Almanac Poetry: The Artist Formerly Known

The history of rock ‘n’ roll contains many novelty acts and artists with quirky stage names. In this week’s poem, Kevin Densley charts the rise and fall of a fictional rock ‘n’ roller along these lines. [Very mild language warning – Ed.]

Almanac Music: Australian Songs of Spring – Name a Personal Favourite

With the input of readers of The Footy Almanac website, KD is putting together a set of posts on seasonal Australian songs. So far, summer and winter have been covered. Now it’s time for the songs of spring. As usual, he puts forward a nomination of his own to get the ball rolling.

Almanac Poetry: Her First and Second Husbands

This Monday’s poem from Kevin Densley illustrates that, tragically, lightning can strike twice in the same place.

Almanac History – Ned Kelly the Fugitive: Three Newspaper Articles from 1880

This Friday’s column from KD is an historical piece highlighting three highly interesting 1880 newspaper reports connected to the Kelly Gang’s activities – especially Ned’s – after the Stringybark Creek murders of October 1878. One report concerns Ned and Joe Byrne being seen together in women’s clothing!

Almanac Poetry: In the Heartland

Politics can be funny at times, and members of the electorate can express themselves in a variety of ways. Kevin Densley recalls a time when George Bush Senior, on the US Presidential campaign trail, was mooned by an entire family!

Almanac Music: When Will You Fall For Me?

We all have those songs that go round and round in our heads, and get stuck there – this can be for days on end. In this Friday’s column, KD writes about his current one.

Almanac Poetry: Five Miles from…

In this Monday’s poem, Kevin Densley looks at the situation of the most iconic dog in Australian folklore.

Almanac Humour: He’s Got The Whole World In His Pants – Mondegreens

In this Friday’s column, KD writes about the unusual and typically amusing phenomenon of mondegreens – those mishearings/misinterpretations usually associated with songs and poems. [Thanks to ‘Swish’ Schwerdt for using the word in a response to a previous post of mine; it inspired this piece – KD]

Almanac Poetry: Irish

This Monday’s poem from Kevin Densley draws on family history, in particular his Irish ancestors, who, like many of their countryfolk, left their native land to start new lives around the world.

Almanac Poetry: A Notable Colonial Fistfight

Kevin Densley pays poetic tribute to an epic stoush between Ned Kelly and Isaiah ‘Wild’ Wright which took place 147 years ago this week.

Almanac Music: She Passed By Me At The Fair (Song Lyric)

Something a little different from Kevin Densley – his most recent song lyric, written only weeks ago. ‘With Irish ancestry on both sides of my family, this lyric for a traditional-sounding Irish folk ballad was bound to come out sooner or later. Imagine these words in a brief, melodic song, wistfully sung.’

Almanac Music: Favourite Songs of the Half-Remembered Kind

Do you have songs you really like but, for an extended period of time, can only partially remember them? In this Friday’s post, KD asks Almanackers this question, and puts forward an example of his own.

Almanac Poetry: Triptych

Kevin Densley’s poem reworks a classic 19th century French painting into an imagined three-part contemporary picture that critiques today’s consumerist society.

Almanac Music: Australian Winter Songs – Name a Personal Favourite.

Summer and music go so well together, as everyone knows. What about winter and music? In this piece, KD asks Almanackers to nominate a favourite winter song, and provides one of his own.

Almanac Poetry: A Change in the Atmosphere

Kevin Densley describes this week’s poem as “full-on Gothic horror”; eat your heart out, Poe!

Almanac History: Almanacs Through The Ages

In this Friday’s column, KD presents a very short history of almanacs in words and images.

Almanac Poetry: Sickle Moon

This Monday’s poem from Kevin Densley looks in detail at the sickle (or crescent) moon – compared to its gibbous and full cousins, it is found wanting!

Almanac Memoir and Music: Slade Forever!

Yeeeeeeaaaaaaahhhh, Slaaaaaaaaaaaade! In this Friday’s column, KD celebrates UK rockers Slade, a favourite band of his early teen years.

Almanac Poetry: Hieronymus Bosch’s ‘The Conjurer’ (c. 1502)

This week’s poem from Kevin Densley concerns Hieronymus Bosch’s famous painting and how foolish people can be.

Almanac Food: KD’s Kitchen – The Anchovy: Èlite Piscine Performer

Who loves anchovies? Who loathes them? There seems to be no middle ground when it comes to this salty little fish. In this week’s instalment of KD’s Kitchen, Kevin Densley argues strongly on the side of these who are fans.