Almanac Life: Hangin’ on the telephone

Why is it that the music you’re forced to listen to while ‘on hold’ on the telephone is so invariably awful? But there’s an exception to every rule, as Ian Hauser discovered recently.

NRL Round 21 and NRLW Round 1: A short road to the finals

The run into the NRL finals and the start of the 2023 NRLW season means a feast of footy in the next 12 weeks! Ian Hauser tries to find his winners.

State of Origin Game 3: A game of two halves

It was a game of two halves with NSW coming out on top in both attack and defence to defeat Queensland 24-10. Ian Hauser reviews Game 3 of State of Origin.

NRL Round 20 and State of Origin Game 3: Clean sweeps are rare

Clean sweeps are rare in State of Origin but Queensland has a good chance to record one tonight, according to Ian Hauser. He also includes his preview of the NRL’s Round 20.

NRL Round 19: Not as simple as it looks on paper

After getting one tip wrong by a mere 66 points last week, an homeward bound Ian Hauser offers his thoughts on Round 19 of the NRL season.

NRL Round 18 and State of Origin review: How quickly things change!

After observing another week of Australian rugby league from his base in London, our rugby league editor Ian Hauser thinks that all is not as it seemed just just a few weeks ago. (Perhaps it’s because he’s moved on to the very pretty village of Broadway in the Cotswolds.)

NRL Round 17 and State of Origin 2: Do or die

It’s do or die time for NSW in both the men’s and women’s 2023 State of Origin series. Ian Hauser offers a view from London.

NRL Round 16: Revelling in the uncertainty

The uncertainty of the NRL season was on display again last weekend. Throw in the disruption of the State of Origin period and it makes life very interesting. Ian Hauser offers the view from London.

Almanac Book Review: ‘Bush to Buckingham Palace: Crazy adventures of fun-loving cricketer’ by Rick Darling

Rick Darling’s anecdotal recall of his life in first class cricket, ‘Bush to Buckingham Palace’, makes for enjoyable reading, says our reviewer Ian Hauser.

NRL Round 15: Midseason grind with big rewards or mild disasters on offer

After last week’s bonanza of footy, it’s back to NRLland and Round 15 this week. Ian Hauser reports in from Lisbon.

A huge week for rugby league!

No matter whether near or far, wherever rugby league fans are, it’s a HUGE week! Ian Hauser reports in from London.

NRL Round 13: Crazy!

Far away in Old London Town, Ian Hauser can’t help but wonder what the hell is going on in the NRL after a crazy Round 12. Plus we get a look at the line-ups for Game 1 of State of Origen.

NRL Round 12: Questions from afar

The NRL continues to intrigue our rugby league editor even though he’s somewhere between Paris and London.

NRL Round 11: The Dolphins are Magic!

The Dolphins continued their almost magical entry to the NRL when they took a bite out of the highly fancied Sharks.

Almanac Rugby League – Magic Round 10: The footy gods are in sync

The footy gods were in church last weekend as they warmed to the theme of the day. This week it’s Magic Round in Brisbane.

Almanac Music: Vale Gordon Lightfoot

After the passing of Broderick Smith earlier this week, the music world has suffered another loss with the death of Canadian singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot.

Almanac Rugby League: NRLW 2023 season draw released

The season draw for the NRLW has been released with a bold approach to expand the women’s competition. See the latest in player signings too.

NRL Round 9: The best season for ages keeps on giving!

The best NRL season for ages just keeps giving – Round 8 had it all! This weekend’s Round 9 looks like keeping the ball rolling.

NRL Round 8: ‘Nothing is revealed’ muttered this little neighbourhood boy

The Sea Eagles v Storm slugfest highlighted another top round in the NRL. Our tipster even had a good weekend for a change!

NRL Round 7: Are we close to the first cull?

His tipping is abysmal but Ian Hauser can’t get enough of this chaotic NRL season! Who cops the ‘kiss of death’ this week?