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
(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
Zealously labour for the right
(as ably demonstrated here for us by Harry)
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…