Archive for April, 2011

God's Own Country

Posted in Travel on April 27, 2011 by Jarrod Boyle

I travelled around India for two months at the end of 2008. Today I found this article which does as much as any piece of writing about that country can fairly do; it barely scratches the surface, but explains how India, the magnificent place that it is, actually seeps into you, like a tincture.

Considering the Lobster

Posted in Reading with tags , , , , , , on April 26, 2011 by Jarrod Boyle

“David Foster Wallace is sui generis on a stick.”

–  Robert McCrum, Observer

“He’s so modern he’s in a different time-space continuum from the rest of us. Goddamn him.”

 – Zadie Smith

David Foster Wallace’s essay on Franz Kafka entitled, ‘Some Remarks on Kafka’s Funniness from Which Probably Not Enough Has Been Removed’, from the book Consider the Lobster is probably the best thing I have read all year. Continue reading

We Forge Our Bodies in the Fire of the Pizza Oven

Posted in Fitness with tags , on April 23, 2011 by Jarrod Boyle

Les Lothringer, eminiently quotable member of the gym at which I work, recently suggested that it is  better to focus on ‘Kissing pretty girls, rather than beating up ugly men.’ I liked this, and threatened to make note of it on my blog. Happily, he then emailed me some dietary advice which I think is well suited to general posterity. I hope you will enjoy the following fruits of Mr Lothringer’s wisdom.  Continue reading

The Devil’s Music

Posted in Reading, Slayer with tags , , , , , , on April 11, 2011 by Jarrod Boyle


One of my absolute favourite pieces of writing – ever – is William Blake’s The Marriage of Heaven and Hell. Please check it out at the link – the text has been  reproduced with some of Blake’s actual illustrations. Continue reading

Demolition: Training with Alistair Overeem

Posted in Journalism, Kickboxing with tags , , , , , on April 11, 2011 by Jarrod Boyle

International Kickboxer Magazine, Vol.19, No.1

If there was one incident that made me wonder about people who make fighting their profession, it was the day I found myself in the shower with Alistair Overeem. Continue reading

The Retirement of Eugene Ekkelboom

Posted in Journalism, Kickboxing with tags , , , , on April 11, 2011 by Jarrod Boyle


International Kickboxer Magazine Vol.19 No.1

For a Thai boxer, Eugene’s Ekkelboom’s career started relatively late. It is, however, studded with impressive highlights. He can also lay claim to a remarkable piece of trivia; the only bone he has ever broken is his nose. Continue reading

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