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The 40th Anniversary of The Glastonbury Festival

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With the40th anniversaries of both Jimi Hendrix’s death, and the originalGlastonbury Festival in the news, I loved finding the YouTube video whereJulian Temple finally and magically places Jimi Hendrix on the Pyramid Stage infront of a 2010 Glasto audience.

The Pyramid Stage 2008From anoriginal Pilton Festival in 1970, with an attendance of 1500 and ticketscosting £1 (with free milk), has grown the Glastonbury Festival of 2010, with 180,000tickets sold at £190 each. Milk is still available!

This year,there appear to be 17 main stages but many other smaller venues are scatteredthroughout the festival. The last BBC estimate for the number of stages at aGlastonbury Festival were 44!  It doesn’tmatter what your musical tastes are, you will experience it here. You may alsofind yourself trying new music and and new experiences. That’s the nature of thisfestival.

 

We gothere to practice our pharmacy skills in this amazing and unique environment.

Med Man 2008Having workedin Festival Pharmacy at the medical centre and Arena Pharmacy in the festival marketplacefor many years, I am looking forward to working again with James Powell inMedicine Man Pharmacy in the marketplace this year.

It soundslike both Phil Allen at the FMS Pharmacy and James Powell have pretty muchassembled this years pharmacy teams and are continuing with their preparations.The FMS Pharmacy, a dispensing pharmacy, is likely to be open 24 hours a dayfrom Wednesday, through the weekend until sometime on Monday, with a team ofover 24 staff to cover the shifts. Medicine Man Pharmacy will be open in themarket area from first thing in the morning until late every night, throughoutthe festival and is likely to field a team of about 12 this year. The MedicineMan Pharmacy will be providing a range of pharmacy services but concentratesmainly on counter sales for self medication. As well as a full range ofmedicines, James will have lots of other sundries available that you’d find inany normal high street pharmacy.

 

My ownpreparations are on track.

We havepermission to take the children out of school.

mudbathThis weeksjob has been to sort out parking for the festival. With an extended familyheading for the family camping area this year, we want to minimise thedistances we have to walk with all our camping equipment. Some of the parkingareas are miles from the entrance gates. However, with some family membersworking for FMS, some for Medicine Man, and some ‘civilians’, it seems likelythat we may be allocated parking in several different areas. It’s all comingtogether though.

Today I didsomething very important. I’ve looked out my wellington boots!

Ah well.Still 36 days to go. Plenty of time!

 

Jim.

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