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‘ pages (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.

NOTE ADDED DEC 2018! THE PUBLISHER OF THESE FIRST THREE BOOKS WENT BANKRUPT! THEY ARE NO LONGER AVAILABLE VIA THE LINKS I HAVE FREQUENTLY POSTED IN THIS BLOG, AND I AM IN THE PROCESS OF DELETING THOSE LINKS. THE BOOKS, HOWEVER, ARE STILL AVAILABLE – FROM ME. PLEASE DO CONTACT ME AT gymacrobat@gmail.com IN THE FIRST INSTANCE AS THIS WILL CONTINUE TO SUPPORT THE BLOG.

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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“Am I Doing OK?”

The message behind so many selfies! Let’s check a few guys out… not always selfies, of course – a training partner behind the camera is just as good, often better… friends together too…

And to finish for today – here is the mate with the camera!

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By Request: More Wrestling

By request…40 more wrestling pics. Some of the guys are a bit older than I would normally post, but the moves are interesting! Some 2-on-1’s included.

Not sure if this one is oil or water…

…whereas…

…and, of course, the kewl bit at the start…

Bulgarian folk style…

The penalty for losing…

And finally, the best way! (Look away now, Tumblr):

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“Best Before” Date

As we move into the new performing season, Dave and I are definitely feeling that we have reached our ‘best before’ date. That momentous age of 40 is not so far over the horizon now – time flies – and we are definitely feeling that this is perhaps the time to consider whether balancing on one arm on each other’s heads to earn a crust is something we ought to consider giving up… before our backs give up! Of course, one can carry on doing bed of glass or nails until you’re 100 – that’s easy, despite appearances, so long as you keep reasonably fit.

So, in recognition of ‘time flying’, today’s post is of images of the younger male, in their prime. And good luck to them in their fitness ambitions!

OK! I suppose congratulations are in order! And we like sweaty young lads…

Native costume?

Only 3/5 of these come into my ‘younger’ category, but it is a great shot:

Mud wrestling, anyone?

“Are we doing OK?”

“I’m not putting on weight, am I?”

…and two shots of our Chelyabinsk gymnast friends to finish…

 

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More ‘Touching’ Twosomes

‘Touching’ – in every sense! And yes, one thing leads to another…

…and in similar vein…

…obviously a distraction from football! However, let’s widen the net…

OK. We’re clearly in ‘gay’ mode for this post. An opportunity to remind you that my first three books, which are linked, cover out finding gay love and all that has meant for us, a shared love of sport (gymnastics and acrobatics particularly), performance, circus tours, and some added adventure and misadventure… and, since the publisher has gone bust, the only way I can profit from them now is if you buy them directly from me at gymacrobat@gmail.com We can ship them at discounted prices anywhere in the world…

More on my most recent, stand-alone novel featuring a sad gay Native American boy and his lost love, below.

Meanwhile, sometimes a sporting challenge can have an unexpected outcome:

…but, then, ‘All You Need is Love’…

(Hmmm. Those guys are a bit thin, obviously not engaging in our other interest of fitness training. Never mind, they make a great couple!)

A blast from the past:

Could this next have been taken on February 14th?

Final commercial break: here’s my fourth book featuring the lonely tale of Sammy Three Rivers. You can get this from me as well (gymacrobat@gmail.com) but also direct from bookshops and the publisher – details when you click on its cover…

http://www.tony-cavanagh.pegasuspublishers.com is the direct link!

Tongues… etc…

There you are. 50 shots of happy couples. Don’t let the homophobes win! They to their way, us to ours.

Don’t forget to check out the separate page ‘Gay Expression‘ on this site for lots more couples and gay-themed stuff.

There are also two more pages of ‘Fitness, Acrobatics, Gymnastics and Wrestling’ (1) (2) from which images will soon start to disappear to make room for more posts. Check them out and harvest what you want before it is too late!

 

 

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Sun and Snow

Following on from the previous post about the show season opening here on the Algarve (for the tourists at our complex)… in the space of seven days we have had the hail and snow in our face (quick trip to UK for a special family birthday) and the warm sun on our backs (here) which looks set to continue while UK enjoys a conveyor belt of storms. Yes, we miss UK, but… Portugal has a lot going for it!

Maybe things will be clearer for us after march 29th when UK may (or may not) be outside the EU.

In the meantime, today’s selection of fit guys are weather-related (and mainly sunny!).

Hmmm – we need a few more back views. Here’s another:

Now turn him around:

Perhaps time for a shower?

Shower with some friends – always more fun:

OK – bring back the sun!

Btw – being out in the sun isn’t always playtime – there’s work to be done…

Sun and snow can come together…

…or it can just be damn cold but you enjoy it… ‘hard man’ indeed  (probably in all aspects except one!):

But back to summer and sun… and fun!

If not that… folk wrestling?

And finally, for today, a not-quite-so-sunny reminder of here we own property! ‘ARAF’ is short for ‘Arafwch’ which means ‘SLOW DOWN’ in Welsh. Just so you know!

Good luck to the Welsh against the Irish on Saturday at the Millenium Stadium in Cardiff – they are set for the grand slam in the Rugby!

Post script about some scripts: the first three available from me (to go anywhere in the world) on gymacrobat@gmail.com and the fourth likewise but also direct from the publisher (click on the cover). E-books also available for all four, but I would now get nothing for the first three because the publisher went under.

Please do help to support the blog!

 

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Open Season

As the show season gets under way here in the Algarve – enough visitors to justify putting them on and warm enough in the evenings for our open-air venue – I bring you a small selection of performers augmented by various gymnasts and other fitness guys preparing themselves for shows and competitions.

(Check out the free head balancing in the background!)

Diving is for sure a performance too…

 

 

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Sharing The Fun

Let’s celebrate friendships again – nothing like sharing with a special mate, whatever you are doing!

(Nice and sweaty!)

 

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Keep Up The Good Work…

…so keep at it!

He’s deliciously sweaty – the reward of a good workout…

You don’t necessarily need a gym… or even weights!…

(Training at home? Who needs clothes?)

SO: have these boys inspired you to get back into training – or to start (never too old!!)?

I end with a regular reminder that I too would like your support: you just needs to buy some books which cover gym (all aspects), finding gay love, circus and travel, misadventures… and the fourth book (Let The Future Find Me) is a simple novel about a simple outcast and orphan gay guy who sets of in search of something – maybe his lost love – who’s to say?

The first three books should be ordered direct by contacting me at gymacrobat@gmail.com – we ship anywhere in the world – and book four can be obtained likewise or direct from its publisher by clicking on its cover.

(Those three form a trilogy but can be read independently)

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As Promised: More Wrestlers

(A good sweat there – how every workout should end!)

(Not shirtless, but we like the pose)

(Another interesting position)

Some threesomes:

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Flex (ible)

So today we’re not flexing muscles – but the whole body! Lots of good side splits – and a few more things you may (not) want to try at home!

Acrobats (and ballet boys) need strength with flexibility, which means not excessive muscle. The secret to develop this way is ‘extension training’ – for example, when doing a push-up, you make the ‘lower back down’ phase last a long time, so the muscle is working while contracting. And meanwhile sitting in splits whenever you watch TV instead of slouching on the couch!

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