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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Boys and Boats -- Or, It's the Great Pumpkin

I finally made it back into the pool yesterday for the first time in two weeks (having been sidelined -- in succession -- by an achy knee, a work emergency and finally the ebola/flu/respiratory bug, which has finally abated with the help of many bowls of chicken noodle soup).  After sounding like Darth Vader, Bea Arthur and Lauren Bacall, I now sound like myself again.  Just because I couldn't go in the water does not mean I couldn't find some water-themed diversions (with a little help from my friends).

Breaking Two Records in Giant Carved Out Pumpkins

The first story is courtesy of my neurologist friend the Angel, whose Anglophilia is rivaled only by his passion for Dr. Who.  Just in time for Halloween, the video tells the tale of Dmitri Galitzine, who broke two records this week.  First, he set the world record for the fastest 100M pumpkin paddle.  Later in the week, he crossed the Solent from Gosport to the Isle of Wight (near my old stomping grounds in Bournemouth) in a motorized hollowed out 500 kg pumpkin (sourced from the Mere Brown Giant Pumpkin Show in Lancashire).  Dmitri is quite a cutie, and I'm giving him credit as an honorary merman, since both records were accomplished in water.  The video is hilarious and quintessentially English -- note the correct pronunciation of "watermelon" at the very end of the video.

Warwick Rowers Calendar

My friend Tiddles alerted me to this one (naughty, Tiddles).  Also from the UK (also water related), for the sixth year in a row, the University of Warwick Boat Club has doffed its kit for a calendar in aid of Sport Allies, an outreach program which fights homophobia and bullying in schools.  What's wrong with a little bit of beefcake, if it's for a good cause?  You can order the calendar here.  And I've included a video sneak peek.  It's a little racy (don't watch it at the office) but they featured excerpts of the video on Good Morning America, so I figure it's safe for Metropolitan Mermaid.  Note -- I learned how to embed videos for this post ;-)

Warwick Rowers 2014 Calendar: Get a sneak peek at your year ahead with us! from Progressive Media on Vimeo.

Back to the office and back to the pool again tomorrow.


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