Welcome to the Blog!

Scroll down for the latest posts!

sticky-2-readHowever, before you do:

This blog is for guys who admire other guys who put real effort into their physical development. It is NOT exclusively gay, but hopefully you will be gay-friendly.

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  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!

The books (print and e-versions available) are about finding gay love, developing ourselves as acrobats, starting a family (yeah, I’m a gay dad and enormously proud of my teenage son!!), going on tour, meeting difficulties ‘head-on’ (they become a bit of a thriller as well). sticky-1-readLinks from all posts from September 2014 onwards will lead you to more information and potential purchase – they are in almost every post and either through clicking on images of the covers, or on the separate links when given!! And, as the image on the right clearly shows, you can follow all of these rules at one go…

The blog is essentially G-rated; the 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!”⇓

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Under Surveillance

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…well, that’s one kind of ‘surveillance’ that we fitness types indulge in, perhaps too often – this is Artem Joutchkov, by the way, who has a huge internet presence – but that isn’t really what I was thinking about right now, although that can be theme for our pictures!

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Ah, the boys with their camera phones…

No, I was thinking about a rumour which has flashed through my son’s High School this week – that the FBI (I assume it is) has asked Schools to ‘vet’ their pupils for incipient signs of radicalisation, terrorism and whatever – presumably in addition to signs of criminality, racism, homophobia….?? Except that here in the Bible belt, there is plenty racism and homophobia out there anyway, so that’s probably off the local list.

I’ve never really come to terms with schools having resident police here in USA, let alone having big-brother-watch to contend with as well. And Heaven (capital H) help anyone who speaks out too openly against Creationism in these parts, despite the undeniable evidence from science like Mr Darwin and from radiocarbon dating that the Earth is billions of years old. ‘That Good Ol’ Religion’ Rules, OK, in these parts!

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Could it all improve, under Trump? You decide, on a scale of 1 – 10!

But, as a free-thinking and ultimately liberal-minded Brit (a Brit who was utterly indecisive about Brexit and finally would have gone for ‘remain’ on the narrowest of margins), this claustrophobic big-brother atmosphere bothers me and, on school premises, it bothers me more. A few more steps and we shall have ‘informers’ embedded in classes, working for the State (or, in this case, the national agencies). Suffice to say – before I get myself on their radar – that the subject is getting a lively debate. ‘Do you think X is really a Muslim?’ ‘What was in that package I saw Y unloading from his car in the dark last evening?’ If the authorities want to make people suspicious and even fearful, they sure are going the right way to achieve it.

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And, as for me, peddling dangerous writings ‘promoting’ homosexuality while at the same time being employed as a sports coach… hmmmm. And don’t get me started on the latest British witch hunt for paedophile soccer coaches… well, my conscience (and my partner Dave’s, similarly employed) is clear and you can check out the books to prove it…

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

…the third one includes our previous contact with FBI agents, rather ironically in the present circumstances and, thankfully, on the same side on that occasion (thanks, Zach…).

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I think that all the ‘surveillance-themed images I can find are boys with their phones checking out their muscles and probably texting (sexting?) them to their boy/girl friends…

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Or, more kindly, checking on their own fitness and development progress…

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A much more ‘innocent’ pastime! Here’s an interesting position to ‘survey’ things around you – on a back flex curved bench:

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An excellent vantage point…

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…while, back in the gym, an ‘innocent’ way to check out the other lifters without being noticed…

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…and, look, this guy found a pool with a very interesting vantage point – two of them, actually!…

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Actually, I think that I’ll stop here, before I incriminate myself any further and get found out by the web-crawler software that reads all the world’s blogs for the government agencies! I don’t want to be forced to go to the gym in disguise in future…

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Tales from Wales

Dave and I may be ‘exiled’ in Tennessee, but the only property we own is in Wales UK. And it’s been having a troubled week!

First, though, let me introduce this post’s picture theme:

‘Good Development’

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Typically, things go wrong when my parents are in residence! The entire water supply to the property failed on Thursday morning, apparently, due to what was suspected to be a blockage between the main tank which collects fresh spring water at the top of the hill and the first isolation valve down the (long) pipe which leads to the house and barns. This required excavation of said valve, since it is several years since it needed to be used.

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My father, who is approaching 70, set about this excavation with some enthusiasm (since he rather likes showers and making tea with the currently absent water) and, since he is a physicist by trade and likes experimental evidence, quickly established that there was no flow below the valve by shutting it and disconnecting the outlet, then opening said valve – nothing!

He then decided that he could establish where the blockage was by taking the entire valve off – either there would be flow (blocked valve) or not (blockage at base of holding tank??) – the problem was, with our scanty selection of tools available, he could not undo the valve connection. Next step, then – call in the utterly dependable local guy that does all this stuff – Bernard.

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Bernard, my father was pleased to relate, agreed with the diagnosis and produced two huge Stilson wrenches with which he proceeded to attack the valve connection. My father had presumed that any blockage – frogs (we’ve had those), general gunk – would most likely be immediately upstream of the valve. Bernard’s superpower wrenches release the valve and immediately there was an inundation of water from the holding tank. Of blockage there was no sign – and then Bernard observed that the valve had been in place the wrong way around such that, given suitable circumstances, the water pressure would shut it off. It has obviously been that way at least 20 years!

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The bad news is that my dad also shut off the input to the holding tank, in preparation for having to drain it by siphon in order to get at the outlet at the bottom – more than six feet under through a manhole. And, in less than a couple of hours, half of the contents of the tank disappeared without the aid of any siphon. So we have a leak – a new job to tackle in the spring when the weather is warmer – maybe a task which will persuade my parents to insist that we fly over to do the work ourselves (sigh!!).

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So the flow was restored, and my dad and Bernard retreated to the house to find – no water pressure. After waiting for nearly an hour, dad discovered that the garden tap had blown clean off its pipe – presumably as a result of recent temperatures of -9C… so we’re bad boys for not considering checking on that little issue more often, especially in winter. As my dad didn’t quite put it when he called (on our phone at our expense!!) – ‘if you own this f***cking place you’d better get over here more often and do some maintenance!!’

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At least they got their tea – and their showers: however, the garden tap requires a copper O-ring apparently, and not obtainable at the weekend, so the garden tap is held down by a plank with some of the weights from our barn gym piled up on top of it in order to avoid loss of pressure in the rest of the system. Fun, fun…

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I’m not entirely sure what the moral of this little tale is – but ‘he who has holiday cottage can expect many issues’ would not be far off! Long live Cefn Derwen! From our point of view, life in TN has been a little less stressful!

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The ‘development’ to which the picture theme relates is, of course, the male physique. Let’s enjoy some more:

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cover1-thumbcover2-thumbcover-3-thumbOne thing, by the way: Wales doesn’t appear in any of the three available books or the forthcoming fourth one, but gay love, fitness, acrobatics, and (mis)adventures do. Print or e-books – order in time for Christmas! Clicking on the covers gives more info.

One more to finish today:

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Nearly Half Time

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TWOSOMES ARE SOOOOOOOO COOL! Caring, sharing, and, if they happen to be gay, loving.

It just occurred to us that in a very short time, I will have spent exactly half of my life with Dave! Dave, being a few weeks older, will reach that milestone slightly later. All we can say about it is that we both fervently hope that the years which follow will be as amazing as those 17 we spent together already.

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Sharing the same interests – fitness/gym/acrobatics – and sharing the love…

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Not ready to stride off into the sunset just yet, though: plenty of ‘work’ to do…

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…and gym preps of various kinds, of course, to keep us strong and flexible enough…

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Comparisons and friendly rivalry help…

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A bit of horsing around…

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In between – a lot of love…

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cover1-thumbcover-3-thumbcover2-thumbAnd, in between, I’ve found time to write four books, three of which have been out there a while and might commend themselves to you for Christmas presents – all these themes and adventure besides! Print copies and e-books are available and more details by clicking on the covers.

Meanwhile, some more sharing to be getting on with!

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Fighting the Flab

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Today’s Gallery Theme: ‘Abs’

…well, it has to be, doesn’t it? My son Leo, bless him, has appointed himself trainer to get rid of the traces of ‘turkey tummy’ that I seem to have developed following a most successful invitation to ‘eat till bursting’ over Thanksgiving with Steve and his family. Got to get the definition back! Consider this next guy:

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…see those little bulges, just above the hips? Well, I seem to have developed those, too – and also lost some definition at the top of the abs as well, which has never happened before. So it is definitely an ‘eat less’ ‘train harder’ regime for the moment, with Leo cracking his whip!

This next guy has a little bit too much covering the base of his abs – it is so difficult to keep  that ‘ripped’ look when you get to your mid-30s:

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V-lines clearly showing here (next) but still that little ridge over the hips:

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Will I get back to this?

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Very unlikely, I would say. Just keep running, dad!’ says Leo. ‘Yes,’ I splutter, starting to get out of breath. ‘All right for you teens…’ I mutter under what’s left of my breath.

Still got to do my gymnastics coaching demos, though…

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When I look closely at the pictures I have for you, so often there is a trace of that ‘midriff bulge’ when you actually look for it instead of gazing at the six packs…

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Of course, a good photographer can hide it…

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…but here’s the genuine article!

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…and, after the pull down, the pull up…

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Pity this next is slightly out of focus…

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Leo’s last words before heading out to school this morning: ‘Don’t forget your twisting sit-ups, Dad!’ Quite. Better get stuck in, I suppose. One more picture first, though:

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Great lighting there on a great set of abs.

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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Cheap Squirrel

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‘Cheap Squirrel’… did that get your attention? It’s potentially more interesting than ‘Tony Cavanagh Blog’, for sure. In fact, it is a new UK website to direct you to cheap ‘Black Friday’ style offers, 365 days a year. But my point is that an unusual title certainly catches the eye – so, perhaps, ‘Loving the Boy, ‘The Power of Love’ and ‘Against All Odds’ are becoming too boring to attract much attention these days. Judging from the meagre royalties, anyway. The trouble with published books is that you can’t change the titles or liven them up afterwards! Which may be why I have been so sluggish in preparing the final version of book 4 and to try and tempt a publisher – anyway, that is now in hand.

The first three books have not only plenty of tales of gay lads doing their favourite sport (us)(acrobatics) but circus adventures and misadventures too… and we continue those themes in every post here with the pictures:

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Think of the blog as a ‘loss leader’ like a supermarket selling sugar below cost price in order to tempt the shoppers with more expensive exotica once they’re inside. And these loss leaders are completely free!

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I forgot the ‘gym bunnie’ part of the game: that’s in here as well, of course…

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Talking of abs – you surely are, after that last picture – Dave accuses me of having put on a little flab across the top of my abs and over the top of my hips. Thanksgiving excess? Problem is – with just a couple of day’s layoff from training, it is true – so goodness only knows what shape I will end up in when daily training loses its attractions! ‘Sleek’ and ‘slim’ (next two pictures) are perfect for acrobatics, but can it last in my case?

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So there we are – and turkey protein is recommended for weight trainers to build muscle, not fat. Hmmm. Cut back on carbs, obviously!

To get back that ‘summer’ look…

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…maybe a few sauna sessions are called for…

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…that’s one bit of Russian culture I definitely approve of; sauna – plunge pool – birch twigs…

Ahem. Got to be sure I don’t get out of shape, or this could stop:

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Which would be a bit tragic. Dave could get a cat instead – he’s always rabbiting on about getting a cat (if you see what I mean). And – miscellaneous fact – he has noticed that several followers of this blog have cat blogs. Can any of those followers – or anyone else for that matter, explain such a connection?

Anyway, we’re all away over Christmas, for a start, so a cat is out of the question even if the rest of the household would put up with it, which they wont. Bunnies – gym bunnies at least – well, that’s a different matter! Never tire of sharing a workout…

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Another question: why do so many guys do their selfie progress updates in the toilet?

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Sorry – bathroom. A small American sensitivity I still cannot get used to after 17 years. It’s a toilet, guys – there’s NO bath!! Like I nearly wrote ‘tyre’ just now instead of ‘tire’ – because I still cannot fathom why I have to get tires for the car – UK readers will understand…

I’m writing rubbish now – time to stop and round off with a couple more pictures.

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That one I call ‘wow’…

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A slimline Russian to end…

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“No animals were harmed in the making of this blog post”…

Until now…

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Catching Up (2)

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We’re still catching up on the backlog of pictures.

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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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Catching Up

Today’s Gallery Theme – Gym Sessions and Results

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I’ve increased the posting frequency slightly because I have accumulated a huge number of pictures I intend to share with you… so just a picture post this time featuring the gym boys and their results. Enjoy!

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“This Must be Serious… Everyone’s Wearing a Shirt!”

…except the boys in today’s Gallery!

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My title quote today comes from Chris’s Mom, who was kind enough to entertain the four of us (Dave and I, kids Jaymee and Leo) with her own family to Thanksgiving dinner yesterday. I guess we did smarten up a bit, especially as we were expecting Chris and Jaymee to ‘announce’ that they were formally boy/girl friends. They did it, in a mumbling sort of fashion, and I’m please to say that Leo wasn’t put out at all, especially as his former ‘squeeze’ Karla arrives in town today and he’s already round at her dad’s house…

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Anyway, it was good to slightly dress up, just for once, instead of slopping around our place barefoot and shirtless, which is the norm! That’s how you find us now – at a slight loose end because there are no coaching shifts today (back to normal tomorrow though) and we don’t particularly fancy trudging around the malls with thousands of other folks looking for so-called ‘Black Friday’ bargains, which are often more expensive than previous ‘sales’ discounts anyway! Jaymee… out somewhere with Chris! Ahem.

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Not really outdoor weather, here, either, though slightly warmer than at our place in Wales, which today I here is under blue sunny sky but close to freezing (parents are there again). Miss it a bit, but costly to get there and the rental income when parents are not using it is useful to say the least.

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We all missed training this morning, too – slept in late. Well, once in a while… and we can get stuck in again tomorrow:

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…and he looks slightly less than enthusiastic, despite all the work he has obviously put in. That’s not an acrobat body, though!

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So, a day off. Thinking about a new book, although I haven’t got a publisher for book 4 as yet. Totally different from my existing trilogy, though – and it ends in tears. both have lonely boys on different quests… On the positive side, book 4 is much shorter and everyone who has seen the draft likes it, so I must get my act together on it now. Too late for this Christmas, though – you’ll have to send these to your gay-friendly friends instead:

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

Please do consider it. You can find e-books in the usual places as well as the hard copies.

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…wonder what’s bothering him…

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…where as this happier guy has plenty to be proud of! Let’s have a happy wrestler next:

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…and a boy who’s just plain wide:

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A boy who’s happy to be wet, even if he did forget to take his jeans off in the shower…

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Some like it muddy too…

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…it may be a good way to cool off on a hot day, especially if you are a hippopotamus (vide Flanders and Swann), but that’s probably a bit extreme even for us!

We’ll just settle for a spell in the gym!

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Here’s a built body to aim for, perhaps, if you’re just going for the ‘look’:

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Some more success:

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‘Slim’ is good, too, when everything is in proportion…

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Finally, some mutual admiration:

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…and that’s your inspiration to get in shape over the winter months! Hat’s and cut-offs not supplied…

 

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Entertainment for Thanksgiving

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Let’s begin today’s entertainment with the new uniform for busking! From the way the onlookers are dressed, it presumably isn’t a very warm day, so it’s one sure way of getting attention. Maybe not the obvious way to ‘get rich quick’ though…

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…although, as a published author of gay tales laced with sport and adventure (as my publicist might put it!), reading a book about it is an obvious start. Here’s three you could start with yourselves:

cover1-thumbcover2-thumbLoving 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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The rest of today’s post offers a miscellany of entertainment on and around the fitness ethic – starting with some action to get the sweat up:

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…and then a little bit of gut play – I would not ordinarily condone this (Houdini died as a result) but our kids abs are so tough now after all the training that they set themselves up regularly for a gut-punch challenge – and this kid is built for it… the full video lasts about three minutes before he quits…

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OK, enough action. Just ‘fun’ then! For example, if it just gets a little colder here…

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…otherwise, an ornamental pond will have to do…

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Show off in the city?

Or perhaps a playground somewhere a bit more rural?

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Or, for something completely different:

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…it’s not just oriental buskers who perform in their underwear…

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Just get into the swing of things…

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Enjoy a game with your mates…

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Don’t be afraid to get a bit mucky…

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…because you can always clean up later…

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Maybe go and complement some artwork…

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…or become one!

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And finally (and with a nod to Dave’s secret fetish)… have a great day!

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They’re Growing Up

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They start young, but my goodness, they grow up fast!

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Today’s Gallery Theme, by the way, is ‘Speedos’

OK. Thanksgiving tomorrow and, in the absence of some of our household, Dave and I are invited round to Steve’s house with our kids. That’s Steve, father of my son’s best friend Chris and his older brother Billy. And I sense an announcement is likely.

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Young Chris (14.9 yo) has had his sights on Dave’s daughter Jaymee for some time, but the feelings didn’t appear to be mutual despite their regularly training together in our cabin every morning before school hours, and despite them performing together over the summer along with my son Leo and his then squeeze Karla. But recently, we’ve noticed that Jaymee has been exchanging far more smiles with Chris than ever before, and we’re pretty certain that they have sufficient respect for each other’s fitness and performing skills that, added to whatever sexual attraction there is at that age (both Jaymee and Leo will be 15 in the first week of January), we reckon there’ll be an announcement that they regard themselves as a couple and will be partners at a High School dance before Christmas… if you can seriously be a couple at age just 15?

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…wait: Dave and I made a gay couple at just 17, though… and it has lasted 17 years since… gosh, that’s 50% of my life…

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Neither of our wonderful offspring are gay. And Leo had ‘lost’ his love when her family split and Karla (who he also admired for her acrobatic skills – they’re all into this stuff!) moved away to the west of the State with her Mom. But wait, she is going to spend increasing amounts of time with her Dad, who is still here, and will be here over Thanksgiving and – yes – they are going to meet…

Leo has been a changed boy since he found that out. I’ve felt so sorry for him, searching… rejecting… he’s so sporty, he could never yearn for a girl who wasn’t the same, that’s for sure. And there are plenty girls in his High School year who have lusted over both Chris and Leo, for sure!

So, what next, I wonder?

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(Ah – Speedos make the perfect attire when it rains at the pool…)

Although Jaymee and Leo are unrelated they were born within four days of each other and grew up together in the same sporty household – running around naked together as tinies, getting into their gym-freak habits, which also involves few if any clothes in private, driving each other on and, especially in Leo’s case, being there for Jaymee, playing the brother-to-his-sister role. In fact, they think of each other as brother and sister, even though they are actually a potential match made in heaven… but Leo has never thought of Jaymee as anything but his sister, so that was never going to work out. What I am certain sure of is – if Leo wanted anyone to charm Jaymee, it would be his best friend Chris. And we were so worried about what Leo’s reaction might be, seeing his best friend reaching out to Jaymee when he had no potential partner of his own. Not for want of trying – he’s been off down to the acrobatic classes at the gym centre with his shirt off (as ever!) showing off his balance skills to all the girls there…

…but no, a real silver lining in the shape of Karla, at least for a few days. Could be an idyllic Thanksgiving…

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Dave and I (and their absent Moms too, obviously – they’re appearing along with four of our best acrobatic mates in a show in Canada which opens tonight to capture the Thanksgiving weekend trade – I thought it was next week but we don’t get everything right here!) – we love our kids and of course wish them everything they wish themselves. But ‘just 15’ is a wee bit young for strong and lasting relationships outside of acrobatic work, so we shall just have to see…

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Of course, Dave and I have never had the experience of falling head over heels for the opposite sex. We just got on with our boyish lives until the day we first saw each other – found that we had the same interests… the first touch, in a gym (naturally!)… and before we knew it, we knew it! I could never forget the evening when Dave said to me as only he could: ‘Tone – how did it take me so long to find you?’

cover-3-thumbcover2-thumbcover1-thumbAnd, you guessed – it’s all in here! Those first two books don’t have those titles for nothing. Clicking on the covers will lead you to more info and to the feel of a real paper book in your hand to read over the Christmas holidays. E-versions are also available if you search the obvious places.

Now, where were we? Oh yes, having a sunny Speedo day (which is just as well because it has gone damn cold here over the last few days)…

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(That’s Nikita, a Russian model, by the way)

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A sadly headless body next: but what a body!

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Lastly – training with the cables in Speedos. Perfect for the poolside!

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