I assume there is such a thing as second degree murder to differentiate it form manslaughter or "Murder One" (as booked by Danno on a weekly basis some time ago).
What I do know is that there is definitely such a thing as second degree sunburn, but that just doesn't grab the attention at the head of a post somehow. It's got Sam and Kirsty's attention though.
Sam went to the pub at the weekend to watch the match. (Sorry that should of course have read "The Match"-- with apologies to any Paraguayan readers). He had a few lagers. Celebrated the result, if not the second half performance, and wended his merry, or at least tipsy, way home. It was a nice afternoon so he went out in the garden and fell asleep in the chair. Fortunately for him he had kept on his sacred red jersey, but his aqulline nose took the full force of the afternoon sun for a couple of hours whilst he snoozed. He now has a schnozz worthy of the late lamented Jimmy Durrante. And as they say round these parts "It kills".In fact, though he now has one of the all time comedy ailments, he has escaped lightly comapred to Kirsty.
Kirsty is, as they say, a big lass. She is big in every respect of the word, and has the sort of ample figure described in inches and repeated letters of the alphabet. This asset in tune with current fashions was displyed to its fullest advantage on Sunday.
How do I know this?
From the burns now evident. Celtic heritage and blistering sunshine (quite literally in her case) do not go well. And yes, sure enough "They're killing" too.
It seems Noel Coward was right about the "Mad dogs and Englishmen". It's as though there's something "soft" about using sun protection. I'm willing to bet that if you asked sunburn victims like Sam and Kirsty to stand in front of an electric fire till if started to burn they would hit you. Likewise they might demur if asked to service a nuclear (that's pronounced "new clear" by the way) reactor without the benefit of protective clothing. And yet, because it's just dear old Sol beaming down on us it must be ok.
Generations of Aussies and Kiwis will tell you different. They could teach us a thing or two about sun protection, but untill they do surgeries up and down the land will be full of Sams and Kirsties today, and likely for a few days to come. I tell you it's murder out there!