The English Eccentrics

Today’s Gallery Theme: ‘The Great Outdoors’


Despite having lived here in Tennessee for 16 years, Dave and I (and his brother Pete) are still regarded as ‘The English Eccentrics’ and viewed with a little suspicion by our American neighbours from time to time. That’s despite having two American kids between us and has nothing to do with our sexuality… it has everything to do with being from ‘across the pond’.


We’re not just ‘two nations separated by a common language’ – we’re separate by a hell of a lot of water, which some of our neighbours here have never seen. When you have lived on a small island like Great Britain, the sea can be hard to avoid at times!

Certain neighbours have announced that they’re taking their first ever GB vacation in the spring, and asked for some advice. They plan to drive around (please God they remember to drive on the right side of the road [i.e. the left side of the road]) and asked for some advice on what might be on offer as a diversion.

I’ve written before about the bog snorkelling which takes place near our place in Wales, but that’s in August. So I did some research and came up with two ‘typically English’ springtime activities they might like.


How does the “UK Wife carrying Race” sound? This takes place in March in the small but busy town of Dorking. Competitors carry their “wives” over a 250 metre obstacle course, along which “spectators are encouraged to bring water pistols”. Furthermore: “Wives must be at least 17yo and can be male or female and do not need to be the carrier’s wife…“. Like the sound of that? I could carry Dave, then!! There is apparently a barrel of beer for the winner, while the carrier who completes the course with the heaviest wife gets a pound of sausages.

Think I’m joking?



Moving on to early May, they could take in the cheese rolling, on a precipitous slope near Gloucester.



I could go on, but you’ve heard enough. ‘Visit England’ is the stock phrase from the UK Tourist Offices… just remember that the village idiots are meant to fall off the gates – don’t stop to try to help them…

cover1-thumbcover2-thumbcover-3-thumbTo be fair, we’ve managed to get up to some pretty eccentric stuff too, what with our acrobatics and circus travails, and being gay with it… I refer you immodestly to these extensive records in three volumes!! Just click on the covers, or go for the e-versions. And much of that was actually here in the States, although one beautiful part of England, the Lake District, features strongly and is highly recommended. Not to mention Oz and Eastern Europe…

Which conveniently brings me back to The Great Outdoors. Enjoy the fit young men enjoying themselves!




It’s worth remembering that it does rain a fair bit in GB – but if you’ve got the figure, you can dress for it:



There’s a surprising amount of empty space in GB – you could go au naturel


Take a dip:


Try your hand at soccer, ‘The Beautiful Game’:


…or just show off what you’ve got in the park:


Don’t pose for pix on railroad tracks (in GB they are railways)… trains run frequently and very fast – 180 mph on one line and frequently at 125 mph on others!


There are nude beaches, too – but maybe a bit on the cold side in spring?


And right now, Britain is CHEAP thanks to the fall of the pound as a result of Brexit. Make the most of ‘The Great British Outdoors’! The fog might clear eventually…


…or you can always sit in the rental car and enjoy a good book!

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



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Born Northampton UK
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