I emerge each time alive but more so, skin teased and tingling, braids dripping, my mind washed of dark clutter; I am, if not quite reborn, then absolved by unseen river gods for as long as the water drips down my calves.
Of course Murray wears a Timex.
Seasonal changes in the abundance of periphyton reflect fluctuations in river discharge, as layers of algal cells build up in times of low or decreasing flow, and wash away during flood periods.
I learned to swim in an old stone pool in the grounds of my school, and from there migrated to a freezing lake, so cold it ran a cracking ring around your skull, which may be why this most easterly stretch of the North Sea feels familiarly embracing.
I bring this up because his sense of no-frills style bleeds into this film.
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