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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Saturday, June 26, 2004
    Grumpy Old Men of Glastonbury
     
    I liked the BBC's coverage of Glastonbury when they did a festival edition of Grumpy Old Men. Excellent. They said it all for me, Peel, Arfur Smif and Bob Geldof - about the queues to get onsite, the terrible toilets and the way the event's been taken over by the 'Henley set': ugh. On the subject of the total unsuitability for children of a dangerous and unhygenic festival, John Peel excelled:

    "If they grow up with tinnitus because you've taken them down to listen to Paul McCartney I don't think they would thank you. And if they murdered you when they were about 15 or 16 I don't think that there's a jury in the country that would convict."

    I went to the Glastonbury Festival once. Not long ago. Loved it. Sunny all weekend, brilliant music, good atmosphere, camped in the local vicar's back garden for comfort and sleep. And I don't want to go back again, thanks very much. If I did, I think I'd turn into one of them Grumpy Old Men of Glastonbury too....