The day I met Kenny Rogers

The passing of modern music icon Kenny Rogers has touched several Almanackers – Andrew Starkie shares his experiences of watching ‘The Gambler’ up on stage in all his magnificence and frailties.

Almanac Life – On the road again: 50 years on the Newell Highway

It’s 50 years since Ian Hauser’s first road trip. Just back home in Noosaville after a recent jaunt to Melbourne, Ian shares his experiences and insights into travelling the Newell and New England Highways – and throws in a few tips as well.

Tamworth: the ritual

Andrew Starkie writes on Tamworth, on old mates and on ritual.

Almanac Music: Tamworth – Light on the Hill

Andrew Starkie realises the Tamworth Music Festival is one of the beautiful things in this world that gets him excited to write.

Almanac Rugby League: Five Metre Gap – May Representative Weekend May 2016

Hamish Neal’s 5 Metre Gap assesses the representative round Rugby League.

Living and Breathing Tamworth

In Tamworth for the annual music festival, Andrew Starkie encounters a woman named Angeline.

Tamworth 2

by Andrew Starkie   Our hostess has her head on the counter and appears to have nodded off.  Suddenly alert, she grimaces, runs her hand through her bed hair and focuses bloodshot eyes. Sorry darls… I’m a bit hungover…where was I? That’s right, here’s your key.  Towels are in your room. 

TAMWORTH

The Kamilaori nation, the original inhabitants of the Tamworth region, a vast flood plain beneath the Great Dividing and New England Ranges in Northern NSW, was a collection of independent tribes that shared language and customs, including ritualised physical movement that paid deference to the Dreamtime.  This movement was guided by a loud beat created [Read more]