Pub Review: Sir John Franklin, Kapunda

Mickey Randall reviews in his inimitable style, that grand old pub, the Sir John Franklin Hotel in Kapunda.

Footy Poetry – The new season

The footy season ahead considered in rhyme, we’ll soon find out in a matter of time! Kickittotim bounces the ball.

Almanac Comment: Hashtag Call the Cops

Verity Sanders responds to the so-called Tayla Harris issue with very clear direction on the gravity of what transpired and the much-needed role of the law in dealing with a situation in which a citizen has been abused.

Best pubs of all time?

Your top five pubs?

Three coins in a fountain, three Cols in a room!

Col, Col, and Col were all in the same room together! This gathering of Cols is a extremely rare event as Col explains.

Almanac Lunch – 2019 Footy Almanac Launch

Footy season 2019 was launched for The Footy Almanac today at the North Fitzroy Arms Hotel with former WCE premiership player, Sam Butler as the guest speaker.

The tomato and me

Ahh, the joys of the humble tomato! Mickey Randall tomatosises about their pros and cons.

A tribute to Les Carlyon

John Harms knew Les Carlyon by his words. He pays tribute to the classic Australian story-teller.

The greatest of t-shirts

Got a favourite t-shirt? Earl O’Neill had 120 at one time! This is his story of a special one he bought in Zimbabwe. Earl also relives some of his experiences of his time in Zimbabwe.

‘The Kneebones of Brookfield…..’ – KB Hill

Eugene Kneebone was quite a man – “The World’s Strongest Man’, father of 16 children, local sporting colossus and a legend in his own time. (And not short on self-confidence!) KB Hill provides another classic story from country Victoria.

Manning Clark Lecture: David Thodey AO

From Telstra to technology, industry to innovation, the 2019 Manning Clark Lecture features David Thodey AO on 12 March in Canberra.

My blue tranny and “Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer, Those days of soda and pretzels and beer”

Here’s a story from a few years ago. Col reflects upon the impact of a small blue tranny during a period of change in his formative years in the 60s.

Neil Balme – player, coach administrator: five decades of influence

If success follows you across 50 seasons of footy you must be doing something right. Rulebook’s profile of Neil Balme captures an incredible career in footy!

Almanac Music – Aussie album review: Midnight Oil “Earth and Sun and Moon”

In the eighth of his occasional series looking back at iconic Australian albums, Smokie muses on his favourite Oils record.

Almanac Music – Tamworth 2019: it’s all about the yarn

From Bushwackers to cricket watching receptionists, Andrew Starkie and his mate Defa, enjoy their annual sojourn to the country music capitial of Australia. Its got the lot!

Almanac Music: Don’t Kill Live Music Rally, Sydney, Feb 21

Almanackers, the live music scene in Sydney needs your support. Sign the petition and help Sydney become a major live music centre once again.

AFL Japan GO League – Osaka Dingoes v Senshu Powers: Old Pups hard chasing and cramps

After seven months off the field, Yoshi returned for the Osaka Dingoes last weekend as they went up against Senshu Powers in Round 3 of the AFL Japan GO League. Being struck down with leg cramps had its upside as Yoshi found himself in good hands.

Almanac Art

We have revamped our artists’ page. Have a look. Birrell, Howson, Pavlidis, Williams, Heil – quite a team!

Almanac (Thinking) Footy: The Greatest Footballer of All Time

Matt Zurbo and Elena and Cielo are in Venezuela. Matt is thinking about life and footy. This piece considers the concept of ‘the greatest’ and finishes wih a cracking photo.

Almanac Footy Literature: 10 Memorable Passages

Edward P. Olsen presents a fantastic selection of passages from some of the most memorable written works about Australian football he has read.