Returning to the U.K. after being away for 16 months the sense of nationalistic pride and excitement over the forthcoming Queen's Diamond Jubilee and London Olympics is almost tangible.
I must say though, it is still so much nicer to see this spirit of 'Cool Britannia' versus the usual negative connotations of football hooligans sporting Union Jack painted faces, or political bigots waving Union Jack flags to stir hatred and closed borders sentiment.
There's nothing like a right Royal event, like the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in June celebrating 60 years of her reign, to bring communities together and give businesses a chance to cash in and help drive the British economy out of recession (obviously a few extra days holiday helps too).
I suppose this may be a once in a lifetime opportunity for a lot of people and who knows how I would feel if I had the chance to go (I'm thinking men's gymnastics or diving would be most appealing).
So now that we have some semblance of national pride and optimism restored, maybe someone could finally do something about this unpredictable, yet oh-so-British weather too.
I live in hope. If not there's always a Union Jack umbrella with my name on it...