Summer is racing by us Hamilton style with summer gateway events: Glastonbury and Wimbledon now a distant memory; and with the Charity Shield on Sunday, between Chelsea and Arsenal, opening the doors to the football season, played extensively over the calendar's colder months, ensures - well and truly - that winter is coming.
For those who observe life through half empty or full glasses will each be able to present an argument to back their case. The first, for our half empty friends, is the position favoured by the MET Office, is based on seasons being broken down into 3 month periods meaning that summer runs from the first of June to the end of August. The astronomical approach then, the model favoured by those full glassed folk, looks (indirectly) to the sun for answers, particularly when it passes equinoxially over the equator which is on either the 22nd or 23rd September.
Whatever your view point - each have their merits - there are a number of very summer activities left on the UK calendar that rely on the unpredictably of the UK weather to enhance or lance an event.
The biggest by far is the Edinburgh Fringe (and its related festivals) which starts on the 7 August until the end of the month. It's very much in the Speakers Corner diary as we send up two of the team each year to explore and investigate new comedy talent with Paula from Logistics and Adam, from Sales, getting that pleasure this year.
There is of course your nearest beach but for those who wish to leave shore there's Cowes Week early August on that Isle of Wight with the triumvirate of boats, people and water coming together to ride like the wind on The Solent with the Glyndebourne Opera Festival waiting for those wishing to soak up some cultural credits in the leafy pink gin surrounds of East Sussex.
Over in the popular culture camp there's the Reading and Leeds V Festivals with Kasabian being rolled out, yet again, as headliners - along with DJ Calvin Harris - while in London, at the very end of meteorological summer, is The Notting Hill Carnival which falls on the very last bank holiday of the year.
This does ensure, whatever your view on the next few weeks, there's still a fair bit of summer left to do. So if you embrace it fully, engaging with all of the above - and more - or whether you want to vegetate in the garden or binge on the your favourite American TV series - you have until the 31st August or the 23rd September to do it.
Pictures courtesy of Wikimedia Commons: Ice cream van outside Festival Place, Basingstoke, during heavy rain cortesy of Gazimoff & Notting Hill Carnival 2014, London, U.K by David Sedlecky.
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