If you’ve noticed an upsurge in exposed leg flesh this week, then you’ve witnessed one of the great seasonal alterations unique to spring. Migrant birds are arriving, bumblebees hunting for pollen, and optimistic Brits are bravely stepping into their shorts. A season filled with hope rather than expectation, the Great British Summer Time brings out the best – and often most cringeworthy – of our island nation.
Whether it’s melting in parks, dancing at festivals, or drinking copious amounts of Pimms, our sunshine rituals are almost as sacred as our winter seclusion. When we’re only allocated a handful of warm days a year, you bet we’re going to take full advantage of it. And after the majority of the population have been reining in their animal impulses for half the year, Spring affords ample opportunities for a viral video or two.
So in homage to an erratic but just-about discernible improvement in the temperature, we’ve decided to include a rundown of the most British weather videos on Newsflare.
Man gets bitten by a seagull in London
They are a constant presence around English seaside towns, but when they run out of kid’s ice creams to nick, they forage further inland. There are few who admire the scavenging instincts of the seagull, certainly not this selfie-hungry man on a visit to the capital.
A few seconds before capturing the perfect seagull selfie, he receives a sharp nip to the eyelid. Did he really thing the bird would put up with that? Gullible.
Fake tan expo hit by torrential rain
The British go to great lengths to try to appear exotic. British tapas, chaise longues, fake tans. At the first hint of spring, the English seize the first opportunity to slap on layers of tanning products to appear more weathered. Gilding the lily has become a national pastime, and the fake tan industry is big bucks in a country where sunlight is a scarce commodity.
Which is why the following video is a hilarious example of a Brit’s precarious relationship with the weather. Our wet climate has a funny way of undermining our pretensions to sunkissed beauty, as the organisers of this fake tan event found out…
Man morris dances through Liverpool shop
All proud nations have their own traditional dance. Brazilians have their samba, the Irish dance their jigs, and the Kiwis their Haka. Each seem to reflect the temperament and character of its culture. And while the weathers nice, we Brits have our own – the noble morris dance.
Involving absurdly attired men and women prancing around with bells attached to their legs, the effect is one of proud embarrassment. ‘We may appear completely ridiculous, but we can be ridiculous together’ is the prevailing message. This video shows a dancer succumbing to a morris dancing frenzy and entering a shop in Liverpool. Go on son!
Glastonbury festival-goers enjoy dance in the mud
One of our favourite summertime activities is attending festivals. Come rain or shine, festival-goers come out in their thousands to soak up the fun vibes and good music that events like Glastonbury and Reading Festival offer.
It is therefore indicative of our unglamorous climate that one of the main icons of our festival season is the trusty Wellington Boot. And the great duke himself would no doubt be pleased about one of his greatest legacies to this nation. Besides ensuring our national dish isn’t Foie Gras, he’s allowed hordes of revellers the unbridled ability to dance erratically at festivals without getting their feet muddy. Just like this lot…
Zoo animals soak up Spring sunshine
It isn’t just the human population who feel the benefits of Spring sunshine. Zoo exhibits also go into carefree mode whenever it is warm.
Newsflare member Slogger Vlogger managed to capture a variety of animals looking particularly serene at Twycross Zoo. Now someone get that gorilla a vodka and lime spritzer!