Pride and Prejudice (2)

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A little late, and I apologise for that, but it took me a while this week to catch up with any news from the UK or Europe.

I also caught up with my tablet edition of The Times (London) in which the very adept columnist David Aaronovich wrote:

“…children lost parents, parents lost children, and for what? For the cretinous notion that a deity who supposedly made the universe, the world, and everything in it would give a fart in a gale about whether an insignificant speck of humanity drew a picture of a man in a turban and called it Muhammed?”

We are currently resident in the bible belt, where they teach creationism (whenever they can get away with it) as opposed to Darwinism and science, conveniently forgetting that geologists these days can date rocks to well over 700 million years using simple science… a little older than the supposed creation around 4000BC. There is also prejudice against blacks, and against gays. Religious (but Christian) groups of one calling are prejudiced against similar religious groups of another. Chad’s gym had a long history of hostility with the nearby Baptist church, since news of its gay-friendly attitude (despite being totally ‘by invitation only’) somehow got through to them. But, as I wrote in my books [see links bottom right of this page], 9/11 happened, and Chad asked the Baptist minister to address us all. I am not sure to this day who was the more taken aback but, later, when we feared for the life of one of my friends, that minister returned to the gym to offer prayers and those of his congregation. As readers will well know, he won through, and tolerance ‘broke out’ and has prevailed ever since.

So prejudice can be overcome, but going around killing people in order to impose a view which is unpopular with others is inexcusable and revolting. Obviously our thoughts are with all of those affected in France.

Enough on those prejudices for now. Let me move on to ‘pride’, since it is today that my son and Dave’s daughter make their TV debut, performing before a live audience with their tumbling, balance and endurance routines. We are, as are their mums, immensely proud of what they have achieved and, indeed, most of their friends are too. But, inevitably, there are those in their school who see such success as an excuse for further bullying, especially after they won the local pre-Christmas talent show with part of the routine. Prejudice against success, I suppose. But one great thing is that two girls who attend the gymnastics centre have asked to train with Jaymee – we were worried that she might get fed up and quit – so, suddenly, she has two new friends who will get the alleged benefits of our private coaching facilities in acrobatics! Let’s see how that works out.

Of course, Leo (son) won’t quit – he has his clique of fitness fanatic boys firmly established, and he is raring to get back to the circus in the summer. And, right now, he is bouncing around our bus as we head south to the studios.

And, finally, you have come to todays’ fitness pictures. No particular theme today – just great guys doing great things with their fitness programmes. Enjoy, but, as you do, let us spare another thought for those who can no longer pursue their dreams as a result of this week’s events in Paris.

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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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