John “Patto” Patterson: from Legacy larrikin to living legend

Racing is all about people, and one such person is John “Patto” Patterson, Clerk of the Course at Flemington for over 50 years. Roger Lowrey reviews a recent biography of this legend by Trevor Hastings.

Almanac Lunch: With Andrew Rule – Friday 7 June at the North Fitzroy Arms Hotel

This Almanac lunch will be a beauty! Andrew Rule, one of Australia’s top journalists will be our special guest next Friday, 7th June, @ 1:00pm at the North Fitzroy Arms Hotel, 296 Rae St., North Fitzroy. Don’t miss out, book now!

Almanac Lunches: Syd Jackson, you star! And Andrew Rule on Friday (June 7).

Syd Jackson was a wonderful guest at lunch last Friday (May 31) and we are looking forward to hearing from Andrew Rule this Friday (June 7). I wonder whether Her Majesty has rung Andrew today?

Would you like to write a book review? I have a couple of good ones up for grabs.

We’ve got a couple of excellent books to hand over to reviewers.

Man and Beast: Snake Dog

In this extract from the recently released anthology Man and Beast, edited by Andrew Rule, Anson Cameron tells the boyhood tale of his brave dog.