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Addictive Novels

The Edge household only took advantage of Amazon a few weeks before Crimbo. Well, it’s winter, isn’t it....what the hell else is there to do? However, it wasn’t long before I stumbled across an absolute corker of a US drama series (and I’m not usually a fan of US drama) called Goliath starring Billy-Bob Thornton as a disgraced, anti-hero, former big-shot lawyer. Five minutes into episode one and it already had me hook, sine and sinker. I like BBT, so I’m always willing to give whatever he’s in a go, but Goliath completely rocked my boat and then some. Thornton plays the part of down-at-heel Billy McBride, formerly of the giant Cooperman McBride empire that he helped create, along with Donald Cooperman - and what a performance William Hurt gives as Cooperman. Billy is going through a rough patch. He’s been fired by Cooperman McBride, his wife (also a lawyer at Cooperman McBride, even though she

doesn’t much look like one) has left him, and he lives in a dingy LA motel room right next door to his favourite bar where he drinks far too much. Out of the blue, a client approaches him to represent her in a wrongful (death by) injury case. After somewhat reluctantly accepting, a series of strange occurances soon befall Billy, such as harassment, death threats and even trumped up arrest charges. Nevertheless, he fights to obtain justice against none other than a huge client of the great Cooperman McBride. Some of the characters pretty wicked, such as superbitch Callie Senate, played by Molly Parker, Wendell Corey, played by country singer Dwight Yoakham, and the ravishing Brittany Gold, hooker and bizarre part-time paralegal (yes, you read that right) to Billy-Bob, played by Tania Raymonde. I’ve read that if I liked Goliath, I might also like Bosch, Quarry, Start Up and Chance, which clearly remains to be seen.

When I read my first ever Jack Reacher novel, I had no idea that I’d shortly end up having read about half-a-dozen of the damn things, although somewhat strangely, that is the case. The trouble is, they’re all pretty much the same and I’m not even certain which six I’ve read, which tends to pose a bit of a problem whenever I see one for sale in a charity shop, which is the only reason I ever go into charity shops, I’ll have you know. I’ve just finished Killing Floor, and before that The Hard Way, which (snigger ye not) I’ve actually handed over for my wife to read. Right now, I have seven books beside my bed, including two further Jack Reacher novels; Gone Tomorrow and The Visitor, which I only hope I haven’t previously read. I even picked up A Spot of Bother by Mark Haddon for about 50p, because I loved his The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, only I just know I’ll end up reading those next two Jack Reacher novels first, before I ever make a start on it. Can you improve my bedtime reading habits, readers, by recommending me any novels you’ve read? shaun@theedgemag.co.uk

The benefits of Boxing

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All that punching, kicking and jumping requires a surprising amount of strength. Think about it - most professional heavy bags weigh at least 100 pounds. During a boxing workout, you may punch or kick a bag hundreds of times, requiring your upper body, lower body, and core to engage as you make contact with the bag. Plus most boxing gyms incorporate other strength training moves into a boxing workout. For instance, when I took a class at a local 9-Round, I did squats, push-ups, planks and weighted medicine ball exercises, all within the context of my fast-paced 30-minute circuit workout. Boxing is a great outlet for stress for two reasons: first, during a boxing workout you typically transition between high intensity bouts of exercise and moderate intensity recovery periods. When you’re pushing yourself through a couple of minutes of high-intensity punching or kicking, you don’t have much mental power left to worry about how awful your job is, or how dirty your house is. And even during rest periods, you’ll be focused on sucking in wind and mentally preparing for the next round, not stressing over your packed schedule. Second, there’s an incredibly cathartic release when you get to take some of your stress out on a punchbag. It’s an empowering feeling to knock your stress to smithereens. Boxing is an incredible mechanism for improved body composition because it perfectly combines muscle-building strength training moves and calorie-torching bouts of cardio. By regularly participating in a boxing programme and following a nutritious eating plan, there’s no reason why you won’t see changes in your shape and improvements to your fat mass percentage. And if you’re hoping for a pat on the back from your bathroom scales, you’re likely to see changes in your weight as well. info@totalsportstherapy.co.uk

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The Edge Magazine February 2017  

News fun and current affairs, Chelmsford Essex Fanzine.

The Edge Magazine February 2017  

News fun and current affairs, Chelmsford Essex Fanzine.