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Oh Glorious Sunshine…

Hello people!  I am so sorry for these past few months of absence, my life just got so busy I couldn’t fit anything other than work and sleep into it… I hope you are all well, because I am back in the world of part-time working again, I finally have time to update!  Ironically, I am writing this whilst sitting at work…but there you go.  Now before I get side-tracked/kidnapped/mobbed by mother, let me quickly bash this out whilst it’s fresh in my head…

So then, considering the last couple of weeks in the UK, let’s talk about the weather. Fascinating topic that it is, and all that.  Particularly our Great British weather, which most Brits will likely assure you is not particularly great.  For what seems like the last 9 months we’ve had nothing but awful, freezing weather and come April when we had almost become permanently fused to our scarves, it started to look like maybe we would bypass Summer altogether.

Fortunately for us, the sun wasn’t on an extended vacation after all and made several stunning appearances in the middle of May.  Of course, these were dotted with sporadic days of rain and cold in between.

The most intriguing thing however, is how the sun (or lack thereof) affects the behaviour of the Great British people.  We are so starved for sunshine for most of the year that the minute it stops raining and the thermometer hits 12°C, your next door neighbour is flat-out on the decking, boobs first and naked like her life depended on it.  This erratic behaviour can be observed in various environments throughout your neighbourhood as well, most notably in the form of under-dressed females and topless fat men.  Never mind that the goose pimples rippling up and down their arms indicate they are probably going to suffer mild hypothermia by the time they get back home, but the lengths that people go to in order to ‘get a tan’ in this country are absurd.

Firstly, I don’t know how many more people are going to have to suffer skin cancer and premature ageing before they realise that roasting like a stuffed pig in the sun is not good for your health.  In the past week we’ve had up to 28°C in some places, and despite that being a feeble number in comparison to places like Dubai and India where they frequently get temperatures around 40°C, it’s still hot enough (at least for the likes of us pale-skinned, pasty light-weights) to burn you.  Recently I read in the news that a woman was warned by police when she decided to cook her child under the midday sun on the beach.  That is, in all her intelligence as a grown woman and mother, she decided it would be a good idea to sunbathe and leave her poor, naked child to burn.  What kind of backward, primeval society must we live in when such stupid people still exist?  And what kind of idiot mother must you be to have to be warned to STOP SUNBATHING YOUR CHILD ANYMORE IT’S STARTING TO SMELL LIKE BABY MEAT AROUND HERE.

Ludicrous. It is absolutely inexcusable in this day and age to claim ignorance.  And yet in the same news there were reports of people being admitted into hospital for ‘sun burn.’  How exactly, can this happen?  Were they held under the sun against their will?  Was it a dare? Maybe they were helpless babies?  Who knows.  But it is completely ridiculous when people think they have got themselves a ‘healthy tan’ after spending the whole day in the sun.  That ‘healthy tan’ that you have just got yourself is cellular damage.  Invisible to the eye, those hours you just spent frying yourself outside equates to premature wrinkles and irreparable damage to your skin.  And while it might deceptively take on the guise of a ‘golden glow’ whilst you are still young, what you’re inevitably doing to your body is this:



…I’m sure you don’t need to be told that Wrinkly Brown Thing is NOT a good look. 


Amazing then, that people will even go as far as to pay to have their skin damaged by sun beds.  But I suppose humans are the masters of self-inflicted damage; and whilst we are digressing, let’s take a look at a quick list of other masochistic things we pay for in the name of fashion, pleasure, conformity, whatever:

  •  Cigarettes (you might think you look cool now, but wait until you’re 30 with yellow teeth, bad breath, gingivitis, wrinkly skin and lung cancer.  You’ll look really cool then.)
  •  Alcohol (That pot belly you’ve got there?  No you don’t ‘just need to hit the gym’ – you’ve got to stop hitting that friggin’ bottle.)
  • Drugs
  •  MacDonalds / Burger King / KFC / Fish and Chips Etc. (The UK is obese for a reason.)
  •  Prostitutes (bad for wives, genitals, society, morale…)
  • Day-time television…(Debatable, but judging from the general intelligence levels of most sit-at-home, day-time television watchers, it really does appear to melt your grey matter.)

With the amount of reckless and harmful things we do on a daily basis to ourselves and others, I’m surprised we haven’t devolved into a race of kamikaze lemmings.

(Does anyone else get the impression that I really, really believe the human race is about to devolve?)




You can tell I’m sitting indoors, in a depressing, windowless office on one of the most beautiful, sunny days of the year so far…



Many thanks for reading!  I promise to try and update more regularly… and in other news I’m about to re-embark on my Weight Blog, so please keep your eyes peeled! xxx


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  1. June 9, 2010 at 11:59 pm

    “cackles out loud*
    i really do think many of the human race (in England) are helpless babies. Or at least theys gots the brainz of wun. ^_^
    Is it backwards to start self tanning when the sun comes out and hiding from the sun? Does it make sense? Because as far as I’m concerned, yes I do want to wear shorter skirts and show a tad more skin; but I’d rather be blindingly white than one step closer to skin cancer, brown spots and wrinkles!

    • June 10, 2010 at 12:06 am

      I know… I always sit inside going, “oh such beautiful sunshine…” all the while making sure I’m in the safety of the shade…. X)

  2. Jen
    June 10, 2010 at 7:45 am

    Haha I’m from Vancouver, Canada and I can relate to the weather! It doesn’t get cold here but it rains a hella lot >.>

    • June 10, 2010 at 2:49 pm

      Yeah rain is only really good when it POURS! Here it quite often likes to spit…. and drizzle… which is just irritating!

  3. June 10, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    I’m with Jen, all this rain in Vancouver drives me nuts!
    Funny, when I was a teen I used to think having a nice tan was the shizzle(?) But now I’m all about the shade. No Wrinkly Brown Thing for me…I hope. o.O

    • June 11, 2010 at 10:35 pm

      Yeah I remember back when I was a kid my mum took me to Spain, and I came back looking like an over-baked bun!! It was awful, I’m sure that contributed to my freckles and imperfections that I have now! ARGHHH!!

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