Archive for January, 2012

The Good Times: Get Wet

Posted in London Pools, Tooting lido with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 19, 2012 by Rejoice & Be Cleansed

“Feeling gloomy? There’s nothing quite like an invigorating swim to put you in a good mood, especially with the open sky above you. Simon Murie, founder of specialist swimming holiday operator SwimTrek, talks us through London’s best spots for an al fresco dip,” says The Good Times, a magazine designed to have steered us through the (official!) most depressing day of the year, Jan 16th. The Good Times is The Church of London’s (a Shoreditch-based creative agency) response to the January blues and the result of a week-long project to write, design and print a one-off newspaper which celebrated only good news.TCoL rallied writers, designers and illustrators together to produce a newspaper which exclusively featured ‘good news’ stories. Copies were distributed in London and available direct from the TCoL office on Leonard Street in east London. And seeing Tooting Bec Lido, The Serpentine, Hampstead Heath Lake, and London Fields Lido being written about as a natural antidote to the trials and tribulations that January did put a smile on my face. There is a link to the full text in the picture above. Enjoy!

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Life & style Swimming New year swimmers – in pictures

Posted in Abroad, Around the UK with tags , , , , on January 3, 2012 by Rejoice & Be Cleansed


A lovely piece in the Guardian online about swimmers around the world taking part in a traditional New Year’s Day dip. You have to the love how inventive everyone is. Hats off to Angela McClements from Ballymena who makes a graceful entrance at Carnlough Harbour, County Antrim. Pic by Pacemaker/Charles McQuillan.

Saundersfoot New Year’s Day swim’s 1,657 record turnout

Posted in Around the UK with tags , , , , , on January 3, 2012 by Rejoice & Be Cleansed


According to the BBC’s website: ‘More than 1,600 have braved the cold sea in a record turnout for a Pembrokeshire New Year’s Day swim.The 28th year of the fancy dress event in Saundersfoot took an Olympic theme to celebrate the 2012 London games.’ Love the outfits. Love the turnout. Nothing better than a good swim on New Year’s Day to start the January purge. Amazing.