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Wednesday at Glastonbury. Do I have the right wellies?

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Itwas many years before I remembered to bring wellies to the Glastonbury Festival.What a difference. It was wonderful. But I’m never sure if I have the rightwellies! When I started, black wellies were common & green wellies were special.Gradually green wellies became common and fancy patterned wellies were special.This year, patterned wellies seem common. I have no idea what’s special. Mineare green.

A wet but colourful and good natured crowd trudge to the entrance.

Iknew I’d need my wellies today so got them on as I got out the car and startedthe long walk to the gate loaded up with our first load of camping equipment.It is several miles to the pedestrian gate (all of the public enter thefestival on foot) and we trudged in a weary but colourful and generally happycrowd till we finally got on-site.The Pyramid stage is dark and quiet, for now. 

Three loads later I was all settled in thefield with friends and relaxed as we planned both the evening and the weekend.We had an invitation to an early backstage party but decided to take a wanderround the site in the evening sun first. As we walked out towards the PyramidStage, it felt like we hadn’t been away. Nothing really changes. Glastonbury’slike a big patchwork quilt of a festival. They’re constantly replacing andadding colourful patches, but it’s still a patchwork quilt. There are newstages and venues this year and as we wandered round looking for food we discoveredlots of new eateries, but some of our old favourites were missing. Personally,I like the noodle bars but my first impression of the newer ones was poor. Theywere expensive and charged extra for even a basic sauce. Some other favouriteshave proliferated though and I also look forward to trying the new ‘Moorish’North African food stalls. There seem to be many more bars and many moreunofficial stages but it’s nice to note that some of the smaller stages arefinally making it onto the full programme of events. I’m looking forward toseeing my own Plymouth friends, Mad Dog McRea at the Avalon Cafe stage at 10pmon Thursday night (following another old favourite, Rory McLeod). Of course, bythe time we wandered the length of the site and back, we were weary, sore, andwere too late for our party. Yep. It was time for bed.


Wedid get a chance to stop off at Medicine Man Pharmacy. James Powell was set upand busy and I got a chance to meet the team I’ll be working with in themorning. He’s been through the usual admin just to get onto site withthe legal rules, Glastonbury rules and Pharmacy rules all satisfied. The lightsare on and we’re ready to go. There is now a first aid post behind the pharmacybut many people come to the pharmacy first. It’s good to have somewhere sohandy to refer patients with cuts, bumps and breaks. Once again, the marketpharmacy isn’t allowed to do prescriptions and we already have a constantstream of patients clutching, festival written, prescriptions. It’s a shame wehave to redirect them all so far up the hill to the pharmacy in the medicalcentre at Ivy Meads. I’ve not looked into the Festival Medical ServicesPharmacy up there yet but do look forward to seeing all my old friends up theretoo! Signage for the pharmacy has always been unpredictable but this year they’veattached the sign to a little shed at the I Market gate. Don’t be fooled!

 

Goodnighteveryone. Jim.

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