Letter from Seogwipo

Just had a blood check in a Korean medical centre with the efficient aid (translations!) of the Chi family… a good result, I’m pleased to say, following which the pouring rain and descending mist finally persuaded me that I could expose my swollen left leg on the beach without attracting too much attention, and go for a swim in the China Sea! Very warm air and water, so swimming in the rain in Korea is a very good experience!


There’s a lot more to Jeju Island than the beach and extinct volcanic activity though (reported in the previous post). Beautifully restored traditional dwellings and activities portrayed in a ‘folk museum’ somewhere in the middle of the island (I have no idea where I have been)…


(oops, that’s one from the volcano cone I meant to include in the previous post – a mere 180 metre climb)… back to the museum…



The sun appeared eventually – just in time for the ‘exit through the gift shop’ experience…


…great use of lava rock to make interesting traditional figures…

…but enough of my activities. Let’s not forget the true purposes of this blog – Number 1 …mentioning the books! (Watching British BBC World TV in Korea, just seen a news clip of the reunion of the surviving Monty Python team in London! Which made me suddenly remember the phrase ‘Don’t mention the war’ which came from John Cleese, but actually in ‘Fawlty Towers’, now I come to think of it… and that came into mind because I was reminded this morning that this country IS at war – with North Korea. There are bomb shelters here and everyone holds regular drills: all males undertake 2.8 years obligatory military service, and you’ve seen some of my posts of Korean soldiers training shirtless in the snow… which will bring me, in a second, to ‘True Purpose of the Blog number 2’… but first… )

Cover1 ThumbCover2 ThumbCover 3 ThumbIn the period covered in these volumes of gay love discovery, developing acrobatics and generally having fun (sometimes NOT), we visited a variety of places, but never anywhere quite as exotic as Jeju Island. Starting in the US, we eventually escaped to UK and later took in Canada, Australia, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Romania, Finland, the Baltic States, Iceland and another country on the American continental masses that I won’t mention for fear of spoiling the story. Might be worth taking a look if any of that stuff sounds interesting. Click on a cover. Also e-books available from Amazon etc.


OK – purpose of this blog number 2… providing a diet of fitness pictures to the aspiring fit (and possibly gay but you don’t have to be) males of all ages… right – start on the beach on a sunnier day than it was here today:



Keeping the balance right:



Showing off the results of the training:



Can’t fault these results:

chest 101

chest deinition

(THAT is one helluva set of pectorals…)

A couple of artistic gymnasts…


ehm 1

(credit to Pavl Rycl for that one)

A wet model:


…and a dry one…


Caught in the kitchen…


(one who knows he’s good…)

…or up against the wall…


Wet without showing your legs next… now that could be me with my unphotogenic left leg (but it isn’t!)…


Another ‘hidden legs’ picture to finish on – I may be joining their ranks…


Not sure if I shall get time to post another from Korea, so I’ll just say ‘back soon!’


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. Pingback: Christmas Eve Reflections on 2014 | Tony Cavanagh

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