A pretty pocket handkerchief

24/05/2010 at 4:05 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Last weekend I was staying at the Spa Hotel, Tunbridge Wells (which I previously visited in 1997 for my sister’s hen weekend). Their pool is very, very pretty – lovely tiling, loads of natural light (and it was a gloriously sunny day) and spotless of course – but very, very small. I went straight to use it as soon as I’d checked in (and I actually arrived at the hotel early for this very purpose) and there was one person in there, who wasn’t swimming and who got out after a bit. It took a while to get up speed as the pool is completely square and I would suggest only marginally bigger than the double bed in our room (well it was a king size) but I had a really good swim, and I was looking forward to pre-breakfast dip the next morning. There were two weddings and a hen night in the hotel on the Saturday and people were still making noise when I went to bed, so I could not believe my eyes when I saw 5 people already in the pool at 8am the next day. Seven of us only fitted in because one man wasn’t actually swimming. Surely I’m the only person mad enough to go swimming after a rowdy night out? I just about managed 15 minutes, continually bumping into someone doing crawl (three strokes and a tumbleturn)  before I gave up. Still, if people keep using hotel swimming pools, then hotels will continue to open with these very expensive, unenvironmentally friendly resources!



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  1. Going for a swim, particularly of the outdoor, bracing kind, is one of the few things guaranteed to cure me of a hangover. Although the cure tends to only last as long as the swim itself.

  2. I have successfully travelled from drunk to sober without stopping at hungover by virtue of a mere 7 mile walk, followed by a 20 minute swim in the ladies’ bathing pond at Kenwood.

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