Search

Ban on swimmer's gargantuan goggles is a nonsense

PUBLISHED: 13:25 22 September 2008 | UPDATED: 15:24 07 September 2010

DOES anyone really believe that the ban on Roland Grimm s gargantuan goggles is anything other than a case of health and safety gone mad? The goggles in question aren t annoying anyone, other than the Swiss Cottage pool s management who, fresh from the

DOES anyone really believe that the ban on Roland Grimm's gargantuan goggles is anything other than a case of 'health and safety' gone mad?

The goggles in question aren't annoying anyone, other than the Swiss Cottage pool's management who, fresh from their latest health and safety courses, believe that they are a danger not only to Mr Grimm but to other users of this fine and popular public facility. Bizarrely, one of the reasons stated by the management for the ban is that Mr Grimm's goggles, which feature quite possibly the largest frames ever seen in the pool, 'may restrict vision'.

That, to be frank, is a right load of old tosh. It is true that Mr Grimm's choice of goggles would be more suited to snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef than for use in a municipal swimming pool, but that's his choice. There's no law against looking ridiculous. Roland Grimm's goggles have been adorning swimming pools across Europe for 40 years and it's a sad sign of these restrictive times that they are no longer welcome in Swiss Cottage.

Latest Hampstead & Highgate News Stories

09:48

Opponents of the 100 Avenue Road development suffered a major blow last night as Camden voted through a controversial plan that will funnel seven lorries a day through residential streets in Swiss Cottage.

Yesterday, 17:35

The families left homeless by the fire that destroyed the upper floors of Willow House in East Finchley last week said Barnet Council treated them “like ants to be squashed” in the immediate aftermath of the fire.

Yesterday, 12:44

The Temple Fortune community was celebrating on Tuesday after Barnet’s Finchley and Golders Green planning committee unanimously rejected plans to build housing on the old Templars Tennis Club.

Yesterday, 12:10

Tens of thousands of pounds, weapons and drugs were seized after searching a garage in the Peckwater Estate on Tuesday morning.

Yesterday, 11:55

Passengers on the Barking to Gospel Oak line have become used to delays and disruption in recent times.

Wed, 17:58

A man has been convicted over the “senseless” stabbing of a Dutch man in Camden Lock in 2016.

Wed, 17:04

Camden Council will correct a sign that says a park will be closed every day at dusk, despite it having no way to shut it.

Wed, 13:01

A Cumbrian couple have been left scared for their property after receiving a bailiff’s letter demanding council tax for a Maida Vale property they have no connection to.

PROMOTED CONTENT

Looking to get your child interested in a sport? Allianz Park, home to rugby union team Saracens, welcomes people of all ages to join their family of supporters and discover how their core values Honesty, Discipline, Humility and Work Rate underpin everything they do off and on the pitch.

As part of a major refurb, the London Marriott Hotel Maida Vale has renamed its three new-look function rooms to reflect the geography and rich history of the area. The largest, perfect for weddings and large meetings, is named after a Hampstead subterranean river, The Westbourne.

Londoners seeking high quality houses for sale within easy commuting distance of the capital are being advised to look north to St Albans’ prestigious Gabriel Square development.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read Hampstead & Highgate news

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now