Keeping fit

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: (Published 04 November 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:1234
  1. Judith Hollis Triantafillou, general practitioner
  1. Athens, Greece

    Our beach is a lovely place in late September when the tourists have departed and only the regulars are left to enjoy sun and sea. As I puff back and forth across the bay like Thomas the Tank Engine laboriously clocking up my set number of laps, I keep an eye on my father's white head bobbing along in the shallows and draw protectively closer as I see him making for the beach. He hates me to fuss but this year he's forgotten his swimming specs--an indestructible steel rimmed pair from the second world war--without which he's as blind as a bat, and unless firmly pointed in the right direction …

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