We've
started
swimming
in
London
Fields.
In
the
new
lido
to
be
precise.
For
all
the
time
I
have
lived
in
Hackney
the
old
lido
has
been
closed.
A
friend
-
Anna
-
remembers
swimming
in
the
lido
when
she
was
little,
when
the
summers
were
hotter
and
the
entrance
fee
was
something
like
3p. In
recent
years,
there
were
rumours
that
the
old
lido,
despite
being
closed
off
from
the
world,
experienced
occasional
visitors.
Although
these
'swimmers'
could
only
camp
out
in
the
empty
changing
rooms,
or
make
fires
in
the
water-less
pool...(There
is
something
so
forlornly
dry
about
a
baths
with
no
water.
A
drought
land
or
tiny
urban
desert...)I
never
saw
anybody,
but
then
I'm
circumspect
about
climbing
walls
which
extend
much
beyond
the
top
of
my
head... So
anyway,
the
pool
in
which
we've
been
swimming
these
past
months
has
been
built
within
the
ruins
of
the
old
lido.
The
old
lido
is
transformed:
it
is
now
'London's
Biggest
Outdoor
Heated
Swimmingpool'.
And
it
is
a
marvellous,
beautiful
rarity.
Like
some
delicate,
exotic
flower,
the
water
is
warmed
to
a
constant
25
degrees
even
when,
as
a
few
days
ago,
the
outside
air
temperature
was
only
2
degrees.
It
makes
no
sense
to
keep
a
pool
that
big
open
all
year
round....neither
economical
or
ecological.
But
go
there
for
yourself
because
its
presence
has
exerted
a
remarkable
depth
of
feeling.
This
new
lido
is
already
a
place
beloved
by
many
and
in
fact
it
is
this
weight
of
feeling
which
has
led
to
it
remaining
open
all
year.
Well,
at
least
for
the
forseeable
future..
So
we'll
keep
swimming,
swimming,
swimming
in
this
lido
which
became
a
desert
which
became
a
lido
again.
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