Living in a Flammable Landscape

Our hearts go out to the near 90,000 people in Alberta whose city has been engulfed by a huge wildfire. The TV pictures are absolutely horrendous.

We live in Oak Ridge TN. There’s a clue in the name – we too are surrounded by forests. Mainly on parallel ridges to the north-west and south-east, but there is forest to some extent in every direction. And, being America, there is a huge amount of wood in the houses, which makes them, basically, potential fuel. Unsurprisingly, there are mutterings locally – could it happen here? Well, it has not been so dry as it has in Alberta, and the woods around here contain a lot of deciduous trees – oak for a start! – which means there is a lower content of highly flammable oils and resins than would be the case if they were pines or similar. But it is a horrible thought – I heard a Canadian firefighter on TV put it very succinctly – wildfires with flames going up 200 feet don’t respect city boundaries. You get one chance – get in the car and leave. At least we have major highways in three directions, whereas the citizens of Fort McMurray appear to have only one and that lies through the path of the fire now.

The really scary thing is that there is still talk that the Canadian fire may have been started deliberately. And that could happen anywhere.

Fingers crossed.

To more pleasant thoughts:

Today’s Gallery Theme: ‘Arms and the Man’


OK, got that one out of the way. One more joke (sort of) before the real McCoy: every (gay) household should maybe have one of these:

every gay household...

OK. now then:


bench bicep



perfect 2









Admiring the goods, indeed.

Everyone who has read (and bought) a copy of the books raise an arm….. no? Here you go then:

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

If you enjoy the pictures, help me keep it up by investing in a little gay love, acrobatic circus stuff and adventure. Can’t do any ‘arm…

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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