanac Launch: We’re from Tigerland conducted by the MSO’s Ben Northey

The launch of The Tigers Almanac 2019 is Tuesday night (Dec 17). We’re looking forward to one of the great renditions of the Richmond Football Club song. To be led by none other than Ben Northey.

Almanac Music: Norman’s Rare Guitars

I was looking for Minuet in G when up popped this. Had never heard of Norman’s Rare Guitars. Got a spare half hour?

Daff’s father, Terry Daffey RIP

The Almanac community is saddened by the death of Terry Daffey (Paul Daffey’s father).

Tigers’ or Tigers Almanac: ambiguity and the apostrophe (RESOLVED)

Tigers’ or Tigers? It’s an interesting discussion.