Geelong Cup Day@The Footy Almanac

Guineas Day Kate Painting

From the course improper (or, the other side of the fence). Kate Birrell’s ‘Guineas Day (Kate’s story is below)

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Forthcoming Events (for your diary – details in the Calendar of Events)

Nov 3 – The Footy Almanac Melbourne Cup Lunch featuring Greg Carpenter. Waterside Hotel. $50. Come and pick the trifecta. Book now.

The Footy Almanac 2014 will be launched at the Waterside Hotel on Nov 20, 6 for 6.30pm. Always a tremendous celebration. Nibblies. All welcome. And kick on. rsvp@footyalmanac.com.au

Best footballers to have an association with the wool industry

The Almanac Podcast: Listen to EPISODE 21 (with Danny Power)

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The People’s Elbow’s Guide to Carlton’s Trade Period: Part One — The Outs (aka Mick “The Blue Butcher” Malthouse)

In Part I of his review of Carlton’s off-season, the People’s Elbow looks at those who have emptied their lockers at Princes Park.

How A Japanese Guy Become A St Kilda Fan

Saint Yoshihiro Imagawa debuts with his story on how he became an Australian footy fan. “In 2011, I saw an AFL match at the pub by a chance; however I thought it was extraordinary (much different to other sports – I apologise if it offends you).” No apology necessary Yoshi. Welcome aboard.

Almanac Music: Stereo Stories Big Day Out a huge success

Congratulations to Vin Maskell (Stereo Stories editor) and all those involved in the Stereo Stories Big Day out. From all reports (including this one) it was a huge success. Check out the card.

Gough

Gough Whitlam has died at the age of 98.

The Good, The Bad & The Ugly of Round 2 of the A-League

Dennis Gedling offers his usual comprehensive review of the second round of A League football, with record crowds greeting the burgeoning round ball game.

Crio’s Question?…time to “bare your molars to the breeze” as this Spring “flattens out for the run to the judge”

Racing has it’s own vernacular for the true aficionado of the turf. Join us in helping the novice to understand the true meaning of “hanging like granny’s tooth”; “gone for a bath” and “on the nod”. Suggestions please.

NTFL Round 3 Wrap Up: Cliffhangers Galore

Jackson Clark tells us that there were cliffhangers galore in Darwin on the weekend, with even the all-conquering St Marys having to consider their mortality.

Seasons in the Sun (Part 3): The Charms of Cricket

Callum O’Connor’s series on the charms and travails of local cricket continues. (Worth reading for the nicknames and vernacular alone. Dry, laconic Australian humour is alive and well – Ed.)

Da-re o o-en shi-te i-mas ka? (Who are you supporting?)

Yvette Wroby and her daughter met a footy mad, Saints loving Japanese young man in a chocolate factory memorabilia museum in Sapporo. As you do. Things got stranger after that.

“…and we’ll be us; you and me. Soon!”

A magnum opus from ERegnans about life, the universe and everything. A near fatal car accident 19 years ago changed the physical landscape. But what shapes the mental mandala?

Avoca Cup 2014

Glen Davis loves a trip to the country races, as much for the colour and characters as for the horses. On Saturday Glen and his good lady ventured to the Avoca Cup, while a more modest affair was being staged at Caulfield.

Crio’s Racing: Caulfield’s Cup runneth over

Racing finishes the week on a high after the tragedies of earlier in the week. Some of the best middle distance horses from around Australia and around the world are assembled for the $3M purse. Crio and the crew (come back Muz – Ed.) are assembled to pick the wheat from the chaff.

Guineas Day….. Again

Art and Words from Kate Birrell – say no more. Kate and her kids adopt a wiser approach to Guineas Day than the ‘other half’.

Cricket: Gaunt and Leigh’s campaign of carnage

Mic Rees profiles the 1964/65 district cricket season in Melbourne, and his Footscray team’s search for elusive success.

Trading Places – and the Caulfield Cup Preview

Sal Ciardulli provides an excellent summary of each club’s activity over the Trade Period, and offers his advice for those wading into the Caulfield Cup meeting.

How a Women’s Muslim Aussie Rules Team Stood Tall

Patrick Skene on The Auburn Giants – a women’s Muslim Australian Football team. [Excellent piece, and comments section worth reading as well - Ed]

Non World Sports

Rod Oaten has been thinking about ultra-local sports. Here he describes half a dozen of them. Add your suggestion.

The Narrow Road to the Deep North (Vol II by DBeams)

Inspired by his literary heroes (Haiku Bob, Dr Seuss and RFlanagan) Peter Baulderstone ghost writes DBeams farewell note to Collingwood.

The Almanac Podcast – Episode 21: Danny Power

With the focus still on Spring Racing, venerated racing writer Danny Power joins Harmsy, Matty Q and Stone Cold Steve Baker on the couch to crack open a few bottles of red and share his love of the horse.

Neutralssmeutrals

Trucker Slim with some words of advice for neutrals and their neutrality.