Confessions of a Disloyal Almanacker

Peter Fuller returns to the Almanac’s pages by sharing a contemplation of this year’s ups and (mostly) downs, especially for Carlton fans. But amid the clouds there are also silver linings. (Welcome back, Peter – Eds.)

Almanac Poetry: ‘Ode to jOe” by Andy Thurlow

Author and ex-teacher Andy Thurlow is visiting the Netherlands and is ‘absolutely fascinated with the way the Dutch use their bicycles’. This poem spilled out as a consequence. (I fear that Andy may have spilled out some other things after the Power’s loss to the Bulldogs on Saturday night! – Ed.)

Round 15 – Geelong v Adelaide: All roads (and trains) lead the Cats faithful and others to Billy’s pub

It’s hard to tell what Roger Lowrey enjoyed most – the dedication of the lads from the West, the Cats’ win over Adelaide or the meal at Billy’s. Sounds like a pretty good trifecta!

Alternative Essendon FC theme song – Do yourself a favour!: Have a look and a listen!

Check out the rap African alternative version of the Bombers theme song. For your enjoyment!

Pub Review: Three Brothers Arms, Macclesfield

Mickey Randall loves the homey, English feel of the Three Brothers Arms Hotel, and he loves the music selections, played the way they should be, on a turntable. You’ve won Mickey over!

They shall not be forgotten years. Richmond: 1981 – 2016: An occasional series of reflections on the triumphs and tragedies that made 2017 so worth the wait.

Stainless confronts the horror that was Richmond’s 1982 Grand Final loss and its aftermath in his ongoing series about the Tigers during those years their fans would like to forget but can’t. So many ‘what ifs?’ in this brutally honest reflection.

Almanac Real Life: Tommy

Andrew Starkie tells the story of ‘Tommy’ who has battled long and hard, jumped more hurdles than most, been put through more hoops than many. But he’s resilient and, with a little help, seems to be coming through it to a better place. [An uplifting story – Ed.]

Almanac Cyber Crime: There are experts and there are experts!

For those of you who have been following Jan Courtin’s computer problems, she has her files back. But in the midst of all the tears, she discovered that not all experts are alike.

Wally Miller: the doyen of administrators

Rulebook’s tribute to Norwood legend Wally Miller celebrating his AFL Life Membership.

Sport, Gambling, Media and Government: An Unholy Alliance

Peter Baulderstone shares some facts about the size, reach and power of the gambling industry. It has corrupted sporting bodies, media and governments. It is largely unregulated and minimally taxed. It is coming for your children as the next generation of “customers”.

Pub Review – The Macclesfield: Man v Megalodon Hamburger

Mickey Randall has a challenge on his hands, how does he eat the megaloden, whole or deconstruct? Find out how he resolves this issue confronting him at the Macclesfield Hotel.

Almanac Food: More culinary adventures in Europe and Hong Kong

Recently returned from his European meanderings, Ian Hauser shares more of his culinary experiences on the road and drops more than a few hints about places to go for good food.

Phil Matson: Prince of Coaches

FitzroyPete profiles early twentieth century legendary player/coach Phil Matson of the East Perth Royals. And what a story – an extraordinary player, peerless coach and colourful character all wrapped up in one! Read also of Pete’s plans for a commemorative series on Matson’s premiership successes. (Great reading – Ed.)

Almanac Footy History – Henry Young: Champion Geelong footballer 1890-1910

Henry Young, Geelong Champion, 1890-1910, in words and picture as produced by artist, DJ Williams, represents an absorbing and informative account of Young’s footballing life.

Hey Charger!

Earl O’Neill reports about the development of his favourite Australian car, the Valiant E49 Charger, as his story explains. What is your favourite car?

A Sunday in the Barossa

Mickey Randall and Claire spend a winter’s afternoon in the Barossa visiting Grant Burge, Rockford and St Hallett’s. The finish may surprise.

Almanac Music: ‘I do love a Saturday arvo’

Fans have always had their place in the game. As Captain Rock pointed out in the early 1980s when it still was all about Saturday arvo.

Almanac Photography – Bush Footy Grounds: Moon Rising at Macarthur

Paul Buxton has been traveling in Victoria and sent in this delightful photo of the footy ground at Macarthur.

Almanac Art: Susan Sutton the artist and her art

Susan Sutton created the cover for the 2014 Footy Almanac. Her career and art are now featured in a book by author Marion Pescud. Details on the book and how to purchase it within.

Almanac Music: Farewell Roky and Dr John

Brian The Ruminator reflects upon the wonderful musical legacy left to us after the recent deaths of Dr John and Roky Erickson.