Odd Friday Lunch (Feb 1): Denis Pagan

After a summer break, the Odd Friday Lunch is back, with Denis Pagan as the first guest of 2019. He’s always got something to say.

Almanac Summer: Simple Lethargic Motion

John Harms writes of summer heat, Greek cafes and Physics.

Party! Dec 12. The Eagles Almanac Melbourne Launch

Our end of year function – the launch of The Eagles Almanac 2018 and Almanac Christmas Drinks all rolled into one night – will be held on Dec 12 at the North Fitzroy Arms. All welcome. Details in this post. [Free event of course – drinks at pub prices. Comp pub nibblies.]

The Case of False Identity on a Scanlen’s Footy Card

Who is this? Please help. Someone must know him. It may well be Rod Stokes. Can we find Rod Stokes?

Almanac/Odd Friday Lunches – Nov 23: Greg Miles

All welcome at lunch to hear from legendary race caller Greg Miles as he talks about his life in racing. Copies of his book available.

Melbourne Seminar (with Magnet Galleries and Manning Clark House): After Turnbull – Whither the ABC?

Magnet Galleries and Manning Clark House host this Melbourne seminar (Wed 21 Nov) where Fatima Measham, Gideon Haigh and Jeff Sparrow discuss all things ABC. Very timely. John Harms is the MC. All welcome.

Almanac 2018 Melbourne Cup Eve Lunch Selections: Another losing year.

Unfortunately we missed out again. Close with the trifecta. Miles off with the first 4.

Almanac Golf: We can win this

The first golf team – P. Flynn, Medium Dazza Smith, Jake Norton (of the Wandering Eye) and JTH – to represent The Footy Almanac ventured to Barwon Heads. Here’s what happened. [First published 2012]

Par (in AFL Footy)

West Coast Dave used an interesting expression in one of his pieces for The Eagles Almanac. He suggested one of the teams was ‘about par’. See what he means here.

Almanac Art: Introducing Darren ‘DJ’ Williams

These days DJ Williams has taken the leap of faith to try his hand at being a full time artist and writer. He has a special interest in footy history. Here’s some of his recent work.

Looking for someone who did the Nullarbor road trip to get to the Grand Final

  Hi Eagles’ supporters   If you know anyone who did the Perth-Melbourne drive for the Grand Final, or you did it yourself, please let me know.   j.t.h@footyalmanac.com.au   Would love to hear their story.   JTH

The Glorious Nineteenth (at Murtoa)

September 19 is the anniversary of the first start of John Harms’s first ever horse, the great mare Courting Pleasure, known as Dog on Fire, or just The Dog. She started at Murtoa in the Wimmera region of Victoria. Coincidentally, this Saturday the Murtoa Cup will be run at Murtoa. [JTH will host the marquee at the 2018 Murtoa Cup this Saturday – Ed]

A Sportswriter’s Companion: Annie the Wonder Dog

Peter Argent is an institution of South Australian sport. Recently he lost his faithful companion.

When Travis saved the world

John Harms has always loved Travis Varcoe. This piece was published in 2011.

An Olympic Park Memory

John Harms remembers Little Athletics and Olympic Park in Melbourne.

Small steps, big steps: the story of O Tecnico and his boys

This is the story of a team of young players and their coach. By John Harms.

Almanac Odd Friday Lunch: With Garry Wilson (August 3)

Champion Fitzroy rover Garry Wilson joins us for lunch at the North Fitzroy Arms on Aug 3. All welcome.

The Reclink Community Cup: Melbourne (June 24) and beyond

Did anyone make it to the Reclink Community Cup in Melbourne this year? We’d love to hear of your experience – even in a comment at the end of this post. And dates for other Community Cup events around Australia are included in this post.

Revisiting a cricket rant from Feb, 2011 – has anything changed?

This piece, about the state of cricket and the approach of Cricket Australia, which critiques the hyper-commercialisation of the game, was published in February, 2011.

It’s interesting to read now, given the escalation of T20 cricket, and also what has transpired in recent months, and the public’s response. It would be interesting to read John Harms’s view of cricket now, and also of the AFL (given his concluding comments way back then).

Almanac Cricket – ODI: England v Australia at Trent Bridge

If you like crazy numbers it’s worth checking out this scorecard from last night’s ODI between England and Australia. [I didn’t even know it was on – JTH]