Almanac Life: Buses, Trains and Automobiles

It wasn’t quite as adventurous as the journey Steve Martin and John Candy took in the film ‘Planes, Trains and Automobiles’, but Smokie’s trip was memorable nonetheless.

Almanac Music: the Top 50 ‘Like A Versions’

For years, Smokie has been a fan of Triple J’s ‘Like A Version’. In another epic, he reveals his favourite 50 tracks.

Almanac Life: The Rental Car

Smokie recounts the pleasures and perils of a jaunt with his family in a hire car on the French Riviera.

Almanac Life: The Pelican

Smokie recalls the day that he and his dad went fishing – and landed a pelican!

Almanac Life: The Painting

How many Almanackers have associated our regular columnist Smokie with the world of fine art? No? You Philistines! Here’s the tale to set you straight.

Almanac Life: The Grandfather

As he emerges from the fog of general anaesthetic, Smokie observes a fellow patient trying to cope with harsh reality of life’s wider struggles.

The 19th Man

Biased? One-eyed? No-one was ever as blatantly unfair as Forbsey, the reserves umpire whose performances bordered on downright cheating

Almanac Life: The Tightarse

It’s a sticky question, but for Smokie it’s easy to think of one ‘tightarse’ he knows. Enjoy as he humorously discusses the frugal disposition of ‘Ocker’, a former fellow employee with a desperate need to save up.

VAFA Premier B Section – Williamstown CYMS FC: The Ladder

Having climbed through the lower rungs of the VAFA, this Saturday the Williamstown CYMS Football Club will play its first ever match in Premier B Section. Smokie muses on the notion of climbing ladders.

Almanac Music: Paul Kelly’s 50 Best Songs

In this epic piece of fan-boy appreciation, Smokie lists his favourite Paul Kelly tracks – from 50 down to 1. (‘Epic’ is hardly adequate to describe this appreciation of PK’s work. – Ed.)

Almanac Music: The Best Australian Albums of 2020

Smokie has listened to plenty of music this year, much of it Australian. As we approach the end of 2020, he lists his best Aussie albums of the past twelve months.

Australia v India – First Test, Day 1: Heavyweight Bout Begins

Smokie Dawson presents his Day 1 report of the 1st Test clash Australia v India in Adelaide. The two heavyweights of Test cricket slug it out with the Aussies slightly ahead.

Almanac Life: The Yachts

Smokie fondly remembers some of his teenage exploits as a budding yachtsman on Hobsons Bay.

Almanac Life: The First Beer After Lock-Down

The first beer after lockdown tasted sweet. But Smokie explains why the hesitation remains


Seven months ago, in March 2020, ‘Smokie’ Dawson offered these thoughts as we moved into the full brunt of Covid-19. ‘Our generation has had a charmed run, says Smokie. But that is all about to change. It follows that the AFL will also be forced into change when we come out the other side of COVID-19. ‘

Almanac Life: The Glass Highway

It was to be the Dawson family’s first summer holiday. But it ended in despair on the side of the Cunningham Highway.

Almanac (Footy) Life: Folly In The Goalsquare

Five years after he’d retired from ammos footy, Smokie Dawson gets the call from TR, the coach of Willy CY’s reserves. Here’s what happened. [This is a piece from ‘Footy Town’, a collection of stories about country, suburban and amateur footy – Ed]

Almanac Life: Marathon Man

Smokie recalls the elation of the first of his four Melbourne marathons.

Almanac Life: An Innocent Man

Smokie muses on the wrongful arrest of one of his mates at the 1985 Boxing Day Test match.

Almanac Life: ’30 for 30′ – Who’d make the Aussie cut?

Instead of watching the news on TV, Smokie Dawson is now watching American sports themed shows on ’30 for 30′. He wonders which Aussie sporting greats would make the cut on an Aussie version of the show.