Welcome to the Blog!

Tony Cavanagh welcomes you to his world of books (first and foremost!) and to the things he loves best on the other pages here. After six blogging years, I’m having something of a reorganisation and culling many old posts and associated images to make room for new things. This blog home page offers more information about my books and will also signpost additions to the ‘Fitness, Acrobatics and Gymnastics‘ page (see Index) and also to the ‘Gay Expression‘ page – these being the themes which run through my first three books. Purchasing books helps to support the blog, and most readers rate them well!

Before we get there, there is a fourth book published October 2017 and a fifth half completed. So let’s start with the most recent offering:

A ‘reluctantly’ gay boy, cast out of his community for discovering his sexuality… can he find the true meaning of his life and his true love, or does fate have more s*** in store for him? Best classified as ‘Romantic Fiction’, I think, the book explores Native American beliefs as his shape-shifting ‘spirit guide’ struggles to make things right for him. Darker influences are also at work, however, and his life holds many surprises and disappointments before the final dénouement. Click on the cover for a link to buy direct, and support this blog… e-versions of all the books are also available. And, if  you must, because they don’t pay the author much, there is Amazon…

Three earlier books, written in the first person, chart the life and times of a British teen relocated to the USA who quickly finds another like-minded exiled Brit with whom he shares a love of acrobatic sports and, very shortly after, with whom he shares his gay love. Surrounded by a caring group of sporting (and mainly gay) friends, things nevertheless start to go badly wrong and there are clearly people around who do not wish them well. They discover a life as a touring show… and also a future life as gay dads, but there is much else waiting in store for them before they can be ‘happy ever after’…

Notice too that these covers combine locations of the stories combined with acrobatic images and some Chinese characters: the significance of these emerges early in the first book.

So there we are – welcome. Scroll down for the latest posts, or cross to the other pages for Fitness, Acrobatic and Gymnastics images –  a lifestyle we enthusiastically support – or to Gay Expression for  occasional musings and images related to the gay lifestyle. You will not find porn here.

This blog is also for guys who admire other guys who put real effort into their physical development. On that ‘fitness’ page I encourage you to think how good the fitness lifestyle is for you. The rules are simple:

  1. Make an effort to improve your own fitness this year (you’re NEVER too old);
  2. Enjoy the pictures (and comment please on what you see, and feel free to ‘FOLLOW’);
  3. Buy a book (preferably, all of them) to support the continuation of the blog!

AND: you can even try combining the reading with your workout!

The blog is essentially G-rated; the earlier books get a little explicit from time to time about gay guys doing what gay guys do – you don’t have to be gay to enjoy them – just be gay-friendly. 

And now, as they used to say on the old TV game shows: “Come on Down!”⇓ or alternatively Sideways (to the other pages!)

*** Many pictures  on all of the pages… like the one on the left illustrating what we love to do… will sticky-2-readenlarge if you click on them ***


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Ready for Anything!

He looks ready for anything that might come along. And there are 21 more fit fight-ready lads awaiting your attention on my second Fitness (Etc) page (https://tonycavanagh.com/fitness-acrobatics-and-gymnastics-2/).

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More Group Therapy

Guys together, doing what they love to do, be it sport, training, chilling… enjoy the 20 new images on the second Fitness (Etc) page (https://tonycavanagh.com/fitness-acrobatics-and-gymnastics-2/)!

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On The Level

Two new sets posted today. On the second Fitness Etc. page (https://tonycavanagh.com/fitness-acrobatics-and-gymnastics-2/) we have a short celebration of guys holding various planches. On the Gay Expression page (https://tonycavanagh.com/gay-expression/), some musings about when guys are together in various situations, should or should not one assume they are gay. Take a look at both and see what you think.

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Two Friends Together

…just doing their thing – or just chillin’!

20 new pictures just posted to the second Fitness (etc.) page (https://tonycavanagh.com/fitness-acrobatics-and-gymnastics-2/).

Here’s another, to get you started:

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Insanely Hot

‘Hot’ as in temperature (this time!) rather than ‘sexy’! The temperatures where we are are just ridiculous. A little north of here they had 45C yesterday: we get sea breezes so we only got to 38C. Even the locals are wilting in the heat, and visitors to our vacation complex are hiding from the sun they have paid so much to come to! We, allegedly used to it, are covering up in the sun and also taking advantage of the air conditioning as much as possible by staying in the cool gym area in the middle of the day. North from here, a huge wildfire is raging but, fortunately, the wind is taking it further away rather than towards us.

‘First aid’ are treating burnt feet after people step out of the pool on to the paving surrounding it: pale-skinned northern Europeans are crisping up nicely before being treated for heat stroke.

At which point, I have therefore posted to new sets of pictures which effectively cover the themes ‘Cooling Off’ and ‘Heating Up’.

Cooling off -wet boys in various ‘kewl’ situations (20 pics on the second Fitness (Etc) page (https://tonycavanagh.com/fitness-acrobatics-and-gymnastics-2/)) – the present conditions almost makes us want to do this:

…and then, ‘Heating Up’ in the sense of guys ‘getting it together’ on the Gay Expression page (https://tonycavanagh.com/gay-expression/) – 20 new pics there, too. Sometimes it is not immediately obvious from a picture of two guys whether they are a loving couple or just mates: here’s one of those ambiguous ones to get you started!

Reminder – cheap and easy beach read! Young gay man out of love with life sets off on the road to – somewhere. In the end, it is in search of his lost love. At the start – who knows… Click on the cover for the link.


PS: we still have the captured drone and no-one has asked anyone working here about it, so far as we know. Does the law of ‘finders=keepers’ apply, I wonder? Management know we have it, so we have a clear conscience, especially as they got very pissed off with whoever was flying it! Just a few minors repairs needed – and of course we don’t have the control box. Perhaps that’s a pity – I’m not sure. Apply here if it is yours!

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Droning On

We had some adventures last night while doing our handstands and whatnot in the show here at the vacation complex. We were four high, with Jack doing his one-arm on top of Ethan’s head, Dave at the base and me number 2 up, when a drone appeared just above us, presumably being flown by someone elsewhere on the site and after some “special” photographs or video. Performing high up with something like that whizzing around you does not exactly do wonders for your balance, and we had to stop while management put out a tannoy appeal for its owner to stop. It abruptly vanished, and we were able to continue with the next part – Jack and Ethan on trapeze at the same height as the drone had been while, Dave, me and the Portuguese lads were setting up our bed of nails and stuff ready for the second half.

After the show, as we often do, we retired to our little private roof terrace on the staff block for a glass of wine and some of the stuff that four loving gay lads might get up to. And then we slept on the outdoor mattress on the roof (they are predicting temperatures reaching 40C+ here tomorrow, so you can understand we didn’t need a bed with a duvet covering it!). Woke at first light, and just getting up to our early-morning stuff together (as you do) – when the bloody thing appeared again, creeping up over the side of the balcony and almost caught us in flagrante as it were – naked for sure and you can imagine the rest. Hovering about half a metre above me as I lay on the mats (with Ethan, but never mind about that…)

Dave leapt up, grabbed our rather conveniently-placed sweeping brush and, with a brilliant dive, managed to impale the thing on the broom handle, then Jack grabbed the sun umbrella we have, pulling it out of it’s concrete holder, put that through the middle in between its four propellers and then put the pole back in the concrete block. After a while, its whirring little propellers stuttered, tried a few more gasps, and then its motors died and it slid down on to the concrete in a sulk.

Tonight, it’s still there. No-one has come forward to the management with a ‘have you seen my drone’ request. We’re happy to wait and let someone else make the first move – and, if you’re reading this, we’ve disabled the camera. Seems it was a digital device which stored many still images in sequence in a memory card although it may have transmitted video to a remote receiver as well, but our dignity is probably safe thanks to Dave’s quick reaction, and we’ve wiped the memory. Just so you know, whoever you are.

I suppose we should be grateful that the thing didn’t pop up in front of one of jets making its final approach in Faro, which sometimes come quite close to us, just out to sea. These things are becoming real pests on some beaches, too, and potentially highly dangerous in the hands of inexperienced pilots.

This inspired me to post handstands on the second Fitness (Etc) page (https://tonycavanagh.com/fitness-acrobatics-and-gymnastics-2/) under the headline “All Hands on Deck” (mainly because I couldn’t think of anything else. 20 new pictures there, so go explore. And these ones are free for the taking!

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The (First) Party’s Over…

…but another one always begins!

The approaching end of the US schools summer vacation means the end of two glorious months of having the whole family in Portugal (plus the kid’s partners and two of our acrobatic friends), appearing in our shows and generally having a great time. Now, just as Europe’s kids get let out of school, they have to head back in (and, I am pleased to say, have decided to do so although they could have left – they are developing some new and more practical interests for the future which I will talk about another time maybe.

For the last few days, Dave and I plus all four youngsters have been in UK visiting grandparents, parents etc and catching up with their/our UK fitness friends. We expected more sunshine, given the amazing UK weather with 54 days without rain and temperatures at 30C plus…

…but then, while having a mass reunion at our place in Wales over the weekend, this happened…

…a deluge of biblical proportions over Saturday night and Sunday! At least our water supply there is slowly recovering after drying up completely – but still not enough depth of water in the river to swim in.

Anyway, one last night in Oxford for everyone then off to Heathrow for the kids, joining Karen and Clare hopefully on their connection from Faro to be on the same plane back to US. Next day for Dave and I – back to Faro and back to work!

I’m posted a set of pictures just now on the second Fitness (Etc) page (https://tonycavanagh.com/fitness-acrobatics-and-gymnastics-2/) to celebrate the long hot summer, which certainly continues in Portugal and might even return for the Brit kid’s summer hols.

Four of our loving gay group therefore remain at the vacation centre to continue the evening shows (with some new acts coming in, thank goodness) and Dave and I of course, continue to manage the gyms and run fitness sessions while Jack and Ethan ply their trade in the daytime with beach entertainment. With the ‘gay’ relationships in mind, I am also adding some new stuff on the Gay Expression page (https://tonycavanagh.com/gay-expression/) right now. Enjoy.

And here’s a final thought – get your self something to read on the beach:

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‘Deus et Machina’

Demigods and their equipment!

Indeed. I’ve selected new pictures of guys training on or with assorted equipment: they’re on the second Fitness (Etc) page (https://tonycavanagh.com/fitness-acrobatics-and-gymnastics-2/).

Hre’s an additional pic to get you going – although the ‘machine’ here is just a kettlebell!

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Does Being Naked = ‘Gay’?

A long time back I posted a piece on a naked training location which included a report from a blog follower, Wayne.

The topic has come up again, or at least I’ve posted something on the Gay Expression page (https://tonycavanagh.com/gay-expression/) inviting discussion. If you like hanging out on the beach or doing your weights with other guys, being naked or near to it, does that somehow ‘imply’ you are gay? We don’t think so, but you might like to review that page update and then comment here.

Here’s a training guy who is not quite naked (and therefore Facebook friendly for those who read me there!) to introduce the discussion:

He IS naked on his pic on the Gay Expression piece, so go see!

For those who like to read about it rather than doing it (and for those who do it as well of course), tracking these books could provide some entertainment!

Loving the Boy: ISBN 978-1-907732-30-0

The Power of Love: ISBN 978-1-907732-41-6

Against All Odds: ISBN 978-1-908645-35-7


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Feeling a Little ‘Chesty’?

I woke up feeling a little ‘chesty’ this morning. It was called ‘Dave’! I’ve posted 20 pics (22 guys) with excellent chests on the second Fitness (Etc) page (https://tonycavanagh.com/fitness-acrobatics-and-gymnastics-2/), and here are two more to get you in the mood.

I would consider it an exceptional favour if you would also take a moment to read this previous post. Thanks. Now go enjoy the other pages!

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