Monthly Archives: August 2003


Came straight back from Greenbelt into Holiday Bible Club and printing the church magazine. This afternoon I slept.

Greenbelt highlights:

– Meeting / catching up with loads of people – primarily through the Wibsite – I love you guys!

– The Tiny tea tent – especially the hot apple and cinnamon drink, fantastic at 1am.

– Waterson:Carthy who for me had the edge over Kate Rusby, mainly because they smiled at us when we waved.

– Kate Rusby, who I’d not seen in about 10 years, and who hasn’t really changed much, great performance, but only one or two of my favouritest Kate Rusby songs.

– Billy Bragg. The man is a legend.

– Mike Yaconelli – truly inspirational – order the CDs of all his seminars now!

– Paul Cookson and Stewart Henderson, who had me in tears of laughter at a kids poetry recital – very well observed comedy, and some fantastic serious stuff too.

– Martyn Joseph beating up a guy dressed as a peanut. (I could explain for those that weren’t there, but it’s a better image left at that.)

– The performance cafe – being a venue with seats, and connected to that, hearing Jaynie Lee Grace mention Greenbelt on Steve Wright in the Afternoon as we were driving home on Tuesday – maybe next year we can get her (or Miles Mendoza) to mention the wibsite.

Greenbelt lowlights:

– Marc Catley (thanks to Rev Gerald for the post-bad-seminar-counselling outside the Tiny Tea tent after that one).

– The Polyphonic Spree – 45 minutes wait for that! And then we returned to this news. Well I laughed.

nessa having to go home early – it really wasn’t quite right without ness and Ee there for the whole weekend, but at least they joined us briefly, and we’ll work towards next year eh?

Well one day left of Holiday Club now, and I’ve still yet to work out the unfathomable chorus of the theme song:

“Do the diggety dig in the rockety rock, spin yourself around. Build the brickety brick and go knockety knock and stand on solid ground….”

(Answers on a postcard – or in the comments space provided as to what exactly that has to do with Simon Peter. thanks)

Greenbelt preparations…

Maybe we’re at a slight advantage, having just been to one festival. The tent and camping chairs won’t make it back under the stairs before Thursday, and have formed the basis of the ‘Greenbelt pile’, but there still seems like a lot to do. Tent pegs are being bought today by my able assistant (his main ability, it should be pointed out is bending the original tent pegs). We currently have nothing to eat there either, but this is being left until just before we go, as we’re sharing our stove and food with our good friend ‘Stupendous Dith’. I think the main problem is getting my head round the fact that we’re going, a problem that wasn’t resolved with the last festival until we were there. OK, main priority of the morning, washing on the line, and another load on…

…Sorry this has probably been more useful to me than anyone else, I’ll try and be a bit more entertaining in the future, but in the end this is my log, so there!


Well, I thought I should update, not sure what I’ll write about, but we’ll see…

Cropredy festival was, well, primarily hot. Loved Fairport, Keith Donnelly, Blue Tapestry, Richard Digance, also liked Dennis Locorriere, Lindisfarne and Equation. Special thanks to Cropredy School for the fabulous breakfasts.

Tonight is ‘The Tempest’ in the grounds of Oystermouth a picnic with friends. Should be fun.

Then of course, next week is Greenbelt. How fab is that?

Oh, and sorry Tracy, I will make sure to put future lunchdates here! ;)

It’s amazing what a week’s holiday can do…

You get ‘out of the system’ and suddenly it’s more than a fortnight since you either updated your blog, or read anyone else’s. Apologies, I will not catch up – especially as I’m off again tomorrow for 4 days. Devon was good, especially House of Marbles which we visited on the way home. We also saw some friends who had recently moved to Devon – if you know who I’m talking about, go visit them!

So tomorrow, Cropredy Festival begins – should be a good weekend for it, but then the rainmaster won’t be playing (music or cricket it seems). Well, I’ll have a pint of 6X for you all, and might manage to update somewhere in between Cropredy and Greenbelt at this rate. Chug-a-lug.