I don’t think he’ll take much persuading…

Thanks to the several correspondents who pointed out that another of Jane Austen’s novels could make a could ‘theme’ title for a post… I’d forgotten this one! (see earlier posts ‘Sense and Sensibility’ and ‘Pride and Prejudice’ and all will make sense!).

Funny word, ‘persuasion’. Two meanings.

Dave and I, many of our friends, and possibly you too, dear reader (but maybe not) are of the ‘gay persuasion’ according to remarks made to us from time to time. ‘Persuasion’ here, though’ means ‘belief’ or ‘conviction’. That means it must be like religion – you’re homosexual because you ‘believe’ in it. Utter nonsense, as we of that ilk well know! As far as I can recall, I don’t have a choice. I am gay, because that’s the way it is. So, whilst I enjoy this:


…a close relationship with the one I love (and a few close friends of the two of us), I also enjoy this:


…just hanging out with other guys who like to do some of (non-sexual) things we like to do. In larger numbers, as well:


Indeed, it is extremely rare that we need any additional ‘persuasion’ (the other meaning this time) to get stuck into some fitness training…


…into the gym hall…

high bar exit

…or, indeed, into the swim of things!


OK. Perhaps (like me!) you are tiring of the contrived literary references, although it is nice I suppose to acknowledge a fellow writer even if she is (ahem) a bit more widely read than I am…

Actually, in the last of those three books which are rather dear to my heart,

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

…I did contrive a reference to the excellent ‘Inspector Rebus’ novels set in Edinburgh, UK. This arose because of a Dave ‘foot-in-mouth’ moment when we were in discussions with a real Detective Inspector in that very city… Dave stupidly suggested that we needed a bit of help from ‘Rebus’ to resolve some of our problems… very fortunately, he was a very understanding Detective Inspector who turned the joke around and played it himself when we were in discussions with the authorities here in USA, who had no idea who ‘Rebus’ was. As they say on the old-fashioned billboards, or shout at street corners, ‘Read all abaht it…‘ – go on, you might even enjoy the books! E-version available too (Kindle, Amazon).

Come to think of it, I wove in a couple of quotes from Tolkein as well…

Actually, what put Rebus back into my mind was the wonderful BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) i-player, which delivers sane programmes to me in USA as a substitute for the mindless drivel which constitutes TV and radio here: Rebus just made it onto Radio 4’s ‘Classic Serial’ (usually costume drama type stuff) – high time in my opinion, and I enjoyed episode 2 here this morning live as it was being broadcast at home in UK in the afternoon.

Still to come, the rest of ‘the senses’, following the previous theme of posts which Jane Austen so neatly interrupted. And, to maintain interest in an otherwise totally boring piece, a further selection of my favourite fitness images. Enjoy!



abs delts


blue shorts

chst poser

Mica's Pick126





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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