Ancient and Modern

Dave and I are again toasting our toes in front of a log fire in our ancient Welsh farnmhouse investment, watching snow flurries swirl around and wondering whether we shall be able to make our planned trip up to Cumbria tomorrow (that’s the point where I reveal to Dave the final page of Against All Odds see recent post…)

sugarloafarrivaIf all goes according to plan, we shall be holding our hand out to stop a wheezing railcar at a request stop before first light tomorrow morning, not far from this location (left), changing to one of these (below right) at Shrewsbury and completing our journey north from Crewe on one of these modern high-speed tilting trains (below) to be met at Penrith station by Dave’s mum for the final stretch into Keswick by car…6-pendolino-tilting-train

We don’t see much of trains in our adopted home in Tennessee except for a small number of rusting freight tracks in the town on which rare consignments of something – probably nuclear stuff – head for the nearby national laboratory. Definitely the way to travel…

Despite currently residing in a remote Welsh valley, we discovered that we only had to drive for about 25 minutes to see a film in modern 3D in a tiny little arts centre in the town of Builth Wells. Good for them at the ‘Wyeside’, we say – not only did we enjoy that amazing film Life of Pi one evening last week, we noticed that they even get the UK National Theatre and the Metropolitan Opera live by satellite. Wow. Mid Wales is a curious mixture of ancient and modern. Highly recommended!

Regular blog readers will realise that this is primarily a blog about enjoying the gay lifestyle, being an acrobat, and promoting fitness (OK, it’s about selling three books as well but I’ll take a day out from the customary adverts). So, given that my average reader admires young men who have put a huge effort into getting their bodies in shape, let’s return to that theme with some pictures of ‘modern’ boys preceded by an’ ancient’ thought:

“Of all the animals, the boy is the most unmanagable” (Plato)

Here’s half a dozen who seem to have ‘managed’ quite well… at least with their abs exercise programme!



(bonus ‘bod’ in the background, there).

Hi, Ginger, great biceps…

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…and now a slightly blurry one, but get the definition on his abs!…


…it would have been nice if he hadn’t covered his face up, too.

I’ll finish for today with another great set of abs (and, apparently, a traffic cone…?).


About tonycavanagh

Born Northampton UK; school Oxford UK and Oak Ridge Tennessee, where I met my wonderful partner Dave, also from UK. Oak Ridge is our main training base for acrobatics and circus stuff, but we also established a base in Wales (UK) to serve us when we are working in Europe. Our 'story', of finding gay love, learning the acrobatics trade and then of how we got shot at during our show (and worse was to follow - just to prove that the risks of being an acrobat are not always the most obvious ones!) are now available in my three books 'Loving the Boy', 'The Power of Love' and 'Against All Odds'. Links available on most blog posts. Actually, waiting for the imminent arrival of the first printed copies was far scarier than anything we do in performance. A fourth book - not about us but exploring the sadness of a gay Native American boy denied his true identity - is currently with an agent for evaluation. watch for 'Let The Future Find Me' in due time. And now to book five... another boy, another quest... seems its always boys...
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