I finally purchased new swimming gear! Next week I get to try it out!
Went for my second swim of this week. Had an illuminating chat with the lifeguard on duty. The powers that be have been trying to shut down the pool; it only had a reprieve because 3000 people signed a petition and coincidentally a bigwig stepped down leaving the decision to the next bigwig, who starts tomorrow. One of the reasons I decided to swim regularly was that I thought it was the best way of supporting the pool! But of course, that's not the only thing. The lifeguard said that the thing to do might be to write to the new bigwig and explain why we should keep the pool, and so I spent my swim composing a little story about a student suffering from depression who now feels like swimming is an incredible, mindful activity which really has benefits beyond the physical. Any resemblance to living characters is entirely intentional!
Anyone in Paddington (London, UK) who thinks a great community asset should be kept open and didn't know about this, please comment!