Monthly Archives: October 2015

‘Eye of Newt and Toe of Frog…’

‘Wool of bat and tongue of dog…’ Tonight’s the night! Well, the first of two, given the ‘Day of the Dead’ celebrations for the local Mexican community. This morning’s training dissolved into chaos for the young ones – experiments with … Continue reading

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‘What’s Going on ‘Ere, Then?’

… to a Brit, that phrase is indelibly associated with the image of Policeman on a bicycle coming upon a bunch of lads messing around on a street corner! (“Bobbies on bicycles, two by two” – you know the song…) … Continue reading

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Enter the Eighth Ghoul…

Apropos our forthcoming two ‘ghoulish’ shows for Hallowe’en and The Day of the Dead (see previous post): As we were returning from our most recent circus tour, Karen warned me to expect a house guest. In the event, his arrival was … Continue reading

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Corruption in the Gym

Shock horror! “Trouble in’t gym”… well, at least in China. I’ve occasionally posted pics here of Chinese guys working out. Probably they were not card-carrying members of the Chinese Communist Party. It seems to have started with golf, development of … Continue reading

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Rothschild’s Maxims: Score=24/26

Something different today! On 9th September 1911, in Frinton-on-Sea in Essex, UK, the famous Baron Rothschild put pen to paper and composed a list of maxims “recommended to young men who wished to get on”. I thought that it might … Continue reading

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Ethos Clash

Leo’s wrestle coach seems to want to pick a fight! Probably because I’m a Brit and rather attached to the principles of fair play and encouraging your friends. His view is that “you gotta be number 1!” and therefore, by … Continue reading

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A Lesbian’s Child

If I asked you to try and imagine what goes on inside the head of a child cared for in a lesbian relationship, it would probably be too much of a leap into the unknown. I was nudged into this … Continue reading

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A Coach’s Nightmare

Boys having fun with acrobatics. Just the ticket! Most of the time. I have just had a boy added to one of my classes at the gymnastics center who has part of his skull bone missing – or, at least, … Continue reading

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Sleep, Perchance to Dream…

We may, like these ballet boys, be ‘all on top of one another’ in our shows. At night, in the tour bus, the bunks are small for one guy (let alone two… or more…) and it does get to feel … Continue reading

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One Last Time……

One more show to do this afternoon. One more tumbling sequence, one more balance routine, once more on the nails, swords and stuff with Clare deftly moving her flaming torches across my chest and feet and someone getting the concrete blocks … Continue reading

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