• Theme Parks and Obstacle Courses – A Novel June 26, 2017
    75 Pat found the front door of the hotel locked; he had to ring the doorbell for the night clerk to let him inside. As he climbed the stairs, the sheen of reflected light rendered the windows almost opaque but the features of the cliff-top view were printed underneath, like the lines of a sketch. […]
  • Theme Parks and Obstacle Courses – a Novel June 11, 2017
    74 Pat threaded his arms under Stevie’s and, locking his hands behind his neck, pulled him into a full-nelson. He dropped the neck of the broken bottle, confirming Pat’s belief that he wouldn’t vindictively attack him. “NO! NONONONONO!!!” Stevie howled, his words dissolving in a torrent of pain and frustration. Pat held him tighter and […]
  • Theme Parks and Obstacle Courses – a Novel June 3, 2017
    73 “You’re back early,” Wally remarked as Pat walked into the office, dropping the car keys on the desk. “Johnny will be pleased.” “Where’s my replacement? There was no bouncer on the door when I came in.” “Getting stoned, around the corner.” “You’re kidding me.” “He’s an old mate of Johnny’s,” said Wally, lifting his […]
  • Boxing: ‘Simplicity is the Last Step in Art and the Beginning of Nature’. May 27, 2017
      Without wanting to get too technical, boxing is one of few sports which delivers a truly comprehensive workout. The thing I like best about boxing is that it is the essence of the maxim, ‘easy to learn but hard to master.’ It’s quick and easy for you to get going and begin developing your […]
  • Theme Parks and Obstacle Courses – a Novel May 14, 2017
    72 The restaurant spanned the side of the hotel that presented itself to the sea. As night gathered along the horizon, the sky was drawn in shades of black. Darkest at middle sky and middle sea, it shifted tones until the rags of cloud that reflected the crescent moon’s light were balanced by the white […]
  • Theme Parks and Obstacle Courses – a Novel April 30, 2017
    71 As they entered the coastal town of Torquay, the sun made its way a little higher into the sky. The light had lost some of its yellow and become a little more chrome. Because of its station, the beams clipped the roofs of houses and sprayed into points of brilliance. Pat had to pull […]
  • Theme Parks and Obstacle Courses – a Novel April 22, 2017
      70 “Pat, don’t.” A female voice. Strange, then familiar. He turned. It was Natalie. She came towards them. Pat stepped away from where Alan knelt on the wet bitumen, coughing as if he was trying to regurgitate whatever had broken inside him. The bald man helped him to his feet; both of them ignored […]
  • ABC FM Radio National: Exercise and Injury Part Five April 18, 2017 Final in the five-part series on exercise and injury, broadcast on ‘Life Matters’ on ABC FM Radio National.
  • Theme Parks and Obstacle Courses – a Novel April 8, 2017
    69 “Alan,” said one of the men standing behind him. “Easy.” “Yes Alan, you’re being rather rude, you know that?” Pat liked to get a hold of their names. It was like a handle on their irritation. “What’s your fucking problem?” demanded Alan the Stockbroker. “That’s the million-dollar question,” said Pat. “Even I’d like to […]
  • The Return of ‘Bangin’ Ben’ Edwards April 4, 2017
    You’ve been quiet. What have you been up to since you lost the Oz Heavyweight boxing title to Peter Graham? I had one fight with Glory in October 2015 [which was] a disappointing loss. After that, I decided to have a break and make some big changes in my personal life. Pete won fair and […]