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.

Galveston and me

How influential a song, a time, a longing for another – a longing for peace? Mickey Randall on the seminal track penned by Jimmy Webb, “Galveston”.

Round 21 – GWS v Adelaide: Junior and the Meat Tray

In this increasingly fractious world of dilemma and doubt, is there anything better for the soul than winning a meat tray asks Mickey Randall. And, what about a team of Juniors?

I’ve not left the house in four days…

‘…sitting in a medical clinic the doctor peered at the x-ray and asked, “Have you ever broken your foot?”’
Mickey Randall’s old footy injury ‘came home to roost’ recently and it was straight to surgery to sort it out.

Pub Review: Five Cups in Fremantle

Mickey Randall gives his expert review of five Freo pubs and the brews consumed at each – making your next trip to Fremantle much easier to find the best watering holes.

Cream of Cauliflower Soup and the No Repeat Workday

Mickey Randall’s most excellent trip from Adelaide to Melbourne provided many highlights, culinary and sporting alike.

Almanac Everything (including Music): Fruity Ale and a Fire Bucket

We weren’t expecting a survey like this on the Almanac pages but it certainly has merit – especially when presented within a missive which describes the sanctuary of Mickey Randall’s home.

Pub review: The Prince of Wales, Kapunda

Mickey Randall takes us back to the Prince of Wales pub, Kapunda in the days when “Puffa” Jansen was its colourful mine host. A real pub devoid of music, pokies, TV and meals; a rural watering hole where ‘to not be abused would be offensive’. Enjoy with a butcher of West End Draught!

Pub review: The Bunch of Cherries, Hertfordshire, AL4 0XG

Mickey Randall’s Friday afternoon pub for 30 months, The Bunch of Cherries in Hertfordshire, had less allure than an abattoir. “Red Brick Hideous”. Yet the worst pub in town may have been the best pub in town.