Good News, Bad News, Good News…

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A nice specimen there – the sort of body we strive to achieve and keep. Now then…

Mixed fortunes these last couple of days. The first REALLY good news is that our wonderful acrobatic colleagues Ethan and Jack have arrived a few days earlier than we expected (they take over slots in this circus tour from our young ‘uns [and me] and will join the main adult parts also) – they slipped unnoticed into the tent during morning training and gave the kids an enormous round of applause. They say they can’t believe how professional the kids have become, and were especially impressed with Chris, who they haven’t really seen before. And then, naturally, because they are part of our group of 10 gay acrobats who can share each other every way possible, and because we haven’t seen each other since Christmas, we quickly found ways to ‘amuse’ ourselves, having cut our training short and despatched the kids to walk into the township with instructions not to return to our touring bus accommodation for at least two hours!! My books – see the end of this post – will explain these peculiar liaisons to new readers.

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Coupled with this ‘good news’ item is that on their way they noticed a group of coloured boys trying out basic acrobatics in their yard, wandered over to encourage them and spent well over their two hours helping them and showing them some of the tricks of the trade. Dave and I are delighted with our kids’ small contribution to race relations, given recent events… and the local boys were over the moon that ‘real circus people’ showed up on their doorsteps.

The bad news? I told you about fighting with local public WiFi to keep in touch here and with e-mail. I took my file of photos archived to show here off my laptop on to a USB stick for when I went into the town to avoid carrying the laptop as well, but instead of doing ‘copy’ I must have done ‘cut’. No sweat, except that the public computer I was using shoved a virus into my stick which has now made all those files inaccessible!! F*** F*** F*** – fortunately I have all the originals distributed around the place on the computer so I haven’t actually lost them, and fortunately I realised there was something wrong when my own computer’s virus protection practically shot the stick out of the connection. Computer itself seems fine touch wood. I have re-compiled some of the lost collection, but there may be the odd unintended repetition posting as a result of this – so apologies for that, but most of the pix I post deserve a repeat outing anyway.

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And finally, two more bits of good news: (1) we’re within a whisker now of 1,000,000 visits to this site. Thanks (a million), as they say! (2) Chris is going to get a call from his mum later today offering him the chance to come with me, Leo and Jaymee to the UK for the rest of his summer school vacation, to spend time with their UK ‘fit kid’ friends – a reward from his parents for doing so well in his “professional” circus career! I have a strong feeling that he will say “YEEEEEEEEEEEEES!” – which of course is absolutely fine by me.  I won’t have Dave, though… he’ll still be here in our touring bus as part of the team we are committed to maintain in various ways for another three months.

OK, some pictures from the ‘reduced archive’ now!

Putting the porch beams to good use:

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Interesting shoulder balance on feet:

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Ready for ‘tyro’ pull-ups?

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And two more gymnasts join the fun:

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One-arm planche with a twist – foot hold added!

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Ballet boys hanging out…

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And now, “for my next trick” (no, not me)…

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Now back to the gym, which makes all these things possible:

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Apparatus all covered in plaster dust? Who cares: “look what I’ve achieved with my back!” (still not me):

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And after all that, why not relax in the sauna and have a good sweat?

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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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