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April 29, 2014

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My Pete is a regular at both Ironmonger Row and at the Oasis (my mangled leg makes getting into a pool too difficult to contemplate). But living as we do 15 minutes walk from the Olympic pool he is starting to make that his swimming place of choice. All so reasonably priced too - we're spoilt.

never mind the reading - of which I am most jealous - show us the swimming pool quilt! love Pixie, who swims 3 x a week in the beautifully heated pool, usually in the fast lane, but hopefully with an elegant kind of glide....and once a week in the cold cold Wellington NZ harbour, with wetsuit and vision corrected goggles.

Oh how I agree, swimmingly is a marvellous adverb. I must go to the baths, as I found out about them during the renovation, so I am delighted to hear thet are back in service, as it were. Thanks for the heads-up.

What of the Swimming Pool library ? Not only arguably Alan Holllinghurst's best book but also a wonderful evocation on hidden aquatic delights.

What of the Swimming Pool library ? Not only arguably Alan Holllinghurst's best book but also a wonderful evocation on hidden aquatic delights.

What of the Swimming Pool library ? Not only arguably Alan Holllinghurst's best book but also a wonderful evocation on hidden aquatic delights.

What of the Swimming Pool library ? Not only arguably Alan Holllinghurst's best book but also a wonderful evocation on hidden aquatic delights.

Should also say that the excellent David Hockney Printmaker exhibition at Dulwich Picture Gallery contains some of his swimming pool prints (though, excitingly, also much that is not immediately recognisable as Hockney). Made me think that I would love to see a David Hockney portrait of Tom Daley.

All to read with REM's "Night Swimming" playing in the background... ;)

I loved Leanne Shapton's Swimming Studies. She has another book called The Native Trees of Canada, which is just these simple, lovely pictures of leaves.

(Hello Pixie!u Delighted to see you here!)

You might like Samantha French's art. The subject of her paintings (so far) seems to be a public pool full of swimmers of the regular non-Olympic type. Looking at them, I really can remember the calm before surfacing for air or the brightness of sunlight underwater. www.samanthafrench.com

I'm not sure that these photos will change your mind about swimming outside in winter (probably the exact opposite!) but Hoxton Mini Press's recent publication, East London Swimmers,has some delightful portraits by Madeleine Waller of the swimmers who frequent London Fields Lido. You can see some of them here at http://spitalfieldslife.com/2014/04/26/madeleine-wallers-east-london-swimmers/

Did you hear Andrew Fusek Peters talking about his book Dip - Wild Swims and Stories from the Borderlands on Midweek yesterday morning?

How about John Cheever's story, "The Swimmer"? (though made into a terrible movie w. Burt Lancaster ages back, I still enjoy the story.)

I highly recommend "Swimming to Antarctica" by Lynn Cox. I didn't think I was interested in swimming until I (and my husband--actually, we were fighting over who got to read it at night) read about Lynn's amazing swims--across the English Channel, Cape of Good Hope, the Bering Strait, and (!!!) Antarctica. It's an absorbing, exhilarating read.

Gosh! I never cease to be amazed by the interesting things I learn from your blog! I love to swim ("when things are going swimmingly")so this post was a revelation to me. Next time I'm in London, I will skip the usual tourist haunts and go swimming!

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