The front entrance of the Crystal Palace, Hyde Park, London that housed the Great Exhibition of 1851, the first World's Fair. Contemporary engraving. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
It’s so convenient; the flushable loo. Ever since the days of the Great Exhibition sanitary standards have improved to the point that a house with just one bathroom today seems somewhat antiquated in the modern world. This is all well and good indoors, but what about the growing number of outdoor wild swimmers? The news that our beloved swimming environment has again been contaminated with sewage by wealthy water firms was hardly music to our ears. But what can be done without the will to clean things up.
The Crystal Palace became a monument to human enterprise and ingenuity, as light flooded in through the expansive glass fabrication the sunlit interior would have seemed out of this world to visitors used to only the faintest glow of illumination at home and inside other public buildings.
Transparency is a valued asset in the modern business world, isn’t it about time that water companies cleaned up their act so as to retain the clarity of our swimming environment?
Wild swimmers question ban (swimmingnews.wordpress.com)
Wild Swimming Code – Consultation Draft issued by: The Countryside Council for Wales (swimmingnews.wordpress.com)