Bob Hawke, Brutalism and Banana Bread: Melbourne Trip 2019

Almanac lunches, Barrie Cassidy, the MCG and a selection of notable pubs: Mickey Randall and company take in the full Melbourne cultural experience, with nods to the departed Bob Hawke, and philosophical consideration of the nature of banana bread.

Pub Review: Hotel Victor, Victor Harbor

Sometimes a discount voucher is no bonus. Mickey Randall didn’t have the greatest time at the Hotel Victor.

Almanac Bushwalking: On Granite Island

Mickey Randall takes his boys to do a lap of Granite Island at Victor Harbor where they encounter a storied tree again. [Nice – Ed]

When too much football is barely enough

Mickey Randall really packed it in to his Saturday arvo, making time for three games of footy (and a horse race or two) in a classic case of “Too much sport being barely enough”.

Adelaide Oval in the Eighties: Rodney Hogg, Adidas Romes and Mondo Rock

‘Our world was still wonderfully small, and for a few days every summer Adelaide Oval was at its centre.’ Mickey Randall revisits a well spent youth where heaven was a day out at the cricket for the lads from Kapunda.

Pub Review: Sir John Franklin, Kapunda

Mickey Randall reviews in his inimitable style, that grand old pub, the Sir John Franklin Hotel in Kapunda.

The tomato and me

Ahh, the joys of the humble tomato! Mickey Randall tomatosises about their pros and cons.

Kapunda Cricket Club: The Comeback

Mickey Randall returns to the Kapunda CC and is selected to play alongside childhood mates. Best you read it. [Ripper yarn – Ed]

Almanac Backyards – Dad calls backyard cricket DRS trial a success

Mickey Randall writes about the joys of a game of backyard cricket with his boys, and in particular, the workings of the DRS.

Vampire Weekend’s Hannah Hunt

It’s an enthralling, alliterative name. Say it aloud. Hannah Hunt. It’s easy to pronounce. There’s an affable rhythm, and linguists suggest the repetition of “H” creates romantic introspection explains Mickey Randall as he falls in love with Hannah Hunt.

Four pubs and a funeral

Another fine piece from Mickey Randall on the sad (recent) day of the funeral of his mate Jeff.

Paul Kelly’s “How to Make Gravy” and me

Mickey Randall’s favourite Christmas song, Paul Kelly’s “How to Make Gravy”, is twenty-two. But it seems as though it’s been around forever. Like Love Actually, which premiered in 2003, they’re both part of the festive furniture, and signal the season’s arrival. Mickey explains.

Pub Review: The Cumberland, Glanville

So, if you’ve a raging thirst, or you want to hear one, then this pub is right there. And, should you wish, you can catch a train. Mickey Randall reviews The Cumberland Hotel in Glanville.

Almanac Pub Review: Lord Exmouth Hotel, Exeter

Another fabulous pub review from Mickey Randall, The Lord Exmouth Hotel in Exeter, SA.

Pub Review: The Birkenhead Tavern, Port Adelaide

Mickey heads to the Port Riviera to take in the Birkenhead Tavern and all she has to offer.

Almanac Pub Review: Magpie and Stump, Clare Valley

Mickey Randall and family are back on the road in search of a good pub, a decent stubby holder and a Greek rejuvenation story. They find all three.

Pub Review: The Exeter, Adelaide

Mickey Randall has been to another pub! Here is his review of the Exeter in downtown Adelaide.

Pub Review: The Crown, Victor Harbor

‘If petite bread rolls are doughy joy then the frisson when these arrive fresh from the oven is seismic. Surely a clear sign of a caring god, or at least, and this is not a given in our state, reliable electricity.’ Mickey Randall gives us his hilarious take on Victor Harbour watering hole, The Crown.

Pub Review: The Pretoria, Mannum

Mickey Randall reminisces about “crossing the courts” for after school drinks.

Pub review: The Holdy, Glenelg South

As a XXXX Gold beer ambassador, the highlight for Mickey Randall was a XXXX function at the Holdfast Hotel during which he spent some time with former Australian cricket captain, Allan Border. Here is his account.