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Tricky Skills

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Plus to add: I haven't read the Libby Page book. I've heard good things about it. I fund it a little disturbing though that the plot looks at book-ish gyms and the closure of the lido. The mixing of fact and fiction isn't that helpful. Book-ish gyms are happening; the lido is most definitely not closing and is under no such threat! Fusion signed up for the 25 year lease in 2007.
 

Mr Retro

Beware hedgehogs
Just noticed this which looks pretty cool: BROCKWELL LIDO. You can watch the Shape of Water from a dingy on the pool. Not for me really but if it was Jaws I might be tempted :D
 

editor

hiraethified
Just noticed this which looks pretty cool: BROCKWELL LIDO. You can watch the Shape of Water from a dingy on the pool. Not for me really but if it was Jaws I might be tempted :D
Who the fuck would want to watch a film stuck in the middle of a bloody swimming pool? And pay a shitload for the experience?

Are people really that bored and desperate to spend their money (it costs around £55 for the full 'experience') that they just can't enjoy a film normally?
 

SpamMisery

Pretty comfortable here right under your skin
There's quite a bit of this stuff about; it heightens the senses. "Chills in the Chapel" screen horror films in a dramatically illuminated church. It's surprisingly effective. I guess it's easier to rationalise films as being fictional when you're in a safe space such as your living or a normal cinema.
 

editor

hiraethified
The Shape of Water

You have to pay another £22.50 for backrest and blanket. Sorry not for me.
It's not even going to sound or look particularly good if you're watching it on an outdoor screen floating in a bloody dinghy. Great if you like aircraft and traffic ambient noise and ambient light though. And of course, you can enjoy that exclusive feeling when you're floating around in your expensive little hire boat.
 

pesh

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We went to the Jaws screening last year, They were using a better projector and sound system than you’ll find in a lot of modern digital projection cinemas.
It was a good laugh but I’d stay away from the dinghys, the waters going to be freezing cold and it’s not going to make getting to the bar or toilet any easier.
 

Rushy

AKA some / certain posters
We went to the Jaws screening last year, They were using a better projector and sound system than you’ll find in a lot of modern digital projection cinemas.
It was a good laugh but I’d stay away from the dinghys, the waters going to be freezing cold and it’s not going to make getting to the bar or toilet any easier.
Is Jaws every year? I saw it there year before last, I think. The screen and sound were great. My other half was ill so I treated myself to dinner on the cafe terrace, right in front the screen.
 
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hiraethified
Yep. It's all about exclusivity these days. And money, of course.

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In contrast to the hustle and bustle of the daily life of the Lido – over 40,000 people will visit this summer alone - each Lido Lates event will host a maximum of 120 around the festoon-lit 50-metre pool filled with Insta-friendly floats & fountains.

If you don’t fancy a swim, you can stick to glamorously lounging on striped sun-beds, sipping cocktails or snacking on the eclectic street food menu devised by acclaimed in-house chef, Lily Ferguson-Mahan, accompanied by a carefully curated soundtrack.
£22 to sit on a fucking deck chair at night in an "Insta-friendly" environment.
 

Tricky Skills

Well-Known Member
Yep. It's all about exclusivity these days. And money, of course.

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£22 to sit on a fucking deck chair at night in an "Insta-friendly" environment.
It's a bit different to the legendary BBQ's put on by Paddy and Casey back in the day. The old school lido culture can be traced back to these and the friendships that developed. These are just about still holding together at the lido some twenty years later - despite the corporate image that Fusion likes to put across.
 

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gaijingirl

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They did Jaws a few weeks ago - it was great (thought didn’t manage to nab a dingy) :)
I saw JAWS there a couple of years ago and it was amazing. I was *very* glad not to have gotten a dingy - the people in them very quickly did not look comfy and when they needed to go to the loo they had to paddle their way across the pool and scramble out in front of the entire audience. We were lucky to see it on a beautiful clear but warm evening with an amazing sunset, stars and moon.
 

Ms T

Honey-coloured ramparts
It's a bit different to the legendary BBQ's put on by Paddy and Casey back in the day. The old school lido culture can be traced back to these and the friendships that developed. These are just about still holding together at the lido some twenty years later - despite the corporate image that Fusion likes to put across.
I remember those! In the days before health and safety - loads of drunk people in the pool.
 
Surprised that they're allowing alcohol poolside whilst there're people swimming - it's something that GLL / Fusion were very much against. Which means that the cost of the lifeguards on the evening event linked above is going to be high - at least 5 of them, for 4 hours after a normal day shift.

I'd recently noticed the shack had been selling cans of beer; which is useful to remember the next time a security guard tries to take booze off me again.

Pool's closed until Wednesday as they try and fix the ongoing water pressure thing... oh and they're advertising a general Lido manager job.
 

Tricky Skills

Well-Known Member
"The art deco Brockwell Lido in south London, meanwhile, could harness the heat in the adjacent river Effra. Extracting just a tenth of its energy would keep the pool – which dips to 2C in winter – warm all year round."

No thank you.
 

T & P

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"The art deco Brockwell Lido in south London, meanwhile, could harness the heat in the adjacent river Effra. Extracting just a tenth of its energy would keep the pool – which dips to 2C in winter – warm all year round."

No thank you.
Why not? I’m sure they’re not planning to inject sewage fumes into the water. It’d be filtered and treated on the way.
 

shakespearegirl

just worked out taglines
I'll be having a rant also!!

Ms T, as they now fine you if you don't cancel your class booking 4 hours in advance, they should be refunding us for classes that are cancelled or covered by unqualified teachers.

I heard recently that while the most popular pilates teacher was away recently, they substituted her with an instructor who wandered out halfway through the class and didn't come back.

Fusion committed about 18 months ago via email that they would always substitute with qualified teachers which they've clearly stopped doing.
 

Tricky Skills

Well-Known Member
I didn't have a full on rant, but I did point out some of the current issues with the pool. The basin is filthy. Ditto the gents changing rooms. I wince each time I see anyone brave the urinal bare foot.

The BLU AGM is on 22 September this year. Well worth attending to put any points across to Fusion face to face. Plus there's the annual bun fight where a certain 'group' claiming to represent 1,000's of swimmers fails once again to be mandated to represent the masses he supposedly speaks for :facepalm:
 

gaijingirl

Well-Known Member
I'll be having a rant also!!

Ms T, as they now fine you if you don't cancel your class booking 4 hours in advance, they should be refunding us for classes that are cancelled or covered by unqualified teachers.

I heard recently that while the most popular pilates teacher was away recently, they substituted her with an instructor who wandered out halfway through the class and didn't come back.

Fusion committed about 18 months ago via email that they would always substitute with qualified teachers which they've clearly stopped doing.
they don't - it doesn't even get picked up anymore. It used to be that it would stop your card working but not any more. I think they got tired of having arguments about it.

I had 2 days earlier this year ruined with several classes over both days cancelled and no one told me (or anyone else). I was really pissed off as I had paid quite a lot of money to put my kids into whippersnappers in order to be able to attend all these classes. I wrote to complain and got a fairly rubbish reply.
 

shakespearegirl

just worked out taglines
I thought they were enforcing fines now. I tried to cancel a class one night - website and app down, not answering the phone. They blocked my card and it was only when I sent the a screen grab of my post on their Facebook page from that night where I had complained that they agreed to waive the charge and unblock my card. Meant I missed a weeks classes as I couldn’t book
 
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