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  • 'Only mad dogs and English men go out in the mid-day sun'

    This phrase pops into my mind every time I find myself sitting outside in the middle of a boiling hot sunny day. Which admittedly doesn't happen very often in this country, but at the moment we're enjoying the heatwave that often accompanies the university exam period.

    And that's the problem, us Brits aren't used to sunshine. It's something of a novelty so when it happens we get a little bit over excited and out come the shorts and sun glasses and we spend the whole day sitting outside turning slowly redder and redder. Our more sensible neighbours in warmer European countries sit in the shade or have a siesta in the middle of the day. But you see, they can probably guarantee sunshine for the rest of the week, or even month.
    Tomorrow it'll probably rain in England...
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