Get set

Ok , so here is the latest, in brief . 

I start my swim at Samphire Hoe, Dover at around 10.30am on Monday 18th July

Tim is driving me down from London at around 6am. 

Due to delays in the swim start date, Steven Ball is unfortunately no longer able to join us to document/ respond to the swim. 

However, I’m pleased to say, the artist and researcher , John Hartley is coming instead. https://www.falmouth.ac.uk/content/john-hartley

John is a PhD researcher at Falmouth and co-director of the international arts agency Difference Exchange. He has an interest in swimming and performance  and intends to respond to the swim, approaching it from variety of perspectives using video, sound and  speech. I’m excited that he is coming along and very much looking forward to seeing what he comes up with.

I expect the swim will take between 12-15 hours, give or take a bit. We probably won’t get back to Dover until 3 am Tuesday.

The sea temperature this morning was 16.8 degrees. Lots of sunshine. water smooth, calm and silky 

Today in hackney the humidity has brought on a bit of a chesty cough. I hope it clears soon. 

Meanwhile, I’m staying in the shade and drinking lots of water.

Tim says it’s looks like I’m going to have the best conditions anyone could possibly wish for.

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wet thumb

Here I am sitting in my studio, waiting for the go ahead to swim, trying to think clear thoughts, trying to remember those brilliant ideas that spring to mind when I’m swimming, but struggling to think of anything except swimming.

Let me at it!  I need sea!

Oh, I remember now.   I’m supposed to be looking for my old DV video camera . Steven Ball said there’s a chance he might be able to film my swim, but he doesn’t want to get his camera wet.

I can’t remember the last  time i used anything other than a camera phone to film with. It must be at least 3 years. I think I might just give him my nokia ZTE camera phone. That should do  it. I need to get an SD card for it thats all.

I do hope he doesn’t get sea sick though, for his sake. We’re not turning back if he does!

We’re not turning back if you get sea sick Steven!

Oh and BTW, don’t forget to bring your passport!

Right, enough of this. I know, its not much of a post. I could go on, but i think I just need  to find a pool and get my thumb wet.

Yes, my thumb. I cut it with a knife yesterday and haven’t been swimming since. I have been trying to keep it dry to give it time to heal.

Oh merd! is that the time!

got to swim now! BYEE!