Swimming 37:00  1.0 km (37:00 / km)
My swimming gear wasn't completely wasted luggage on this trip; Biel has a pool, and I was a bit stiff after the qualifiers and thought I could use this session. Felt rather out of practice and took a while to get into it, partly because the pool didn't have lane ropes and I wasn't sure what the local customs were (it soon became apparent that they were "pick a line that no-one else is using and people will stay out of your way").
The toenail that suffered fatal damage on the Wilsons Prom run in March finally gave up the ghost today, but I think what's underneath is now solid enough that it shouldn't give me any trouble. More concerning has been the tightness in my Achilles today. The last few days it hasn't been a major issue running but has taken the length of the walk to the station to loosen up in the morning; today it took most of the day.
Biel gets a less-than-glowing review in the Swiss Lonely Planet for its ugliness. I can only assume that the author turned right out of the station and the swimming pool building was the first thing he saw. The rest of the town is pleasant if unexciting, and because of its good transport links it's been a reasonable base for WMOC; the only negative is that no-one else I know is staying here. I have been trying to find out what has been going on with one of the big local news items, which was on the front page of the national tabloids for days: it involved the death of a young woman on the Bielersee after a boating incident, which as far as I can tell was a marine hit-and-run. Still not sure why it got so much national coverage unless either there is a severe shortage of news or either the victim or the alleged captain are famous for other reasons.
Spent the rest day afternoon wandering around Bern, a pleasant city. Most unexpected sight of the day was a flyer with a picture of none other than General Peter Cosgrove (standing in front of Australian flag). It turned out to contain a transcript of an ABC interview of his (as far as I can tell, about how shooting rabbits as a kid sparked an interest in a military career) and was being used in a campaign against tougher gun laws in Switzerland. I wonder if he knows about it?
Bern's football fans will have been happy after the local team, Young Boys Bern (quite a few Swiss teams have quirky English names, a legacy of Switzerland being the first place that the British exported organised football to), had a win in a Champions League qualifier last night against Turkey's Fenerbahce (a game which featured the rare event of someone being sent off for diving). Their home ground is in the suburb of Wankdorf; when their early-season home games were moved a few years back because of stadium building delays, Soccernet's headline was "Young Boys Wankdorf erection woe".