ok so it’s me. mama bear. i’ve lived in the uk my whole life but i spent last summer in nepal doing community work so i know about the heat. here are my top tips for heat and how to cool urself down when u are too hot to handle.
dampen a t-shirt or buff or flannel or something and put it on ur body. do this periodically. u can put the wet stuff in the fridge/freezer to cool it down too!
eat fruit and veg n healthy stuff, don’t eat things that contain a load of heat like potatoes or chilli or anything with spice in it.
the night is cooler. have ur window open but shut it as soon as u wake up or it will get hot/damp in ur room
if u have a fan, use it!!! similar thing with a/c. also invite ur friends around so u can lie in front of the fan together and complain about the heat
drink at least 4 litres of water per 24 hour period. it sounds like a lot but you’d rather be hydrated than have heatstroke ?? i suppose
if u don’t like plain water drink cold herbal tea or lemon water or something. moderate ur intake of fizzy drinks, squash, alcohol and caffeine as all of these will dehydrate u.
ice lollies! either make ur own using a cheap tray and cheap lolly sticks (we make ours with v v dilute squash in the summer to save money) or buy crappy £1 ones from co-op or something, they do the trick
keep ur salt intake up especially if ur doing exercise/physical work - u lose a lot of salt when u sweat and it’s going to make u ill if you’re not careful, i know it’s the last thing u want to be doing in the heat but try and take in some form of salt during the day even if it’s like a cereal bar
the best way to do this is to buy isotonic tablets to put in ur water (sports players use them!!) but a cheaper solution is to dilute lucozade (NOT RED BULL) with 1 part lucozade to 5/6 parts water and chug it throughout the day
if someone u know (especially elderly/very young/existing medical condition) is irritable, feverish, feeling sick or dizzy etc. they may have some form of heat stroke or heat exhaustion. basically do all the above at 10x effort, but get them to drink SLOWLY. it might make them feel really sick to drink fast (think like a hangover)
if u have a condition that lessens the functioning of the bowels (kidney disease etc) then DRINK LOADS. not kidding. cut the salt and drink loads.
for the love of god put suncream on and don’t go out between 11-3 if u can help it
watch the tennis on the tv it’s safer than going to murray mound or whatever
if ur in london don’t take the tube unless u are armed with plenty of water and are feeling strong
same applies to all public transport but especially trains
DO NOT LEAVE UR PETS a)OUTSIDE b)IN CARS c)IN SMALL ROOMS WITH NO VENTILATON
same applies to children and spouses
take as many cold showers as u can. u will feel so much better for it and it will make u fresher and colder. let urself dry naturally rather than towelling if possible
wear light and airy clothes, pale colours, sensible shoes (NOT boots!)
last and most importantly - be a buddy to others. if someone is feeling unwell, help them and pass on the info. don’t be scared to ring 111 if u need help deciding what to do with someone who is ill from the heat, and especially don’t be scared to ring 999 if it is needed.
Cotton grass is one of the more delightful features of the West Highland peat bogs, and Algy is fascinated by it every summer. He loves to sit among the fluffy seedheads and watch them blowing in the wind :)
Algy made this GIF today especially to celebrate imiging‘s exciting new monthly GIF feature. Algy loves photo-GIFs!
The Royal Scots on the First Day of the battle of the Somme
“The 15th and 16th Battalions [of the Royal Scots] were in the initial assault on 1 July which was preceded by a six-day long bombardment. Both battalions were on the right flank of 34 Division which sat astride the Albert-Bapaume road and their initial objective was the once heavily fortified, but by the now ruined, village of La Boiselle. The enemy’s front line consisted of front, support and reserve trenches, all well protected by barbed wire. The 15th was to advance to a strong point, subsequently named Scots Redoubt, which lay some two kilometres south-east of La Boiselle. Thereafter the 16th was to pass through the 15th and advance to the outskirts of Contalmaison.
At 7.30 am on 1 July the first waves of the 15th Battalion swarmed over their parapets ‘with great heart and in grand form’ and began to advance against the German positions. Almost immediately it became clear that neither the preliminary bombardment, nor four pre-placed mines, had achieved their intended results. The attackers were met with a deadly mixture of artillery and machine-gun fire. They pressed on but soon the long, assaulting lines became mere clusters of survivors. Miraculously the survivors of C Company managed to reach the extreme right of the 15th Battalion’s objective, the German front trench, known as Peake trench, just north of Birch Tree Wood (also known as Peake Wood). They were joined there by survivors of the 16th Battalion as well as soldiers from The Suffolk Regiment, who had been on their left flank. That composite group was the only part of the Division to gain its initial objective. However, in doing so, it found itself dangerously exposed and was forced to withdraw to the vicinity of Wood Alley where, at a strength of around 100, in the overall confusion it seems likely that the Germans were unaware of the tiny pocket of British troops in their midst as no counter-attack was mounted. During the night the force grew in strength as it was joined by other groups which had survived the day’s fighting. Sir George McCrae, Commanding Officer of the 16th Battalion, managed to reach the survivors who then numbered one officer and about 150 men from the 16th, two officers and about 85 men from the 15th and six officers and 60 men from the Lincolns, Suffolks and Northumberland Fusiliers. Additionally the remnants of B Company of the 16th were occupying a trench not far to the rear of Wood Alley. Despite the ferocity of the previous day’s fighting, the troops were in good heart, although they were all thirsty and hungry.
Sir George immediately set about organising the Wood Alley garrison. Food,water and ammunition were carried forward while he made plans to strengthen the position. At about 1 pm the survivors of the 15th Battalion successfully attacked the Germans still holding the Scots Redoubt, capturing 53 prisoners, including three officers. Shortly afterward the survivors of the 16th attacked the Germans occupying a trench known as the ‘Horseshoe’, bombing their way about 150 yards up the trench. At the same time two companies of the 7th East Lancashire Regiment drove the Germans from the strongpoint known as ‘Heligoland’. By the night of 2 July the garrison’s position was much more secure and, importantly, it now had a relatively safe link to the rear. During the night a further 400 reinforcements, drawn from a variety of units, reached the position while carrying parties carried up ample supplies of bombs, water and food, the last including a full supply of hot meat so that all enjoyed a good meal for the first time since the opening of the battle. On 3 July a German counter-attack was beaten off without difficulty and, as a result of having outflanked La Boiselle to the south, that village finally fell to an attack by the 19th division.
On the evening of 3 July what was left of the 15th and 16th Battalions were relieved and they marched back to Becourt wood. They had been more successful than any other unit in 34 Division yet they had advanced less than two kilometres. The price had been high. The 15th Battalion, who had led the attack, lost 18 officers and 610 soldiers, killed, wounded or missing while the 16th’s figures were 12 officers and 460 soldiers. The losses were such that in the future neither was able to rely solely on recruits from Edinburgh, where both had been raised. For the rest of the war both battalions received drafts from throughout Scotland but, despite that necessity, they retained their special links with Scotland’s capital. For their actions over this period soldiers of the 15th Battalion received immediate awards of a DCM (the RSM) and 7 MMs and three officers received the MC. In the 16th Battalion there were a DCM and three MMs for soldiers and two MCs for officers.”