While the name ‘August’ comes from the Latin for dignity or grandeur, the reality is somewhat different. Yes, it’s still high summer, but when you compare it to its neighbours June and July, I don’t think the month of August makes the grade. Here’s why:
1 The days are already noticeably shorter. As if that’s not bad enough, the weather thinks it’s October.
2 You can’t move for tourists in London. Have you been to Marble Arch lately? It’s heaving. Luckily I know just enough Arabic to move dawdling visitors out of the way.
And in Cambridge, there are even bigger queues to get into the colleges. As here.
Even more competitive than it is for prospective students, it seems.
3 It’s the silly season for news. That’s why the papers carry stories about donkeys rescued from seven-feet deep storm drains.
And stories about Morris dancers having a punch-up with blind footballers. If you’re wondering, that one’s a spoof.
The biggest silly story of all? Must be the Labour party’s leadership contest.
4 Kids in Scotland are already back at school. They’ve given up pretending it’s still the holidays.
5 When the August bank holiday weekend is over, that’s it. There are no more official holidays until Christmas. And any minute now, Christmas merchandise will hit the shops.
6 It’s high season for kittens. In north-west London, the Mayhew Animal Home’s kitten cabins are overrun with furry bundles that need forever homes. Can you help?
7 Everyone is away (except for tourists). If you’re an adult, your inbox is full of automated away messages. If you’re a child, there’s nobody around to come to your birthday. I should know. Mine’s tomorrow. Are you going to be there? Thought not.
Roll on September.
Easy tweet: 7 Reasons Why August Sucks http://wp.me/p3uiuG-13z according to @DrCarolCooper