John Gibson: Ned made waves in the Channel

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I’ve been reading about the exploits of Jon Erikson, an American, who became the first person to swim the Channel three times in 38 hours 27 minutes.

Good for Jon. Indeed, I’d say “bravo”. But it somehow takes the lustre off Ned Barnie, a veteran swimmer I interviewed several times after he’d traversed the Channel in record time.

Ned limbered up at Portobello baths. He taught science at David Kilpatrick’s.

Don’t ask me the time he took to do the Channel. But I do recall that the same Ned loved a right good swallie.

Magic Mike

Hey, broken nose! Play that piano. But I don’t play the piano, the joke went. Mike Tindall at last is having his shattered hooter doctored to ease his breathing problems.

Goes with the honourable sport of rugby, hence the problem. It’s been with him, even before his wedding to Zara at the Canongate Kirk.

Fags did grand

Delighted to hear from publicist John Miller that Fags ‘n’ Matches, a re-formed band from the 70s, have raised a thousand quid from the charity night they held at the Maybury. So delighted that they’ll do another charity night on September 20. Ring Clare at 338 4444 for details.