12th March 2016

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After swimming in the North Sea for 10 minutes and not getting the uncontrollable shaking till I had been out the water for a few minutes made me a little nervous of trying another swim for but for 50% longer – 15 minutes. What happens if I get the uncontrollable shaking whilst in the sea?

Obviously though with my ace life guard team on side (Mum and Dad with a combined age I had been reminded was 158 years and not 157 years) my safety was assured. So I took the plunge again, this time for 18 minutes. The swim was OK – Ok as it can be in when you cannot feel most parts of your body anyway. Again, a few minutes out of the water and the early onset of Parkinson’s disease returned. I always thought just catching a cold was the risk. However, a long hot shower and I was nearly as good as new.

Therefore the obvious next step was then to try a 35 minute swim. Again, the swimming was ok but this time as soon as I was out of the water the onset of Parkinson’s was pretty immediate but this time combined with the effect of drinking a litre of vodka. I could hardly walk, stumbling around and falling over a few times. I was close to being incoherent and thinking back on it my memory was rather blurred of the stumbling and mumbling to a 45 minute hot shower. Even the first half an hour in the shower I was struggling to stand up and was constantly leaning against the walls that were swaying to stay on my feet. There is the slight possibility that I might have overdone it a little this time…

However, an interesting discovery nonetheless. Half an hour in the sea is a lot cheaper than a bottle of vodka, much healthier and the hangover and shaking only lasts an hour or two. Could this be the discovery of a new free and healthy legal high? I wonder if I can get a patent on it…

So, if you know anyone who likes a drink but wants a healthy alternative I am still after a couple more team members for the Channel swim relay team…

 

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