May 26, 2011


Ladies and gentlemen, it is my pleasure to introduce you to the new "hands-on" extreme sport.

It's dynamic, it's challenging, it's going to be the next worldwide-smash-hit-internet meme.


That's right. GRIPPING.

All the cool kids are doing it. Well, to be honest, it's just me at the moment. But my Dad thinks I'm cool - or at least, that's what he tells cab drivers.

Totally cool.

There are three simple rules of GRIPPING.

1). You MUST grip with both hands. This sorts out the men grippers from the boy grippers. You can't just hold onto a lamp post and take a photo of yourself with your other hand. Oh no, sir, that would be TOO easy. You've got to grip in pairs - or preferably wrangle a stranger into taking your picture.

2) You MUST adopt an intense look of concentration as you grip.

3) You MUST grip inanimate objects - no people or animals (unless they're fake animals, like Banana the Bullock, pictured above). And don't bother trying to convince your Mum to take a photo of yourself mid personal grope. It's not just a little perverted; it's also against the rules.

Apart from that - the world is yours to grip.

Here are some shots of me gripping on the replica ship Endeavour, while it was berthed in Gladstone last weekend.

Anchors away, grippers!

An appropriate tribute to Captain Cook.

Now, good readers - I need you to join in! Let's see some photos over at Twitter - use the hashtag #gripping.  Let's get this spreading faster than Arnold Schwarznegger's seed!


  1. Needs to be more Zombies involved

  2. Remember kids... You can Grip a Plank, but you can't Plank a Grip. Ipso facto (I don't really know what that means, but it makes me sound clever in the brain meats), Gripping is far superior to Planking.

  3. Dan - any excuse to pimp those old comics hey? ;)

    Barnesm - You've just set yourself a personal challenge. Technically zombies are inanimate objects, so you'd still be within The Gripping Rules.

    TheWah - I spit in the fact of Plankers!

  4. This is just an excuse to present your norgs to camera isn't it?

    Thought so. Carry on.

  5. Ah well !!!
    That puts squirrel gripping out then...
    On two counts really
    The Ancient Man

  6. I find Turkish Gripping is the only way to go.

  7. LOL gripping. Now THERE'S a sport I can get a grasp on! If I had a Twitter, I would so post gripping photos.