Almanac Music: Twenty years old is “What rhymes with cars and girls”

Twenty years ago, another time and places, friends and acquaintances, some loved. ER bears his soul of times gone by as he relives “What Rhymes With Cars & Girls” by Tim Rogers and the Twin Set by replaying his story with his distinctive voice telling what those songs meant to him.

Gaelic football v Aussie Rules: Is there a connection?

Browny has come up with a thought-provoking argument that looks at the similarities between the beginnings and development of Gaelic and Australian Football over the years since the mid 19th century.

Almanac Music – Jazzfest New Orleans 2019: Johnny Rivers

Col had a great time at Jazzfest in New Orleans this year. Johnny Rivers was one of his highlights at the festival. Read Col’s story here.

Almanac Life: The value of a smile when life is a big issue

‘Over ten years, what started as a business transaction between us has morphed into something that can’t be costed. And demonstrates once again the powerful conduit of sport in the priceless act of human connection.’ Tess Pryor shares with us her poignant experiences with Craig, one of the characters of Lygon St.

Round 18 – Melbourne v West Coast: AFL footy in the Red Centre (Part 3)

Post-scripts don’t need to be anti-climaxes. After the football match, Cathij66 completed her Central Australian odyssey with a bus trip to Uluru.

Almanac Book Review: Aboriginal People and Australian Football in the Nineteenth Century: They Did Not Come from Nowhere  by Roy Hay

Roy Hay has written a wonderful new book examining the history of indigenous involvement in the development of the game as we know it today. Here is Col Ritchie’s review of the book. [The book is available at a reduced price for the month of July – Ed]

Round 18 – Richmond v Port Adelaide: Feeling Good

Kate Birrell was looking forward to a footy fix after a holiday in Bali, and her Tigers didn’t let her down. Kate was happy woman indeed!

Round 18 – Melbourne v West Coast: AFL footy in the Red Centre (Part 2)

We pick up Cathi Johnston’s trek through the middle of the country for the Heart of the Nation game with the ball set to be bounced in front of a packed house, mostly perched on the quaint yet idyllic grassy hills surrounding Traeger Park.

I’ve lost faith in Australia: A reaction to ‘The Final Quarter’

First year university student Sean Mortell writes that ‘The Final Quarter’ has had a big impact on him. He has been saddened by some of the reaction, especially on social media, and what that reaction suggests about Australian culture. He looks to Young Australia to lead the way in changing deep-seated racism.

Round 18 – Melbourne v West Coast: AFL footy in the Red Centre (Part 1)

Cathi Johnston headed to Alice via Adelaide and starts her report of the trip and the match with this travel piece to set the scene.

Almanac Life – Growing up with cars

Earl O’Neill looks back over three generations of family life through the perspective of the cars they owned and drove. It’s a testament to both change and its increasing pace over the last century.

SANFL 1976 Grand Final – Port Adelaide v Sturt: Around The Ground

The biggest ever footy crowd in South Australian history assembled at, in and on Football Park for the 1976 Grand Final. Swish’s Footy Budget from that year helps remember one of the great days in SANFL history, with a nod to ageing Hollywood performers, tyre replacement guarantees, cask wine and egg rings.

‘A Hard-Man……On And Off The Field’ – KB Hill

KB Hill knows his local characters! This week he recounts the colourful life of Ray Burns, policeman, hotelier and football hard man. And no-one does it like KB!

Almanac Footy History – Special offer on Roy Hay’s Book of the Month

Check out the special deal for Roy Hay’s recently released book about indigenous footballers and their involvement in the development of footy as we know it today.

50 years on – a perspective on the moon landing: An epic journey of biblical proportion, but did it really happen?

Who do we believe? Michael Viljoen presents his compelling arguments with regards to the conclusiveness of historical events, asserting their believability is within the recorded evidence.

Almanac Music – Aussie album review: Tex, Don and Charlie – ‘Sad But True’

In the tenth of his occasional series looking back at classic Australian albums, Smokie revisits “Sad But True” – the debut collaboration of Tex, Don and Charlie.

Matt Zurbo and his efforts profiled in the New York Times

Matt Zurbo and his project are profiled in the New York Times! “He’s Writing 365 Children’s Books in 365 Days, While Holding Down a Day Job – Matt Zurbo’s challenge, named after his daughter, Cielo, is an unconventional labor of love.”

Pub Review Tour: Wednesday in Fitzroy

Mickey Randall continues his tour of pubs in the inner northern suburbs and catches up with Almanacker ER.

Crossing the line

Paul Spinks takes up the challenge of discussing respectfully and responsibly the issues involved (real, perceived and alleged) in the crowd control controversy. He gives us a range of various perspectives to ponder.

Moon Landing – A Football(in)g Space

Glen! takes us to the moon and back as he contemplates 50 years since the first Moon landing. For old times’ sake, he also reminds us of what was happening in the VFL that week. (Ah, memories… – Ed.!)