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Swimming's Therapeutic Value

Before work today, just prior to mid-day, I enjoyed a delightful relaxing swim at my local pool. The water was soothing and warm.

My first dip!

After many days of preparation. Setting deadlines, and breaking them. Today, after a pep - talk, with my Mental HealthSocial Worker,I finally married intention with action and enteredmy local swimming pool ;) The shower prior my entering the pool was refreshing and the pool water was warm. There was ample space toswim. No one looked at me or, more to the point, myoverweight and desperately in need of exercise body.

After settling downin the pool, slowly swimming breastrokeand concentrating on my breathing. I found that I was able to drift off into a slight meditation.

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Discrimination doesn't have to be direct abuse that is in your face, instead it can often be softly spoken, even whispered and seeps into us, becoming part of our world.

Churchill is summoned - The alternative history

With the report on “The World without the Fantastic Five" being published I wonder how events in history might have unravelled slightly differently given today's attitudes:

The scene is Buckingham Palace, 10th May 1940, King George VI has summoned Winston Churchill...

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