Wow! Did We Really Just Do That? 196

The Levellers Play Doune the Rabbit Hole

I find it hard to get my head round the fact that this is the little festival Jamie started nine years ago with a group of his schoolfriends and the money from an endowment life insurance I took out for him the day he was born. 2018 was the year Doune the Rabbit Hole finally attained critical mass, and everything went right.

As the years go by, I have become more rather than less involved in helping run the show. I also have got older. I find that I am still capable of working like crazy for the week before and during the festival and averaging only three hours sleep a night for seven days. But what I can no longer do is recover easily from it. I have effectively been out of action for the last ten days, having come down with a sore throat and cough on the Festival’s last evening that simply will not go away, coupled with exhaustion. It is a hard thing to admit we are past our physical prime and on the slope towards extinction, but there we are.

I know some readers resent my taking time off from blogging to run music festivals, because some readers write and tell me so, but I am afraid it is an important part of what keeps me going, and while I am extremely grateful indeed to those who pay subscriptions to keep the blog active, it does not purchase any part of my life. Regular readers will recall that finally in December I got paid years of arrears for work done in Ghana. Well, I quixotically invested much of this – a six figure sum – to keep the Doune the Rabbit Hole and Eden Festivals going, both of which share the philosophy of being non-commercial with no sponsorship, no advertising and no rip-off pricing, and both of which were in danger of going under. largely due to 2017’s appalling weather.

Amazingly, the Scotsman got precisely what we are trying to do, in a four star review of DTRH 2018:

The atmosphere was, as ever, bohemian and laid-back, probably more akin to the free festivals of the 1970s than the corporately sponsored affairs which draw large audiences nowadays.

While this review from eFestivals picked up on an atmosphere which precisely matches my description before the Festival of why it is important to me and why I find renewal there (and no, I don’t know the author):

The reviews from people who just went along to enjoy have a similar vibe:

As a seasoned festival veteran (albeit I had not been at one since 2005) I have to say that I was totally blown away by this festival due to the intimacy of it all. Far removed from the commercialisation of big festivals, this was right down to earth, you could freely chat to most of the bands and it was easy to get up the front of crowd without having to maintain your position for the entire day!
The vibe was nice and friendly and as the festival goers were there to see the music rather than want the kudos of a Glastonbury Facebook check-in it was a lovely atmosphere…But, there is so much more to this event than simply the music. The boys (8 and 10) had a ball in the kids area, the free deckchairs that were scattered about sporadically were a marketing masterstroke and the bar sold a nice selection of cold local ales. (Added to this the free drinks for the children – a lovely touch)
We sang, we danced, we chilled. I even took in part of the World Cup final with the Levellers! What a memory that will remain. (again to highlight the intimacy of the event, the bands generally mingled with their fans rather than being penned in to a huge backstage commune far from the madding crowd)…
The support of local bands, up and coming bands and the sheer variation on offer meant it was a brilliant weekend loved by us all and we cannot wait to return in 2019. It was a triumph and I thank the organisers for a great show in a beautiful setting.

Doune the rabbit hole is an experience I would recommend to everyone.
What a fantastic weekend! Never have I seen so many happy people!
A super family friendly atmosphere. There’s lots for the kids to do. There’s showers if you don’t mind paying a little. Lots of space to lay about in the sun and relax.
The music was amazing, you are guaranteed to be dancing all weekend. There’s something for everyone.
The estate is beautiful too, so many trees to lay under or lounge around in deckchair.
I had such a brilliant weekend!

First time at this festival and it was absolutely brilliant. The toilets were always clean and never without toilet roll or hand sanitizer! the variety of seating available in the main arena was unlike any other festival I’ve been to. Great variety of music and alcohol available as well as food. Absolutely loved Pyroceltica and loved the night time camp fire. Fantastic atmosphere, everyone seemed friendly and it was a wonderful festival suited to all ages. I can’t wait to go back again next year!

My first time at DTRH and I was only there for the Sunday. I had a fabulous time though. Love that dogs and kids are welcome, love all the fun stuff laid out to entertain kids – and mostly for free. We took our son to Belladrum last year and everything cost extra money once you were in there so it was lovely to see it was only face painting and hugging an alpaca that cost here. I saw lots of very different bands and loved several of them. Lovely laid back vibe around the place, nice size of arena for the number of people. Hope to come back, with my son, in future

Felt like one big happy family in a field for the weekend. Great mix of music. Young & older, shoulder to shoulder sharing unforgettable festival experiences. Perfect introduction to festival life for our young daughter who had a whale of a time. Doune the Rabbithole put a lot of effort & imagination into the weekend resulting in a laid-back, thoroughly enjoyable time. An absolute treat of a wee festival

First time at DTRH which is surprising as live right next to site ! How to describe this wonderful little festival .. . Well as a late 30s gent who gave up my festival going after some fairly poor experiences at other events ( and a belief that I was getting on a bit and passed it ) my love of getting away from it all and listening to some good music is restored ! Doune is a family friendly ( and dogs so many lovely mannered four legged friends ! ) festival small in size but jam packed with character. From Friday to the Sunday night the stages offered something for every music taste or opportunity to create your own jam in one of the many tents dotted around the site where you could sit relax or get your groove on. Hammocks filled with giggling children or glorious deck chairs were a fantastic addition and offered somewhere to watch the unique and interesting characters that passed by or to fill bellies with the awesome food on offer notably the haggis man truck and gastro gorillaz ( seriously this was one of the best meals I’ve had at a festival ! ). We spent the majority of time between the campsite and main arena easily within walking distance and drama free throughout the weekend. The behavior of all in attendance was as chilled as the atmosphere. Never had an issue or witnessed anything concerning or that would have ruined your weekend ( and the toilets weren’t awful either ! ) In short will be back and highly recommend anyone who loves the festival atmosphere of old but without the drama to attend as you’ll definitely find something at DTRH that will bring back those memories of how good it used to be and can apparently be again ! Great job

There are many more, but I trust that it comes across that this event is about the people and the way they interact socially – in a “pop-up society” that is kinder than our normal one – and thus it gives a glimpse of society’s potential. This year it felt like we succeeded in doing precisely what we set out to do. I am extremely grateful to the readers of this blog who came along to work as volunteers with me in the bar or elsewhere, or just to take part in the festival – I was approached by scores of people including from Moscow, Warsaw and Berlin! Happily everyone seemed to “get” that it was about lifestyle not about political analysis.

I should love to be able to tell you that bands react to the non-commercial nature of the festival by charging us less than their full commercial rates, but sadly that would be untrue, and the artists always hide behind their agents. Supporting musical talent is of course a key aim, but I have to confess I worry sometimes that we have people working many hours – often weeks – for love of it, while some chap turns up, strums a guitar for 45 minutes and walks away with thousands of pounds. But I suppose that is the nature of talent. On the positive side, they do almost all react by chilling out and joining in with everyone else when not performing.

So, for those wondering why articles are few and far between lately, there is your answer. I continue to live a very full and varied life. I just need to pace it a little better!


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196 thoughts on “Wow! Did We Really Just Do That?

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  • N_

    I was amazed that Facebook has been referred to in the Financial Times as “the surveillance-capitalism machine”. They used that denomination the same way the financial press sometimes calls Microsoft “the Redmond giant”.

    My preferred term for companies such as Facebook, Google, etc. is “advertising and surveillance” companies. A&S. Use those words and expect to get blank stares.

    You know how people were given the OK in 2007-08 to be critical of banks, whereas beforehand nobody would have dreamed of being critical? But no go-ahead was given to be critical of insurance companies, and therefore nobody is? And no go-ahead has been given to realise why house prices are so high in Britain, so nobody recognises that either?

    Perhaps the same will be true of some of the A&S companies: it will become OK to criticise Facebook (at least in the middle classes), but not to criticise Google.

    Is there a “Waitrose” version of Facebook?

    If I were to write slogans on walls, “Smash Facebook, Smash Google, Smash the Internet” would be up for consideration.

    Down with daily pseudo-life. Anyone here remember that kind of attitude? I’m talking about before the Situationists were considered “cool” dudes you learn about at art school.

    • bj

      ” “the surveillance-capitalism machine”. ”

      The devil (or God, some say) might be in the details.
      I.e., the dash.

      My take on that was “surveillance-capitalism” as opposed to “free (market)-capitalism.

      Of course there’s quite some weaseling going on here — either way.

    • pete

      The precursor to Facebook was Lifelog:
      Lifelog ground to a halt a few weeks before Facebook started. They needed a method to get people to share all their personal information, people were not enthusiastic.
      Facebook does the same thing but doesn’t tell you how the information is going to be used…

  • J

    Bravo Craig! I hope you all manage to keep it going for years to come. Maybe one year I’ll be able to afford the train fare…

    • N_

      It’s a bit like asking whether a “panel of white people” support a neo-Nazi definition of what counts as “anti-white”.

    • laguerre

      I thought it was outrageous that all were Jews, not even a single outside point of view. Whatever their opinions, you’re not going to get a balanced view that way.

    • Ian

      You don’t have to agree with any of the antisemitism smear to think that Corbyn, nice gentleman with many views you can agree with, is not an effective leader of the Labour Party. Like May, he is an accidental leader, and both of them struggle with the demands of party management, and those of the modern world – given that both had their worldview formed a long time ago, pre-digital, pre climate science etc.

      • Anthony

        Those who don’t think he’s an effective leader and who’d prefer a young modernizer had every opportunity to sweep him away in Labour’s two recent leadership elections.

      • N_

        Jeremy Corbyn did brilliantly well in last year’s general election, and the biggest opposition to him within the parliamentary party comes from Z__nist-asset pro-Trident creeps. It’s a shame that Corbyn and co aren’t strong enough to de-whip, deselect and expel the lot of them. Interesting that knives are out at the moment for Seumas Milne. Makes me think another general election may not be too far off. Corbyn also seems to be doing reasonably effectively, in the circumstances, with the party’s EU policy, although it’s *not* one that I agree with.

        Do you want politics based on social media (i.e. advertising, surveillance, and mass stupidity) and climate science (i.e. multinational corporate crap put into the mouths of bought and paid-for “experts”, aimed at getting us all to do our bit in as many areas of our lives as possible to maximise profits for the rich)? The climate has always changed and always will. “Science” is an exceptionally arrogant and maniacal form of religion, often promulgated at lower levels by people who have no care to distinguish between a view of something, the thing itself, and what is done with it.

        • Ian

          Climate change is very real, the science is beyond dispute, and it is happening now. Any politician not talking it seriously is seriously negligent. There is not an argument against it, except by people determined not to look at the data.

          • John Welch

            Whenever I see the phrase “beyond dispute” and its twin “the science is settled” I am immediately reminded of the fact that at one time the belief that the “earth is flat” was considered to be “beyond dispute” and that “the science is settled” was also considered to be “beyond dispute”. As a matter of fact, the idea that “the earth is flat” is beginning to make a comeback. If enough YouTubers believe it, perhaps it too will become “settled” and “beyond dispute”.

            P.S. Craig, thank you for all the time and effort you put into DTRH, but please remember to take care of yourself. Remember, there’s only one u in you!

    • Jo 1

      Definitely not I would say. The Guardian has trashed Corbyn repeatedly and given space to various members of the Fifth Column within the PLP to spew their treacherous rubbish on its pages.

  • Tatyana

    It is friday, time to have fun 🙂
    World Cup is over, but we can enjoy ourselves with boxing today.
    The best fights of Ukrainian Parlament, ladies and gentlemen!
    People who shoot their way through into the government, share-out the loot.

    • N_

      What is it with Russian and Ukrainian women who love to watch men fighting? 🙂

      Thanks for this link. It’s hilarious to think that so many academics and op-ed writers still go on about Montesquieu and democracy. Politics is about money and gangsterism in all countries. In the Ukraine, where world heavyweight boxing champion Vitali Klitschko’s party was called “Удар”, it’s not even concealed. They seem to have moved on, though, since this relatively mild incident in 2014.

      For further amusement, here’s how Serbian foreign minister Ivica Dacic enters a building. (Oh and the next bit is funny too). He was prime minister at the time of that interview.

      What can we expect from Jacob Rees-Mogg? LOL

      • Tatyana

        Actually, better I love men who solve their rivalry with smart dialogue, may be persiflage… civilised methods, you know.
        Spirits, moral, dignity, self-respect, this kind of thing. Like reading a good book.
        And, sometimes you go to the zoo. Just another sort of entertainment.

        • Tatyana

          What I don’t like about Ukranian fighters in parlament, it is russian obscene words. Can’t they be patriotic enough to envent their own?

          • Tatyana

            What’s wrong with being English? Is it lack of obscene words? 🙂
            I know only f* word, and this is due to american movies.

          • MJ

            That’s my point. Are Americans not patriotic enough to have their own language, obscenities et al?

          • Tatyana

            What about native Armenian and native Georgian battling in russian language, the point is who of them is more Ukrainain and who is more corrupt. When they ran out of different sorts of words, one of them just threw a glass of water in the face of his opponent
            Avakov vs Saakashvily
            Ukrainian parlamentaries are so ukrainian….

          • N_

            Got to admit it’s impressive, the large Russian vocbulary of мат that has unfolded like a beautiful flower from three main roots.

            One reason that that hasn’t happened in English is there isn’t so much affixation. Which gives less scope for play such as…

            “What’s wrong with your car?”
            “The mechanic said it was some xуйня near the engine, and some other xуйня near the exhaust.”
            “That sounds like а very xуёвая car!” (очень xуёвая машина)

            There is some occasional play in English from root swearwords, though – too obscene to mention here without lowering the tone 🙂

            It’s long struck me as remarkable that the word “c*ck-up” is considered acceptable in many polite contexts where the root word wouldn’t be.

          • Tatyana

            I’ve just realised I used the word recently here, commenting on Douma. Is not it a word for a male chicken? Oh, my, how silly it may look!

        • N_

          Nice compilation at the second link. Rees-Mogg seems pretty damned good at persiflage, like him or loathe him.

          • Tatyana

            Very good one, Charles! One groop of masqueraded idiots beaten by another 🙂
            Philosophical question. You break into the altar of the christian church to shout out your punk songs. You suppose it is OK to do so. Other people suppose it is OK to beat you with a whip. The question is, who is stupid? Right answer is – both of them.
            Charles, you always stand for Ukraine, is it personal?

          • N_

            Pussy Riot are probably run by an official at the US State Department who doesn’t understand Russia at all. Or given that “opposition” of their kind is never going to undermine Vladimir Putin, perhaps they’re controlled from closer to home?

            But the violence against them was horrible and that Cossack was a total coward.

            It’s curious how both Maria Alyokhina and Alexander Dugin are members of the Russian Orthodox church who refer approvingly to Guy Debord.

            As for Femen, when they do things like take a chainsaw to cut down an Orthodox cross commemorating victims of WW2 it’s obvious they’re not going to get much respect in any part of the population. Their funders the “oligarchs” Vadim Rabinovich and Jed Sunden don’t pretend to be Christians and doubtless despise Christianity in all of its versions. Their efforts to insult and dehumanise Muslim women are similar to Sacha Baron Cohen’s.

            Have I broken IHRA “rules” by saying that?

            Oksana Shachko was found dead a few days ago in Paris.

          • Tatyana

            I have little nterest in this type of people. They try to insult as many as they can reach.
            Logic says if you really want to reach your goal, you should choose the proper way.
            These girls’ great ideas escape me.
            They’d better learn from Charlie Hebdo.

          • Charles Bostock


            I see no church and no altar in the Youtube link I posted. Do you?

          • Tatyana

            I mean, it is silly to walk topless in Saudi Aravia and expect polite civilised attitude from people. Commom sence.

          • Tatyana

            Postponed payoff. “Kossaks” are not police, nor kossaks. As well as girls are not singers, nor protesters. Everyone understands pretty well what’s going on in this video, except for the commentor.

          • Charles Bostock

            I was wondering when you’d get round to hinting that video clip was fake 🙂

            Perhaps it was “faked” in “fascist” Ukraine?

            On yer way, girl!

          • Tatyana

            I’m not hintig, Charles, I say it strait, it is TV commentor, who fakes the news.
            What she should say – these girls insulted people by going into the church in their punk attire, climbed into altar and began their show, combining bad words together with ‘God’ in one sentence.
            Visiting another city these girls tried to make a new show, but were brutally stopped by a group of people, supporters of traditional values.
            My ancestors were cossaks, don’t you ask me who are those masqueraded thugs with whips. They are not police.
            Will you tell us of your ukrainian ties, Charles?

  • Sharp Ears

    Pseud’s Corner

    The very wet and gullible heir to the throne wrote letters of support to a paedophile/pederast, a bishop in the CoE no less, supported him financially and even instructed the Duchy to find a house for the pederast and his twin brother. Great. That happened even when the crimes were known of. P Charles was led to believe that Ball was being subjected to abuse.

    That was our money, part of the dole that is extracted from us to support the Royal brood in the style to which they have become accustomed. I am also sick of hearing the price of clothes being worn by the female hangers on – eg Meghan in a £2,900 dress to watch P Harry play polo yesterday. What wasters.

    Peter Ball abuse inquiry: Prince Charles ‘misled’ by bishop

    ‘P Charles has deep personal regret’….. I bet he has, now that his nonsense has been outed.

    • Sharp Ears

      ‘The Prince of Wales also mentioned Ball’s lack of housing to his Duchy of Cornwall estate.

      In 1996, the Prince said to Ball in a letter: “I pray the Duchy will be able to find something suitable for you both in due course …+++ I long to see you both settled somewhere that suits you … and not too far from here so you can come over more easily.”+++ !

      It suggests Ball as a regular visitor to the Prince’s property at Highgrove and the Prince’s statement says that he extended invitations to Peter Ball “to give Holy Communion at my home … from time to time, starting in 1993” Ball and his brother later became tenants of a Duchy property in 1997.

      P Charles and Diana divorced in August 1996. She died in 1997, exactly a year later.

      • N_

        At no stage did I ever seek to influence either of the police investigations and nor did I instruct or encourage my staff to do so.

        Maybe he ~sought to influence an investigation, or he #instructed or !encouraged his staff to exert influence?

        He has made a written submission. I’d love it if he got cross-examined by the victims’ side, but that may be unlikely to happen, given that in Britain there is a long-standing principle that “different rules apply when the royal family is involved”.

        Peter Ball told me he had been involved in some sort of ‘indiscretion’ which prompted his resignation as my local bishop.

        “Some sort of ‘indiscretion'” is typical English elite language that can refer to an extremely unpleasant and criminal event or practice, complete with wrecked lives, deaths, suicides, and blood all over the place.

        He emphasised that one individual that I now understand to be Mr Neil Todd had made a complaint to the police, that the police had investigated the matter, and the Crown Prosecution Service had decided to take no action.

        That sequence of events seemed to support Mr Ball’s claim that the complaint emanated from one individual and that individual bore a grudge against him and was persecuting him, that the complaint was false, but that the individual had nonetheless profited from the complaint by selling his story.

        Events later demonstrated beyond any doubt, to my deep regret, that I, along with many others, has been misled.

        What “indiscretion” did Ball admit to him?

        If Ball admitted an “indiscretion”, then what did he think was “false” about the victim’s complaint about it?

        What did he do as a result of what he thought? (Presumably he must have done something, because he is now whingeing about how he was misled. Of course he is at least as narcissistic as Donald Trump and he may think that anything that occurs in his head is of world-historic importance, but even so…)

      • N_

        to give Holy Communion at my home

        Is that a euphemism of the kind that might have been used by that other pederast, Oscar Wilde?

  • Vivian O'Blivion

    WhoWhatWhy has reposted a series of articles from 2016 purporting to expose the “COINTELPRO”, Troll manual. Articles are as follows.
    Pt 1. Techniques of general site disruption.
    Pt 2. Classic rhetorical manipulation.
    Pt 3. Infiltration techniques including tips for sabotage and agent provocateurs.

    Part 1 breaks down into:
    Forum sliding.
    Inoculating the public against the truth.
    Turning a news group into a gossip corner.
    Collecting information on forum members.
    Identifying violent forum members.
    Gaining full control.

    Topical in as much as that by design or accident, Salisbury has become a “gossip corner “.

  • Trowbridge H. Ford

    Where will you be when Four Eyes, especially Trump and without New Zealand, start bombing Iran?

  • jazza

    It’s good to know that our beloved MPs, as they go off on their 3 month holidays, really do care about the population. if ever more evidence was needed of their contempt for us – it’s here in this tweet by David Lammy:-

    Top man @ Gary Lineker. I’m biased he did play for @Spursofficial but thank god some people are prepared to stick their neck out and not pander to the “will of the people” bollocks

    Publically funded benefits scrounger Lineker is calling for a second EU referendum – but publically funded benefits scrounger Lammy’s comment is deplorable – what democracy do we have here?

    • Hatuey

      Brexit means stfu. I was dead against it and still think it’ll cause havoc. But just as i have the right to vandalise my house, the electorate has the right to trash the whole country. It’s called democracy.

      I wouldn’t die to protect it or anything. To tell the truth, I wouldn’t even urinate on democracy if it was burning… but that’s the system we have.

      You can’t switch democracy off because it very ccasionally produces results that middle class morons don’t like.

      Of course, the middle classes have been voting selfishly to the detriment of ordinary people for decades now. Anything for a buck. It’d be good to see them suffer for a change and I think they will.

      I’d love to see a queue outside a food bank that had a high proportion of architects, civil servants, consultants, lawyers, accountants, and middle managers in it. Maybe when their kids turn to crime and drugs they’ll realise there’s more to life than keeping taxes down.

  • Sharp Ears

    Please God, No!

    Ecuador’s ‘purely political decision on Assange’ is likely result of ‘US pressure’
    Published: 27 Jul 2018 | 15:18 GMT

    Ecuador’s ‘purely political decision on Assange’ is likely result of ‘US pressure’ and his possible eviction could set a dangerous precedent, Patrick Henningsen, executive editor of 21st Century told RT.

    Ecuador has confirmed that whistleblower Julian Assange will eventually have to leave the country’s embassy in London.

    The Ecuadorian leader Lenin Moreno, who is reportedly in discussions with British officials over a deal to hand the Australian over to police, said at an event in Madrid on Friday that Assange’s departure “should come about through dialogue”.

    RT: What do you think this announcement tells us about Ecuador’s intentions?


  • Sharp Ears

    The ex- nightclub bouncer threatens more Palestinian house demolitions and replacement with ‘settlements’, ie illegal Occupation of another’s land.

    Israel vows more controversial settlements in W. Bank, says it’s ‘best answer to terrorism’
    27 Jul 2018
    The Israeli defense minister has vowed to expand controversial settlement policies in the West Bank, claiming that it is the “best answer to terrorism.” It follows a stabbing attack by a Palestinian.**

    “The best answer to terrorism is the expansion of settlements,” Avigdor Lieberman tweeted on Friday. He ordered the construction of some 400 “housing units” to proceed in the area, and the plan is set to be approved in the coming weeks.


    **Read on for details

    :On Thursday, three people were stabbed, including one fatally, by a 17-year-old Palestinian in the settlement of Adam. The attacker, identified as Muhammad Tareq Yusuf, was eventually shot dead. Before the attack, the teenager wrote a Facebook post announcing that the “time has come for a great revolt,” as he condemned the Israeli crackdown on Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.’

    The settlement of Adam.

    ‘According to ARIJ, Israel confiscated 1,139 dunams of land from the Palestinian village of Jaba’ in order to construct Geva Binyamin.[4]

    The village was established in 1984 by members of the Adam gar’in (named after Yekutiel Adam, a former Deputy Chief of Staff of the Israeli Defence Forces who had been killed two years earlier at in Lebanon).[5]’

    • Squeeth

      In 1942, Heinrich Himmler, tried something Simmler, in Zamość; it d isn’t go well for him.

  • Tony_0pmoc

    I know John Ward (The Slog) reads Craig Murray. This may simply be an innocent breakdown of communication – but John Ward has recently left his blog open, such that even I can post after moderation. He may well be wondering why he has had no response to what I thought was his brilliant post today, or he may simply have gone off for the weekend sulking, and turned the facilty to post off..Anyhow, I left him this message.

    July 27, 2018 at 6:28 pm

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    John Ward,

    I can’t work out how to make a comment on your latest offerring, which I thought was exceedingly good. This may be because, I made a mistake, you made a mistake, or WordPress found your post too hot to handle. Just thought I’d let you know, cos I would hate to be off-topic, or get anyone into trouble.


    • Aidworker1

      Thanks for the link Tony. This was a very interesting post by John Ward. Good analysis!

  • Pete Barton

    My thanks to all who made our weekend one to remember!
    My daughter came for the first time, announced it was the best karma festival she had been to, and she’s done a few.
    Our friends and wee collie pup thoroughly enjoyed themselves too.
    Very little dog poo, same can be said for litter.
    Craig, you looked thoroughly exhausted Sunday night at the bar, but still made time to chat to me for a wee bit.
    As we agreed, the pop up was a resounding success.
    Well deserved rest for you my man!

    • Tony_0pmoc


      Your video reminds me of the First Festival my wife and I took our son, when he was 3 months old, 30 years ago.

      It was WOMAD at Bracknell organised by Peter Gabriel.

      It was Brilliant.

      It’s a lot bigger now – We don’t go – Far too big.

      Not been to the next one yet – but getting ready.

      It’s New Day.


  • BGD

    Well done, though sponsorship is not a dirty word, where it doesnt actively seek to interfere, just associate

    Shame you moved from Ramsgate, would have been easier to attend (and fewer Scots 😛 )

  • el Deco

    First time visitor to the festival this year with family. The 7 year old had a ball and made lots of new friends for the weekend. Toilets were great. Atmosphere was fun and really enjoyed the open jam session tent. Even braved screeching into the microphone for a few minutes !

  • Formerly T-Bear

    Once upon a time when the world was a far gentler place to live, folk wisdom provided that for man’s allotted hours, those hours spent fishing would not be counted. Appears you have found another means for passing time without time being counted against the allotted span. And don’t worry, for those ‘over the hill’, everything will seem uphill thereafter. Good news is that you enjoyed.

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