Almanac Travel and Soccer: Valencia messes with Messi’s Barca

Ian Hauser sends news of his tour of Europe which has taken him to Spain where he couldn’t help but notice, despite the barriers, that a big game of soccer was being held.

Almanac (Post) Modern Life: Interpreting Likes

“What does it mean to like a post?” asks Edward P. Olsen. This piece on the nature and influence of social media takes the recent Folau-Ablett situation as its stimulus. It’s a piece in that fine tradition of ‘Thinking Out Loud’ as EPO tries to make sense of it all for his own understanding. Maybe others can offer some thoughts.

Almanac Art: Kate Birrell – Street Rhythm exhibition

Kate Birrell’s exhibition of Melbourne urban life, Street Rhythm, has opened at Chapel Off Chapel. Pictures and details within.

2019 Federal election – a sport perspective

Sport may not have captured many headlines during the Federal election campaign, but Greg Blood thinks it came out a significant winner. He looks at the comparative policies and funding proposals of both parties.

Bob Hawke, Brutalism and Banana Bread: Melbourne Trip 2019

Almanac lunches, Barrie Cassidy, the MCG and a selection of notable pubs: Mickey Randall and company take in the full Melbourne cultural experience, with nods to the departed Bob Hawke, and philosophical consideration of the nature of banana bread.

A student’s tribute to Bob Hawke

Sean Mortell is a first year university student – doing journalism. He discusses how the public memory of Bob Hawke has informed his understanding of him. [Very interesting to see what is strongest in the public memory – Ed]

Bob Hawke

Rod Oaten with some thoughts on Bob Hawke.

RIP Hawkie – The Punter’s Pal

Bob Hawke was the greatest Australian of Peter Baulderstone’s lifetime. He reminisces about Canberra politics in the 1980’s and the great man’s love of sport and people. Hawke’s prodigious achievements and his all too human failings made most Australians fall in love with him. (Share your memories of Hawke the man, politician and sports lover – Ed.)

Almanac Art – Kate Birrell: Street Rhythm Exhibition 21 May (opening night function) – 9th June

“Street Rhythm” is an exciting new exhibition of Kate Birrell’s recent paintings. The exhibition will be held at Chapel off Chapel, Prahran from 21st May to 9th June. Join Kate for Opening Night from 6.00pm to 8pm on Tuesday 21st May.

Reds Foundation (Fitzroy FC) Political Lunch with Hung Le

Book now for lunch with Hung Le speak at the Reds Foundation and Fitzroy FC on Saturday 18th May at the Brunswick St Oval..

Almanac Music: Introducing Heed the Porter (especially today, May 10, because their single comes out today)

Heed the Porter are an alt rock/blues band from Brisbane. They have much to offer. Do yourself a favour…

Almanac Anniversaries: A Quick Thank You from Matt Zurbo

Matt Zurbo looks at the clock and realises he’s been writing for the Almanac for ten years. He’s a do-er. But he stops for a minute to think about why. [Thanks Matt. It’s yours as much as anyone’s. – JTH]

Almanac Roadtrips – To Uluru: Part 5. Right here

E.regnans and family make it to Uluru. It makes E.regnans wonder. His big questions are answered by his children. This is the final part of ER’s roadtrip series. [Thanks for this ride ER – JTH]

Almanac Roadtrips – To Uluru: Part 4. Compelled

“Compelled,” wrote Patrick White. And now E.regnans and family are drawn closer to the geographical centre of Australia as they endure the heat of summer on Day 4 of their roadtrip Uluru.

Pub Review: Hotel Victor, Victor Harbor

Sometimes a discount voucher is no bonus. Mickey Randall didn’t have the greatest time at the Hotel Victor.

Almanac Roadtrips – To Uluru: Part 3. Fried egg

To Uluru. Day 3. In temperatures approaching 50 degrees E.regnans and family motor their way towards the Dead Heart, across the parched, desolate ancient seabed.

Almanac Music: A Swiftian Rumination

Brian the Ruminator goes Swiftian – Jonathan and Tay Tay – to make a gentle and considered point about musical appreciation.

Almanac Roadtrips – To Uluru: Part 2. “Does it have a pool?”

Day 2 of the summer roadtrip of E.regnans and family. From Bordertown to Port Augusta. They take the back road through the Hills to Tanunda where the Apex Bakery is closed. And on to Port Augusta where he observes grey nomads and caravan life.

Almanac Horseracing – “The ‘Bool: The History of Racing in Warrnambool – from 1848” a book by by Mark McNamara

The Warrnambool carnival has just concluded. It’s long and rich history of horseracing has inspired a book from Mark McNamara, with content spanning from the origins of racing in the region in 1848 up until the present day. (published in May, 2018)

Almanac Roadtrips – To Uluru: Part 1. “It’s working!”

In the summer just gone, David Wilson and family drove a motorhome from Melbourne to Uluru. It was a journey that revived many memories, and developed many meanings. This is Part 1 (Day 1), the drive to Bordertown.