The Fight in the Dog

‘It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.’ – Mark Twain

Short biographies, interviews and feature articles about creativity, specialist skills and the hard graft it takes to achieve a cherished goal.

Parisian staircase

Infinite ballast: the purpose of ‘The Fight in the Dog’

Infinite ballast? Ballast was used in ships for the return journey after their cargo had been off-loaded. A stone or other heavy item, like a sandbag, was placed at the bottom of the keel to give the ship stability for its journey home. The word ‘ballast’ is also used in a metaphorical sense to refer to anything that gives sustenance and steadiness to the soul, and it is the premise on which I have established this blog.

The secret life of silver

Silversmithing is an ancient art of precision and skill which involves working with non-ferrous metals. A silversmith’s work is physical and requires patience and dexterity. The rewards are many and the results can be brilliant.

CrossFit: keeping it real

Put the all-over body demand of a CrossFit workout together with the extreme passion of its participants, and the fact that nothing is done in half measures, and what you get is the simple yet complex, crazy-brave world that is CrossFit.