The best pools and Lidos, open water swimming tips, waterproof gadgets and all the best of #SwimmingWeek

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Well Swimming Week is pretty much done now and what a week it has been. We have taken you from wild swimming in the Amazon to dodging the ducks in the Serpentine. And looked at waterproof phones, mothballed Lidos and a load more along the way. And if you missed any of it – here is the best of Swimming …

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The smell of chlorine always makes me feel anxious – confessions of a non-swimmer #SwimmingWeek

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Lido Wallflower Sean Hannam used to live on an island, but he still can’t swim.. I’ve always hated swimming. My dislike of being in water began when I was at primary school on the Isle of Wight in the late ’70s. Yes – that’s right – I grew up on an island and I can’t swim. A lot of people …

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Swimming London writer Jenny Landreth on the capital’s best pools #SwimmingWeek

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  Writer and journalist Jenny Landreth talks about her favourite pools and why she prefers lidos to swimming in lakes and rivers We first came across you from your excellent swimming blog, Swimming Round London ( How did that come about? The blog was the first thing I’d written about swimming. I’d been a script editor for a long time …

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Top 10 British Lidos – five you can swim in now and five we have lost #SwimmingWeek

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There was a time when pretty much every decent sized town in England boasted a Lido or two. Late thirties London, before the Luftwaffe arrived, boasted over fifty open air swimming pools. Many of them were originally built in a glorious kitschy Art Deco style in the early part of that decade funded largely by the government and local authorities who …

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Ten superb songs about swimming #SwimmingWeek

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It might not yet be customary to don a waterproof iPod and headphones while looping the lanes at your local pool, but there are plenty of swim-themed tunes to keep you occupied on dry land. In keeping with this week’s swimming theme, we’ve put together a list of the best.   Peter Gabriel – I Go Swimming (1983) There are many …

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Five of the best waterproof speakers #SwimmingWeek

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Whether its for enhancing your time lounging by the pool, standing in the shower, or sailing across the expanses of the sea, there are a lot of reasons why you’d want to get your hands on a pair of waterproof speakers. You might not be planning on dunking your speakers into the water for extended periods of time, but it’s nice …

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Waterlog Reswum: Joe Minihane talks about Roger Deakin and open water swimming #SwimmingWeek

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Image: Devil’s Bridge, The River Lune, In 1999 nature writer and documentary maker Roger Deakin made swimming history. Although the quintessentially eccentric English gent with his rambling Suffolk home (complete with its own moat) didn’t know so at the time, his epic book Waterlog would go on to revolutionise open water swimming.  For a generation stuck behind a desk whose …

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Top 10 tips for swimming in open water #SwimmingWeek

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Swimming in open water such as lakes, rivers and the sea is on the rise thanks to books like Roger Deakin’s influential Waterlog and the increasing popularity of ‘wild swimming’ events, like The Great Swim series. But open water swimming isn’t like swimming in a pool. There aren’t any black lines on the bottom of the lake to guide you …

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The most hideous swimwear ever? #SwimmingWeek

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It’s summer again, and in keeping with this week’s swimming theme, the subject of beachwear could not go ignored. Each year hordes of holidaymakers across the globe hit various coastlines, hoping to tan, relax and expose some skin. But there are some seriously strange swimwear choices out there. In light of this we’ve put together a gallery of the most weird and wonderful …

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The future of swimming – urban lakes and re-generated Lidos? #SwimmingWeek

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Whether it’s global warming, cleaner rivers or just the need to get away from the trappings of modern day life stuck behind a desk, it seems there is a huge rise in urban swimming. In the summer it’s traditionally been the many lidos that have been our city’s beaches, particularly in London where dozens of these large outdoor pools still …

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Five iPhone apps to help you swim faster #SwimmingWeek

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Swimming is one of those sports that’s great for both serious and casual exercise, but like all others you have to keep upping your game to be able to keep upping your game to get anywhere. Of course, that always leads to one goal: improving your speed. To help, here are five apps that will help you to improve your swimming …

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Rather Revealing: Confessions of a Naturist Group Lifeguard #SwimmingWeek

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Contrary to common belief, it’s not actually illegal to be naked in public, but baring is still daring for most of us. A lack of events encompassing nudity – or perhaps lack of exposure to such events – keep us away from public de-clothing; for many, naked bodies belong only on secluded Brazilian beaches, and the idea of spontaneously stripping …

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Top 10 Swimming Gadgets: Zoggs Predator Flex Reactor goggles, Pool Jet water scooter and Fuji Finepix camera #SwimmingWeek

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Whether you are a serious sportsman or just want to get fit and toned in time for your holidays, swimming is a great form of exercise. It is particularly low impact on the body which means that you can enjoy it whether you are 9 or 90. Already it’s the UK’s most popular mass participation sport, enjoyed by nearly 3 …

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Extreme Swims – including Land’s End to John O’Groats and The Amazon #SwimmingWeek

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  Most of us are happy to plod up and down our local swimming pool for a few laps. Or maybe if we are feeling really adventurous heading off for a quick dip in the sea. But what if you really want a swimming challenge to impress your mates? Here we look at six of the most extreme swims ever …

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Can you go swimming with your mobile phone? #SwimmingWeek

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A few years ago the concept of anyone taking a dip with their mobile phone tucked in their budgie smugglers would seem ludicrous. But not any more. Both Samsung and Sony have made a huge deal out of their fact that their recent high-end smartphones are not only splashproof but will keep working when you take them for a dip. …

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The top 10 craziest swimming pools in the world #SwimmingWeek

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Summer is here, and we all like to have a refreshing dip to escape from the scorching heat, but where is the best place to go for a swim? Here is a list of the top 10 weird and wonderful swimming pools across the globe. Marina Bay Sands 1 Infinity pool in Singapore at Marina Bay Sands resort: Kicking off …

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Everything you wanted to know about Swimming

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This is a big week for Brandish. We are not only properly re-launching the site,but we are also going live with the first of our special weeks. And for the first week, given the glorious weather and a passion for pools, we are going to focus on swimming. Over the coming days you’ll get to read top tips from the experts in open water swimming, the confessions …

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