The British Summer is a fleeting event. Blink and you might miss it. In fact, go back indoors to change into some shorts and the summer can easily have gone by the time you get back. That’s why, when it does come, everyone is so deliriously happy.
The average Briton, on the first day when the sun really comes out, will walk through the world with a spring in their step, and a smile on their face. This usually lasts for about 15 minutes. Then the horrible reality kicks in that in Britain we don’t really know how to do ‘summer’. The cities are too built-up, the beaches too crowded, and no-one’s got a clue about how to relax.
But if you are in Britain during the summer here are 5 things you should know:
1. Any sense of style will go out the window. The British summer is an excuse for the most awful of clothes to escape from the wardrobe.
2. At a barbecue there will be two choices of food: burnt or raw. Oh, hold on, we’ve just thought of a third choice – burnt on the outside, and raw on the inside. Yum.
3. The ‘ice-cream’ sold from ice-cream vans is not like the ice-cream you get at home. And it may never have been near a cow.
4. People will complain that it’s ‘too hot’. Usually the same people who’ve been complaining the rest of the year that it’s too cold.
5. Never, ever, ever travel on the London Underground. Never. Ever. Not unless you enjoy being in a sauna, filled with fully clothed people, squashed together nose-to-armpit.
So the only way to survive the British Summer is not to go outside while it lasts. But don’t worry, you’ll only be indoors for a couple of hours.
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