Cox Plate Day@The Footy Almanac

Saint Yoshi

Yoshi Imagawa from Shapporo has written a terrific piece for us. (see below)

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

Nov 3 – The Footy Almanac Melbourne Cup Eve Lunch featuring Greg Carpenter and Robbie Griffiths 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

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About St Kilda’s Trades and My Hope to the Future for the Saints

Yoshi Imagawa takes issue with his Saint’s trade decisions and wonders about the influence of Chris Pelchen on the club’s recent direction.

Smokie’s Stereo Story: Before too long – he’ll wish that he never met you

Darren ‘Smokie’ Dawson debuts on the Almanac’s sister site ‘Stereo Stories’ with a tale of lost love to the backdrop of Paul Kelly’s “Before too Long”.

Crio’s Racing: the double album

Crio points out the pitfalls of the double album. Then he discusses the Friday-Saturday double meeting at The Valley. Lots of races: but how many of them are any good? The Manikato and the Cox Plate certainly are.

The time-honoured Almanac Melbourne Cup Eve Lunch featuring Greg Carpenter and Robbie Griffiths

It’s a cracking afternoon. Down tools and come along. Bring your friends. Book now.

Cricket and the Country Member

Mickey Randall reminisces about the times, names and places of growing up with cricket as a constant summer companion.

Sal’s Valley View

Sal take his customary look at this week’s racing. Seems he has been around the mark, and his arguments makes sense again.

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.

Gough Whitlam’s foreign policy was his true economic legacy

Tim Harcourt on Gough Whitlam and his foreign policy. [Nice intersection of the personal and the academic from Tim -Ed]

Every team needs their own ‘Wheels’

The story of “Wheels” and the impact he had on a local footy club. [Funny - Ed]

First Test, Pakistan v Australia (Dubai) – Day 1: Daal biryani

E. Regnans conversational report on Day1 of the First Test.

Manly Movember is upon us (soon!)

Dear readers, with November… sorry I mean Movember on its way I thought it was a good time to start spreading some awareness. Plus, what girl doesn’t love a man with a mo? – Danni

How a Japanese Guy Became 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?