Almanac Music – Billie Holiday: Three Songs

Peter Crossing reflects on the legacy of Billie Holiday through three of her greatest songs.

First Test of the Elite Test Series, Australia v India – Day 1

A great man said, “It’s easy to see without looking too far, that not much is really sacred”, and with that in mind, Peter Crossing lets his cricket imagination flow.

My Mate Dave

There was something of a fighter in Dave, particularly when his eyes bore into you with that steely gaze. And there was also something very gentle. Peter Crossing fondly remembers his mate; a great man, and a great groundsman.

Alt Federal Cryptic Quiz

Peter Crossing(word) gives us a St Francis load of footy related clues without the fiddly grid to worry about. Put the kettle on, grab a sharpened 2H and go your hardest.

Almanac Music – Lazy Lester: The Same Thing Could Happen To You

Peter Crossing pays tribute to blues man Leslie ‘Lazy Lester’ Johnson who passed a short while ago at 85 years young.

Round 23 – Melb v GWS: A Weekend of Melbourne Culture

Peter Crossing gives an entertaining account of the various forms of culture he imbibed across the Melbourne weekend, from the NGV to the MCG and other pleasant haunts. ‘The Arts’ in all their multi-faceted glory. Very Melbourne.

Almanac Book Review: Adelaide Sporting Sites by Bernard Whimpress, Santo Caruso and individual contributors

Bernard Whimpress, Santo Caruso and a band of contributors have compiled a history of Adelaide sporting sites. Peter Crossing reviews a book he finds rich in detail and historical knowledge.

The Ashes

Peter Crossing pens an Australian cricket obituary in light of the ball tampering scandal.

Tribute From an English Sports Fan to His Friend

Peter Crossing provides this touching vignette from Day 2 of the Adelaide Test.

Sovereign Borders XI

There’s plenty of defending Borders but no Allans in this XI

Ode to Ross Oakley – and Sheeds

Peter Crossing has written a thank you to Ross Oakley and Kevin Sheedy for helping expand the VFL/AFL.

Almanac Music: New Lost World

In these trying political times, Peter Crossing looks at the power of music in making a change in society.

Round 18 – Richmond v GWS: Toby, Toby, Toby

It was a game all about Toby Greene.

Cycles, Troughs and Peaks

Peter Crossing expertly summarises the AFL season to date. [So who finishes in the top 8?]

Almanac Music: In Praise of Lucky Oceans – and Robyn and Doug

Peter Crossing laments the loss of some great music shows from Radio National. The ABC’s decommissioning may save on dollars but has come at a greater cost?

Australia’s National Day

On the occasion of January 26 and what it now means, Peter Crossing delves into Australia’s sporting history to look for a suitable date for celebrating the nation that exists on this island continent. [Thought-provoking – Ed]

Almanac Cinema – The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years

Peter Crossing has good things to say about Ron Howard’s Beatles movie, in fact it’s “an absolute joy”.

Almanac Documentary: Paris or the Bush – The Story of the Cods

Peter Crossing reviews Paris or the Bush – The Story of the Cods, a documentary on an extraordinary rowing crew from Murray Bridge. [Read this! I am so looking forward to seeing this doco. JTH]

Almanac Cricket: The reverse sweep and other phenomena

With the Aussie cricketers battling on the sub-continent, Peter Crossing makes a few salient points in relation to Australian Cricket’s health.

Round 2 – GWS v Geelong: Hoskin-Elliott soars to the stratosphere while Mumford takes the more direct approach

Peter Crossing sees the Giants come of age in their best performance at Manuka and arguably their best win against a quality opponent.