Lockdown Diaries: Cinnamon Swirl

My swimming pool has finally reopened at the end of July.

The negatives?

  • You have to book
  • You can only book one session per day
  • Each session is only half an hour

The positives?

  • You’re allowed to use the changing room (far too many pools expect you to get home on the bus in a wet swimsuit or change in their car park)
  • The changing room and the showers have never been cleaner!

But my swimming app has been shut down as of May 31st, due to coronavirus. It used to track my swims, adding up the distances and match them onto a Google map:

Saved from oblivion… a screenshot of one of my completed swimming challenges

Before the app disintegrated on my phone, I managed to copy out the list of the swimming challenges (completed and uncompleted) but not the associated maps… Today I spent 3 fruitless hours on the internet trying to find out where in the world the intriguingly named Cinnamon Swirl challenge (175,665 m) is supposed to be taking place.

I don’t see much point in swimming 175,665 metres without being able to imagine the scenery…

…so I pretended to swim in the Serpentine (Hyde Park) instead.

Lockdown Diaries: Day 6 (Gone Swimmin’)

Locked Down in London, Day 6: The Hunter-Gatherer

Mr Anglo-Saxonist now spends an inordinate amount of time hunting the woolly mammoth… er, I mean trying to book the next food delivery online!

Screenshot from yesterday… since then the queue got over a 100 thousand!

(As you can conclude from the above, the handsome para hasn’t arrived with the shopping yet!)

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The History of Spain in a Dozen Maps

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1. Prehistory, 30 000 B.C.

In prehistoric times, the Iberian Peninsula was clearly the place to be – as attested by this map:

Prehistoric sites in Spain / Sitios prehistóricos en España [Courtesy of Jesús of the blog La Mar de Historias]
Now a year ago I had a great holiday in Ribadesella in Asturias – one of those places where only the Spanish (and American surfers) go on holiday to and it’s very useful to be actually able speak Spanish. You can find it on the map above where it says Tito Bustillo.

The Tito Bustillo Cave, some ten-fifteen minutes walk from the centre of Ribadesella, is a UNESCO World Heritage site (like the much better known Altamira). It was only discovered in the 1960s by a group of young people who evidently had nothing better to do and it’s named after one of them who died young in a caving accident. Cave paintings and stone age tools were found in the cave, the oldest paintings being about 30 thousand years old. In a hidden corner there are some paintings of… er… female genitalia which were, appropriately enough, discovered by a female member of the caving party who looked for some privacy to relieve herself. Or at least, so the tour guide says. 🙂

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