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 be fun to see how we, a group of gay young acrobats cum fitness dudes, and their extended family in the case of Dave and I, match up to these 104-year-old ideals.

I’m awarding one fitness pic for each maxim I feel we can match up to.

Attend carefully to details of your business


Be prompt in all things


Consider well, then decide positively


Dare to do right: fear to do wrong


Endure trials patiently

(that’s the bed of nails/swords/glass stuff, evidently…)


Fight life’s battles bravely, manfully


Go not into the society of the vicious


(could you ask for sweeter, less ‘vicious’ person that that gym boy??!)

Hold integrity sacred


Injure not another’s reputation or business


Join hands only with the virtuous


Keep your mind from evil thoughts

The first part...The second part...Cover 3 Thumb(OK, we struggle with this one a bit: is ‘gay’ evil [in 1911]? No, this is 2015… OK then! But I never could have written these books in 1911… not least because I use the word ‘fuck’ a few times, and I think that the ‘Lady Chatterley’ trial which cleared it for Penguin Books was about 1960… but I’ll award that a ‘pass’ nonetheless and admit another picture)

Actually, let’s make that four quarter pictures, just to make the point!


Lie not for any consideration


Make few acquaintances

Oooops – FAIL! We have many acquaintances, and enjoy the company and wisdom of others. Fail for the Baron too, we think!

Never try to appear what you are not


Observe good manners



Pay your debts promptly


Question not the veracity of a friend


Respect the counsel of your parents


Sacrifice money rather than principle


Touch not, taste not, handle not intoxicating liquor

Oh. MEGA-FAIL there. We do like our occasional beer, and I’m personally extremely partial to Scotch whisky… I know, we’re supposed to be fitness freaks, eat nothing but lettuce and drink nothing but spring water… get real, guys

Use your leisure time for improvement

What ‘leisure time’ would that be, exactly?


Venture not upon the threshold of wrong


Watch carefully over your passions


Xtend to everyone a kindly salutation

(I know – that’s cheating the alphabet. Blame the Baron…)


Yield not to discouragement

gut kick

And, finally…

Zealously labour for the right

(as ably demonstrated here for us by Harry)

Harry 2

So how do YOU measure up to the Rothschild challenge? Tell us…

Anyway, you got the biggest numbers of picture in a single post so far in this blog…







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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