Almanac Music (Jazz): ‘St James Infirmary’ by Louis Armstrong and His Savoy Ballroom Five (1928)

In this Friday’s column, KD looks at a jazz standard recorded by Louis Armstrong and His Savoy Ballroom Five in 1928, ‘St James Infirmary’. Since then, there have been hundreds of recordings of this song.

Almanac Poetry: Near Drowning at St Leonards Beach, Victoria, 1967

A father saves his young son from drowning. Kevin Densley describes this week’s poem as ‘particularly close to home’.

Almanac Life: The Art of Indian Head Massage

In this Friday’s column, KD writes about his most unusual qualification, and invites Almanackers to comment and/or share theirs.

Almanac Poetry: Bert Watts’s Pies

His grandfather blamed café owner Bert Watts; his father, a butcher – but what really happened? In this week’s poem, Kevin Densley uncovers the truth.

Almanac Music: Australia’s Best Song Revisited

When it comes to listening to music, many people are “mood listeners”. In this vein, KD revisits his “Best Australian Song” Footy Almanac piece, to ask Almanackers what songs may have slipped through the cracks in the extensive discussion that followed it. He also provides a new song nomination of his own.

Almanac Poetry: Bob Craig’s Funeral

In this Tuesday’s poem, Kevin Densley recalls a small, particularly sad funeral he attended (the real name of the deceased has been changed), many years ago, where a notable local sportsman gave a memorable eulogy.

Almanac Music: Romantic Guy

This week’s Friday offering from Kevin Densley concerns a song he wrote, sung, played and recorded in the bedroom of a Geelong mate about thirty-five years ago. The song itself is included with the story behind it. One mate told KD it reminded him of Paul McCartney, another said John Lennon. Almanac listeners – you be the judge!

Almanac Poetry: Ode to Cigarettes Past

In this week’s poem, reformed smoker Kevin Densley looks back on the “golden age” of cigarettes. One issue for readers to decide is how firmly his tongue is in his cheek!

Almanac Food: KD’s Kitchen – Favourite no-longer-available food item. Discuss.

In the latest instalment of KD’s Kitchen, Kevin Densley nominates a favourite food item that is no longer available – and invites Almanac readers to respond with their own.

Almanac Poetry: Mister Vernacular

In this week’s poem, Kevin Densley deals with a range of colourful expressions, many of Australian origin.

Almanac Life: Two blokes walk into a pub (Part 1)

In comradely spirit, Kevin Densley and Roger Lowrey joined forces to write a two-part piece about their recent lunch at the Petrel Hotel in Geelong West. Here’s Part 1 from Kevin Densley.

Almanac Poetry: Goodbye Georgie

Legendary footballer, the late George Best, famously said: “I spent a lot of money on booze, birds and fast cars. The rest I just squandered.” This week’s poem from Kevin Densley is an “In Memoriam” piece about the man fellow Almanacker and World Game expert, Roy Hay, called “the Irish wizard”.

Almanac (World) Cinema: Icelandic Feature Films Involving Sport

In 2020, KD’s Footy Almanac article about Icelandic cinema attracted considerable interest. Now, his focus is upon feature films from Iceland associated with sport.

Almanac Poetry: Fake Ned

Kevin Densley’s poem concerns a photograph which was at one time verified as being of Ned Kelly, but later proved not to be so.

Almanac Memoir (and Music): Fool For You Anyway

Patrick White Award-winning novelist, short story writer and essayist, Carmel Bird described this autobiographical KD piece about youthful love as ‘a beautiful story. So simple, so sad, so true’.

Almanac Poetry: The Decline of Western Civilisation

This week’s poem from Kevin Densley is a short poem about a very big subject. He hopes that readers will find it ‘wonderfully pithy’.

Almanac Short Fiction: ‘A Pest Exterminator’s Tale’

KD describes ‘A Pest Exterminator’s tale’ as “a short story originally drafted a couple of decades ago and worked upon here and there ever since. It’s about many issues, including phobias, and has echoes of ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’. The environment is very much Geelong’s waterfront of decades ago, when it was still seedy and run-down and just starting to undergo the process of gentrification and renewal.”

Almanac Poetry: Jack Bradshaw and ‘Lovely’ Riley

This week, it’s ‘back to bushranging’ in the poetry of Kevin Densley – but his subjects, in this instance, Jack Bradshaw and ‘Lovely’ Riley, are not your typical bushrangers. His poem is about the exploits of a pair of oddballs who ‘were more like a bad vaudeville act than a duo to be feared.’

Almanac Teams: A Real Bushrangers’ Australian Rules “Twenty”

This week, KD supplies an Australian Rules bushrangers’ “Twenty”, made up of actual bushrangers. You know it’s a strong side when ‘Bold Jack’ Donohue, ‘The Wild Colonial Boy’, just scrapes in on a half-back flank!

Almanac Poetry: Mickey Mouse’s Cranial Vault

In this week’s poem, Kevin Densley parallels modern American history with the evolution of Mickey Mouse.