Two Damp Squibs


On Friday we woke to have the weather channel here threaten us with an early-morning thunderstorm “so fierce” that near golf-ball sized hail was coming and we should take shelter in a “substantial building”!! Well, it went dark and rained a bit. Then later the same day the same channel excelled itself by warning of an incoming tornado. That didn’t reach us either.

Don’t get me wrong: I’m not annoyed that these things didn’t happen. I don’t wish to get knocked out by lumps of falling ice or have the roof blown off, but I wish that Americans wouldn’t stir up panic attacks on the slightest provocation. First sign of frost on the roads in winter here, and they take all the school buses off the road immediately and delay school by two hours. Maybe all the authorities need lessons from the UK in having bad weather! 80F (22C) here now, but with a significant risk of thunderstorms. In the UK I hear it is extremely wet and colder. TN does have some advantages, then, but I’m still glad to be British.

There. Now I’ve pissed off all the American readers, I suppose.

Maybe one – just one would do – would comment that I haven’t? Or you can e-mail  

But I did base all my three books on events which started here in Tennessee – is that OK?

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

OK. After catching the rays earlier this Sunday morning, Dave and I are off to a challenge at the private weights gym. A group of the guys are out to do at least 500 individual lifts as part of the training, against the clock. Things you do on one side and then the other (like oblique abdominal exercise) only count the once. I’ll let you know how we got on.

In the meantime then, some inspiration for all of us!



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Digital Camera




OK. Dave and I are inspired, so off we go… what about you?

OK, one more then: possibly the best of this bunch:

chest display



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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1 Response to Two Damp Squibs

  1. Pingback: 550 up – Success!… and a Joke… | Tony Cavanagh

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