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The Italian students eating their packed lunch at the Forty Foot today did not deem it a perfect day for a swim.
Others begged to differ.

Gli irlandesi sono pazzi

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Perfection is a relative concept

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If only he had paid attention to the warning sign…

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Man about to plunge into the abyss

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Unlike his older counterpart (extra), the young lad with the fancy trunks, after much hesitation (long enough to lose all sensation in his toes), opted not to go for a swim after all.

His mate called him chicken. The French expression is “poule mouillée” (wet hen). Which seems a tad ironic.

Lesson of the day: it is not the fanciness of the swimwear that makes the swimmer.

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Poule pas mouillée

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Dorothy has the ultimate swim accessory: an ageing dachsund.
Every single day he accompanies her to Sandycove. Observes the swimsuit-donning ritual. Accompanies his mistress to the very edge of the water. Never lets her get out of sight and waits for her patiently.

I asked her if he ever jumps into the water with her. “No way, he has some sense” was her repartee.

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Dachsing good looks

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… there is always the odd Scot who tries to compete, but that’s about it.

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The Irish tan…

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The evening swim. And suddenly every makes sense. And seems easy.

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Pole position

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