Thoughts from a “Small Island”

…that’s MY “small island” – and, more specifically, England. But they’re not my words – they are those of a guy from near where I am now, in Florida. An ex Apple computers guy turned portrait painter.

Wait – let’s have one of those ‘portraits’ that we customarily enjoy here:


So. This guy, Scott Waters posted on Facebook 150 things he learned during a vacation in England. His post was shared 53,000 times before being taken up by some of the US and UK press. He complains about “narrow stairs, the lack of automatic doors, the width of roads, awful newspapers [rubbish – it is American newspapers that are awful], use of coins rather than banknotes [??] and separate hot and cold taps [that’s faucets to US readers]”. Apparently, “the natives eat with their forks upside down” which we can take to mean that they can distinguish their cutlery from a shovel. “It’s not hard to eat with your fork in your left hand with a little practice.” No, it isn’t – and it is the correct way to do it!

He complains that we Brits misuse lots of words including ‘pants’ – which in my vocabulary are these…


…and NOT what this young bar boy is wearing…


To be fair, I would dress differently for bar training myself!

Mr Waters does have some praise for Little England: beer is served without ice but “in large, completely-filled, actual pint glasses” and signs “are written in full sentences with proper grammar”. “Nearly everyone is better educated than we [Americans] are, and people don’t seem to be afraid of their neighbours.”

What else can I say? Probably nothing. Mr Waters has said quite enough!


The first part...The second part...Cover 3 ThumbSo my books are written in British English, and not published separately with different spellings in the US. I wonder if that was a mistake. They are set mainly in US – indeed, mainly ‘home’ in Tennessee, but you do get to visit UK several times, plus Australia, South Africa, Eastern Europe and Mexico. Hmmm. Maybe leave things as they are for now – a few ‘mis-spellings’ won’t stop your average gay guy enjoying the tales of finding gay love, doing acrobatics professionally and getting in trouble while doing it…

tumblr_nnhvuxUgxT1sm5qj2o1_1280On with other things, then: something to aim for!




Of course, it is not ‘impossible’ to achieve greatness on the rings (or anything else) – you just need to put in the hours with a good trainer.


You do need to be careful in the weight room though – big muscle doesn’t automatically mean skill on the apparatus. Strong muscle, on the other had, combined with flexibility, does.



Including fun as part of your training is also important:

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Yes, the beach is a good arena for a workout with your partner…


Never ignore the basics, either…


I doubt whether much of this would interest Mr Waters. However, what ever works for you… and we can wish everyone the chance to enjoy whatever works for them and to make sure that they enjoy ‘the good life’ – even if their forks are the wrong way up 

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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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