Dishes for Two (with a Little [Un]Dressing on the Side)

Ahem! Time, I think, to add a little more to the Gay Expression page ( Mostly couples sharing their (gay) love, some with a rather relaxed dress code, and one super guy saving a place on his beach mat just for you.

And, if gay love doesn’t exactly distress you, I offer three books with gay love attained and one with suppressed gay love leading first to loneliness and then after a journey across half the continental USA, to a possible reunion… or something. By purchasing the books you support this whole site and give me encouragement to finish the fifth. Another boy, another journey… but oh so different! You can click on the covers for more information. The first three cover acrobatic life too, with plenty of unexpected misadventure. The fourth is the cheapest!! …and some might say I got better at writing by the time I got to that one! Enjoy…?

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Put Your Back Into It!

Indeed! You want a great-looking body? Then work for it! Today I added two sets of 20 pictures showing fine results to the Fitness (Etc) page ( the first group being the traditional frontal style, the second featuring the development of the back which is much less often shown, especially in selfies.

Here’s an additional one of each style, to get you in the mood!

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Three New Updates

Hope that you are having as good a summer as we now are! Our kids and their friends are having a whale of a time, the whole day with the sun on their backs without that sweaty humidity they have to put up with at this time of year in Tennessee; fitness training (of course!), swimming, sunning, and participating in some shows in the evenings… what better way to spend the US school summer time vacation on southern Europe’s Atlantic coast?

So I’ve been rather preoccupied – no posts for four days! However, I’ve tried to make up for that over the past 24 hours with three updates…

Firstly, those special moments enjoyed by two guys in love, on the Gay Expression page ( Here’s a starter…

Meanwhile, over on the second Fitness (etc) page ( I’ve thrown in a new set of wrestlers and a set of performers in shows or in training… here’s a preview of the latter with Spanish acrobat Jastin Monteiro:


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Twenty Twenty Visions

20 new images on the 2nd Fitness (Etc) page ( showing guys obviously happy with their achievements in shaping their bodies. Here’s another to whet your appetite!

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Getting it Right for the Sunny Weather…

…by which I mean, fine-tuning your fitness so you can enjoy the great summer outdoors with pride!

I have added 20 new pix of guys trimming themselves in the gym and then 20 new pictures featuring the sunny days of summer. All on the second (new) Fitness (etc) page ( Here’s an extra one on each topic to get you in the mood:

Some suggestions on our favourite themes for your beach and poolside reading… book purchases support the blog!


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Handstands and Other Stories

…But, before you do leave, I’ve added 20 assorted handstand pix to the new (second) Fitness (etc) page ( to keep you all on your toes (actually, fingers, come to think of it). Here’s a taster extra pic – there are many ways of balancing on your hands!…

And then I added some new gay(er) stuff on the Gay Expression page ( – again, here’s a boonus pic:

Finally, a topical but totally off-topic picture which I found, which hopefully does NOT describe my little suite of web pages! Go explore, and don’t forget the huge first archive page of Fitness, Acrobatics and Gymnastics ( – it won’t be there for ever!

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New Fitness (Etc) Page

As the first ‘Fitness, Acrobatics and Gymnastics page ( was getting unwieldy, I have created a second one starting with a 20-picture post of fit lads enjoying themselves. I have called it Fitness (etc) #2 and the link is Here (

Here is a bonus picture, to set the scene!

As the picture archive is now up to 95% of the permitted maximum (unless I pay more money), I really am going to delete loads of stuff from earlier blog posts. The separate pages will remain intact for the time being. So, if there is anything you want to ‘harvest’, do it very soon or you may lose it!

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Wet Day: So Some Wet Boys (plus Wrestlers and More)…

I do like that picture! There are 15 more images of wet boys added today to the Fitness, Acrobatics and Gymnastics #1 page ( – note the “#1”. That page is getting unwieldy because it doesn’t “wrap” like this blog page does, so I am going to start a second one for future new image posts on that theme. Check the index once it changes!

However, don’t miss the 15 wrestling images I put there as well! Here’s a special introduction to those!

And, finally for today, I’ve added some new stuff to the Gay Expression page ( including 15 new couples… here’s an extra which kind of takes us back to the ‘wet boys’ theme as well:

Yes – it’s a rather wet day today in the Eastern Algarve. Fortunately, we’re slowly regaining our rightful place as one of the warmest parts of Europe instead of one of the coldest. Everyone in our extended family group is having a great time as well as earning some reasonable money for doing what they all love to do. Sadly, it all has to end at the end of July because the kids are staying in school and so must go back to USA with their friends and their mums. Heigh Ho!

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“The Gay Novel Is Dead” – Alan Hollinghurst

Catching up with the British papers last night, I read that Booker prize-winning novelist Alan Hollinghurst (“The Swimming Pool Library”, “The Line of Beauty” etc), speaking at the Hay Literary Festival, claims that the age of the “Gay Novel” is over.

As a gay writer whose four books to date have featured aspects of the gay lifestyle in some way, I have some sympathy with his view that “…the gay novel has had its day. It rose in the seventies, eighties, nineties… … …there was a small body of male gay writing… the excitement of that opportunity 30 years ago was rather special.”

There is truth in this, upon reflection. In those years, I guess there was a certain ‘bravado’ in putting pen to paper and writing about gay men: old inhibitions forced upon gay folks had been relaxed, and so publishing slightly risque material generated a certain excitement perhaps not felt since the liberation which followed the D.H. Lawrence Penguin books trial over Lady Chatterley (before my time!!).

When I first put pen to paper (well, finger to keyboard actually) with what would become somewhere in the middle of Loving The Boy, I never thought of it that way. I just wanted to write about what I knew, what I liked, and about enjoying being in a gay relationship. As many of you will know, that adventure turned into a trilogy and was then followed by the tale of the 100% fictional gay outcast Sammy Three Rivers in Let The Future Find Me. For the benefit of those who have not read it, all I’ll say here is that future does indeed catch up with him.

It is entirely coincidental that the book I am working on now hardly features gay characters at all. I have learned from experience that what matters is telling a good tale, so I have taken a real-life tragedy (a drowning) as an inspiration together with the real-life history of a refugee family that I know, utterly re-written that history into my fictional ‘hero’, twisted time around so the books starts nearer to its conclusion than its beginning and added in what has perhaps become a trademark spiritual influence on the events… well, you know by now what authors do! Just keep an eye open around here for news of what will be entitled something like Known By The Tracks We Leave (that is part of a old Dakota Indian saying) – but that needs a bit of thought to focus more on the actual nature of the story and the boys whose life we follow (yes, another book, another boy!).

So there we are. I repeat my ‘catalogue’ here in the hope of some more purchases. Not Booker-Prize material, I fear… but Loving The Boy was nominated for the Polari Prize although it didn’t make the short list. Clicking on covers will guide you to publishers sites. E-books are also available but paper books are better, especially on the beach… so enjoy them if you can, and enjoy the themes of this blog anyway by visiting the picture-laden older posts and the more recent Fitness, Acrobatics and Gymnastics page ( and the Gay Expression page (

And now, so as not to disappoint the folks who just come here for the pictures of fit young men doing their thing (and why not?), I’ve posted a new random collection of excellent physiques on the Fitness (etc) page ( Here’s a “starter for twenty”, an activity of which we heartily approve:

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We’re sure in for some FUN! Temperatures rising back to normal June Portugal level, wind’s dropping, our kids are about to arrive, and we’re all going to have a great time. Like the guys in the 20 pictures I just posted in the Fitness, Acrobatics and Gymnastics page ( Enjoy!

With the kids arriving and everything, there may be a few days blog silence. Keep checking back…

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