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Wildswimmer Pete

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    Runcorn, Greater Liverpool
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    Wild swimming, bare-skin winter swimming, vintage radio collecting and repair. Retired(supposedly)industrial electronics engineer available for part-time work. Experience of industrial chemistry and Hazchem trained. All round moaning old fart and officially a cyborg!
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    Sunny and blisteringly hot

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  1. We deserve a decent summer after a.) previous poor to middling summers and b.) that awful, five-month-long winter we've recently endured. This summer does have the scent of 1976.
  2. I now prefer being warm especially as I'm getting on a bit. Couldn't do any winter swimming this year due to stay in hospital but I hope to do so next winter.
  3. Keeping warm in winter is very expensive. During the extreme cold during last February it was costing me nearly £5 a day for gas and electricity (smart meters so have an energy monitor). I live in a ground-floor flat so no roof to lose heat, have cavity insulation and double glazing. In contrast today's bill is so far 97p although that'll go up by about 20p when I run a hot bath later. That sum includes the standing charges, about 74p.
  4. However acclimatisation to heat lasts just a few weeks after exposure when heat tolerance reverts to normal. Acclimatisation to cold is very diifferent. Acclimatisation to extreme cold involves physiolgical adaptation through long training and you keep it for life. Check my avatar
  5. Wildswimmer Pete

    Northwest England regional thread 3 /3 onwards

    Could see my breath when bringing in the washing. Cold and not good for the Summer Solstice. We have more than enough cold for most of the year so I resent autumnal weather in late June.
  6. Possible 30C next week. Bring it on Immeasurably better than the cold, windy, wet crap that is the British norm.
  7. Wildswimmer Pete

    Changes to images in posts

    Thanks Paul, I added my image to my Flikr account and just added the URL to my post and, et voilà, it worked!
  8. I have to use a bike anyway as I have a bad heart and can't walk very far before tiring. This is my "bad boy": RichBit Top 860: alloy frame, magnesium alloy wheels, 21 speed gears, full suspension including hydraulic front forks ...................and electric motor (yes, I cheat).
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    Changes to images in posts

    Tried to post a link to an image on my Facebook page but after entering the URL in the "Insert image from URL" box it turns pink and nothing happens. (Opera, Win 7 Pro)
  10. Wildswimmer Pete

    Northwest England regional thread 3 /3 onwards

    Torrential rain at the moment but no thunder or lightning. Edit: 18:41 first clap of thunder.
  11. Wildswimmer Pete

    Northwest England regional thread 3 /3 onwards

    Another day at Hatchmere but not as nice as last Thursday. At first I thought we were destined to tiles and chlorine today given this morning's murky, fairly chilly conditions but I saw small patches of blue forming amongst the grey so we decided to take a risk and go up to Delamere Forest. Cloud broke up to give sunny intervals with air temp. around 21C. Lake water temp. up one degree from last week: 20.5C.
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    Northwest England regional thread 3 /3 onwards

    I'm not easily satisfied with the British climate but most of May has been brilliant. Don't know the maximum today but I suspected it bested the forecast 28C - currently it's 24C @ 6:45pm. Got taken up to go swimming in Hatchmere lake in Delamere Forest (Cheshire). The pics show the conditions. Cloudless blue sky until lunchtime when some fair-weather Cu bubbled up however the expected thunderstorms didn't materialise with current conditions calm, warm with some Cu. Given the savage winter that's only recently ended, the water temp. of 19.5C isn't too bad for the time of the year. In a good summer Hatchmere can easily reach 24-25C Temp. recorded using a calibrated spirit scoop thermometer as per FINA stipulation. Camera: waterproof Olympus Tough TG-810
  13. Yes, I know - I'm asthmatic. Had to use my inhaler several times. Fortunately I didn't have to be active as I was only the passenger during our delivery. Have you tried breathing the air around the A13 in Barking? Absolutely foul. I pity anyone who lives in the area. Edit: According to the Met Office air quality in London yesterday was 4 - low to moderate.
  14. I was with a friend on a delivery in London yesterday. 28C and I was only wearing shorts and trainers - bellissimo. Can't wait for the next hot shot.
  15. I'm physiologically adapted to withstand extreme cold, check out my avatar photo, however I much, much prefer the heat. We don't get much heat in this country, especially in recent years. We've just endured a miserable five-month winter. Isn't it time for some us to enjoy some heat?