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In late spring last year, I was buoyed up with excitement for the coming summer. “Freedom day” was imminent, travel restrictions were easing and my social media feeds were teeming with “hot vax summer” posts. On TikTok, there was a stream of #summergoals videos, featuring orange sunsets, campfires on the beach and festival crowds with hands raised high. Summer 2021 was set to resemble an American teen movie.
Classic summer events, both sporting and cultural, were back on the agenda: the postponed Euros were held at Wembley and Love Island was on our…
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