Almanac Life: Bottle and Bird

Mickey Randall had too much time on his hands, as his story tells.

Almanac Beer Review: Prancing Pony and Smiling Samoyed at the Normanville pub

A kaleidoscopic spread of brews crossed the paths of Mickey Randall and Co. at Normanville’s historic pub; some were more palatable than others.

Almanac Beer: Southwark Bitter

Mickey Randall presents his considered thoughts about Southwark Bitter.

Almanac Life: Things I Like

In an extensive list of moments, people and ideas that ranges from Shane Warne to garfish, Mickey Randall’s list of things he likes is entertaining to follow.

Pub Review: Mount Mary

‘As we all know life is better with goat’. Mickey Randall offers another classic pub review.

The Lake Lap

‘Tis the season for getting on the sun-drenched bitumen! Mickey Randall relays a quirky family tradition amid the memories of driving around Lake Bonney.

Book Review: ‘Lament’ by Nicole Kelly

Mickey Randall reviews fellow Almanacker Nicole Kelly’s recent release ‘Lament’.

Almanac Music: How to Make Gravy reimagined

Mickey Randall listened to a podcast on the ABC related to Paul Kelly’s ‘How to Make Gravy’ that looked at the storyline from the perspectives of Dan and Mary.

Almanac Food and Horseracing: The Bung Fritz Appreciation Society Handicap

Mickey Randall explains the origins of The Bung Fritz Appreciation Society and their involvement in horseracing.

Almanac Life: First Swim

The day was hot, so it’s time for the togs and the first swim of the season as Mickey Randall explains.

Almanac Life: The West End Brewery and me

Mickey Randall contemplates the demise of West End Brewery.

Almanac Life: Onkaparinga Gorge – farts, sticks and socks

Mickey Randall got the chance to wander in the spring sunshine at a nearby gorge with four boys. It left him reminiscing of days gone by and the terrific film Stand By Me.

Almanac Pub Review: In which our heroes discover that the Victoria Hotel is victorious and the Terminus Hotel is terminal

Claire and Mickey Randall took in a couple of pubs in Strathalbyn and encountered contrasting experiences. It seems like the names of the pubs matched their prospects!

Almanac Life: The Little Barbecue Who Could

Join Mickey Randall as he spends an idyllic Sunday morning at the “world’s most forlorn barbecue”.

Almanac Pub Review: The Exeter, Semaphore

Mickey Randall heads to the Exeter in Semaphore (in Adelaide) and recalls canned peas and canned corn and bachelorhood.

Almanac Pub Review: The Palais, Semaphore

“If coleslaw is the CD player….. does that make quinoa the trendy streaming service?” Yes, it’s another Mickey Randall pub review. This time, Semaphore’s The Palais is under scrutiny.

Almanac Life: A Pretty Possessive Apostrophe

The joy of an apostrophe is a delight to behold explains Mickey Randall.

Almanac Pub Review: The Greenock, Barossa Valley

In Mickey Randall’s time, Greenock has become a ‘destination’. But the pub remains a sanctuary. [Includes traces of cricket stories – JTH]

Almanac Life: 92 days

It’s been 92 days since Mickey Randall took a stroll to the Broady pub in Glenelg. His forthcoming visit finds him ‘excited and strangely nervous’.

Fish and Chips Review: Sotos of Semaphore

Claire and Mickey have been checking out the fish and chips available down Semaphore way. Inclement weather mixed with satisfying cuisine to the accompaniment of eclectic music.