In light of recent events
The Rio Olympics was inspiring ...

The Rio Olympics was inspiring – all that muscle, youth and striving stuff. So inspiring that I got back into swimming, which is no mean feat for an ample 40-something. Soon enough, of course, my shoulders began to crunch like a bag of gravel when I swung my arms over. I was always puffed. It was depressing. But I then started reading about ex-Olympians’ injuries and my spirits lifted. Things could be worse; a crunchy shoulder is nothing compared to an ex-Olympian’s career-ending foot injury. So I wondered: was it better to have had an Olympic career and fallen into disrepair, or to have never had an Olympic career at all?



Oslo Davis

Oslo Davis is a widely published illustrator, artist and cartoonist. His latest book is Overheard – The Art of Eavesdropping.


In This Issue

Illustration

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The dispute over the South China Sea will come to affect more than just China’s near neighbours

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Illustration

Playing charades

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Ben Quilty: the art of unease

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No sign of Closing the Gap

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Unhappy ‘Camping’

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A bug in the code: ‘Russian Doll’

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