There's a shortage of good news at the moment, what with the country being in the worst recession since the 1930s and in debt up to its eyeballs.

Oh, and swine flu spreading across the world, which has already prompted consumers to start stocking up on handwash.

So when the Met Office says we're in for "an odds-on barbecue summer", that's the best reason many of us have had to celebrate for a long time. It's time for retailers to start stocking up on disposable barbecues and buy another beer chiller.

As for me, I'm cancelling the summer get-away to Benidorm and going to sunny Hunstanton for a 'staycation' to help prop up the ailing British economy. Let's just hope the Met Office hasn't put the kiss of death on any chances of seeing the sun this year by issuing such an upbeat forecast.

Speaking of the kiss of death, swine flu is not expected to really hit us properly until the winter.

As the saying goes, "Eat, drink and be merry - for tomorrow we die".

Just don't forget the sunscreen - or the handwash.

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