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.

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.

Peter Norman Week 2018

As we come up to Peter Norman week (Oct 9 -Oct 16), Glen! revisits the story of the man that stood tall with Tommy Smith and John Carlos at the 1968 Mexico Olympics.

Almanac Music (and AFL premierships): ‘Eagle Rock’ and the origin of The Down Trou

Given the West Coast’s victory, we’re thinking the state of WA should celebrate with a choreographed and coordinated Down Trou. Or a whole year of it – every time the opening riff is heard. This is something about its elusive origins written by an ardent Pies fan Lord Malcaster:

The Down Trou has become world famous. Lord Mulcaster remembers its Union College origins. He was reminded of those grand days recently when he was at a Union College re-Union Ball at City Hall in Brisbane. When that riff plays, there is only one thing to do…

Kids’ Footy Stories

Some news from Old Dog and family who are still Up North, including a new project which has him writing and illustrating 365 kids’ stories in 365 days. [Remarkable – ed]

Pub Review: The Pretoria, Mannum

Mickey Randall reminisces about “crossing the courts” for after school drinks.

Footy teams have away strips – why not away anthems?

All clubs have their team song to sing after yet another win. But what about a club anthem – think Liverpool’s ‘You’ll never walk alone’ in the EPL. What about your club? Robert Allen starts a new discussion with the AFL in mind, but don’t let that stop you from including your code of preference.

Footy Grief, Hope and Perspective

Just as Jan felt that her Swans grieving period was drawing to a close – known to last until the cricket season – a simple road trip set her back as she explains.

Art Exhibition – Jim Pavlidis: Footy 

Renowned football artist, Jim Pavlidis is holding an exhibition of his art from September 13 until September 27 in Fitzroy. The exhibition opens tonight at Printmaker Gallery, 227 Brunswick St, Fitzroy from 6pm. All welcome.

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.

Finals Week 1 – Melbourne v Geelong: The love for Melbourne in Melbourne

There’s a lot of love for the Melbourne Football Club in Melbourne at the moment. The affection was palpable in the MCC Members from early on Friday afternoon, continued through the Dees’ superb performance, and was expressed through street art across the weekend. Katie Purvis has been completely immersed in the whole experience, as has her 91 year old dad. [Great to have you on the site Katie – ripper Cordner story too. Welcome, JTH]

The Merger: a new footy film by Damian Callinan

Just released in cinemas, The Merger tells the tale of country footy’s role in bringing together new and old Australians.

Football: The space for public reason

‘Public reason, simply, is the common ground on which a positive society can be established…A space for public reason is formed when two individuals or groups with exclusive definitions of ‘truth’ can come together and legislate based on what is mutually reasonable.’ How Australian football, its flaws acknowledged, just might be able to inform our political process, a sorely flawed entity indeed. Lots of food for thought here.