Of Mice and Men

Oh, I do so love it when something happens which lets me use a post title with a double meaning!

One of my dad’s scientific colleagues who knows something of what we are doing here, fitness wise, has drawn attention to some Canadian research  which shows that laboratory mice dislike the smell of men. “The presence of a man – or just even the smell of a man’s tee-shirt – was shown to be as stressful for mice as swimming in cold water for three minutes…”

Lovely. Since we’re in the business of sweating…


…for fun, and for a living…


…we shouldn’t have any problems with mice in the gym then, or in our training cabin, or the converted bus we use for tours!

I can definitely say that I have not encountered any mice in the gymnastics centre either…


However, I don’t think that this science applies to mice in Wales (UK) – at our cottage and barn gym there we have had to deal with mice in the house and rats in the barn!

And, if anyone asks me ever again “are you man or mouse”, I can confidently answer since it is the pheromones of Dave’s armpits that attract me in the mornings…


Definitely no mice in our bedroom, then either… and not surprising given our tendency to discard sweaty clothes on the floor… but isn’t the armpit the most seductive area for a gay man….?


Also, we actually enjoy “swimming in cold water for [more than] three minutes…


But I sense that I’m falling into a hole here [if not the river], and they do say “when you’re in a hole, stop digging”…

when you're in a hole...

Change of subject. “Of Mice and Men” again, though. The beleaguered UK education secretary, Michael Gove (they call him a ‘secretary’ in the British system but he’s actually the minister responsible for education) has banned this famous US book by Steinbeck from being taught in ‘English Literature’ sessions in British schools. Now they’ll be back to Jane Austen and Thomas Hardy (yawn, sigh, oh, how I hated “Under the Greenwood Tree”…). OK, philistine, I know…

Cover1 ThumbCover2 ThumbCover 3 ThumbNot that there aren’t great books out there, although I think it unlikely that my three would get taught in British (or any other) schools, even though ‘being gay’ is now accepted in British schools to the extent that a gay pupil is now almost a ‘protected species’… and there’s a lot of sweat in those books too, so mice watch out!.

homo manual I don’t think that this other useful guide I posted a while back would stand much of a chance in Michael Gove’s literature classes either, though…


So. When the cat’s “away”…

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(an image for Dave there, whose cat obsession remains undiminished)

…”the mice CAN’T come out to play” in our world, because the sweaty men get there first!! Enjoy.



(a credit to our Czech friend Pavl Rycl there for that image)



sweaty gym guy



red pads


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Enough sweat and pheromones there to drive the mice clean out of the state, I reckon. And to keep Michael Gove at bay as well. And to send you all to bed with happy dreams, I hope…

tanned god



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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