In London, where any temperature above 80° is called a heat wave, it was so hot last week that ten extra waiters were engaged to serve cooling drinks to perspiring legislators in the House of Commons terrace restaurant. A woman fainted from heat in a Gravesend bus and, as her collapse wedged her inextricably between the seats, the whole bus had to be driven to the hospital. An unseasonable drought half ruined the strawberry crop (strawberries and clotted Devonshire cream is a favorite English dish this time of year), but the countryside had seldom looked greener. Elsewhere in Europe...

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