The kids have gone back to school, and over the next few days, virtually everyone in the country aged between 18 and 22 will be heading to University, for their almost mandatory further-further education.
Commuter trains are filling up again, and the roads are busier too, as those lucky enough to still have a job head to it, their holiday allowance almost completely used up by their summer break.
A summer break that's now just a distant memory, a couple of photos on the PC or a bottle of undrinkable wine in the cupboard.
There are, however, 646 lucky people who are still enjoying their summer recess. They haven't been to their main place of employment since the 21st of July, nearly two months ago. And they're not due at that place for another month. The 12th of October still seems a long way away for these lucky bastards.
Our MP's - our MP's, who work for us - are just two thirds of the way through their3 month recess. They haven't got anything as vulgar as a holiday allowance to worry about; no need to go back early to keep a couple of days spare for Christmas, like the rest of us.
And they haven't had to worry about losing any income - the salary, and the expenses, keep on rolling in, all through the summer, as they relax in the garden of their second home - the one we pay for.
Nice work if you can get it. Good job they haven't got anything really important to do, eh?