Lost in Translation (Post Including an Appeal!)

pile-up six

Most of the pics in today’s post bear no relation to the text, and are just here to get your attention! That said, inspired by Lorenzo, Ian and others, I have been paying attention to ballet boy sites… and that is how we like our boys: shirtless, barefoot, and in neat piles. Of six (yes, there’s one at the back!).  And we like boys who train hard, too:

weights patio

OCover1 ThumbCover2 ThumbK, the pics will keep coming. Today’s ‘musings’ relate (in part) to being a Brit on the loose in Tennessee. I am constantly getting into trouble for using words like ‘whilst’ which only exist in ‘proper’ English, not in ‘American’. Well, my books are published in the UK and, although largely set in USA, the spellings are in English only. Can my American readers possibly cope with that? I do hope so.

Cover 3 ThumbClick on the covers for more information and remember that they are available as e-books also (Amazon etc). Meanwhile, I have noticed that my posts are inconsistent in spelling for words like ‘center’ and ‘centre’ – I guess you can make your own choices, but hopefully the messages are clear. Two slightly different approaches fighting for supremacy, or something…


It caught my attention too that there is a problem with Navajo language (as used in secret communications during World War 2, and still used in their reservations). Apparently, the guy proposed as the new Navajo chief has been rejected as a candidate… because he doesn’t speak Navajo! He has, apparently, promised to learn – but says that he thinks that getting the roads and drainage fixed should have a higher priority on his ‘to do’ list. So now they’re looking for a new chief, even if he can’t get the roads fixed. Hmmm.


A new book is in process, featuring a guy from the small Etowah tribe (close to Cherokee), and I’ve been researching those languages too, which have extraordinary words and spellings (and sounds). Again, perhaps because I am a Brit writing, I am concerned that I may not have the ‘feel’ right in terms of how a 21st-century Etowah lad might speak English – I’ve shared some early chapters with three of my more ‘literary’ readers here, who have all noticed my English phraseology. So this is a small shout out – HELP! – to anyone out there who knows something of Cherokee/Etowah lifestyle and would be willing to pass on a few clues. In the book, this guy grew up just south of the Smokies, if that helps. I’m also interested in the way the US state treats Native Americans (government handouts, etc.). Just so I get things right. You can comment here or send an e-mail to gymacrobat@gmail.com … thanks in advance! By the way, the guy is based on the native guy who passed through our lives last spring – see ‘Introducing Three Rivers’. He looked a bit like this, with very long hair…


One more ‘language’ snippet, passed on by my dad who is looking after our place in Wales (UK) as we are finding it increasingly hard to get over there to visit. Apparently there is a huge fuss because Indian doctors, coming into Wales to finish their training and to look for jobs, cannot speak Welsh. Strictly speaking, Wales is a bilingual country, but 99.99% of people all speak English whereas only about 30% speak any Welsh at all. However, they all have a right to speak to their doctors in either language, and to expect to be understood. My dad says, in his experience, Indian doctors can’t speak English either, at least not in a way he can understand!

OK, that’s enough wittering. Let’s just let the rest of the fitness pictures speak for themselves. Enjoy, and be inspired!



Sorry, this next one won’t enlarge, but it shows two shirtless guys in their gym snapping each other’s pictures and we rather like it:







Collection: Snapshots

blue gymnast

A nice view to finish with! Until next time…





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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