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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.

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