• Okinawa Calling: Sensei Damien Martin on Rediscovering the Roots of Karate February 25, 2018
    Blitz Magazine, Volume 31, Number 6 December 2017/January 2018 Okinawa is the birthplace of karate. Japan’s fifth-largest prefecture was a cauldron of conflict during the second world war and is now a bucolic territory, known to boast one of the largest populations of centenarians in the world. Damien Martin is one of a group of […]
  • Fighting in Public Places February 17, 2018
    Final I don’t believe in threats. A threat is specific, and knowable. It comes from you, and it’s contained and bordered by words. Fear, however, is personal. It’s amorphous and endless. Like a gas, it expands to fill a space. “You’re done! You’re done!” said the others. “I’m done when I say I’m done,” I […]
  • Fighting in Public Places February 10, 2018
    3. Jester Mitolo Cabernet Sauvignon from McLaren Vale, South Australia. She never loved you.   Further down, Kaysler Cabernet Sauvignon, Barossa Valley. She never loved you.   In the next rack, Saltram’s Barossa Shiraz. She never loved you. I opted for the Kaysler. Ten minutes to close and there were three girls and one guy […]
  • Fighting in Public Places February 5, 2018
      2. Maybe she didn’t love me. Worse, all those times we lay in each other’s arms at night, she may have just been doing that so I’d keep paying her registration fees and mobile phone bills. Apparently, one of the skills of a psychopath is the ability to mirror the feelings of a normal […]
  • Fighting in Public Places January 28, 2018
        1. Night. A depthless, crystalline dark. I was lighting candles when the phone rang. “Hey Monkey,” I said, “How’s it going?”  “I’m getting dressed up for my ‘Grease’ party,” she said. “I’m going as a Pink Lady. What are you up to tonight?” “Not much. I’m screwed from working all day. I don’t […]
  • The Most Beautiful Girl in the World and the Crime She Committed Against Her Own Face January 4, 2018
    We met at the gym. I can remember a number of occasions I had seen her before we spoke, and she flowed inside the parameters of her name. Before that, she was a force of nature; a wind of the imagination. I never knew which corner I’d turn and she’d come breaking over me with […]
  • Chris Bradford Versus Steve McKinnon: Powerplay 36 December 22, 2017
    Chris Bradford meets one of the world’s best cruiserweight kickboxers on Saturday, May 12 of next year. He sits down to tell JARROD BOYLE all about it. What made you decide to have another fight? As a fighter you never really quit the fight. It’s always in you: when you wake, when you sleep, when you […]
  • Untitled November 16, 2017
    Ben Edwards is a beast. After making a significant impression on international heavyweight boxing and kickboxing, he is poised to make an elephantine splash at the deep end of the swimming pool of MMA. He fights Westside MMA stalwart Jeremy Joiner this Friday night in Canberra on Monaro Fight Circuit 26. How’s life as an […]
  • Morbid Love September 13, 2017
    Aftermath/Afterword The thought of publishing this on my blog made me sick. I sent it around to all the respectable internet publishing magazines, hoping they would pick it up. Publication in a newspaper, magazine or established outlet like The Guardian, The Atlantic or even Vice confers a certain credibility. This piece found its genesis in […]
  • Morbid Love September 10, 2017
      Final I had met her ex. He was the ugliest man I had ever seen in my life. After I had called her on the phone early on, he had heard the message and gone into my place of work to look for me. After some phone tag via SMS, I agreed to meet […]