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  1. A place for a bite to eat
  2. Sorry for the gap but I've been away in Portugal for a fortnight. So lovely to come home to some gentle rain and a bit of cool after 14 days sweltering in 35 degree temperatures. Picking up on hat let's go to AROUND. I may have posted this lot before - Adrian Edmundson and the Bad Shepherds. A band of top folkies who have a bit of fun doing folk songs punk-style and punk songs folk-style. And for a flavour of the other way round....
  3. The joy of being an old fart is that I'm aware of a fairly wide range of music, particularly recordings. What Glastonbury does is give you the chance to see people live. One standout for me live that surprised me was Leonard Cohen, who I've always known from his albums but never realised just how stunning he was live. Also Ray Davies for his Choral Kinks session that really injected a lot into songs I've known for a long time. The other great live memory is Glenn Tilbrook, when he was with The Fluffers in the Left Field. What a cracking live performer. Great fun and someone I now make a point of catching if he's in the area. Oh and the Dogs - Ferocious and Mad Dog McRae.
  4. Might be on one of these on Saturday when I head off to Portugal for a fortnight.
  5. Had my hygienist appointment today. All OK
  6. Three Piece Suite have a familiar look and sound Whisty. I think I did catch them at one of the Cambridge Rock Fests a few years ago. As you get older you may turn into a Grown MAN. Chigago before they went really soft.
  7. HOME Some blues giants here
  8. Slade, one of the great live bands of their day, made a film Slade in Flame which included this track. So the link word is FAR.
  9. What a lovely festival. Sorry we didn't meet up kaip but I got a bit distracted with problems with my new caravan which sprang a major water leak on site - the last thing you want on top of a mountain with no water fill points. Stopped off on the way home and dropped it into the repair centre outside Pontypool to get things fixed. My first time at Steelhouse but won't be my last. The Darkness were smack on and loved The Dead Daisies. A few thoughts..... They could do with a lot more litter bins. The few they had were overflowing. More bins would have meant a lot less litterpicking needed. Food was OK but limited. The Coffee man was great but I was surprised there was no ice cream van. Got to have a 99 flake at a festival.
  10. No number so you'll have to trust me but this is a Rickenbacker 330 If you want a number here's a marker Not going to do this every day but having just got back from the excellent Steelhouse Festival in Ebbw Vale, I though I'd drop by and say hello. Som excellent bands. The Darkness were spot on and check out The Dead Daisies.
  11. All set for tomorrow - the only challenge is to tow my new twin axle caravan up the hill. If you're an EFestivaller do call round. The van is a Dethleffs Camper and there will probably be a Grumpyhack Lives Here sign in the window and, hopefully a big illuminated flagpole,.
  12. Off tomorrow afternoon to the Steelhouse Festival in Ebbw Vale. First festival with my new (well new but still second hand) caravan, which I only was able to collect and try towing for the first time today. It's a big twin axle Dethleffs with two full sized fixed beds as well as the usual singles/double at the front. Also got a new awning which I'll have to discover how to put up on my own as the rest of the gang aren't arriving till Friday night/Saturday. Here's hoping I'll manage to tow it up a bit of a mountain (Steelhouse claims to be the highest altitude festival in the UK).
  13. I had a Sunncamp 350XS for several years and loved it. Yours may be a slightly different model so my advice may not apply. Ours had a top made of traditional canvas, rather than polyester, which was brilliant in that it stayed cool in the heat and was warmer in the cold. But the important thing to remember is that canvas stored away wet will rot. So it's vital that it has really dried out before you pack it away for storage. Ours had two zip on awnings to make for a really big social and cooking area. We also bought a free-standing fridge that ran on calor and a separate toilet tent with a porta potti (nothing like your own lavvie for the middle of the night). It was also kitted out with full lighting that ran off the leisure battery and I installed a little safe just to store things like cash and credit cards. They are all little things that just make for a relaxed time away We only ever used it for festivals and it was brilliant. It also got me into camping porn (all the gear that you build up for a comfortable stay) and started me down the slippery slope to caravans. I moved up to a lightweight two berth, then a bigger two berth plus two bunk beds and have now finally arrived at a very big twin axle with two fixed full sized beds as well as the double at the front. Once you've experienced either trailer tenting or caravanning, you won't want to go back to camping. I wouldn't consider Glastonbury any more if I couldn't get a CV Field ticket. I've also joined both the Caravan Club and the Camping and Caravan Club (which has a special trailer tent group where you can get lots of advice). Both clubs have their own members-only sites and also discounts at other sites and might be worth considering if you plan to use it for trips other than festivals.
  14. Sadly no. I'm still waiting to put a face to the name.
  15. Many women during labour say 'never again' but then go on to have more children.