Australia v India – Second Test Day 1: A day for Deano at the ‘G.

Citrus Bob Utber presents his review of the first day’s play of the Boxing Day Test between Australia and India including the fitting tribute paid to Dean Jones during the tea break.

Australia v India – Second Test Preview: Batting headaches

The Boxing Day Test commences tomorrow with India looking to bounce back after their humiliating loss to the Aussies in the First Test. Sean Mortell previews the match.

Almanac Christmas: Merry Christmas fellow Almanackers!

Merry Christmas fellow Almanackers!

Almanac Book Review – Albert ‘Pompey’ Austin: A Man Between Two Worlds

Kevin Densley recently read Roy Hay’s book on Albert ‘Pompey’ Austin and provides some general impressions.

Balcony Banter: My return to the MCG, for the second time!

MCC member William Hodges explains his two long-term, enforced absences from the MCG. He can’t wait to get back there on Saturday!

‘Typical Hawk-Magpies clash produces thrilling climax…..’ by KB Hill

KB Hill recounts a hard-fought match with an exciting finish from the Wangaratta District Cricket Association.

Australia v India – Second Test preview: A week is a long time

Test cricket returns to the MCG on Saturday for the traditional Boxing Day Test. After the extraordinary events in Adelaide, what might we expect in the Second Test? After all, a week is a long time…

Almanac Music: The Best Australian Albums of 2020

Smokie has listened to plenty of music this year, much of it Australian. As we approach the end of 2020, he lists his best Aussie albums of the past twelve months.

Australia v India – First Test Review: Wickets, valuable runs and the impact of a pink ball

Sean Mortell reviews the first test, convincingly won by Australia, of the Australia v India Test series with the Border-Gavasker Trophy at stake.

Almanac Cricket – Australia v India, Second Test: Call for reporters

Citrus Bob Utber again invites writers to join him to report on the Second Test starting in Melbourne on Saturday. After last week’s incredible events in Adelaide, there’s sure to be heaps to write about.

Almanac Music: How to Make Gravy reimagined

Mickey Randall listened to a podcast on the ABC related to Paul Kelly’s ‘How to Make Gravy’ that looked at the storyline from the perspectives of Dan and Mary.

Almanac Music: Wantok Musik Final 2020 Newsletter

Catch up with all the musical happenings from the world of Wantok Musik in their final newsletter for 2020.

Almanac Poetry: ‘Roots’ by Tommy Mallet

A man and his dog beautifully told by Tommy Mallett in his poem, ‘Roots’. [Welcome Tommy. Glad you’ve finally decided to publish your poems. – JTH]

Almanac Footy History: The Crapp Chronicles Part 5: Crapp and the Telegram!

Crapp’s Chronicles continue with a brave young lad and a potential passing of the umpiring flame to our protagonist in 1899.

Almanac Music: ‘Fairytale of New York’ – The Pogues (with Kirsty MacColl)

One of the great contemporary Christmas songs is ‘Fairytale of New York’ by The Pogues (with Kirsty MacColl). It is sure to get your feet tapping and put you in the Christmas spirit.

Almanac Poetry: Semaphore, Adelaide

Some places feel haunted by the past. In this week’s poem, Kevin Densley deals with one such location.

Almanac (Footy) Poetry: Ted’s legacy

What price a Ted Whitten footy card from the Scanlens collection? Bill Wootton thinks back to his treasure trove and how they parted ways.

Almanac Book Review – ‘The Momentous Uneventful Day: a requiem for the office’ by Gideon Haigh

Roger Lowrey offers his thoughts on Gideon Haigh’s most contemporary tome: ‘The Momentous Uneventful Day: a requiem for the office.’

Almanac Teams: Three’s a charm (1980-)

In his last team for 2020, Rodney Boyd turns his attention to some of the more ‘out-there’ selections in the Number 3 jumper since 1980.

Australia v India – First Test, Day 3: Even more experiences and observations

Daryl Schramm caught up with fellow participants from last year’s SACA Ashes Tour for brunch on Day 3 of the Adelaide Test before hoping to settle in for some good cricket. He was not expecting what followed!