I’m back from Glastonbury – mamaged to get a coach just after seven, was back in London by lunchtime.
Had a cracking time, thanks to davebushe, rockoctopus, Sandi, Nathan, Ciaran and Jason. But I am never doing that again. I’ve never liked camping, and I like it even less when I am, for instance, woken at five am by people doing lines of coke behind my tent, or even more excitingingly, woken at 3am by a bunch of people returning to a tent somewhere nearby in order to party until the sun comes up. Also, mud is over-rated.
But lest you all think me a miserable old sod (or rather, lest I confirm your view of me) I re-iterate, I had a good time, and I’m glad I went. A small stack of sublime moments – watching Menlo Park playing the bandstand while drinking a hot spiced cider, and the strange over-shoes that Jason and I bought, that were a pain in the arse, and yet I was still somehow sorry to dispose of them. Watching Jason unfailingly get a good portion of his crowd on their feet and singing by the end of his set.
And more: stumbling back to my tent at 1am, only to hear a band playing in a nearby bar, stopping in to check them out on a whim, and ending up buying one of their CDs or the double rainbow over Supergrass as the weather changed from shine to rain to shine in a matter of ten minutes, and y’know, just generally having a reasonably chilled out time.
Oh, and one of those little moments of perfect beauty that’ll stay with me forever: watching an enormous soap bubble from a child’s bubble sword catching the last rays of the setting sun as it drifted on the breeeze, and seeing it explode into a hundred smaller bubbles lit like fire. Worth it all on it’s own.
And I think the whole thing has taught me some lessons, which is really all you can hope for out of life.
(I’ve just read that last sentence again. I think I may have caught something off a hippy while I was there. If I start talking about peace and love and how we should all be nicer to the planet, man, please have me humanely put down.)
[Edit to add: I cannot be arsed to wade back over that many posts – if you’ve posted anything I need to know about since Wednesday last week, leave a comment pointing me at it.]