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  1. Ah, cheaper and it has a nice flat base, both good features. I'm in my 50s so if I've had some fluids I wake up thinking "do I need a wee? " and if yes no way I'm doing a 5 minute walk in the cool night air. This simple purchase filled the gap for the most important feature I missed from staying in a van and indeed it was nice not having to empty a van cassette and fill the water roll, even if you only do it once it twice.
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    Aye this year I was in sticklinch and there were security folks in several places - but they have a number of gates there. I've also spent about ten years in CV East so of course the vehicles are secure, but you also have watchtowers and other folks in the fields. You did used to see some security folks on patrol when I was in a tent somewhere up near Spring Ground back in the day.
  3. I had quite a different take on that to you. I arrived in Sticklinch Thursday and was intrigued why they had several security folks at the gate checking bands in and out, rather than just in. It was only when I read the fence story that it made sense that they'd beefed up the route between the two. Same perspective on pretty much everything. I didn't see wet leg as I'd already caught them on tour and they were blooming popular there. As you say Stones is still the Pyramid act where it's seemed busiest. There are certainly some stages which need well experienced and assertive stewards in case capacity is reached. When I arrived at JP whilst a lot of young pups were leaving I just stood next to the folks in tabards until the crowd was quieter. For food, after the first meal or two a key criteria for me was queue size and proximity - so if there were a dozen people waiting I'd go elsewhere. I managed to eat a couple of meals/snacks a day and all decent grub, but not the most fun things.
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    But then I've never been robbed in 37 years of Glastonbury. Clearly the vast majority of us don't get anything nicked and it's certainly far less than it used to happen before the fence.
  5. My Vodafone sim was definitely not connecting to the EE cell - firstly it wouldn't let me manually do so, secondly it only showed 4G (not their extensive 5G coverage) and was poor for all 4 days I was there - yet I've read few such reports on here from pretty much anyone on EE
  6. Welcome aboard and glad you had a great time 😊
  7. The rest does sound most regrettable The recipient was definitely on EE too? I've seen so many people praising it I'd considered an ee sim if I was lucky enough next time.
  8. Yeah, they're a bargain by comparison. We paid 2 or 3 quid for cans of soft drinks from food stalls, but only cos Co op didn't have, although split a can of sprite so the mixer in your drink is a quid and it's not so bad. In relation to click and collect aren't there three issues? 1. Discussions recently about the carnage when they used to flog 2 litre bottles of cider on site and folks would get banjaxed. 2. Seems the opposite direction to their slight suggestions in the past that people should only carry and consume smaller quantities of booze 3. Spending in the bars helps the festival and thereby the charities they support
  9. Same on both counts. I took two reusable plastic bottles of poncey gin. Also took a food flask as somebody in a thread if mine recommended it for keeping ice cold (it was phenomenal - 12 to 18 hours I think). Plan fell apart quite quickly, as it turns out the range of mixers at the co op is not as great as I'd hoped - first staff member said more expected 1am, we sought out someone who seemed like the boss, they advised that they're not allowed to sell tonic so they don't compete with the bars. I suspect if I'd gone back later they at least would have had some lemonade cans, but we just wandered past some food stalls and sought out some overpriced sprite (not too sweet so a surprisingly nice and refreshing drink).
  10. Ha ha, we're not all taking a range of bloody hats and half dozen batteries 😊 I've got a coach maybe 5 or 6 times, never once had anyone bring stuff - but that's not too say I don't post here asking this time. I've also done it when I had a rented caravan and got a Tesco order including milk and 40 plus cans of g and t sent to the firm - they even put it all in the fridge bless them. Because it would be an absolute nightmare of planning and logistics - aside from the fact you actually don't solve that problem. When a proportion of tickets are returned and resold they will of course be seats on the buses you've so carefully arranged to suit the original applicants.
  11. I managed to arrive for 2 after Noel, indeed I was surprised how many of his fans were leaving, but then most of my visits to Pyramid this time involved arriving from the JP/Mandela side and being further back. For 5 it wouldn't have made much difference unless you went Wednesday, from Thursday when I arrived several items were out of stock at the two stalls I went to. At least online you're not carrying it about and it gets home pristine.
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    I hadn't realised that was rare, certainly was a highlight of the set, especially the crowd joining in to Selfish.
  13. That's the downside of there almost always being a queue, there's always someone going straight in. On one of my morning visits it didn't look as clean as when I arrived, but thankfully I had a litre of wee that I could pour into the loo on the bits that the flush didn't reach 😊
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