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The English Patient) is covered in paintings of little human figures that appear to be doing doggy paddle. They suggest not only cover samsung galaxy a7 2015 that the Sahara desert was once crossed by rivers and lakes but that, about 8,000 years ago, people were swimming in them. The Cave of Swimmers (famous from The English Patient) is covered in paintings of little human figures that appear to be doing doggy paddle. They suggest iphone 5 nero cover not only that the Sahara desert was once crossed by rivers and lakes but that, about 8,000 years ago, people were swimming in them. And apparently loving it.

So begins this fascinating history of how, where and why humans swim. It is perfect reading for those missing a splash about during the lockdown. Howard Means, a lifelong swimmer and coach, explains that swimming «remains deeply cover samsung s3 neo nera encoded in custodia cover huawei mate 10 our biology», and sees it not only as a panacea but also a leveller for humans. Water «forgives our infirmities, physical and otherwise,» he writes. «It frees us to dream. Swimming is an equal playing field.» Or, at least, it should be.

Britain lagged behind, with its Victorian prudery, horse drawn bathing machines and flannel dresses

This history of 10,000 years of swimming culminates in stories of athletic prowess, hi tech fabrics and marginal Olympic gains, but it begins in earnest in ancient Greece, where, according red bull iphone 6 cover to Plato: «A man is not learned until he can read, write and swim.» The Romans, too, were famous for their love of bathing. cover samsung note 8 Pompeii had four public baths inside its walls and a fifth just outside them. But swimming was also an important advantage in battle not least for Cloelia, who was taken hostage during the siege of Rome. In the story by the Roman historian Livy, she deceives her captors, gathers the female captives and swims them across the Tiber «amid a hail of enemy spears».

Means seems to be in love with these aquatic Romans and their lavish architecture, aliexpress cover samsung s8 and offers an awe custodia cover samsung s7 inspiring description of the engineering feats behind the Roman baths at Bath in Somerset. But in short order in the fifth century AD, the cover battery iphone xs Romans left Britain, the Aquae Sulis crumbled: «At least in Europe, swimming slipped into the dark for a full millennium.»

The events that made swimming notable again are covered in a selection of excellent anecdotes. First, in the early 1720s, came Benjamin Franklin. As a young man in London, he reported, «I stript and leapt into the River, and swam from near Chelsea to Blackfryars, performing on the cover iphone chiara ferragni Way many Feats of Activity both upon and under Water, that surpriz’d and pleas’d those to whom they were Novelties» (He considered staying in England and opening a swimming school.) In about 1790, John Quincy Adams, before he became the sixth US president, «used to beat the capital’s stifling summer heat and humidity by walking down to the Potomac, stripping to his birthday suit, and diving inthe intrepid journalist Anne Newport Royall found Adams there one day and sat on his clothes until he agreed to an interview.»

Lord Byron, and his swimming of the Hellespont in 1810, which he bragged about in two poems and several letters without mentioning that his companion, Lieutenant Eckenhead, cover iphone x grandi firme beat him by five minutes. Britain lagged behind, with its Victorian prudery, horse drawn bathing machines and flannel dresses, and, remarkably, while US presidents were diving starkers into rivers around the world, European swimming scholars were apparently «still debating whether the sport was best done horizontally or vertically as late as 1867». Britain lagged behind, with its Victorian prudery, horse drawn bathing machines and flannel dresses, and, remarkably, while US presidents were diving starkers into rivers cover iphone the 1975 around the world, European swimming scholars were apparently «still debating custodia cover samsung j5 whether the sport was best done horizontally or vertically as late as 1867″. It is mentioned in passing that: «The Great Bath at Mohenjo daro, in the Indus Valley of what is now Pakistan, was built in the third millennium BCE.» And that explorers were amazed by the swimming abilities of people in the New World as far back as the 16th century. He even reveals that cover custodia iphone 1 the «Australian crawl» was popularised by an Englishman who had learned it «from natives of the Solomon Islands».

It would have been fun to learn more about the Micronesian islanders, Native Americans and the early 19th century surfers of Ghana, who are all mentioned only briefly. Means is vocal, however, apple iphone cover when tackling race in swimming, custodia cover samsung s10 particularly in the US, where «the drowning rate for African Americans is 40 percent higher than that for whites and Hispanics».

The politics of swimming have always involved displaying wealth, policing others’ bodies and denying freedom. But, as a swimming evangelist, Means regards swimming as a human right that must be fought for. The story of swimming, he concludes, «is inseparable from the changing world around it». Let’s hope that means more swimming for cover samsung a5 2017 colorata everyone.

Splash! 10,000 Years of Swimming by Howard Means is published by Allen Unwin (16.99). Free UK p over 15AFP Relax

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