Archive - 2012

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The Moody family is a pool family now!
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Another day in paradise at Balmain’s Dawn Fraser Baths
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The art and soul of the swimming pool
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High altitude pool spotting in the Snowy Mountains
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Reflecting on pretty patterns at Annette Kellerman Pool
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At the rock pool by Mona Vale’s Bongin Bongin Bay
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Underwater with Narelle Autio, Persephone and me
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Marrickville community salutes a great Australian swimmer
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Update on Hobart’s abandoned aquatic house
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Swimming in champagne at Bermagui’s beautiful Blue Pool

The Moody family is a pool family now!

Those were the triumphant words of Kevin, father of the Moody clan on Wednesday night’s final A Moody Christmas on ABC TV. Photo from abc.net.au The pool was a long term project of Kevin’s which he announced in the first episode of the comedy series set over six consecutive Christmas days. Photo from abc.net.au Each year when[…]

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Another day in paradise at Balmain’s Dawn Fraser Baths

When I was swimming around Cockatoo Island on Sunday morning, the bushranger Captain Thunderbolt was on my mind. Captain Thunderbolt aka Fred Ward was imprisoned on the island for stealing horses. In 1863 he escaped by swimming the 600 metres or so to shore. He emerged from the water at a place in Balmain that became[…]

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The art and soul of the swimming pool

Visiting some of the Art and About exhibitions and installations in Sydney last month got me thinking about art at pools. The motto of Art and About is ‘art in unusual places’, and from 21 September to 21 October that’s what you find in the city’s parks, lane ways, streets and malls. “We try every year to use places[…]

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High altitude pool spotting in the Snowy Mountains

Staying at Thredbo in the NSW Snowy Mountains in April this year we encountered a potpourri of pools. On the trek up to Mt Kosciuszko we passed small pools formed among the rocks and melting snow. Just over two kilometres from the summit we stopped at the glacial Lake Cootapatamba. The Aborigines named the water hole, kau-oola-patamba, the place where the[…]

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Reflecting on pretty patterns at Annette Kellerman Pool

This morning when I swam at the Annette Kellerman Aquatic Centre in Enmore the light was streaming through the large windows above the deep end. The lime-green on the trim around the windows was reflecting in the water. Other colours also joined in creating beautiful patterns in the pool. It was like looking through a kaleidoscope that[…]

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At the rock pool by Mona Vale’s Bongin Bongin Bay

Mona Vale on Sydney’s northern beaches was originally known as Bongin Bongin, says John Ogden in his book Saltwater People of the Broken Bays. It was renamed in 1858 after the first farm in the area called ‘Mona’, which means ‘high born’. Ogden suggests the owner of the farm, Scotsman Robert Campbell may have named[…]

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Underwater with Narelle Autio, Persephone and me

A favourite game among my friends back in the 1970s at Northbridge Baths was to dare each other to dive under the suspended starting blocks and come up the other side. The bottom of the blocks was often covered in moss, so it was bit like venturing into a dark, slightly disorientating world. I was always[…]

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Marrickville community salutes a great Australian swimmer

Last Sunday I was asked if I would dress up as Fanny Durack and swim in the Cooks River.  I didn’t mind the idea of being Fanny for an hour or two although the woolly swim suit she wore back in 1912 at the Stockholm Olympics was not very attractive. But the idea of swimming in[…]

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Update on Hobart’s abandoned aquatic house

When I wrote a story on Hobart’s Douglas Plaister Aquatic House nearly two years it was earmarked for redevelopment into apartments and shops. Damien Peck, a Hobart-based photographer reports there has been no progress with the redevelopment. The centre remains in a state of disrepair as it has been since it was closed more than 10[…]

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Swimming in champagne at Bermagui’s beautiful Blue Pool

Pushed for time and with the weather cool I wasn’t going to swim in Bermagui’s Blue Pool.  But when I saw it from the lookout above, I knew I wouldn’t be able to resist. Diving into the bluey-green pool I felt like I was entering an exotic cave like the Grotto Azzurra (Blue Grotto) on Italy’s Isle of Capri. I have[…]

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