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Breaking the ice – in Hyde Park

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With temperatures down to – 22ºC in the North of Scotland last night, Britain seems to be having some seriously bad weather – and you know it’s bad when there’s snow in London. Not only that, the lido in Hyde Park was frozen over, which didn’t stop the Serpentine Swimming Club from going in to test the water. They must be used to it though, because this is the Club that has organised the annual Christmas Day race in the same place for the Peter Pan Cup (donated by author J.M.Barrie) since 1864. Even so, you’d have to be pretty mad eccentric to want to do it.

Here’s the page link – Serpentine swim, January 2010

and here’s some more about the Peter Pan Cup.

While we’re on the subject of snowy Britain, here’s a classic newsreel from 1938 showing London and Paris having a White Christmas. Listen out for the classic “sophisticated” English accent which was used on all the newsreels, as well as being standard for the BBC at that time (or listen to Trevor Howard or David Niven in any of their early films). You an also see the Peter Pan Cup contestants of that year.

Strange Random Snow Quote:

“Nature has no mercy at all. Nature says, “I’m going to snow. If you have on a bikini and no snowshoes, that’s tough. I am going to snow anyway.”” – Maya Angelou

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