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  1. 33 points
    My Grandfather smoked his whole life. I was about 10 years old when my mother said to him, ‘If you ever want to see your grandchildren graduate, you have to stop immediately.’ Tears welled up in his eyes when he realized what exactly was at stake. He gave it up immediately. Three years later he died of lung cancer. It was really sad and destroyed me. My mother said to me - ’Don’t ever smoke. Please don’t put your family through what your Grandfather put us through." I agreed. At 28, I have never touched a cigarette. I must say, I feel a very slight sense of regret for never having done it because your post gave me cancer anyway.
  2. 31 points
    I finally left site last night. The whole place is looking incredibly clean. 500 litter pickers were laid off yesterday lunchtime. (Small protest happened outside Goose Hall as many were expecting many more days work) I've never seen the place look so clean and tidy so quickly before. This time last year the farm was still absolutely minging. Huge big up to all festival goers who clearly used the bins, tidied up their camping areas and left no trace. Looks like the message has finally got through! This must have saved the festival a fortune and so will leave more money for charity. Brilliant!
  3. 31 points
    Hey guys! I've been on site most of today, I'm here and it's looking incredible i'm trying to preserve data - but here are some tips / observations to those who want them. they are serious about searches, any bags who are sealed or made hard to open will be ripped open. You will have your bag checked, they've checked all staff as well. its boiling on site, very dusty. other stage looks strange - maybe it's not finished yet temple is massive, actually massive - they weren't lying when they said they were tripling it in size. they aren't lying when they say you will be queuing longer this year. Crew are tanned and in a good place, been given the best shifts I could possibly ask for. i think this is gonna be one of the best years. Really really good feeling in the air. see you all Wednesday, we can't wait for you to come! have an amazing one guys x
  4. 30 points
    I think for a lot of people it makes a nice change when the rest of the time they're drowning in vile, abusive, threatening and downright aggressive right wing attitudes. It's just hard to notice when you're not in the firing line. I do think Tories are entirely welcome, but if it's that much of a shock to see what it's like outside the bubble then it's probably a good and healthy thing to see isn't it? Better than imagining the dining room conversation actually encompasses the whole country's views for sure. Tolerance is quite a different thing to meekly not saying anything despite having issues, and I think folk sometimes get confused.
  5. 30 points
    Do you need any training for litter picking, or can you just pick it up as you go along?
  6. 30 points
    ...and this on a loo wall:
  7. 28 points
  8. 26 points
    Its looking like its going to be fabulous weather folks! I think the last one like this 2010, so many of you won't have experienced a scorcher so hopefully we oldies can share some advice. 1. It might seem obvious, but suncream is vital. You will be outside in the sun with little shade for 12 hours a day. Believe me when i say that carrying a rucksack with burnt shoulders is not fun. 2. Although it looks like there are loads of trees for shade, the reality is that most of them are behind fences, traders stands etc. It can feel very exposed in most parts and what shade you find is often very busy. Bring a wide brimmed hat, scarf or even an umbrella to have your own shade. Sunstroke is not fun either. 3. Drink lots of water. The tap water is perfectly safe to drink at Glastonbury, bottled water is expensive, bad for the environment and warm by sunday (the ice cream vans leave it outside all day). 4. Don't leave your friend crashed out in the sun to fry in his/her drunken stupor 5. Your tent will feel like the inside of a cast iron smelter at 8am... Try using foil blankets or at least don't overdress for bed unless you like waking up drenched 6. Watching the sunrise is amazing 7. Watching the sunset is amazing too 8. For those who will adopt flip flops etc remember it still gets wet around the taps and toilets. I'm not sure I'd want my bare feet in that toilet water Glastonbury in hot weather takes it to another level of magical, but it can be equally challenging so take care of yourselves and each other and have a great festival xxx
  9. 21 points
    I've just had a lovely bonus one today, it's the festival that keeps on giving: I tend to chat to people who appear to be on their own in crowds between bands. I'd say 60% of the time it ends at exchanging pleasantries and wishing each other a good festival but there were 2 stand out ones this year that lead to new friends. One was a Swedish chap I met post Radiohead, we exchanged tequila and he ended up coming to Arcadia with us and having a great time. It was nice that he felt that he could catch up with us on Sunday evening too, anyway I digress. This post is about a fantastic woman who was on her own for the Jacksons. Before they got on stage I got chatting to her and found out that she was having the best week of her life, it was her first Glastonbury (possibly first festival) and that all of the rest of her group were watching the Foos. I explained that she was more than welcome to join our group, initially I think she thought I was taking the piss as we were a group averaging in our early 30s and she was probably mid to late 50s. None the less she was introduced to our team (of about 8 at the time) and we all had a good chat until the music started when we all enjoyed a good boogie (The sounds was fit for purpose where we were). I forget which song came on but she mentioned it was her favourite, one of the group offered to get her up on his shoulders. I’m sure she wouldn’t be offended if I mentioned that she wasn’t the slightest of women (or non-chipstick person as she put it), so at first she politely declined, after some gentle persuasion she was up there with the biggest grin I saw on anyone all weekend. She was instant that we took as many photos as ‘those lot back at the tent would never believe this’. When the Jacksons finished we mentioned that we were going to Arcadia. After phoning one of her group to let them know that she was OK she joined us until about 3am until she could dance no more. We made sure to grab her email so we could send her the photo evidence of the night’s events. One of my friends sent those photos yesterday, and we received the most wonderful response this morning. Not only did she (just about ish) remember everyone’s, names she went into great detail about how nice we all were, how she felt like one of us, how she had the best time of her life, and even went into details of conversations which many of us had taken for granted. Her response was shared with the rest of us and it’s made my day. I won’t go into too much detail about what else she included but it’s clear that she’s had a challenging time of it recently and in her words ‘came back to the lads that night a different person’. This might all sound a bit self fellating but it was so rewarding to hear that we weren’t just being a pain in the arse and bullying her into what we considered having a good time. To me a large part of the festival is making the experience good for yourselves and for others. This was reflected in my disappointment on Tuesday morning whilst queuing at the shop, I turned round to start a conversation with the person behind me only to stop myself just in time – unfortunately that’s not the way the community works in my neck of the woods. Anyway apologies for the essay. It was either write it up or put it to the back of my head while getting on with work, and I wasn’t quite ready to do that.
  10. 19 points
    The festival is actually better than it used to be.
  11. 19 points
    Finally got around to cleaning up a photo I took of the Monday morning sunrise; thought I'd share it here in case anyone is either in the photo or would like another nice memory for 2017! Side note: After 5 years of trying (and failing) to get tickets, I finally got to make my way to across to something I'm still finding difficult to describe to my friends. Any expectation I had was exceeded 10 fold. From the performances to the attention to detail to the sheer scale of the event; it was truly awe-inspiring. Also big thanks to the many people of this forum for all the advice I managed to grab in the lead-up, got some priceless info here! #SpaceBlanket
  12. 18 points
    I'm glad no men were being dicks at all over the weekend, as otherwise you'd look like a misogynist wally.
  13. 18 points
    I'd ban those who have attended the best party of the year, but feel the need to come online to have a moan about how they could make it better as soon they're back and showered
  14. 17 points
    In this weather? Shorts will be fine
  15. 16 points
    You've just spent nine pages of a thread moaning about the morality of some men shagging in the back of a LGBT-friendly, openly adult-only, venue at the back corner of a massive festival in the west of England that you did not know about until now. You introduced hypothetical children as a reason for why it should stop. You decided your ticket should be cheaper because you're not interested in using that room. Then decided you must be right because you're old. You presume that there is no pluralism in the gay life, that your boundaries are the only boundaries, and that everyone is like the four same-sex people you watched get married. You don't even know why you disagree with it. At least other (gay) posters have spoken about their concerns - misplaced or not - of the fallout of chemsex etc. but you just seem to think it's a filthy little thing and must stop because you say so. If the festival only catered for "foodies" (fucking lol) and people who liked guitars it wouldn't be worth the effort, and you'd likely be at Reading having a good time with plenty of other people who only care about themselves and have no imagination.
  16. 16 points
    I wrote this last year after talking a load of crap trying to explain why Glastonbury was so special using half-baked scientific principles. It was written for the benefit of the people involved in the conversation originally, I’ve thought about posting it on here before but never really found the suitable place for it but it kind of fits in with the conspiracy theory stuff so here goes: I'm going to start as most people don't; at the end. I'm also going to end at the start, but that can wait until later. On the last Monday in June we somehow pack down our tents, lug them back to the car and set off home. All still discussing highlights of the weekend, and how last night was fantastic yet our legs had nothing to give after 5 days of dancing, drinking, laughing with optional sleep and food. The second law of thermodynamics suggests that within a contained are the availability of a systems energy decreases over time. Is there a situation in which this is more evident than the confines of the superfence? We arrive as fresh as the lush green grass we are trampling on but leave feeling more like the quagmire by the tap near the park that always ends up bursting a leak like a fire hydrant in any film based in the Bronx in the summertime. Most of us have a few days off work to recover perhaps even a week if we can. Our feet are sore, throats are dry and houses seem eerily quiet, distinctly lacking the white noise of laughter, distant booming baselines and the flames blasting from Arcadia that we've grown accustomed to. We are a broken people, readjusting to the real world. At this point we have Pavlov's enthusiasm for next year. We've just had the best week of our year and wouldn't miss the opportunity to do the same next year for the world, but at the same time variety is the spice of life and we've all been promising ourselves that we should try Boomtown next year, or we could finally go abroad like the rest of them. After all, what needs a fallow year more? The farm or us? Due to Murphy's Law our annual autumnal struggle for tickets is regularly accompanied by a hangover, the wireless router always needs resetting, there's aren't enough chargers in the world and the cat always needs feeding. At 9:05 it feels like you've been punched in the stomach, your mind takes it in turns to remind yourself that 'it took at least 30 mins longer to sell out last year', 'there are always the resales' and 'I wanted to do Boomtown next year anyway and I can't afford both'. We get a message through from our mates girlfriends mum in law who is trying for us, she's bagged us a ticket triggering the butterfly effect; the hangover is taking a hike, the dregs of the phone battery is being drained by Whattsapp going crazy and the cat is hiding behind the sofa after the animalistic celebratory roar and everything is good in the world. We float around the house, the weight of possibly missing out lifted from our shoulders like isostatic rebound after a particularly chilly ice age. Energy starts building off site. Line ups are speculated, announced and scrutinised. Heroes create playlists for a beloved community, the majority of which they will never meet. Recommendations are made, clashed are debated and headliners will be complained about. This potential energy builds up under the surface waiting to erupt. When we arrive on the Wednesday morning there is an energy that isn't felt anywhere else. I suggest to you that it is not the lay-lines, or the after effects of some holy chap visiting a few thousand years ago, but the effect of the first law of thermodynamics; conservation of energy. For most of us, our festival is a five day experience, but for days there have been staff on site making the final touches, for weeks there have been those who construct the stages and for months people have been booking bands and preparing infrastructure. Last year we all left the site with nothing left to give, thermodynamics suggests that this energy is not lost, but conserved. I propose that this energy stays on site, boosted by all of the staff and volunteers who contribute to the mammoth task of organising and running the event, and it is that energy that we feel when we make it on site. Some people get it when they drive into the car parks, some get it when they are issued a wristband, it normally starts building in me when I leave the car, and peaks during the first sip of a well earned drink once the tent is up. Here's to then, Cheers.
  17. 16 points
    Fuck that. There were plenty of 40, 50, 60 and even 70 year olds having fun this time around. Age is but a number, if you wanna stop then stop, but do it because you can't be arsed or you don't enjoy it, not because your birth certificate tells you!
  18. 15 points
    Misunderstood what the dark room was for, got quite a shock. The hunt for somewhere to develop my photographs onsite continues.
  19. 15 points
    Unemployed people, asylum seekers, immigrants, LGBT kids, single mothers, black people, Liverpool football fans, disabled people, people who live on council estates, the traveller community, etc etc. Compare the abuse and vilification they all experienced by the tories over the years and compare it to what the original poster experienced at Glastonbury
  20. 15 points
    In the tipi fields at an open mic bout 1am Friday when an Irish guy starts pouring his heart out about a song he's written about his hometown and how dodgy it is etc etc. He starts off ok but about 40 seconds in, drops the guitar apologises and tells us he's no chance of finishing because the mushrooms had kicked in.
  21. 15 points
    Hey everyone! I had the best day yesterday with my boyfriend proposing to me at The XX, while Jamie XX and Romy were playing Loud Places. There was a large crowd around us, so if anyone has any photos please let me know! This photo was sent to us from a lovely guy who captured the moment
  22. 15 points
    Despite balancing a part time job and full time page checking and knob jokes.. I've only ended up getting a bloody First Class Honor in my degree!
  23. 14 points
    Seetickets has a fibre link to Merseyside for ticket day
  24. 14 points
    Oh, Jeremy Corbyn! Oh, Jeremy Corbyn!
  25. 14 points
    Get a couple of spinners in the lineup, that pitch will start turning like mad come day 3. Definitely bat first if you win the toss.