If we cast our minds back to summer 2019, the idea that, less than a year later, our day-to-day conversations would be dominated by unrelenting bulletins about a global pandemic, an impending recession and the politics of social distancing, not only feels implausible, but totally foreign.


In summers gone by, we would gleefully regale colleagues and friends alike with tales of fleeting holiday romances and solo trips around the Cairngorms – a form of social currency indulged in by Brits up and down the country.


Of course, this ritual wouldn't be complete without the inevitable onset of the post-holiday blues, brought about by the thankless task of email admin on return to the office – and that wobbly feeling as you pack away the sun-cream and beach towels whilst reminiscing about distant memories of happy hours and breakfast buffets.


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