The Lake Lap

‘Tis the season for getting on the sun-drenched bitumen! Mickey Randall relays a quirky family tradition amid the memories of driving around Lake Bonney.

Podcast: Don Watson on Keating’s Redfern Speech, 1992

It’s considered one of the finest ever examples of Australian oratory. Tony Wilson shares with us speechwriter Don Watson’s take on then Prime Minister Paul Keating’s incredible Redfern Speech

Almanac Poetry: The Wilful Murder of Constable Samuel Nelson

Kevin Densley shares his poetry for the week – this time it’s a dive back to a 19th century Australian gang scenario, as well as a link to a review of his own poetry collection.

Everyday Obituaries: T.E. Harms, my father (1931-2010)

When, recently, John Harms reprised his piece about the 2010 Preliminary Final between Geelong and Collingwood, the night his father T.E. Harms died, he mentioned that he would go looking for the eulogy from his father’s funeral. Numerous people contacted him to encourage him to publish it. Well, this is it, published today, July 21, his father’s birthday.

Almanac Cricket: A Feast of Cricket in India

Cricket, India and artist John Campbell make for a compelling palette to draw in the sports-lover, the eye and the taste buds. It’s all here in one enchanting story.

Everyday Obituaries: Vale Tommy Searle

Tommy Searle was a larger-than-life character who seemed to know everyone on the Gold Coast – and they knew him! His good mate, Matt O’Hanlon, pays tribute to his great mate. [A beautiful homage – Ed.]

Almanac Rugby League: Generations of Brethren

Brothers Football Club, the O’Hanlon family and a particular table go back over a hundred years. Matt O’Hanlon, part of the third generation, shares this tale of one family’s life in footy – they just love it!

Petrel Hotel reopens, so we’re ‘on the beers’!

The three funsters have been out for lunch at the re-opened Petrel Hotel in Geelong West, easing back into post-COVID life, and all the better for the pleasure of a ‘cold pub beer from well-maintained lines’.

Introducing Hayden Kelly (and the Hayden Kelly Scholarship)

John Harms was up late one night when an email lobbed. It was from Hayden Kelly. Things have moved along since then, as this welcome explains. [Great to have you involved Hayden – JTH]

Almanac Life: Love in the time of Collingwood (and other pestilence).

Jamie Simmons is a new father. He and Mel have had a baby boy, Archie, named after his grandfather whose story is also told. In this wonderful piece, Jamie considers love and the nature of chance. [Great piece Jamie, and congratulations to you all – JTH]

Neil Craig: Elite Performer (Part 2)

Rulebook’s back with Part 2 of Neil Craig’s career – from player to super coach

Fish and Chips Review: Sotos of Semaphore

Claire and Mickey have been checking out the fish and chips available down Semaphore way. Inclement weather mixed with satisfying cuisine to the accompaniment of eclectic music.

Blue Angels and Thunderbirds fly together: NYC Tribute to First Responders

Steve Earl’s mate, former Blue Angel Commander Jim Naumann, has provided a link to the fantastic aero display by the Blue Angels and the Thunderbirds in their tribute to NYC first responders.

Almanac Rugby League: There’s always next year

They say ‘there’s always next year’, but sometimes there simply isn’t. Mark Courtney’s poignant story recalls his decades-long friendship with his best mate, Greg, and their total commitment to the South Sydney Rabbitohs.

Neil Craig: Elite Performer (Part 1)

Neil Craig’s career has been so prolific Rulebook is covering it in two parts, all starting with the Yorke Peninsula, Carmel Court and the Norwood Football Club.

Almanac Life – From the Arctic to Brisvegas: Richard is finally home

After a month of travelling, including two periods of self-isolation, Richard Marlow is finally back at home in Brisbane. He discovered that the old saying is true – ‘There’s no place like home’! – Australia, that is.

Almanac Life: Education In Isolation

Parent of young kids, Luke Reynolds has come up with a cracker curriculum in these times of home schooling! [A deadset Almanac classic – Ed]

Just a single act threw me

A snapshot of the different but connected loves in the time of coronavirus from Les Currie.

Rev Up

Jill Fitzsimons has just finished reading Hugh Van Cuylenburg’s, The Resilience Project: Finding Happiness Through Gratitude Empathy and Mindfulness which has motivated her to consider words from footy people who have inspired her.

In isolation in a Sydney hotel, what goes through your mind?

Richard Marlow, the former Arctic warrior, is now in isolation in a Sydney hotel with a further stint in Queensland to follow. He tells us what’s going on in his mind.