Posted by: Jim Hutchins29 JUN 2010
Sunday.The last day of Glastonbury Festival. Cathy was up and out for her last shiftin Medicine Man Pharmacy this morning. Back at the tent, the rest of us taketime for fried eggs and waffles for breakfast. I’ve mentioned the choice andquality of food at Glastonbury before. You can eat as healthily or as badly asyou like. I always remember that I am living rough for five days or so. Foodreverts to its primary function as fuel, (although a quick burger on foot asyou move from stage to stage is more than likely to be compensated for when youcan relax and enjoy some of the wonderful healthy foods from all over the world).Today was a fuel day! The children and I were to head out later to a stall we’dspotted which sold kangaroo, ostrich and crocodile. Crocodile was ourfavourite! They were all delicious but we weren’t tempted this time by the antor scorpion lollies!
Back at the pharmacy, things were still busy. Althoughhayfever products and eyedrops were still selling well, there was increaseddemand on cystitis products today. In this festival situation, the opportunityis taken to counsel patients on just how much extra fluids they need to bedrinking! Loperamide sales have been steady all weekend but we have also hadsome requests for senna tablets! The pharmacy is in a good position to see theworld go by in the market place and I looked up to see three giant fairiesfloating past the serving hatch.
I havesome friends who meet up in a Tipi and I headed up to see them all again. Thisyear it was wonderful to get out of the hot sunshine into the cool shadyinterior. (This contrasts with other years when I pushed in from the colddriving rain, to an interior warm from the logs burning in the middle, smokerising up through the vent in the apex). As we sit inside chatting, the rest ofthe festival is muffled and I always feel peaceful and restored when I leave.There used to be one small tipi field but now there are also several fields onsite where you can rent one instead of bringing a tent. I’d love to do that oneday. One of my friends, who erects tipis before the festival, tells me there isalso a tipi field off-site but with all modern facilities on hand including thehelipad and helicopter to bus people into the site! I met up with the others atthe Queens Head to listen to Mountain Man. Their beautiful haunting singing wasjust the thing to ease us gently into the day. Stepping out into the marketagain we moved away from Slash up towards the Green fields again. This was ourlast chance to wander and to buy some presents. The annual mass wedding tookplace today. The rules are simple. Your marriage lasts one year. You can returnyear after year to renew your vows. One couple had been returning to renewtheir vows at the Glastonbury Festival for 20 years! There is so much to seeand but we accepted that some would just have to wait until next year. Somecame past us, and the parade of strange vehicles drew us into the dark areas ofArcadia, The Unfair Ground and Shangri-La. Some of these places really come tolife at night when you can party through to morning to a background ofentertainment such as laser shows and giant robots firing lightning at eachother!
The gentlemusic of Jack Johnson was our background as we ate tea and we headed out to setup camp towards the back of the Pyramid crowd again. Faithless drew a hugecrowd and most remained to see Stevie Wonders headlining set. The children, andthe crowd, still found their own entertainment going on and the beautiful viewof the Pyramid Stage against the night sky was constantly changing as Chineselanterns of various shapes & sizes floated past. There was occasionalexcitement as a lantern moved off through the crowd sideways instead offloating above them, but the people simply shouted and laughed as they let itrise on its journey. One caught in the ‘single tree’ and burned there for awhile. No one-seemed concerned and I’m confident the fire crew were on hand ifit looked dangerous at any point. (They later acted quickly and efficientlywhen a firework misfired and burned among the crowd, nearby). Neither sleepychild wanted to leave the blanket, the crowd, the sky and lanterns or the musicbut we gently coaxed them back to the tent.
We sat outsidefor a while with hot chocolate & Bovril and let Glastonbury 2010 finishgently.
Did Iloose a day? Apologies for the slight delay to the (almost) last blog thisyear. I’ve been living rough for almost a week and the technology didn’t alwayskeep up. I depended upon my iPhone, my camera and electricity for my laptop.They all failed at some point. I kept it all safe for you.
I’ll beback to tell you what happens now . . .