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Sunburn

The scourge of all white-skinned English people who yearned for "healthy-looking" tans, sunburn was always regarded as a minor inconvenience. However, in recent years, it’s been recognised for what it is: a potentially life-threatening health hazard that can easily be avoided.

Caused by too much direct sunlight on unprotected skin, mild sunburn is red and sore. More serious cases can cause shock, inflammation and extensive blistering. In the long-term, severe sunburn — or even too much exposure to intense sunlight — can cause premature skin ageing, eyesight damage and, at worst, melanoma (skin cancer).

Prevention is, of course, better than cure. So, as higher UK temperatures become a reality, avoid exposure to the sun between midday and 3pm; wear sunscreen with a skin protection factor (SPF) of 15 or more; and wear a broad-brimmed hat and UV-protective sunglasses.


Photo: Tammy Zibners

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Pasty white bodies with stripes of angry lobster-red skin- everywhere to be seen after the first sunny weekend of the year. Only in England...

Beverley O'Hara


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My favourite Icon of England has to be the Cornish Pasty.

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