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Top Ten Things to do in June

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Published May 27th 2012
Ten tantalising activities for the month of June.

1. Buy Yourself Roses

June's birth flower is the rose. Red roses may have been hijacked by the romance industry, but roses in all their colours are beautiful. Don't wait for someone to buy them for you - buy a dozen for yourself and brighten up your day.

2. Play fantasy baseball

Baseball isn't a sport that gets a lot of attention outside the US, but with most Major League play happening in the month of June, this is the time to check it out. Get in on the action online, via a range of fantasy baseball games.

3. Get Grouchy

Is there something in the world that makes you grumpy? Something that's just a tad petty? A particular advertisement, the way your partner stacks the dishwasher, the fact that women's clothes never have pockets, the list could be endless. On the 1st June, let off steam in honour of Oscar the Grouch's birthday.

Original Orange Oscar the Grouch

4. Fly a Kite

In 1752, lighting was still little understood. Benjamin Franklin had a hunch the it was an electrical phenomenon, and on 15th June he set out to test his theory by flying a kite attached to an iron key. The experiment proved his theory, but he was lucky to survive it!

In memory of this spectacularly dangerous experiment, 15th June is kite flying day - but stick to a day when the sun is shining.

Boys flying a kite in 1828 Germany, by Johann Michael Voltz

5. Celebrate the Solstice

Once an important religious festival for cultures across the globe, now all but ignored. The solstice is the day when the sun reaches its highest point in the sky, as seen from the North or South pole, and it happens twice a year. This year the Northern solstice falls on 21st June.

6. Have a doughnut

The history of the doughnut is somewhat disputed, and depends to some extent on what you count as a 'doughnut'. Does it have to be round, with a hole in the middle, or do other types of deep fried batter count?

However you look at it - and however passionate you might be about doughnut definitions - June is the month to indulge. 1st June is 'donut day'. Hanson Gregory claimed to have invented the ring-shaped doughnut on 22nd June 1847.

Whether you like them filled, glazed, iced, or warm and cinnamon sugared, have a doughnut in June.

7. Play hula

Continuing on the theme of circles, the patent for the hula hoop was first granted on 23rd June, 1964. Unless you're in primary school, it's probably been quite a few years since you swung your hips in a hula hoop, but maybe it's time you dug it out of the garage and gave it another twirl. After all, it's a fun and free way to keep fit. Here're some tips to get you started. If video games are more your style, the Wii Fit also has a hula hoop game.

Hula on the Wii Fit

8. Ride a bike

26th June 1819 is the date the bicycle was first patented. If you're already an avid rider, use the bicycle's birthday to entice a friend to join you. If not, it's time to dig the dusty two-wheeler out of the shed, and find out where your local bike paths are. If it's been so long that you don't even own a bike, that's no excuse - it's easy enough to rent one, and doesn't cost a bomb. After all, you never forget how.

9. Wear a red nose

The last Friday in June is red nose day - when people all over the world come together to be a bit silly and have a bit of fun, in support of SIDS research. This year is the 25th anniversary of the first red nose day - even more reason to get involved.

10. Take a photo

29th June is Camera Day - a day to celebrate all things camera-related. Celebrate by taking some happy snaps with friends and family, or visiting a local photography exhibition.

Alternatively, if you want to get really ambitious, start a year long photo project. There are innumerable variations of this around, but the basic premise underpinning all of them is that you commit to taking one photo every day for a year. This might just be for you, or it might be something you post on the internet. There are a bunch of online communities you can join, to share your photos and ideas with other people doing similar things.

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I thought that this list was so much fun and had meant to do it, but so many things happened and the list did not get completed, So it was a great shame that when I looked up the list for July, oops not here. :) I think that this would be a great regular list. I am part of a family of four and we were going to see who could complete an activity that we could do together and also individualy......cheers
by dmbn (score: 0|2) 2711 days ago
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