Costume drama

Thongs, 'lane rage', snogging and snacking are among the new prohibitions on an updated version of the well-known pool-side rules poster. It was unveiled this week at the launch of Macmillan Cancer Relief's 2004 Swimathon, from which organisers hope to raise more than £2.5m. Changes to the original poster, devised by the Institute of Baths and Recreation Management in the 1970s, were made by the charity to promote the Butlin's-sponsored Swimathon and followed a recent survey of the concerns of 200 pool managers. Other problem behaviour listed includes using mobiles or games consoles beside or in the pool, and wearing too much jewellery. "We had been expecting comments on nose plugs and swimming caps," said Duncan Goodhew, president of the Swimathon. More than 30,000 people are expected to take part in the event next March.

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