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                        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.

                        Wave of jubilation

                        Surfers, are you looking for the perfect wave? Patrick O’Brien may just have the answer, an artificial wave pool!

                        Australian Open Tennis: Courting Kyrgios

                        Peter Baulderstone takes in his first Australian Open tennis at the Nadal/Kyrgios epic. Nick lost on the tennis court but won in the courts of public opinion and self respect.

                        A view of Australia from fine leg – Game 9: Port Fairy Cricket Club

                        Country spirit and country hospitality make cricket a most enjoyable game reports Craig Dodson from his 9th fund raising match for the Gotcha4Life organisation.

                        Aspiring Young Writers’ Group: Modus Operandi

                        Ben Kirkby and his writers’ group get together again to discuss Pantsers and Plotters. [Things have changed since my day – Ed]

                        Almanac Memories: First day of school 1956, Noble Park PS.

                        With school about to recommence this week Col remembers his first day of primary school at Noble Park Primary School in 1956.

                        Almanac Music: Smoky Dawson’s ‘The Hero of the West’

                        At this time of the year, the hearts and minds of traditionalists turn to the Adelaide Oval and Rodney Marsh who made such an impression on the nation that Smoky Dawson produced this masterpiece (thanks to Graeme Orr and Australian Kitsch for alerting me to this).

                        Almanac Teams: So who would the Aussie Nickname XI play against? A World XI of course!

                        Here’s the much anticipated ODI opposition for the Australian men with mighty nicknames, the World XI!

                        Almanac Horseracing – Vote for Super Seth in the All-Star Mile

                        Super Seth, co-owned by ‘Smokie’ Dawson, won the Caulfield Guineas during the Spring Carnival. Now you can help secure him a place in The All-Star Mile in March by adding your vote for its inclusion in the final field.

                        Almanac Teams: Best Australian Nickname XI (ODI)

                        Here is an Australian XI made up of nicknames (the nicknames cannot include any element of the player’s name).

                        Almanac Cycling – Tour Down Under: Stage 3

                        Peter Baulderstone adds to his long list of expert commentary on sports he knows nothing about. Now adding cycling to his football and cricket portfolios with a week’s visit back to his South Australian roots to see the Tour Down Under.

                        ‘The Horseman……..’ by KB Hill

                        Peter McIntyre played in the Adelaide Crows’ very first match back in 1991. Footy and life have taken him in various directions ever since. KB Hill tells the tale of Peter’s perambulations.

                        Brains versus Brawn: What Wins in Sport – an example from the Australian Open

                        What wins in the end, Power or Skill, Brains or Brawn? It’s the age-old question. JuneeJunction adds a perspective from the freezing tundra of Arctic Canada.

                        Test Cricketers with German Origins

                        Glen! has been looking into his family origins and came up with group of Test players with Germanic origins. (Is this our first ‘creative team’ of the year? Ed.)

                        The Tent Hill Tennis Club

                        A beauty from Glen Natalier; memories of tennis in the Lockyer Valley [One of the kids in the photograph c1948 is Cecil Logan, my (late) uncle. He was as big a character as Uncle Stan. Glen Natalier, is a former teaching colleague of mine – he grew up on the farm just up the road from my grandparents’ spud and watermelon farm. You haven’t played tennis until you’ve played on antbed – JTH]

                        NFL Playoffs: Championship Monday – A day of emotion, a display of Super Bowl football

                        Sean Mortell takes us through the NFL play-offs with a place in Super Bowl LIV up for grabs. His report gives us an insight into what to expect come February 3.

                        On This Day – January 23rd

                        Where’s the cricket? What’s January without Test cricket or at least an international ODI series? To compensate for this programming disaster, today’s “On This Day” series provides a cricket focus – with a few other bits thrown in.

                        AFLW – Jess Wuetschner survives lightning strike

                        Some things you can never plan for. Brisbane Lions AFLW player Jess Wuetschner has had a very fortunate escape.

                        Volunteer of the Year 2019: Who is Donna Cartwright?

                        Shannon Cole looks at Donna Cartwright, and the work of her organisation, Mums Supporting Families in Need.

                        AFL Japan GO League – Osaka Dingoes vs R246 Lions: Great Last Quarter for the Home Side

                        The 2020 footy season is underway in Japan. Yoshi reports on a see-sawing clash between Osaka Dingoes and R246 Lions from Tokyo.