I’m only just back from a five-day, 3,000-mile trip across New Mexico, Tucson, Austin, San Diego and Austin, Texas that left me with no less than three photo albums, five mp3 players, four new designer sunglasses, two newly fitted Adidas kicks and five pairs of new shoes. And yet I’m eager to dive back into my emails.
Back in January this newspaper selected my columns to feature in its Featured Artist column, the latest manifestation of one of the best editorial sections on the back cover of the newspaper. Since then, my pieces have appeared on the cover, so it’s not like I didn’t try, but at some point in my illustrious career I’m going to have to give this award to one of my colleagues (only wait for a reply).
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Anyway, time to take a little moment of break from the job. I won’t complain – too much alone time is never a bad thing! – but I can’t help thinking: how have I stayed in such excellent shape?
On the advice of one of my dear friends, The Morning Star photographer Craig Martin, I decided to try Bunk Bar in North Toronto in my backyard. Here I discovered one of the most impressive workout studios I’ve ever tried, equipped with huge mirrors that show you not only the insane ball of flame to your left, but all the other gyms, weightlifting stations and facilities around you. I know what you’re thinking: “He might be better off bollocking the bloke from the same gym over the barbell.” Well, my training has obviously progressed since then, but probably not as far as I’d like.
So, to all the gym rats out there, feel free to send your videos and photos for me to consider.
the blues by john bambiz in keeping calm at el banh pad Thu 21 August, 9.30pm, Cineplex Yonge & Dundas 10 Mon 18 Sep, 9.45pm