Mark E. Spliff

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  1. spot the liar at home in front of a warm fire

    On this occasion, it doesn't looklike any more dodgy than just a humorous wayof saying 'rather you than me in the wind/mud/rain etc.' But I didn't need any persuading that the bloke is a populist fake. His Aston Villa/West Ham gaff was buttock-clenchingly embarrassing, and I'm surprised it didn't result in him beingswept out of office on a wave of public revulsion.
  2. Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott

    Given Paul'spolitical affiliations, I'd say Leftfield, even though that might not meet most people's definition of a big stage. Plus, I reckon the John Peel stage would be too big for them. That said, I saw his firstperformanceat Latitude to a nearly-empty tent. His shownmanship at handling that situation was so legendary, that the following year the tent was rammed - which kind of ruined his plans to carry out the same audience-participation tricks as the previous year.
  3. Young People and Glastonbury

    I had an Irishfriend who hated Mustard. Does anyone have any insight as to why the Irish hate Mustard?
  4. Girls and ladies only please

    I bet the guy that started this thread can't believe his luck. You can't really expect too much whenposting upa photo of someone witha back-story blatantlydesigned to get the torches and pitchforks waving,but he seems to have struck gold here. I just hope it's a joke between mates rather than slandering someone he doesn't like.
  5. ATP

    Prestatyn has a lot to live up to. I've been to several, both in Camber Sands and Minehead. Minehead had the best accommodation and facilities (love seeing sickly indie-kids queueing up for the water-slide),but the main venue was a bit too soul-less: a huge echoingatrium surrounded byneon signs for fast food stores and amusement arcades etc. Camber sands was a bit grubby, but the venues and sound were far better. In some respects, ATP is the best festival I've been to. There's probably a majority of hipsters (ATP is where I first sawpeoplewith beards before it became a 'thing') along with a smaller contingent ofparty animals. Three big things jump out as to why it's so good: ATP TV. An eclectic mix of hilarious, fascinating and harrowing stuff that you might not have seen elsewhereArtists hanging around and watching other artists. I've ended up getting wrecked in the chalets with some of my heroes.The chalets. They're not yours, so you don't mind strangers piling in, which leads to lots of drunken late night shenanigans.Until I saw your post, I'd no idea that Stewart Lee was curating one. I'm now about to make plans...
  6. No ticket, then volunteer !

    This ranks amongst the poorest job adverts I've ever seen. But accurate. I worked in the Stonebridge Bar many years ago when it was run by WBC. Absolutely grim. If you want to make serving/getting served difficult, then squeeze your bar into a small tent with the likes of Hot Chip DJing, and deafen the bar staff with a wall of speakers facing them.
  7. The site on the monday after

    Things have tightened up over the past 2 years. I had a run-in with some corrupt security on the Monday at Reading last year. These lot were just making sure nobody took anything that they wanted for themselves. However at Glastonbury this year, I went round and checked with any available stewards/security and for the first time got told that officially it was a 'no' although they'd turn a blind eye as I was polite and friendly etc. but that I should keep an eye out for other security. Unlike previous years, I saw almost no other people collecting tents and it didn't feel the same. So much so that for the first time in 10 years, I decided not to bother - all I do with them is give them away, so I didn't think it was worth the potential hassle. I think the big difference is that over the past couple of years, various businesses have started up collecting tents and hiring them out in subsequent years. As they don't want anyone else doing it, the official line has changed.
  8. Go!

    Will watch them, but don't expect it to be as good as a couple of weekends ago at the Sugar Factory in Amsterdam: sitting in a leather sofa, with some Trappist Ale, watching them from a perfectly positioned balcony, watching the Dutch people below getting right into them.
  9. Worthy FM

    Just posted this on the other thread: To listen to it on your phone, don't do it via the web. Use a streaming app. Here are instructins for Android (KitKat): 1. Download 'Tunein Radio' and open it. 2. Options button (top left.) 3. 'My profile.' 4. Set up an account. Easiest way is to just login via your Google or Facebook account. 5. 'Home' > 'Browse' > 'Top Podcasts' 6. Subscribe to any one podcast at random.' 7. 'Options' > 'My profile' > 'Add Custom Url' 8. Enter the following in the box:http://s10.voscast.com:10196/ Job done. It's a bit clunky to set it up like this, but it seems to work well once you've done it. iOS and other versions of Android should be a variation on the above. The stream is a few seconds behind the stream from my laptop.
  10. Worthy FM

    To listen to it on your phone, don't do it via the web. Use a streaming app. Here are instructins for Android (KitKat): 1. Download 'Tunein Radio' and open it. 2. Options button (top left.) 3. 'My profile.' 4. Set up an account. Easiest way is to just login via your Google or Facebook account. 5. 'Home' > 'Browse' > 'Top Podcasts' 6. Subscribe to any one podcast at random.' 7. 'Options' > 'My profile' > 'Add Custom Url' 8. Enter the following in the box:http://s10.voscast.com:10196/ Job done. It's a bit clunky to set it up like this, but it seems to work well once you've done it. iOS and other versions of Android should be a variation on the above. The stream is a few seconds behind the stream from my laptop.
  11. Power sleep at the Glastonbury Letters

    One of my Aunties continued to use dried egg powder decades after the war was over and fresh eggs were plentiful. She preferred the taste.
  12. Hare Krishna

    Mike - you're the undisputed king of the minimalist post, but I think this is the first time I've ever seen sarcasm from you on here. Pace yourself chief - some form of one-word response would probably be sensible under the circumstances.
  13. Tics.....

    My point was that if you read the thread, you'll see the OP asked a question which was exclusively met with comedy come-backs or 'don't worry about it' replies, even from some lad who sounds like he may have had one on his knackers. If you're looking to pour cold water on tick hysteria, you'll need to search elsewhere - nothing to see here.
  14. Tics.....

    So in summary: it's better to actually read what's been written in a thread before posting.
  15. Tics.....

    I've never heard of anyone getting bitten by a tick at Glastonbury, which probably tells you all you need to know - if it had happened, the media would have done their mountain-out-of-a-molehill act. They are definitely a problem in certain geographical areas though, and I've got mates who've had to become quite proficient in removing. them. There's no harm in knowing what you're up against in case you finds one of the little b*stards on someone: First-hand experiences from another forum. NHS guidance.