Posted by: Jim Hutchins7 JUN 2010
I had abit of Festival practice this weekend working for the Co-op at the Respect Festivalin Exeter. It had that great feeling with the sun shining, colourful happycrowds (I’ve never had a grumpy customer at Glastonbury . . but I’ve only beenworking there since 1999!), music constantly playing in the background and thesmell of festival food. It was very nice but it just made me want so much more! It reallydid just tease me because the Glastonbury Festival is so much bigger, busierand noisier. There were a few very nice food stands but the quality (&perhaps surprisingly, portion sizes) didn’t come close to Glasto. There areover 250 food outlets at Glastonbury this year and it has a, justifiably,wonderful reputation for selection & quality. My preferences tend to theNoodle Bars or perhaps some of the giant Paella but the Garlic Kitchen is upthere too. It is a wonderful opportunity to try something new. You can eatvegan or indulge in Wild Boar, Venison or even Ostrich! You can eat on a budgetor you can have silver service. You can eat fast food on the move, or settledown in a café and observe the festival around you.
With muchof the paperwork done to set up the pharmacies, both FMS and Medicine Man aretrying to finalise their staff rotas. At this stage it is normal to be doing abit of juggling with the numbers. Tony & I were blessed to have Thelma(Sally) and Louise to handle all the people stuff & make sure every problem(and there were always many!) was overcome. It sounds like the FMS pharmacycrew may have slightly fewer tickets than they’d hoped for, whereas when I lastspoke to James Powell, he was trying to find another pharmacist for Glasto toreplace one who’d dropped out. James & the team http://www.med-man.co.uk/are fired up and ready for Download Festival & The Isle of White nextweekend. At Glastonbury though, the Medicine Man Pharmacy spot, and indeed thewhole market area is still an empty grassy field.
Although I’vebeen busy, I did manage to put up my tent in the garden to see if anything wasmissing or broken? Yep! I need a new elastic in one of the tent poles. Thedifficulty now is trying to find the time to get to a camping shop before thefestival. The kids have sorted out their wellies and I’m sure I spotted mine inthe boot of the car. None of the websites I’ve looked at will give a weatherforecast until much nearer the time. I guess I should plan for alleventualities.
I’m not asorganised as I’d like to be but it’s been worse!
Nevermind. Still 15 days to go!