The origin of Messing About In Sailboats

  • The original quote is from Kenneth Grahame's Wind In the Willows: "There is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats."

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July 01, 2009



Eeeh lad. You soft southern kids from London had it easy, learning to swim in a poncy indoor pool. When I were a lad oop north in Grantham in the 50's we had to learn to swim in an outdoor pool. No "wet heat" for us. It was frigging "wet cold".

Still it did us no harm. Toughened us up for eating black pudding and mushy peas.


What a dreamy account! this sounds like something out of novel and it's making me rather envious. Laughed so hard at your backstroke observation! I personally would have taken the goggles off!


No petting with the ironmonger's'll sink.

I remember indoor pools in Queens...also a cold and dreary affair, with chlorine stinging the nostrils and the towels always too small to get dry. And adults fully dressed shouting "get in the pool!"

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