Posted by: Jim Hutchins27 JUN 2010
Today Ihad to get up early for another shift in Medicine Man Pharmacy. There were afew people waiting when we opened but it tickled along quite nicely ‘til about11.30. From then until the end of my shift at 3pm we were serving to a wall of customers needing some ‘TLC’ and some needing ‘product’! Cathy observed thatJames & I can have similar styles when we served the customers. We have alot of fun with them without loss of professionalism at any time! Customerslove it and we all have a great time. We get to exercise skills that allpharmacists have, but bring huge experience of the festival situation. Forexample, our experience at Glastonbury is that cromoglycate eyedrops have animmediate soothing effect in this dusty environment even although it would takemuch longer in theory for the anti-inflammatory effect. We get many requestsfor a solution to prickly heat (frequently for the first time). Our experienceis that any creams may interfere with the sweating & temperature regulationmechanisms and make the patient worse. Older sedating antihistamines may bemore effective than modern not-sedating but we need to remind the patient aboutthe potential effects of drinking alcohol. For many we can only suggestcovering up with loose clothing. We pharmacists can quickly judge when we needto take patients aside for some privacy, or when it’s important to refer thepatient to the onsite medical services. Todays requests were still eyedrops,and hayfever products and it was a relief when James arrived with fresh stockin the afternoon.
After workI got a chance to catch up with friends. There are so many stages aroundGlastonbury that you are never very far from live background music from amazingbands. I browsed market stalls to a background of Lightning Seeds and JacksonBrowne and chatted outside tents to the sound of Seasick Steve. I caught upwith my children relaxing quietly in the Water Garden in the Healing Field. Itwas good to spend relaxed time with them. We found another fresh ice creamstall to try, as we wandered through the Green Fields. There is no chance ofthem ever exhausting the sights, sounds and experiences of Glastonbury and theyare having a great time. They have discovered that the question “Why not?” isjust as good a question as “Why”. They’ve seen huge sculptures, amazing climbingwalls, and lots of street theatre some of which is the festival goersthemselves! My 7 year old son wondered about the naked old lady he saw wanderingthrough the crowd, but my 10 year old daughter didn’t notice her. It wasn’t themost amazing thing she’d seen today. I slipped off on my own to catch Red Shoesat the Queens Head then up to watch The Cribs on The Other Stage. Proper music!The sun was shining and I settled at the back of the crowd, lying on the grassand listening to the music. Glastonbury is one of the few places where it’sstill OK for a man of my age to lie back looking up at the waving flags and thebirds circling in the sky!
We settledup near the tree again for the evenings shows. The crowd finds its ownentertainment too and cheered both hot air balloons and the noisy sausageballoons our children would let off in clusters at the end of songs. Flagpoleshave become a feature of Glastonbury but the poles are heavily greased to tryto stop people climbing them. Undeterred, some children were attempting themanyway, cheered on by the crowd. The band on stage were ignored as one of themfinally touched the flag and the audience around us erupted. Scissor Sisterswere back in Glastonbury and did another great set to an almost maximum PyramidCrown. Again, at Glastonbury, there are always surprises and my children (andmost of the crowd!) were thrilled when Kylie joined them on stage. I took thechildren over to the Acoustic Stage for Christy Moore. On the way, a group ofuniformed police officers huddled together to talk as the crowd started tomove. As they moved together a drunk joined in, putting his arms around them,shouting “Group hug! Group hug!” As we settled, my youngest slept quietly butthe rest of us stayed for most of a good set. The nearby Theatre Fieldpyrotechnics were starting as I took my 10 year old to the toilets (green longdrops, open to the elements). She remarked that she’d never sat on the toiletbefore with fireworks overhead! I took the children back to the tent listeningTo a belter of a set by Muse. Again, a wonderful surprise as The Edge joinedthem on stage to do a brilliant Streets Have no Name!
Nakedladies, staring at the sky, climbing flagpoles, Kylie, police group hugs, fireworksand a taste of U2. Today was a day of Glastonbury moments.
Last fullday tomorrow. L