Almanac Life: From the Arctic to Far North Queensland

After his Arctic exploits a couple of years ago, Richard Marlow now hangs about at Charters Towers in Far North Queensland. Here’s an update on his meanderings.

Almanac Life: Vale John ‘Strop’ Cornell

John ‘Strop’ Cornell has died at the age of 80. The Footy Almanac pays tribute to an iconic figure in Australian television and sport.

Almanac History: Almanacs Through The Ages

In this Friday’s column, KD presents a very short history of almanacs in words and images.

Almanac Music: More of Procol Harum

Inspired by Col Ritchie’s recent homage to the Procol Harum classic, ‘A whiter shade of pale’, Ian Hauser recalls two other songs from the same album which he deems worthy of recognition.

Almanac Olympics: Shame, Queensland

Andrew Starkie expresses his thoughts, in no uncertain terms, about Queensland winning the right to host the 2032 Olympics Games.

Tokyo Summer Olympics – will history repeat?

This piece was published originally in March 2020, with the Olympics to be cancelled. We’re now on the precipice of the Games finally taking place, albeit behind closed doors. Glen! gave us the background on the Tokyo Olympics and previous cancellations of the Games, as significant now as then.

Almanac Music: ‘A Whiter Shade of Pale’

‘A Whiter Shade of Pale’ is one of the greatest songs ever written according to Col Ritchie. Gary Brooker performs in concert the song he wrote with Keith Reid, and recorded by Procol Harum in 1967.

Almanac Poetry: ‘Scratchy Greys’

Awaking from the stupor of deep sleep can leave the mind with the fear of dread as Tommy Mallet’s poem ‘Scratchy Greys’ implies.

Almanac History: Old Grandstands

Grandstands come in all shapes and sizes. Col Ritchie has come across one incorporating a huge tree trunk at Beech Forest in the Otways long ago. It’s a ripper!

Almanac Life – Old Movies for Modern Kids

Some movies are classics for a reason. Matt Quartermaine has named a wide selection from several genres and decades condensed into the category of ‘old movies’ perfect for viewing with kids of most ages.

Almanac (Covid) Life – Lockdown submarine

All you need is love sometimes…in this time and place E.r was moved to share a local riff on one of Ringo’s finest moments while living in lockdown.

Almanac Basketball: Historic Mines

Harold Peacock relates the wonderful story of Sidney Mines, from his journey as an African American man from the civil rights conflict area of southern USA to Australia and becoming a basketball legend in Queensland.

Almanac Poetry: Sickle Moon

This Monday’s poem from Kevin Densley looks in detail at the sickle (or crescent) moon – compared to its gibbous and full cousins, it is found wanting!

Almanac Memoir and Music: Slade Forever!

Yeeeeeeaaaaaaahhhh, Slaaaaaaaaaaaade! In this Friday’s column, KD celebrates UK rockers Slade, a favourite band of his early teen years.

The Footy Almanac/Odd Friday Lunch – Gideon Haigh (July 23) [at this stage still going ahead]

Almanac/Odd Friday lunches are back on the menu in 2021 after a brief pause – next up on July 23 acclaimed author and South Yarra CC strokemaker Gideon Haigh will be talking about his latest book on the intriguing mid-20th century figure that is ‘Doc’ Evatt. [Going ahead until further notice – Ed]

Almanac Music: Stereo Stories LIVE @memomusichall!

Stereo Stories, a partner project of the The Footy Almanac since 2014, will be performing at The Memo Music Hall in November. Get on down!

Almanac Music: ‘Promises’ – Floating Points, Pharaoh Sanders, and The London Symphony Orchestra

In an amazing collaboration between avant-garde jazz musician Pharoah Sanders, electronica favourite Floating Points, and the London Symphony Orchestra, they all came together to develop and record an album of music inspired by Julie Mehretu’s painting ‘Congress’.

Almanac Poetry: ‘The Irish Girl’ Part 3 – Tommy Mallet

Tommy Mallet’s epic poem ‘The Irish Girl’ comes to its conclusion in Part 3. Does Tommy stay, or does he go? [Warning: mature themes are contained in the poem – Ed.]

It’s been a while – Roy Hay on Jamarra Ugle-Hagan’s debut and Ash Barty’s triumph

Two relatively rare sporting occasions happened this week: top draftee Jamarra Ugle-Hagan made his Dogs debut as a Gunditjmara man from Victoria and Ngarigo woman Ash Barty won Wimbledon 50 years after Evonne Goolagong-Cawley’s famous victory. Roy Hay shares his thoughts on what makes both special.

Almanac Life: A Nissan Exa, Eagle Super Beer and The Farrell Flat pub

Mickey Randall ventured to the tiny town of Farrell Flat, a couple of hours due north of Adelaide – a town with a long history, but possibly a small future. It does however have a pub…