On This Day – January 23rd

Where’s the cricket? What’s January without Test cricket or at least an international ODI series? To compensate for this programming disaster, today’s “On This Day” series provides a cricket focus – with a few other bits thrown in.

Volunteer of the Year 2019: Who is Donna Cartwright?

Shannon Cole looks at Donna Cartwright, and the work of her organisation, Mums Supporting Families in Need.

On Fires and Fairness

In his thought-provoking article, Edward P. Olsen wrestles with the emotion and angst provoked by the recent bushfires, wondering about the fairness for those affected, and the dilemmas confronting those wishing to make appropriate responses.

Villers-Bretonneux remembers once again: School supports bushfire efforts

What a fantastic message from the students of the Victoria School, Villers-Bretonneux, France for sharing information of their efforts in supporting victims of the Australian bushfires. [Thanks Citrus Bob – Ed]

Balcony Banter – John Cain: A man for all women

Anne Cahill Lambert pays tribute to former Premier John Cain acknowledging his role in providing the opportunity for women to become members of the Melbourne Cricket Club.

Almanac Club Review: The Cobdogla Club

Mickey Randall takes us along the mighty Murray to the always welcoming Cobdogla Club… he also takes us back to the 1990s both through anecdote and the Cobby’s very reasonable drinks prices on offer! [Reminds me of the classic Crackerjack quote “beers at genuine 1972 prices” – Ed.]

Aspiring Young Writers’ Group: Conflict, of interest

Ben Kirkby and friends gather again and the discussion turns to conflict.

To drive or to walk? That is the question.

Shannon Cole explores getting kids into more exercise by encouraging them to walk to school rather than being driven by their parents.

Almanac Walking – Therapy for the Soul: Some links

Walking is a therapeutic and relaxing pastime that can bring substantial benefits to both mind and body. Check out some interesting reads that look at the philosophical aspect of walking.

Almanac Memories – Bringing me back

Family memories remind Andrew Starkie that he is grateful for his upbringing making him the person he is today.

17 January 1969 – the day I met W.A. (Bert) Oldfield

Roger Lowrey takes up our ‘On This Day’ theme to remember the day he met Bert Oldfield in 1969.

Almanac Horseracing – Vote for Super Seth in the All-Star Mile

Super Seth, co-owned by ‘Smokie’ Dawson, won the Caulfield Guineas during the Spring Carnival. Now you can help secure him a place in The All-Star Mile in March by adding your vote for its inclusion in the final field.

I quite like walking…

Walking can be great therapy for both the body and the mind. Kate Birrell has been out and about, talking to a neighbour and experiencing the bush track at Mt Warning while she thinks about it all.

Almanac History – On This Day: What happened on January 16?

After a bit of encouragement, Ian Hauser continues his ‘What Happened on…?’ series. January 16th throws up the usual mix of images and memories.

Almanac History – What happened on January 9? (Part Two)

Roger Lowrey reflects on events that happened in his life on January 9, over a three year period from 1971 – 1973.

Almanac Golf (and Weather): Dry

John Harms returned to Oakey again this holiday season. He played nine holes at his beloved Oakey Golf Club. There was no sign of rain.

Almanac Nostalgia – The Copper

An image of an old copper provokes childhood memories for Col.

Aspiring Young Writers’ Group: Test of Character

In Ben Kirkby’s second column about his writers’ group, he relates their discussion about character.

#AuthorsForFireys auction – a full set of Footy Almanacs 2007-2019

We are offering a full set of The Footy Almanac (2007-2019) for auction with all proceeds going to the firefighters. Please get involved.

Ten Footnotes from Vampire Weekend at Melbourne’s Forum

Mickey Randall and Claire have a fab time experiencing the Vampire Weekend concert at the Forum in Melbourne.