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06/07/2013 19:39 BST | Updated 05/09/2013 06:12 BST

The Week That Was: Summer Spirit

If Instagram is to be believed, there wasn't a single person not drinking Pimm's or tanning their pasty legs on a small patch of grass in the UK on Saturday. Without making excuses, the Pimm's consumption was only fair given the frayed nerves of the nation at large. Westminster might like to think the population cares deeply about the Falkirk saga, but what most people cared about this week, when it came to domestic issues at least, was a slender 26-year-old and his tennis racket.

In America this week, they celebrated Independence Day. In the UK, we celebrated the return of summer.

And whilst flag waving might have been kept to a minimum, it was no less sweeter for that.

The rest of the world might think us Brits spend too much time talking about the weather, but can you blame us when it's so miserable most of the time?

Still, at least we know how to make the most of it when the sun finally does rear its head. If Instagram is to be believed, there wasn't a single person not drinking Pimm's or tanning their pasty legs on a small patch of grass in the UK on Saturday.

Without making excuses, the Pimm's consumption was only fair given the frayed nerves of the nation at large. Westminster might like to think the population cares deeply about the Falkirk saga, but what most people cared about this week, when it came to domestic issues at least, was a slender 26-year-old and his tennis racket.

It hardly needs saying, but Andy Murray sure knows how to keep us on tenterhooks. Mind you, a second consecutive Wimbledon final is a second consecutive Wimbledon final, no matter how many sets it takes to get there. And this week's wins were all the better for the dramatics that came before them. Hopefully if you're reading this towards the end of Sunday, he has triumphed in the men's final too, and the only tears being shed on Centre Court are ones of joy.

And it's not just Murray doing us proud. The Lions roared to success in their three-match series Down Under; the first series win for the British and Irish team since their South African win back in 1997. Even Lewis Hamilton is doing his bit, landing pole position for Sunday's German Grand Prix.

However, as Britain basks in the sun and its sporting prowess, there was no ignoring the history defining events other countries suffered this week, and the instability they brought with them.

In Egypt, as protests against president Mohammed Morsi turned into celebrations for the army which ousted him from power, human rights groups reported escalating violence against women in the crowds, with horrific sexual attacks documented.

It is less than 30 months since Egypt last rid itself of an unpopular president, and the scenes which were projected around the world over the past few days were all too familiar. Jubilation for some, but the violence, the deaths, the assaults no less tragic this time round.

Where Egypt goes from here is anyone's guess, but the world at large watches with bated breath and an optimistic heart for democracy to be given a chance to survive.

As one of our HuffPost bloggers wrote this week, this is a "very messy revolution". It is probably too much to hope for a succinct or clean resolution.