On Being a Tour Guide

Chris’s first trip outside the USA and the first away from his parents. So it was suggested we give him a day in London before moving on to Wales.


You get the idea – changing the guard at Buck House (as above) and St. James’ Palace (horseback), Tower Bridge, the London Eye…



Yep, we went on one of those boats, too, plus a swim in the Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park because it was 30C (86F) which is pretty exceptional for London and it comes with low humidity compared with our Oak Ridge TN climate –  and we took in lots more ‘tourist’ stuff… and something quite interesting, an art installation by a Brazilian guy which allows extraordinary acrobatics on the front of a house (now of course we’de like that!)…


What do you reckon about that… well, here’s clue about how it worked:


Kewl, huh? Of course, we contributed a few shirtless handstands – and forgot our proper camera (our phones seem to give crap pix – memo, get better phones!), but some tourists have promised to send us some copies of theirs… Well done, anyway, artist Leandro Ehrlich!!

i4f4b8e6de1e34368988712So, three very entertained eleven-year-olds, and Chris riding his first ever double-decker bus too, to get to the ‘Dalston House’; and that’s a pretty kewl bus, too, with the rear platform so typical of British buses of olden times now restored despite “elf n safety” rules…

…and that’s the third time I’ve posted a bus picture here – the last one was in Havana!

Now this is turning into a ‘post with a difference’: no book advert, and no boys.

Oh dear. OK, I relent:








Special Offer Ah, there it is…

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Then back to Oxford and third tired-out kids straight to bed. Dave and I too, now this is done. Tomorrow it is ‘Croeso I Gymru’


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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