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Theme Parks and Obstacle Courses – A Novel

Posted in Theme Parks and Obstacle Courses with tags on November 24, 2015 by Jarrod Boyle



Pat was sitting at a footpath table out front of a small café in Flinders Lane. He had his duffel coat buttoned tight around his scarf and the Monday newspaper spread part-way across his lap and the rest of the way over the table. He took a sip of his coffee, watching the ascending plume of steam as it rose toward the sky. Continue reading

How to Get Out of your Personal Trainer’s Agreement with Goodlife

Posted in Goodlife, Journalism, Observation, Statement of intention with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 27, 2015 by Jarrod Boyle


“The fox condemns the trap, not himself.”

– William Blake,

Proverbs of Hell.

It’s been remarkably busy down here in the offices of Theme Park at Its Darkest the past few weeks, even though the entire outfit has relocated to Istanbul. One could say that there has been an unofficial mainline to the grape-vine and, as a result, the mailbox has been heaving. Continue reading

2014 in review

Posted in Statement of intention with tags , , , , , on December 30, 2014 by Jarrod Boyle

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 17,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 6 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Things I Don’t Want to Know

Posted in Fiction, Reading, Real Men with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 13, 2014 by Jarrod Boyle

Deborah Levy

Things I Don’t Want To Know by Deborah Levy does not, judging from the blurb on the back, sound like the sort of book I’d like to read.

‘…it is feminist and political while being an inspiring act of writing.’

Whenever a book is ‘feminist and political’, it’s like being hit over the head with a length of dowel; irritating and painful, but not hard enough to knock you out – or into unconsciousness so you don’t have to listen anymore. Continue reading

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