It is with a genuine sadness, pangs of intrepidation and a little excitement that I tell you that I have made the monumentally tough decision to gain my independence and move away from Merlin Archery. A company that I have lived and breathed for the last two and a half years. A company that I still hold very dear to my heart.
But it’s no secret that I wear my heart on my sleeve and the one thing I love other than my beautiful family, is Traditional and Instinctive Archery, so I’ve decided to focus on growing instinctive archery in the UK and growing my own Grizzly Jim™ Brand with one-to-one and group tuition, workshops, seminars, traditional archery events and my own line of traditional bow strings Grizzly Strings™, as well as bringing my old YouTube Channel “Archery Adventures” out of hibernation.
I can’t thank Merlin and Company Director Ben Jones enough for giving me the amazing platform to help promote traditional archery within the UK. Although it’s not a complete goodbye to Merlin, I’m sure we will be doing things together in the near future, especially with some of the incredible things that they have planned for next year. But I’m now free to make the films that I want to and the sky is the limit.
I would like to thank everyone as well as Merlin for your incredible support over the past couple of years!
Take care, shoot straight
And I’ll see you on the Internet!
I thought I understood it, that I could grasp it, but I didn’t, not really. Only the smudgeness of it; the pink-slippered, all-containered, semi-precious eagerness of it. I didn’t realize it would sometimes be more than whole, that the wholeness was a rather luxurious idea. Because it’s the halves that halve you in half. I didn’t know, don’t know, about the in-between bits; the gory bits of you, and the gory bits of me.
ELLE July 2016 cover star Leslie Jones on being funny, interviewed by Ben Dickinson:
“I just knew that I was funny, and I knew that it was just a matter of time. I didn’t know what was going to actually happen—this is definitely way bigger than I thought—but I knew there was no way I was going to be that funny and nobody was going to notice it.”