Our great country would be even better with a roof over it
Our traditional Leaving Cert weather finally arrived at the weekend as a reminder that we do not belong in the sun. The tan was once seen as the sign of the peasant, until Coco Chanel accidentally came home from holidays with a golden brown hue. She did not, however, walk around a shopping centre with straps down and shoulders that looked like two smoked hams, nor did she go 'tops off' at the first sign of sun, showing off tattoos and a Pointillist canopy of future melanomas.
Considering the number of liberated rotisserie chickens waddling the streets, it is clear that huge numbers of us have no idea how dangerous the sun actually is, or how quickly it can ruin the skin. But what can we do? Perhaps RTÉ could wheel out Teresa Mannion to wander along Inch Beach dressed as the grim reaper telling people that they should divert to their local dermatologist.
Just as we say for most of the rest of the year, this really would be a great country if only we could build a roof over it.