“Sun is shining, the weather is sweet”. Bob Marley sings to us in his song, Sun Is Shining.
Yes, summer is here. It’s that time of the year when many of us escape our town or city and even our country. It’s holiday time!
Or is it? In these times of Coronavirus we have to rethink our traditional summer holiday.
July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence since 1776. Every year there are major festivities including fireworks, parades, and concerts, and also more casual events such as family gatherings and community barbecues.
Independence Day is a sea of red, white and blue. Not only is the American flag everywhere, but people, pets and almost everything else is decorated in the national colours.
It’s a national celebration, a national party.
This weekend the Tour de France was due to begin, while Monday was to be the first day of Wimbledon. But not this year. The coronavirus pandemic has led to events being cancelled or postponed. Sports fans will, of course, be disappointed. So what can replace the many, many hours of sport on television?
Yes, summer is here, it officially starts tomorrow, Saturday, 21 June. But this year our warmest season will be different because of coronavirus. There will still be long, hot, sunny days. However, the usual festivals, carnivals and other sports and cultural events won’t take place. And even going to the beach will be different!
Do you drink gin? If you do then you are not alone. Research has revealed Spain to be the number one country for gin consumption. People here drink more than a litre of gin a year, on average. That is a lot of gin.
Saturday, 13 June is World Gin Day. It is a celebration of the alcoholic drink that originally came from Holland. In past years, events have been held in over 30 countries to bring people together to celebrate gin, try new gins, and generally have a good time.
But in these days of coronavirus, World Gin Day is moving online.