Ponds on the Wireless

21/07/2012 at 11:08 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
Taking the Waters by Caitlin Davies

Available from the Owl Bookshop and lots of others, hint hint

The early hours of Saturday morning are often wakeful or fitfully-sleeping ones for me. If I’m awake past the end of World Service, I normally I aim to hear either I-PM or Farming Today, but sleep through Open Country, which I find a bit twee. However, having been wide awake for World Sport about 2.30am BST, I drifted off and woke up when the words ‘Hampstead Ponds’ entered my dreams. Yes Open Country had a whole programme about the Ponds, including an excellent anecdote from Caitlin Davies (who’s book would make an excellent birthday present for any keen outdoor swimmer who turns 40 this year, just sayin’) about the lifeguard who shouted at regular intervals so the topless sunbathers would turn onto their backs, until somebody knitted nipple covers for them.

Available on Iplayer until next Thursday.

Meanwhile I had what felt like an exceptionally cold lido swim this morning. It might be that some 18 degrees are more equal than others. Or it might be that because I’d fallen asleep again after my alarm went off, I was still asleep less than 15 minutes before getting into the water.

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