A Right to Bare Arms


One of the pleasures of being back in the UK for a short while is that I can have the paper copy of my favourite newspaper The Times – and actually fill in the crossword puzzle on paper, with a biro!

Partake in exercise? It’s a drug! (4) 

A wonderful little item was hidden  deep inside Saturday’s edition. University lecturers report that numerous students in a paper on the US constitution wrote  of “the right to bare arms”. The paper goes on to note ‘Well, it can be uncomfortable in hot weather… given America’s gun problem, it’s better than advocating the right to arm bears…’

As an (alleged) writer, I suppose that I should make some remark about spelling at this point – but since I live in a country where they spell ‘pavement‘ as ‘sidewalk‘, I should just shut up.

Talking of bearing arms, as gym trainers and acrobats…

Turn holding mug and a tumbler (7)

…we bare our arms quite a lot. Not just the arms, of course. Bare chests…


…bare feet…


…and, given that we usually train in private, bare the bare essentials quite frequently as well…


(I leave you, at least for now, to imagine the bottom half of that picture)

Yes, we inhabit gyms where the House Rules actually forbid shirts (‘You want to see your muscles at work, and so do we…’)

Supper’s reviewed as a fitness move (7, two words)

…venues sought after by many lifters (straight as well as gay) but not accommodated by the usual chains…


…although the internet is full of great pics of guys  (like Hagen, above) doing exactly that – shirtless workouts. But one chain, whose adverts show shirtless guys lifting, demand that shirts be worn! Insane. Let’s enjoy a few more:


Doc’s colleague in gym exercising with Pru (6)



If the shirts can’t come off in the gym, they sure do in the locker room, a great source of selfies in the mirrors…


…or bathroom…


…or just get a mate to take the picture!


Couriers drop small weights round part of gym? (8, 6)

OK. There’s five crossword clues that I’ve been harvesting from published puzzles. Of course, you don’t have the benefit of random clues from letters in other words, but give them a go! Quite a few people enjoyed doing them last time. They all relate to fitness in some way or other. And no funny spellings either.

I notice that I used the phrase ‘alleged writer’ higher up this post, so let’s just get those books off my chest as well. A taste of gay love, acrobatics and fitness, and some adventures:

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

Go check ’em out! Lots of words, but English spellings because they’re published there.

And now , a different form of fitness inspiration:


Get stuck in, as my son Leo and his mates are, right now, in our converted barn here in Wales.

We all seek inspiration in various ways…


But fitness won’t come to you… you have to go find it.  A little work, to get into the swing of things and sharpen your body up, and then a lot more work, and you’ll soon see the results…


…and be proud of your ‘bear’ arms… and the rest!


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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