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Dancing in the water at Harlem’s Hansborough Pool
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Sensory immersion at Australia’s pool in Venice
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In my cossie at Milano’s Piscina Cozzi
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On the piscina trail from Lake Como to the Dolomites
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Immersed in the aquatic culture of Paris
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Diving in to London’s lovely lidos
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Pool spotting from the French alps to the coast
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The piscina at Villa Rossi Mattei in Arezzo

Dancing in the water at Harlem’s Hansborough Pool

“I never was a dancer but I can dance in the water,” says one of the members of the Honeys and Bears syncronised swimming team in this beautiful film by Veena Rao.

Since 1979, the group, who range in age from 62 to 100, have been meeting most days at the Hansborough Recreation Centre in Harlem, New York where they delight in the freedom of the water as they practise their moves.

The Harlem Honeys and Bears seniors synchronised swimming team.

Photo from the digital magazine, Aeon https://aeon.co/

They are more elegant and graceful than I was in 1978 when I led the green team’s water ballet routine at my school’s annual swimming carnival at North Sydney Olympic Pool.

Water ballet event at the Loreto Kirribilli swimming carnival, Term 1, 1978.

We performed to Carly Simon singing Nobody Does It Better but perhaps we could have done better than last place if I’d chosen something like Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker Suite, which the Honeys and Bears move to in Veena Rao’s film. Thanks to my brother Mark for finding this wonderful short video.

Sensory immersion at Australia’s pool in Venice

At the end of May, we travelled to Venice to be at the opening of The Pool – Australia’s exhibition at the 2016 Architecture Biennale. The exhibition celebrates the pool in its many natural and man-made forms in Australian life, culture, identity and architecture. I contributed photos and material to the book and broadsheet accompanying[…]

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In my cossie at Milano’s Piscina Cozzi

As I was saying, when we left Belluno I thought I’d had the last of my Italian swims. But on our first night back in Milan I discovered the Piscina Cozzi in a Wallpaper Guidebook at our friends’ Jenny and Stephen’s apartment. Photo: www.milanosport.it

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On the piscina trail from Lake Como to the Dolomites

Soon after our plane touched down in Milan in early May I felt like a swim. The weather was warm and I needed to stretch out after the long flight but when I stepped inside the closest piscina (the Italian word for pool) to our friends’ place in Milan I realised I didn’t need a[…]

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Immersed in the aquatic culture of Paris

De la Butte aux Cailles Pool in the 13th arrondissement. Last Saturday I had an article on six pools in Paris in the travel section of The Weekend Australian. The story discusses the French capital’s distinctive aquatic culture which includes compulsory wearing of caps or bonnets de bain even at the Roger Le Gall 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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Pool spotting from the French alps to the coast

Being slightly obsessed with pools, I did a lot of piscine (France) and piscina (Italy and Spain) spotting on our recent overseas trip. In the French Alps and the Alpes de Haute Provence we came across a number of municipal pools in picturesque locations. Unfortunately our timing in mid-May meant that most weren’t open. In[…]

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The piscina at Villa Rossi Mattei in Arezzo

One week of our recent six-week sojourn in France, Italy and Spain was spent at the Villa Rossi Mattei in Arezzo,Tuscany. With the weather sunny and hot each day, it was great to be able to cool off in the villa’s pool or piscina as the Italians would say. Not everyone braved the water as[…]

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