With the hatches battened down for yet another weekend of tempestuous weather, there’s a little light at the end of tunnel.
That twinkle comes in the form of 30 oversized men tussling in pools of mud, like pygmy hippos trying to woo a female.
The greatest sporting event in the calendar starts today – rugby’s Six Nations.
A kaleidoscope of colour, culture and talent from across Europe, battling it out for Grand Slam bragging rights.
If you’ve never tried watching rugby, give it a whirl.
There’s passion, excellence, sportsmanship and the glorious sight of the home nations pounding one another… and the French.