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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Twenty Twenty Visions

20 new images on the 2nd Fitness (Etc) page (https://tonycavanagh.com/fitness-acrobatics-and-gymnastics-2/) showing guys obviously happy with their achievements in shaping their bodies. Here’s another to whet your appetite!

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Getting it Right for the Sunny Weather…

…by which I mean, fine-tuning your fitness so you can enjoy the great summer outdoors with pride!

I have added 20 new pix of guys trimming themselves in the gym and then 20 new pictures featuring the sunny days of summer. All on the second (new) Fitness (etc) page (https://tonycavanagh.com/fitness-acrobatics-and-gymnastics-2/). Here’s an extra one on each topic to get you in the mood:

Some suggestions on our favourite themes for your beach and poolside reading… book purchases support the blog!

 

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Handstands and Other Stories

…But, before you do leave, I’ve added 20 assorted handstand pix to the new (second) Fitness (etc) page (https://tonycavanagh.com/fitness-acrobatics-and-gymnastics-2/) to keep you all on your toes (actually, fingers, come to think of it). Here’s a taster extra pic – there are many ways of balancing on your hands!…

And then I added some new gay(er) stuff on the Gay Expression page (https://tonycavanagh.com/gay-expression/) – again, here’s a boonus pic:

Finally, a topical but totally off-topic picture which I found, which hopefully does NOT describe my little suite of web pages! Go explore, and don’t forget the huge first archive page of Fitness, Acrobatics and Gymnastics (https://tonycavanagh.com/fitness-acrobatics-and-gymnastics/) – it won’t be there for ever!

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New Fitness (Etc) Page

As the first ‘Fitness, Acrobatics and Gymnastics page (https://tonycavanagh.com/fitness-acrobatics-and-gymnastics/) was getting unwieldy, I have created a second one starting with a 20-picture post of fit lads enjoying themselves. I have called it Fitness (etc) #2 and the link is Here (https://tonycavanagh.com/fitness-acrobatics-and-gymnastics-2/).

Here is a bonus picture, to set the scene!

As the picture archive is now up to 95% of the permitted maximum (unless I pay more money), I really am going to delete loads of stuff from earlier blog posts. The separate pages will remain intact for the time being. So, if there is anything you want to ‘harvest’, do it very soon or you may lose it!

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Wet Day: So Some Wet Boys (plus Wrestlers and More)…

I do like that picture! There are 15 more images of wet boys added today to the Fitness, Acrobatics and Gymnastics #1 page (https://tonycavanagh.com/fitness-acrobatics-and-gymnastics/) – note the “#1”. That page is getting unwieldy because it doesn’t “wrap” like this blog page does, so I am going to start a second one for future new image posts on that theme. Check the index once it changes!

However, don’t miss the 15 wrestling images I put there as well! Here’s a special introduction to those!

And, finally for today, I’ve added some new stuff to the Gay Expression page (https://tonycavanagh.com/gay-expression/) including 15 new couples… here’s an extra which kind of takes us back to the ‘wet boys’ theme as well:

Yes – it’s a rather wet day today in the Eastern Algarve. Fortunately, we’re slowly regaining our rightful place as one of the warmest parts of Europe instead of one of the coldest. Everyone in our extended family group is having a great time as well as earning some reasonable money for doing what they all love to do. Sadly, it all has to end at the end of July because the kids are staying in school and so must go back to USA with their friends and their mums. Heigh Ho!

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“The Gay Novel Is Dead” – Alan Hollinghurst

Catching up with the British papers last night, I read that Booker prize-winning novelist Alan Hollinghurst (“The Swimming Pool Library”, “The Line of Beauty” etc), speaking at the Hay Literary Festival, claims that the age of the “Gay Novel” is over.

As a gay writer whose four books to date have featured aspects of the gay lifestyle in some way, I have some sympathy with his view that “…the gay novel has had its day. It rose in the seventies, eighties, nineties… … …there was a small body of male gay writing… the excitement of that opportunity 30 years ago was rather special.”

There is truth in this, upon reflection. In those years, I guess there was a certain ‘bravado’ in putting pen to paper and writing about gay men: old inhibitions forced upon gay folks had been relaxed, and so publishing slightly risque material generated a certain excitement perhaps not felt since the liberation which followed the D.H. Lawrence Penguin books trial over Lady Chatterley (before my time!!).

When I first put pen to paper (well, finger to keyboard actually) with what would become somewhere in the middle of Loving The Boy, I never thought of it that way. I just wanted to write about what I knew, what I liked, and about enjoying being in a gay relationship. As many of you will know, that adventure turned into a trilogy and was then followed by the tale of the 100% fictional gay outcast Sammy Three Rivers in Let The Future Find Me. For the benefit of those who have not read it, all I’ll say here is that future does indeed catch up with him.

It is entirely coincidental that the book I am working on now hardly features gay characters at all. I have learned from experience that what matters is telling a good tale, so I have taken a real-life tragedy (a drowning) as an inspiration together with the real-life history of a refugee family that I know, utterly re-written that history into my fictional ‘hero’, twisted time around so the books starts nearer to its conclusion than its beginning and added in what has perhaps become a trademark spiritual influence on the events… well, you know by now what authors do! Just keep an eye open around here for news of what will be entitled something like Known By The Tracks We Leave (that is part of a old Dakota Indian saying) – but that needs a bit of thought to focus more on the actual nature of the story and the boys whose life we follow (yes, another book, another boy!).

So there we are. I repeat my ‘catalogue’ here in the hope of some more purchases. Not Booker-Prize material, I fear… but Loving The Boy was nominated for the Polari Prize although it didn’t make the short list. Clicking on covers will guide you to publishers sites. E-books are also available but paper books are better, especially on the beach… so enjoy them if you can, and enjoy the themes of this blog anyway by visiting the picture-laden older posts and the more recent Fitness, Acrobatics and Gymnastics page (https://tonycavanagh.com/fitness-acrobatics-and-gymnastics/) and the Gay Expression page (https://tonycavanagh.com/gay-expression/).

And now, so as not to disappoint the folks who just come here for the pictures of fit young men doing their thing (and why not?), I’ve posted a new random collection of excellent physiques on the Fitness (etc) page (https://tonycavanagh.com/fitness-acrobatics-and-gymnastics/). Here’s a “starter for twenty”, an activity of which we heartily approve:

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Fun!!

We’re sure in for some FUN! Temperatures rising back to normal June Portugal level, wind’s dropping, our kids are about to arrive, and we’re all going to have a great time. Like the guys in the 20 pictures I just posted in the Fitness, Acrobatics and Gymnastics page (https://tonycavanagh.com/fitness-acrobatics-and-gymnastics/). Enjoy!

With the kids arriving and everything, there may be a few days blog silence. Keep checking back…

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Thursday’s Gymnasts, Bar Boys, Lovers, and a Bit of News

Today, I’ve put a large post on the Fitness, Acrobatics and Gymnastics page (https://tonycavanagh.com/fitness-acrobatics-and-gymnastics/) featuring gymnasts, followed by street workout dudes (30 pix in all). Above is the first of three ‘extras’ included in this post to illustrate the themes, which also includes novel uses of bars in weights gym settings… like this guy doing his ab crunches while hanging by the feet from a bar we actually can’t see:

Finally, 9 couples (in 12 pictures on the Gay Expression page (https://tonycavanagh.com/gay-expression/)) show us how they feel about one another, like these two:

These themes presumably interest you, or you wouldn’t be here. Therefore my books, sales of which support this blog, should also interest you. E-book versions are available, but actual BOOKS are coming back in vogue. Clicking on the covers will lead you to more information:

A number of readers have recently commented that they miss the ‘daily diary’ blog format of our lives and times which I suspended around Christmas. The reason for that was that I found folks were trying to ‘sniff us out’ in our new employment here in the currently unusually cool south-western corner of Europe. However, a fairly momentous change is coming for us: school in Tennessee is about to be out and our kids, their two best friends and their two mums are all headed our way, to be picked up in a couple of days by Dave at Lisbon airport. All six will join the four of our original ‘acrobatic/fakir gang’ already here for the duration of the American school break (until end July) and, in various combinations, will be entertaining here and at other venues along the coast in both Algarve and south-western Spain. As we haven’t seen them since Christmas, we’re trusting that they’ll have their ‘act’ together, and Dave and I are certainly practically bursting out of our skins to see them again. I’m not identifying acts/names but, if you see them/us, you’ll surely know! Get the books for your beach reading and, if you can find us, I’ll autograph them!

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Out In The Cold

Curiously, our bit of Portugal is currently the coldest part of Europe (excluding the Scandinavian and Baltic countries) at present. Most of continental Europe has heat, humidity and spectacular thunderstorms and flash floods right now. We’re in the sun all right, but feeling a distinctly chilly wind. It’s not keeping the folks off the beach or away from our pools, though!

To make us feel a little better about not being the customary hottest spot, I’ve posted a dozen Speedo guys on the Fitness, Acrobatics and Gymnastics page (https://tonycavanagh.com/fitness-acrobatics-and-gymnastics/). One of them really is ‘Out In The Cold’!

Here’s a taster to get you started:

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“Don’t Chase Dreams: Hunt Goals!”

That quote is all about our attitude to fitness. 20 further pictures of guys who’ve done exactly that are now posted on the Fitness, Acrobatics and Gymnastics page (https://tonycavanagh.com/fitness-acrobatics-and-gymnastics/) along with a dozen or so guys who are interacting in some way with a vest or shirt – perhaps because their gym house rules demand it. Not our style, but there you go!

Talking of fitness, I’ve posted an old advert for a healthy bedtime drink on the Gay Expression page (https://tonycavanagh.com/gay-expression/). I understand that my father, at some early point in his life, was an ‘Ovaltiney’. He didn’t entirely follow the line of the advert though, or maybe I wouldn’t be here…

We’re looking forward to having our kids with us for the period of the US school vacation (along with a couple of their friends and their mums). All of them are going to have to work for their living participating in shows both here in the vacation complex and elsewhere on the Algarve and western Spanish coastline. First time we’ve seen any of them since Christmas, so a great start to our summer!

Going to the beach? Here’s a good read to take with you and help to support the blog:

 

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