Swimming through the ages16/08/2012 at 8:19 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
Bit late this (it closes on 23rd August), but I finally made it to this charming exhibition at Parliament Hill Lido on Monday. A small display of posters and artefacts (including some rather cool mid-20th century knitted swimming costumes) much of it was familiar from Susie Parr’s Story of Swimming but it was still hugely fun. I particularly liked the ephemera devoted to swimming heroes of yore, especially Captain Webb, the first channel swimmer. The very jolly curator helpfully explained to me why Webb would have been disqualified under current channel swimming rules and described the diet of beef tea and whisky which probably didn’t do much to sustain him on his crossing. As a special bonus, there was a bassetts sweet cigarette picture of Duncan Goodhew from the 1970s which I’m convinced is identical to one on the back of a Bunty special full-length picture story I once owned. Shame I’m not quite so good at recognising Duncan in the flesh.