Substance abuser

I have a substance-abuse problem. Sometimes I’ve used it when I should have been doing other things. I thought of it when I should have been thinking of other things. I done it to extremes, by myself, often where no-one else can see me. Sometimes I done it in full view of others and felt…

Open Water Swimmer’s Beauty and Fashion tips

There was a discussion on Twitter amongst Irish bloggers that caught my eye, but when I checked it was for Irish Beauty bloggers. I see no reason why I should be excluded, the beauty of open water swimmers through the ages being well known. Beauty Panda eyes are always on trend. A classic look that subtly indicate…

What the introduction of PED testing for amateurs will mean for all open water swimmers

You thought the whole Lance Armstrong saga was infuriating or frustrating, annoying or downright appalling? As have we all. Yet little did we know where it would lead or how quickly it would affect swimmers. Last week’s news of an agreement between WADA (World anti-doping agency), USADA (United States anti-doping agency) and the European Non-Government Sporting Organisation…

Um, about the tan …

I’ve noticed something for a while now. Years of cycling and surfing meant I’ve always had a tanned face and hands and arms (Farmer’s Tan). I also have somewhat sallow coloured skin for an Irish person, less obvious now than when I was younger, when I was occasionally asked if I was Spanish. (We Irish…

Grant Proposal and Application – Toward a post-modern contextualization of swimming sub-cultures

To: European Union Centre for Anthropological Studies, Irish Department of Sport,  Irish Department of Heritage and Tourism, FINA, South London Swimming Club, Sandycove Island Swimming Club, Channel Swimming and Piloting Federation, Irish Bankers Association, the wealthy guy from down the road. Proposal: The advent of ubiquitous communication and democratization of publication has led to an explosion in discussion…