Mark E. Spliff

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About Mark E. Spliff

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  1. Young People and Glastonbury

    I had an Irish friend who hated Mustard. Does anyone have any insight as to why the Irish hate Mustard?
  2. 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 when posting up a photo of someone with a back-story blatantly designed 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.
  3. 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 echoing atrium surrounded by neon 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 saw people with beards before it became a 'thing') along with a smaller contingent of party 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...
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Tics.....

        So in summary: it's better to actually read what's been written in a thread before posting.
  13. 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.
  14. Agree with everything you've said DeanoL. I've been there when I was a youngster: went to a festival alone - didn't really have a ball, although it was in a different country and my limited lingo meant it was always going to be a bit of a challenge. I wouldn't want to discourage people from going alone, I just worry that people go into it with unrealistic expectations of non-stop partying and making new lifelong friends every time you high-five a stranger in a novelty hat. Your description above is more realistic, and as with anything else in life: go into it not expecting a lot, and any more than that is a bonus.
  15. To assure a total stranger, with a history of anxiety, that going alone to a huge music festival straight after a break-up is just dreadful advice. Look up the 'first timer mistakes' thread on here for a more nuanced description of what it may be like. I'm not discouraging you from going, but treat it like any other social function. If you're not sure you'd cope that well at a pub on your own, then do your homework and make sure you've got definite arrangements to meet people rather than hoping that a forum 'meet' will work out - there are plenty of stories on here of people being too late, not finding them or bottling it.