Almanac Music – Lazy Lester: The Same Thing Could Happen To You

Peter Crossing pays tribute to blues man Leslie ‘Lazy Lester’ Johnson who passed a short while ago at 85 years young.

Finals Week 1 – Melbourne v Geelong: The love for Melbourne in Melbourne

There’s a lot of love for the Melbourne Football Club in Melbourne at the moment. The affection was palpable in the MCC Members from early on Friday afternoon, continued through the Dees’ superb performance, and was expressed through street art across the weekend. Katie Purvis has been completely immersed in the whole experience, as has her 91 year old dad. [Great to have you on the site Katie – ripper Cordner story too. Welcome, JTH]

The Merger: a new footy film by Damian Callinan

Just released in cinemas, The Merger tells the tale of country footy’s role in bringing together new and old Australians.

Football: The space for public reason

‘Public reason, simply, is the common ground on which a positive society can be established…A space for public reason is formed when two individuals or groups with exclusive definitions of ‘truth’ can come together and legislate based on what is mutually reasonable.’ How Australian football, its flaws acknowledged, just might be able to inform our political process, a sorely flawed entity indeed. Lots of food for thought here.

Almanac Art: The Art Dinner Series

Being the all-round ‘culture vultures’ we are, Footy Almanac is happy to support Fort Delta as it initiates its Art Dinner Series at the North Fitzroy Arms Hotel.

The Black and White Song and Dance

Damian Balassone takes us on a beautiful familial journey of joining the Collingwood faithful via Abruzzo, Dights Falls and Victoria Park with thanks to his late father, Donato.

A Father’s Day suggestion- “An Artifact of of Interest: A murder mystery ” by Steve Rogers

Almanacker Steve Rogers, better known as The Rhymer, has a novel out available in  paperback and Kindle versions. A terrific review of the book can be read here.

Field, Ground, Oval, Stadium.

Fitzroy play Willy CYs at Bill Lawry Oval in Northcote on Saturday. It’s timely to revisit Andy Fuller’s contemplative piece on ground, ovals, history and culture amid the backdrop of a Darebin Falcons game at Bill Lawry Oval. [Fine writing – Ed]

2018 AFL Potential Premiers?

Ben the Artist has developed a potential 2018 Premiership poster for each of the participating finalists.

Round 23 – Melb v GWS: A Weekend of Melbourne Culture

Peter Crossing gives an entertaining account of the various forms of culture he imbibed across the Melbourne weekend, from the NGV to the MCG and other pleasant haunts. ‘The Arts’ in all their multi-faceted glory. Very Melbourne.

Almanac Art – The Art of Football: a visualisation

A look at a selection of the brilliant works featured in the ongoing exhibition “The Art of Football.”

Almanac Poetry: Footy Whiskers

The Rhymer ponders: Who started the trend of growing whiskers amongst the current footy hipsters?

Darliah Killer and the Kimberly Football League (via ABC)

This short clip on a young woman from Looma in the Kimberly region of Western Australia serves as a reminder or refresher of the true power of our game.

Almanac Art: ‘The Art of Football’ exhibition – opening night review

Kasey Symons was honoured to be at the opening night of ‘The Art of Football’ in Mildura, the latest exhibition featuring works of footy art curated by Bob Utber.

Beginnings and Endings

Some recent sad news from a family friend has given Andrew Starkie a chance to reflect on the relationships he has to people he loves and the beginnings and endings we all face in life.

Almanac Art: ‘The Art of Football Exhibition’ launch tonight (Aug 22) in Mildura

Bob Utber’s latest exhibition, ‘The Art of Football’ officially opens in Mildura August 22 and will run to September 22 – be sure to check out if you’re in or headed up to the Mallee. The launch is Aug 22. Details in this post.

Pies on the attack

A breathtaking picture that should strike fear into the hearts of Australians everywhere.

Galveston and me

How influential a song, a time, a longing for another – a longing for peace? Mickey Randall on the seminal track penned by Jimmy Webb, “Galveston”.

Almanac Music: R.I.P. Aretha

Neil Drysdale records his tribute to Aretha Franklin, the greatest singer of her generation.

Parkinson’s Disease: To understand

A touching reflection from Anna Pavlou following the diagnosis of her second grandparent with Parkinson’s Disease