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Peter Forsyth. Brockwell Park Lido Illustrated.

June 17, 2011

I’m spending sometime in the Old Smoke looking after my cousin’s place and cats whilst he’s away.

I wandered down to Herne Hill earlier and came across these lovely images in a gallery window.

It’s funny how you can share some time with a total strangers life, albeit online, from just a walk

and a browse on the internet ! Here’s what I discovered to share with you today….

Peter Forsyth is a designer and illustrator who has lived in Brixton for twenty years since moving

to London from Cornwall and Falmouth School of Art, for him the secret to life in the metropolis

has always been the Lido and Brockwell Park. He shares some thoughts with us ……

” Indeed as a country boy at heart, I doubt I would have survived here this long with out the sense

of peace it gives. I love this space! A wonderful distraction from all that is the everyday,

I step into the building and life seems to slow down, making time, or the apparent lack of it

more managable. Sometimes we are so busy looking forward, we forget the past that makes us,

it’s only on reflection that we realise what has been done for us “.

” It is for myself that I come here, but also and very importantly for my family…

When I am done with the physical I am a better calmer man, shamefully more willing to share my time

A friend once said, with regards to keeping relations with my children as they grow.

“Build a common interest, something which doesn’t need words when they don’t want to talk to you!”.

So all you can be is yourself and hope they will see the good…

… And quite wonderfully they love the Lido too. ”  More ideas on Peters’ blog site here

All this talk about bathing pools and Lido’s reminds me of the pool we used as kids when I

lived on the Wirral. It was a great place, opened in 1939 and quite a modern building for it’s day.

I remember that my grandpaents knew the people who ran it and when it came to Bonfire night,

we would be invited to go there and stand on the viewing gallery of their home,watching the

fireworks from a ringside vantage point. How these small things stay with us.

I love the bathing beauty posters too.

Do you have any memories of special buildings that were around when you were growing up ?

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