Almanac Pubs: A single sentence on Mystery Pub in the Warradale

Mickey Randal, In the style of Proust, Kerouac and others, recalls a mystery pub evening with friends on a very hot Adelaide day – and all told in one sentence!

Almanac Music: Two evenings with Calexico

Venusmoon witnesses Calexico shine at both Hamer Hall and in a Sth Gippsland Town Hall in 2016. [With the announcement of Calexico’s forthcoming tour it is timely to reprise this wonderful review from 2016 – ED]

Almanac Cricket: What do you call six wickets in one six ball over?

If three wickets with consecutive balls is called a hat-trick, what do you call six wickets in one six-ball over? It’s a rum tale!

Almanac Travel: Castlemaine’s Arts Hub

Ian Wilson makes a case for Castlemaine’s up and coming place in the zeitgeist for multiple generations of art lovers in and around Melbourne.

Almanac Poetry: Elsternwick Gothic

This Monday’s poem from Kevin Densley is set in the Melbourne suburb of Elsternwick, where the skies can suddenly turn strange and other-worldly.

Almanac Pies Celebration: Howe good is he?

Nicole Kelly is itching to remind herself of the magnificent Collingwood premiership season which she does in this reflection based around Jeremy Howe.

Almanac Footy History: The John Pitura trade

Dan Hoban recently caught up with John Pitura and asked him about the South Melbourne trade. In profiling the talented utility, Dan has written this account of the saga.

Almanac Racing: Sal’s Preview – Stakes Day Preview: It’s 3/4 Time – need a big finish!

It has been a brutal Spring Carnival for punters according to Sal Ciardulli but his tips for the weekend may remedy this. [Thanks Sal for all your previews throughout the year – they are always eagerly awaited for and read. – ED]

Almanac Poetry: ‘Nicotine’ – Tommy Mallet

Twelve year old Tommy silently rebels against his mother’s excesses particularly the perils of smoking and their effect on him is examined in Tommy Mallet’s latest poem, ‘Nicotine’. [Language Warning – ED]

Almanac Human Rights: The Scourge of Homelessness

Homelessness, for many of us, is an issue difficult to comprehend, and one that needs resolution to ensure everyone has the right to an adequate standard of living. Ian Wilson discusses the issue from the point of view of one who works in the mental health industry.

Almanac Institutions: Who will hit out for the AEC?

Andrew Fraser finds himself at the Geoff Sawer Lecture delivered this year by AEC Commissioner Tom Rogers. Andrew seeks some explanations and clarifications from Tom.

Almanac Rugby League – Pacific Championships Wrap: Kangaroos humiliated in Hamilton, Kumuls comeback in Port Moresby

Here’s a wrap on the the Cup and Bowl Finals in the Pacific Championships from our rugby league editor Ian Hauser. And, as far as the season goes, th-th-that’s all, folks!

‘Speedster Darcy within sight of AFL dream…’ by KB Hill

It’s AFL Draft time. KB Hill runs his eye over one of the hopes from Wangaratta, Darcy Wilson.

Almanac Book Review: Nicky Winmar with Matthew Hardy, Nicky Winmar My Story: From Bush Kid to AFL Legend.

Avid Saints supporter Braham Dabscheck reviews Nicky Winmar’s incredible story written in conjunction with Matthew Hardy, ‘Nicky Winmar My Story: From Bush Kid To AFL Legend’.

Almanac NFL: The 2023 Lomas Brown Cup – Week Nine

We are now nine weeks into the NFL season. Earl O’Neill details his highlights from the weekend.

Almanac Local History – Pine Ridge Cemetery Coburg: James Francis ‘Jock’ McHale (1882-1953)

The legendary James Francis ‘Jock’ McHale is the focus of this week’s excerpt from Alan Barden’s essay, ‘Sporting history in abundance at Coburg Pine Ridge Cemetery’.

Almanac Horseracing: The 2023 Melbourne Cup revisited (by a once a year non-punter)

The Melbourne Cup means different things to different people. Here’s the view from a once-a-year horseracing viewer who also happens to be a total non-punter. (Didn’t even go in a sweep this year.)

Almanac Melbourne Cup: The time-honoured trifecta think-tank and other absurdities

Last night’s think-tank has generated this report, with these selections.

Almanac Poetry: ‘The Koo Wee Rup Exchange’ – James Walton

A poem from James Walton about a trip to the city for a Prize Night, he didn’t win but James had a hell of a night with three outcast nuns!

Almanac Racing: Sal’s Preview – Melbourne Cup: Will Irish Eyes Be Smiling?

It’s the race that stops a nation, and for many, it’s also the chance to have a flutter on the Melbourne Cup. To help punters pick a winner, Sal Ciardulli has cast his eye over the field and made his selections for the biggest race of the year.