Archive - 2011

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Discovering Coburg Olympic Pool while watching The Slap
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South coast swimming at Gerringong’s ocean baths
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Sarah Watt, William McInnes and their watery worlds
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Pool-side jacaranda blooming in Petersham
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The politics of protesting at the public pool
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Backyard pools, Burt Lancaster and The Swimmer
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Petersham Pool re-opens for the summer season
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Video records Leichhardt aquatic history
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A perfect spot for a Sunday swim
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Diving in to London’s lovely lidos

Discovering Coburg Olympic Pool while watching The Slap

Since watching The Slap, the ABC-TV series of Christos Tsiolkas’ novel, I have been trying to identify the pool featured in the final episode. Tweets to the ABC didn’t produce any answers but my online detective work did.  Googling swimming pools in Melbourne I discovered the Coburg Olympic Pool, which seemed to match the images[…]

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South coast swimming at Gerringong’s ocean baths

There were plenty of surfers in wetsuits in the Werri Beach waves last Sunday but only one swimmer in the ocean pool. The cool, wet weather discouraged most from diving in but as lone swimmer Margaret commented: “It’s warmer in the water than outside.” So after taking a few snaps I joined Margaret in the[…]

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Sarah Watt, William McInnes and their watery worlds

I didn’t know Sarah Watt and I don’t know her husband, William McInnes. But for a few reasons I feel a bit connected to them. At different times when I have been looking for inspiration or solace I have found it in their TV characters, films and books. Back in 2000 when I was writing[…]

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Pool-side jacaranda blooming in Petersham

It was lovely swimming at Petersham’s Fanny Durack Aquatic Centre this morning with the jacaranda tree in full bloom.

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The politics of protesting at the public pool

Pools are not just places of pleasure; many times they have been the scene of protests and demonstrations.  As the editors of  Modern Times, The untold story of modernism in Australia state: “As a relatively new kind of social gathering place the pool emerged in the first half of the twentieth century as a unique[…]

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Backyard pools, Burt Lancaster and The Swimmer

Watching the 1968 movie, The Swimmer the other night, got me thinking about backyard pools. When my siblings and I were kids we constantly pestered our parents for a pool.  With a perfectly good salt-water baths down the road, they saw no need for one in our backyard. So with our friends the Hall girls,[…]

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Petersham Pool re-opens for the summer season

As local Insey informed me, Petersham Pool (Fanny Durack Aquatic Centre) re-opened last weekend. It appears that the redevelopment that was meant to be carried out over winter has been postponed. A life guard at the pool said Marrickville Council has put the plans back a year. So for all us locals who are quite fond[…]

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Video records Leichhardt aquatic history

To celebrate the 50th birthday of  Leichhardt Park Aquatic Centre (LPAC) in December 2010, Amie Zar, Leichhardt Library’s local history librarian produced a video on the pool. The short film showcases photos of the pool over the past half century, and images from the municipality’s original Tidal Baths (1905-1959). The early baths were located just below the current pool on[…]

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A perfect spot for a Sunday swim

Relaxing on the deck at Leichhardt Park Aquatic Centre (LPAC) is a nice way to spend an hour or so on a sunny Sunday like today.  It’s even nicer with coffee and cake from the complex’s Blu Aqua Kiosk after 20 or 30 laps up and down the 50-metre pool.

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Diving in to London’s lovely lidos

London Field’s Lido, Hackney, photo Hackney Council There was a good story in last weekend’s Travel and Indulgence section of The Weekend Australian on some of London’s outdoor swimming areas.  Headed London’s Liquid Assets, Rosamund Burton’s story features Brookwell Lido, Tooting Bec Lido, Serpentine Lido in Hyde Park and Hampstead Heath Ponds. In the United Kingdom and some[…]

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