Almanac Life – On the road again: 50 years on the Newell Highway

It’s 50 years since Ian Hauser’s first road trip. Just back home in Noosaville after a recent jaunt to Melbourne, Ian shares his experiences and insights into travelling the Newell and New England Highways – and throws in a few tips as well.

Almanac Life – #hourlydaily scenes of life: 28 August-3 September 2019

What’s David Wilson overheard this week in his meanderings around town? Check out #hourlydaily here and find out.

A life, well lived and well loved.

Earl O’Neill pays a wonderful tribute to his Perky Girl’s incredible mother, Esme Beer, for a life well lived and well loved.

Footy Art: 2019 Potential Premiers?

As has become his custom, Ben Kirkby has prepared a batch of premiership posters for those teams still in the hunt. Dare to dream, if your side is still in it. Which one do you think will stand the test of time?

Almanac Life – #hourlydaily scenes of life: 21-27 August 2019

David Wilson continues his #hourlydaily conversations that occurred over the past week.

Almanac (Sports) Travel: St. Louis – Land of Blues, Reds, Brews and MACs.

Steve and Lachie Earl are in St Louis where it seems the locals find them exotic enough to chat, befriend and look after them with visits here and there. [Great travel yarn belted out on a phone – JTH]

Almanac Travel: Out-of-Bounds

Whilst recently on tour, Peter Robertson got to thinking about walls, and sport’s ability to break them down.

Almanac Life – #hourlydaily scenes of life: 14-20 August 2019

David Wilson brings up the #hourlydaily ton, as he continues his observations of the little moments that reveal a lot.

Almanac Beer: Coopers Sparkling Ale – it’s just a shot away

Mickey Randall pays tribute to the cult of Coopers Sparkling Ale by making some big comparisons (and statements).

Almanac Life – #hourlydaily scenes of life: 7-13 August 2019

ER continues his weekly #hourlydaily of catching snippets of conversations heard here and there to provide an interesting backdrop of everyday life.

Invitation: Col Abbott’s book launch – ‘Waiting under southern skies’

Almanac member (and luncher) Colin Abbott has been a photographer since the early 1970s when he came to Melbourne (from Sydney) to study photography at the College of Arts. This superb collection of photos spanning the years, beautifully presented, will be launched on Aug 29 at Magnet in the Docklands district.

The Footy Almanac/Odd Friday Lunch – Aug 23: With special guest Robert Shaw

Our guest at the next Footy Almanac/Odd Friday Lunch on 23rd August will be Robert Shaw, former AFL coach at Essendon, Fitzroy and Adelaide Crows. One of the better thinkers in the current footy scene, Robert is sure to share both his experiences in and insights into the game. Bookings essential.

Almanac Music: 50 Years Since Woodstock

The 50 year anniversaries continue. Last week it was the iconic Abbey Road photo, this week it’s Woodstock. Where were you and what did it mean to you? Ian Hauser shares his memories.

Almanac Mongolian Life: Four minutes which changed a nation

Mongolia was in the deep throes of a political crisis in 2008. Max Wiggins deftly describes the impact that Neidan Tuvshinbayar’s maiden Olympic gold medal for his country in judo healed all tensions for the developing nation. [Great to have you back Max – Ed]

Almanac Pub Review: The Duke of York

A terrific meal, drinks, and some music at Adelaide’s Duke of York Hotel provide an inviting and convivial backdrop for Mickey Randall on a cold, wet night before the theatre.

Almanac Music – Famous Photo of Fab Four is Fifty!

The famous Abbey Road photograph of the Beatles is fifty years old today. Ian Hauser pays tribute and muses over various events of that time.

Stab Punt Jim Johnson – one of the Almanac’s many characters

The Almanac has unearthed many characters over the years – octogenarian Jim Johnson is one of them. Jim is best know as the inventor of the stab punt and we’ve shared his research previously on the site. But what about the man himself? Ian Hauser tells the story of Jim’s life.

Almanac Life – #hourlydaily scenes of life: 31 July-6 August 2019

The big revelations of small moments. David Wilson’s next installment of #hourlydaily.

Damien Lovelock, 1954-2019

Earl O’Neill pays tribute to Damien Lovelock, a man of intelligence and creativity, who was such a part of the Sydney music and sport scene. For Earl, the Celibate Rifles and Damien were such an anchor of Sydney life. [Terrific piece – Ed]

Almanac Art: Not Another Bloody Football Art Show! Yep!

Come along and help Citrus Bob Utber raise funds to publish his ‘The History of the Lang Lang Football Club’ by checking out the art show at The Howler Brewery in Lang Lang featuring well know artists Shantelle Perry,  Kendra Heil, Kate Birrell, Susan Sutton, and others.