Almanac Rugby League – The courageous journey of Ian Roberts (first published in The Guardian Australia).

Your Almanac for the Train: A fantastic profile of Rugby League trailblazer Ian Roberts, the code’s first openly gay player by Patrick Skene

Round 4 – St Kilda v Carlton: The Plane, The Party, The People, The Parade/Commemoration, The Pummelling, The Pooped and Peaceful Night after, The Paddy and The Punt, and the Place.

Brought to you by the letter P; part match report, part tour diary, Yvette Wroby made the trip across the ditch for the Saints and Carlton game. No points, but a good time was had by all – especially being taught how to drop punt by a number one draft pick.

Almanac Weekend Reading

Another great weekend of elite-level international sporting events and some great reading to get you in the mood for the contest,

The Accident At Tashi Lapsa Pass

Originally posted in serialised form through late January, here is Louise Currie’s Accident at Tashi Lapsa Pass in its entirety.

Baked Beans in the Garden of Eden

With the Aussies recording a comprehensive series win in the recent Border-Gavaskar Trophy series, Fitzroy Pete travels back in time to Australia’s disastrous tour to the sub-continent in 1998, when India ruled supreme, and preferring baked beans over local cuisine turned out to be a P.R nightmare for SK Warne.