Posted by: Jim Hutchins21 JUN 2010
Climbingthe hill on Lundy Island at the weekend was good practice for Glastonbury. You need tobe reasonably fit. The Glasto site is very, very large with some steep hillsand rough terrain. You can spend all day on your feet in any kind of weather.For the first couple of days at Glastonbury my legs ache from hiking up anddown to the pharmacies, in between seeing bands, but after that they seem to be‘broken in’. Your calf & thigh muscles stop screaming at you and yourealise you are already fitter than when you started. I have been atGlastonbury when I’ve not been in the best of health and it can be very hardgoing. This year ‘fingers crossed’, I’m feeling good! One year, our manyapplicants included a retired pharmacist who was in his 90’s. On his ‘CV’ heexplained that he wanted to do it because he thought it would be ‘great fun!’ Selectionwas always a democratic process and we were divided on whether we should askhim to join the team. In the end, the terrain was one of the reasons he agreedwith us that he wouldn’t join the team. I was disappointed. I still reckon he’dhave made a great RocknRollPharmacist!
I hearmention of a team T-shirt design for Medicine Man. I haven’t seen it yet so Iwill reserve judgement! Tony, I & the team felt we should have a team T-shirt, but year after yearit slipped down the priority list & we had a rush design job at the end. In2008, I mentioned that I felt that the T-shirt designs up to that date had allbeen boring! I was told that if I felt I could design something better then Ishould get on and do it myself! I still reckon that that years “This isn’t justPharmacy, This is RocknRoll” T-shirts were the best yet! Although our pharmacyteams worked with Phil Allen and with James Powell for the first time thatyear, many of us did get to wear our RocknRollPharmacy T-shirts. I look forwardto seeing if Phil or James can do better than my design in 2010. Mine’s packed!
I told youI needed to buy elastic to fix one of my tent poles. Have you ever tried tofeed 3 metres of floppy elastic through a 10 foot series of carbon fibre,hollow poles, get the tension right & tie knots quickly before you let gothe end and, whoosh!, it all springs back and you have to start again? I don’tknow how many attempts it took me but I was sweating and cursing, and ready todo without elastic at all by the time I finally got the last knot tied and hada fully operational tent pole again. This was my only repair but I continue tolay everything else for Glastonbury out through the house before I pack it allup ready to go. I know others are doing the same as the pharmacists will startto arrive over the next couple of days.
Louise,Sally, Elly, Viv, Katie, Adele and all the other RocknRollPharmacy people, I‘llsee you all there on Wednesday! Yay!