The Anonymous Widower

The Swimming Pool In The Sky

This must be the most unusual swimming pool in London.

Not for me though, as I can’t swim!

It is just to the South of the United States Embassy.

September 21, 2021 Posted by | World | , , | Leave a comment

Swimming Pool Panorama

I took these pictures from the rooftop swimming pool of the hotel.

At least I got some time sitting in the sun.

November 7, 2016 Posted by | World | , , | Leave a comment

The Blue Lagoon

As I got off the plane in Iceland, I thought that my taxi would take me straight to the hotel. But we went by the most amazing paddling/swimming pool called the Blue Lagoon.

I don’t swim, but waddling around in chest-deep water at blood temperature is a different and very pleasurable experience. The steam in the background of some of the pictures is a geothermal power station.

My itinerary didn’t say I would be going on the way to the hotel and it was more by luck than judgement that my swimming trunks were packed at the top of my case. If I’d known of this detour, I would have arranged a massage.

As the Blue Lagoon is on the road between Keflavik Airport and Reykjavik, make sure your plans include the visit on the journey to and/or from the airport and your hotel.


July 11, 2014 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , | 1 Comment

The Beach At Sodot

It surprised me that the sea-front at Sodot had such an amazing beach.

C would have loved to go swimming there. The sea must have been a bit cold, as I didn’t see one hardy soul venturing in.

April 27, 2014 Posted by | World | , , | Leave a comment

A Walk In Hyde Park

I went for a walk this afternoon in Hyde Park.

I had gone to see the awful statue that someone had put in the Serpentine to publicise a new TV channel. But I couldn’t find it. There’s a picture here from the Belfast Telegraph.

But I did take a few pictures.

It turned out that the statue had been removed. Judging by the quality of the statue, I hope it’s been recycled.

I did have a very nice ice cream in the Lido Cafe by the Serpentine. I t might have been a bit expensive, but it was good. And I had it in a tub.

Thinking about the walk later, I reckon it must be nearly forty years since I have been to that part of Hyde Park.  We occasionally  used to go swimming in the Serpentine with the boys, although, I don’t think I ever ventured in.  But C did, as she was a manic swimmer.  I don’t have any pictures of that time, but the park has been spruced up a lot since.

They were difficult but happy times!

July 9, 2013 Posted by | World | , , , | 5 Comments

The London Aquatic Centre Is Changing!

The London Aquatic Centre is changing.

It will be opened fully in the summer of 2014.

Note how a lot of the seats have been reserved.

The picture was taken from a train on the East Anglian main line.

February 4, 2013 Posted by | Sport, Transport/Travel | , , | Leave a comment

And Now The LidoLine

I found this article in the Guardian, whilst looking for something else.

It proposes a linear swimming pool along the Regent’s Canal.

C might have liked it.  But it’s not for me!

January 15, 2013 Posted by | Transport/Travel, World | , | 1 Comment

Should We Build Floating Houses?

The BBC web site muses about floating houses in this article. After all our floods, it could be one of the answers to building in areas likely to flood.

But myself, I’d prefer to live well away from water.  I can’t swim and after what I’ve been through, to drown would be complete failure.

November 28, 2012 Posted by | World | , , | Leave a comment

C Swam In The Serpentine

I’ve said before that my late wife, C, was a manic swimmer. One summer when we lived in St. John’s Wood, we went to the Serpentine to swim. Or in my case, just stand and sit around.

Now, there’s swimming the triathlon in the same lake, over forty years later.

August 4, 2012 Posted by | Sport | , , | Leave a comment

Japanese Swimmers Train In Basildon

On the London BBC News, they showed the Japanese Swimming Team greeting the Olympic Torch Relay in Basildon, where they are training before the Olympics. The story about how they chose Basildon is here on the BBC.

I wonder what the Japanese are making of Basilson and have they worked out the humour behind the Essex Girl jokes. I wonder if Japan has a similar set of jokes about girls from an area of the country!

July 6, 2012 Posted by | Sport | , , , | 1 Comment