A Hot & Sweaty Notting Hill Carnival!

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Phwaor! El scorchio down here in the South East of the UK and one of the hottest August Bank Holiday weekends on record! 33 degrees Celsius and a blistering day to make our way down to London's landmark festival over the long weekend here!

It's an experience I haven't quite had before but it was actually kinda cool! My friend Holly invited me to come along with a couple of her friends and one I hadn't seen for a few years since we last worked together! Great to catch up.

But what the heck is Notting Hill Carnival?

Simply, it's a giant music festival on the streets of London where big party lorries blast their music out through speakers as they drive slowly through the city. In their wake, a lot of happy dancing people around, alcohol and of course whiffs of marijuana! I didn't have any as I was the dezzie but the girls had a tipple and a little bit of a dance.

For about 5 minutes because it was BAKING! A combination of the weather, heat from dancing and walking around and no doubt colossal heat generated from those massive sound systems meant it was more like Notting Hill Furnace. Add to that there were rumours of over 1 million people getting their shake on and you have a sweat fest!

Still it was a unique experience.

The festival lasts two days, the first day is "family day" - although I wouldn't like to see my kids in a buggy with a spliff in hand haha! The second day is a bit more hardcore so I've heard... I'll stay in the cool I think!

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@nickyhavey - I might have gone just to experience it once, but crowds are not my thing - and huge crowds in EXTREME HEAT are really not my thing. Unless it involves large bodies of water and staying submerged most of the time. We have a huge festival for Mardi Gras in St Louis, but that's in March so bitter cold could be the problem then.

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Yes the heat when you were in the sun was pretty unbearable at times. We did seek shade often and kept ourselves hydrated! Big crowds are not my thing either, I think I will have to walk in the countryside on my own tomorrow to flush it all out haha!

I think I'd prefer March time and a little cooler but saying that, we are never happy with the weather in the UK and would complain about it if it was in March too 😁

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Sir nickyhavey! 33 is hot? That's a cold front here. But the thing you describe sounds like fun, especially if they have Redneck beer of course. But this post should get you a Fluff Piece award! So since you only make half the earnings on your posts now you'll just do twice as many?

I'll probably cut down on the Actifit posts as I don't like writing long posts through my phone. The music and travel posts will remain

wow...just the facts ma'am, just the facts! Who kidnapped sir nickyhavey?