Melbourne Seminar (with Magnet Galleries and Manning Clark House): After Turnbull – Whither the ABC?

Magnet Galleries and Manning Clark House host this Melbourne seminar (Wed 21 Nov) where Fatima Measham, Gideon Haigh and Jeff Sparrow discuss all things ABC. Very timely. John Harms is the MC. All welcome.

Colossus: A story for our times

Jenny’s life force is resilient. She has a strength not seen. She is indefatiguable. Unbowed. Colossal. Andrew Starkie relates the story of Jenny and her son Craig, who suffers from mental illness.

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.

Almanac (Racing) Poetry: Melbourne Cup Blues

The Melbourne Cup can bring on the Blues.

The Thread’s Broken (RIP Sisto)

You need only be in Pellegrini’s for a moment to know Sisto loved his customers. This was obvious to everyone including Adam Fox as he reflects upon an icon within an icon.

Almanac Music: Classic Rock’s most underrated lead guitarists

The beauty of great rock guitarists is they manage to leave an indelible, unique mark on the genre despite having the same six strings and the same twenty-odd frets as every other player to work with. Alex Darling discusses some of his favourite guitar players.

TAB Epigram

Wilde about the flutter! The latest from wordsmith Damian Balassone.

Pub Review: The Exeter, Adelaide

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

Almanac Music – Blinded by the List: a Springsteen game for the whole family!

Not interested in horse racing or can’t wait for next footy season? Trucker Slim has come up with a game based upon the music of Bruce Springsteen as an alternative for you to while away your time instead.

Seminar – Lives of Sports Fans: Meaning in the Face of Inconsequence

Andy Fuller gives notice of an upcoming presentation at the University of Melbourne. PhD candidate Elena Balcaite will speak to her work into ‘the intersection of individual biography and grand narratives’.

The Gambler at the Guillotine

Damian Balassone’s latest offering provides a cutting edge view of the perils of the punt.

The Royal Tour: Oh cringe of cringes! What abasement!

I get the impression Dips is no fan of the royal family.

Almanac Music: Geography, geometry and the cartography of loss… revisiting Jimmy Webb’s By the Time I Get to Phoenix

As Smokie has got us in a musical mood, let’s revisit this Almanac classic from 2015, which even drew the attention of the great man Jimmy Webb himself. Make yourself a cup of tea and sit down with Cranky Pete’s wonderful discussion of ‘By the time I get to Phoenix’.

Almanac Music – Aussie album review: INXS “Shabooh Shoobah”

Smokie returns to share the seventh in his occasional series of Australian album reviews- this time “Shabooh Shoobah” by INXS.

Creeping Anzacism

Bernard Whimpress’s book on Australian cricket captain Joe Darling has just been released. It’s timely to return to an essay written by Bernard which offers his thoughts on the influence of the ANZAC phenomenon. [This paper was first published here in 2012 – Ed]

Almanac Art: Fort Delta presents the second event in their monthly ‘Art Dinner Series’ on Collecting Contemporary Art.

Fort Delta is excited to bring you the second event in our monthly ‘Art Dinner Series’ on Collecting Contemporary Art at our favourite local; The North Fitzroy Arms Hotel, to hear James Makin of James Makin Gallery and Andy Gomez of Fort Delta, in conversation on the topic of collecting contemporary art.

Almanac Cricket Dinner: Joe Darling biography with Bernard Whimpress and Graeme Ryan

Col had a wonderful night gaining fabulous insights into the extraordinary life of Joe Darling: cricketer, farmer, politician and family man.

Almanac Art: Introducing Darren ‘DJ’ Williams

These days DJ Williams has taken the leap of faith to try his hand at being a full time artist and writer. He has a special interest in footy history. Here’s some of his recent work.

Almanac Art: South Melbourne v Carlton and the 1909 VFL Season

DJ Williams tells the historic tale of the 1909 season, accompanied by his own original artwork.

Almanac Travel: Perspective

Dips and Frances O’Donnell spent September in Africa which was spectacular and confronting. The experience forced him to consider the things that are important. One incident in particular had a huge impact.