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Posted by wesleyswig (# 5436) on :
 
So then, Greenbelt 2007 is around 358 days away and one suspects diaries are already cleared etc so I thought i would be the one to start the suitable thread.

As ever
1) Who is going
2) Who needs somewhere to camp
3) What should we be looking out for
4) who may not be returning after being at 2006 and possibly *shock* not getting on with it

Warm Regards
john

[ 08. October 2007, 15:15: Message edited by: Alan Cresswell ]
 
Posted by Emma. (# 3571) on :
 
Fantastic John [Smile]

I am up for a little pitville posse if others fancy it?? It was 25 pounds a night (99 for all four nights 89 for 3 nights) last year which for an ensuite with shower and a cooked breakfast works for me....

Wed have to book soonish and say we were together - it worked fab for me this year [Smile] So id definately recoomend it!
 
Posted by Lookin (# 10855) on :
 
[Killing me]

this has made me smile!

I have barely been able to process the one just gone, let alone think about a 2007 one, although I do have to 'fess that my diary is also blank for this weekend.

L
 
Posted by Emma. (# 3571) on :
 
Well you know - bank holidays get booked up quickly... .got to plan ahead [Biased] **grin**
 
Posted by Pânts (# 999) on :
 
Hm... I, too, had thought about starting this thread!!!
 
Posted by Genie (# 3282) on :
 
I'm definately up for next year. I'm going to have to camp though. It just wouldn't be the same without a damp sleeping bag and losing my hairbrush under my airbed. Not to mention the earwigs and whatever it was that bit me during the night. Call me antisocial, but I enjoyed having a tent all to myself.

What's the deadline for getting the cheap tickets? I'm a little wiped out right now after the last one.
 
Posted by Rev per Minute (# 69) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Pânts:
Hm... I, too, had thought about starting this thread!!!

Ditto - typical to be beaten to the punch [Frown]

Looks like this year the first 'cheap' deadline is October 31 (that's what it said in the site Ticket Office) but there's nothing on the website yet (why not? They've had three whole days... [Razz] )

No doubt we'll be there - the kids wouldn't forgive us for missing GB, but I may have to negotiate the Sunday with my incumbent as baldly stating 'I'm going to Greenbelt' when he was also on holiday left the rota in a bit of a state [Roll Eyes]
 
Posted by Apothecary (# 3886) on :
 
We've booked the same B&B, and need to book tickets. We wouldn't know what else to do that weekend. The theme "Heaven in Ordinary" sounds potentially more useful for those of us in deepest suburbia- John Davies started talking about it this year and was excellent. (And it probably won't involve Exodus themes for the communion for once!) [Biased]
 
Posted by Alan Cresswell (# 31) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Rev per Minute:
No doubt we'll be there - the kids wouldn't forgive us for missing GB

You know, I'd really like to say "the kids wouldn't forgive us for missing GB", but I doubt that'll happen. By the time they're old enough to know what's happening and ask "why aren't we going to GB?" they'll be old enough to be in school so the answer will be "because you have to go to school". Unless, of course, something unlikely happens like the organisers of the festival shift it to a weekend where we wouldn't need to take at least three school days (more if we can't do the trip down on Friday and back on Tuesday) to go.

But, while the wee wan is still too young for school we'll be there. I can't see any reason at the moment that will mean us missing out next year. We'll need to get a bigger tent though.
 
Posted by madferret (# 3353) on :
 
We're working on how to get into GB cheaply next year. Probably means me volunteering & Chuk giving a seminar.

We even provisionally have some Very Organised People to camp with (who even brought a gas powered fridge with them this year!), should I abandon my principles and agree to spend the weekend in a tent.
 
Posted by starbelly (# 25) on :
 
I will be there, in my little 2 man tent (Ideally it is one man, one women - still open for offers).

I was so gutted to miss this year, but next year I will go even if any friends get married, that will be their bad planning.

Neil
 
Posted by Rev per Minute (# 69) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Alan Cresswell:
quote:
Originally posted by Rev per Minute:
No doubt we'll be there - the kids wouldn't forgive us for missing GB

You know, I'd really like to say "the kids wouldn't forgive us for missing GB", but I doubt that'll happen. By the time they're old enough to know what's happening and ask "why aren't we going to GB?" they'll be old enough to be in school so the answer will be "because you have to go to school". Unless, of course, something unlikely happens like the organisers of the festival shift it to a weekend where we wouldn't need to take at least three school days (more if we can't do the trip down on Friday and back on Tuesday) to go.
While I have to cross the border to get to Cheltenham, we still work to the same timetable as England - so our Bank Holiday fits with the Greenbelt timing.

quote:
But, while the wee wan is still too young for school we'll be there. I can't see any reason at the moment that will mean us missing out next year. We'll need to get a bigger tent though.
Why do I hear echoes of 'Jaws'? [Roll Eyes]
 
Posted by dolphy (# 862) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by starbelly:
I will be there, in my little 2 man tent (Ideally it is one man, one women - still open for offers).

Maybe I'll stay the whole weekend in that case [Biased] [Razz]
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
Last time Greenbelt moved from its normal Bank Holiday slot, it attracted just 5000 people. I doubt that'll happen again [Biased]
 
Posted by Alan Cresswell (# 31) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider:
Last time Greenbelt moved from its normal Bank Holiday slot, it attracted just 5000 people. I doubt that'll happen again [Biased]

Though, that experiment tested several things at once - not just a different date, but a different venue (the first year at Cheltenham). And, they also tried the "see what will happen if we get every one confused about whether there's one or two festivals, whether one's aimed at 'young people' and the other at 'older people', and then have one of them collapse and not happen at all". Hardly a fair experiment of whether the earlier date would work.
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
Good point. Can anyone remind me of the details of that one?
 
Posted by Alan Cresswell (# 31) on :
 
As I recall the details, through the mists of time, what happened was ...

"The Plan" (or maybe it was a Plot) was announced at the last GB at Deane Park that the following year there would be two festivals. One at Cheltenham Racecourse, and the other in some muddy field somewhere.

The Cheltenham one was intended to appeal to the more refined and mature GBers - a venue with proper loos, indoor venues, proper roads (hence a lot less mud), and local accommodation for those who'd outgrown tents. Plus, moving it to the start of August would result (on average) in better weather. I can't recall if not discriminating against those with school aged children (and teachers) from parts of the UK where the last weekend in August is already several days into the school year was something mentioned.

The other festival was going to stick to the traditional end-of-August weekend (the English/Welsh Bank Holiday) and old format of all-camping. I seem to recall something to do with a collaboration with another Christian Festival organisation. That one fell through because of several factors. I suupose at least one of which was that organising one festival is hard work, organising two proved impossible.
 
Posted by Rev per Minute (# 69) on :
 
quote:
Looks like this year the first 'cheap' deadline is October 31 (that's what it said in the site Ticket Office) but there's nothing on the website yet (why not? They've had three whole days... [Razz] )
My apologies: it's just turned up here on the website, for those who need to book straight away!
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Alan Cresswell:
As I recall the details, through the mists of time, what happened was ...

"The Plan" (or maybe it was a Plot) was announced at the last GB at Deane Park that the following year there would be two festivals. One at Cheltenham Racecourse, and the other in some muddy field somewhere.

The Cheltenham one was intended to appeal to the more refined and mature GBers - a venue with proper loos, indoor venues, proper roads (hence a lot less mud), and local accommodation for those who'd outgrown tents. Plus, moving it to the start of August would result (on average) in better weather. I can't recall if not discriminating against those with school aged children (and teachers) from parts of the UK where the last weekend in August is already several days into the school year was something mentioned.

The other festival was going to stick to the traditional end-of-August weekend (the English/Welsh Bank Holiday) and old format of all-camping. I seem to recall something to do with a collaboration with another Christian Festival organisation. That one fell through because of several factors. I suupose at least one of which was that organising one festival is hard work, organising two proved impossible.

Ah yes. I remember now.

I also remember a year or two later someone tried to put on a "sounder" Christian festival at the same time as Greenbelt. I also further seem to recall that Wesley Owen went with the competition, which then went tits up, by which time Greenbelt had got a deal with SPCK, and Wesley Owen haven't been seen at Greenbelt since. I think that St Andrews do all the book selling now.

The twisted part of me recalls that the relationship between Wesley Owen (or its previous incarnation as Scripture Union) and GB was sometimes a bit flaky; WO was required to sell the speakers' books but often considered them a tad unsound, which was clear from the other books they always put next to them [Biased]
 
Posted by Jonm (# 1246) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Rev per Minute:
quote:
Looks like this year the first 'cheap' deadline is October 31 (that's what it said in the site Ticket Office) but there's nothing on the website yet (why not? They've had three whole days... [Razz] )
My apologies: it's just turned up here on the website, for those who need to book straight away!
where it also seems to claim Pittville is either sold out already or not being used. Having finally seen the light after the Greenbelt from hell and decided to lobby hard at home for an end to camping, this is bad news....
 
Posted by Ophthalmos (# 3256) on :
 
I'll be there, hopefully for free.

You should all volunteer if you're a bit short on cash. It's great fun!

What about the line-up?

I expect they'll try and get Walter Wink in considering he had to cancel this year.
 
Posted by Yangtze (# 4965) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by madferret:
...We even provisionally have some Very Organised People to camp with (who even brought a gas powered fridge with them this year!)....

Well it's important to keep the GIN cold you know [Biased]
 
Posted by chukovsky (# 116) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Alan Cresswell:
The other festival was going to stick to the traditional end-of-August weekend (the English/Welsh Bank Holiday) and old format of all-camping.

Does this mean if they'd had that one they would have turned you away at the door if you couldn't prove you'd camped??! [Eek!]
 
Posted by rosamundi (# 2495) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Jonm:
where it also seems to claim Pittville is either sold out already or not being used. Having finally seen the light after the Greenbelt from hell and decided to lobby hard at home for an end to camping, this is bad news....

I've got all my fingers and toes crossed that it means that they just haven't finalised the details with whoever runs Pitville Campus yet, and so aren't taking bookings at the moment.

Deborah
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
Am I the only person who isn't bothered (and in fact quite likes!) by the camping bit of Greenbelt?

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by Alan Cresswell (# 31) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by chukovsky:
quote:
Originally posted by Alan Cresswell:
The other festival was going to stick to the traditional end-of-August weekend (the English/Welsh Bank Holiday) and old format of all-camping.

Does this mean if they'd had that one they would have turned you away at the door if you couldn't prove you'd camped??! [Eek!]
No, but like the previous sites (I was at Deane Park and Castle Ashby) there was effectively no local accomodation. So if you weren't camping on the site you had a long drive in and out from where you were staying. Plus, of course, there was no official non-tent accomodation like the Pittville Campus.
 
Posted by Paul W. (# 1450) on :
 
Ok, I booked already [Big Grin]

I'm kinda thinking about working it next year though, so I might have a ticket for sale closer to the time. But then, I was planning to work this year, and got as far as filling in the form but didn't send it off. So we'll see.

Paul W
 
Posted by Clergyman'sdaughter (# 3136) on :
 
I really really want to go next year. The only thing I'm not too sure about is taking a three year old. I like the idea of camping with her - that part wouldn't be a problem. Its just that I don't really know much about what there is for very young children, being, as I am, a Greenbelt virgin.

Anyone with any experience of this? (Pants? [Smile] )
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Clergyman'sdaughter:
I really really want to go next year.

Oh please come... it will be so much fun [Smile]

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by Pânts (# 999) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Auntie Doris:
Am I the only person who isn't bothered (and in fact quite likes!) by the camping bit of Greenbelt?

Auntie Doris x

Nope. Me too. I'd forgotten just how much I totally love camping.

quote:
Originally posted by Clergyman'sdaughter:
I really really want to go next year. The only thing I'm not too sure about is taking a three year old. I like the idea of camping with her - that part wouldn't be a problem. Its just that I don't really know much about what there is for very young children, being, as I am, a Greenbelt virgin.

Anyone with any experience of this? (Pants? )

In laws are wonderful things. Little people love to spend time with their Granny and Grandad!! [Biased] Alien stayed with them overnight, and was supposed to be with me during the day, but one day stayed with them!! It was the perfect way to do it for me. I didn't see the point of going with little person camping with me, cos although I thought she'd be fine, I didn't fancy not being able to drink, or go to anything after 'bedtime'.
 
Posted by Jack the Lass (# 3415) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Auntie Doris:
Am I the only person who isn't bothered (and in fact quite likes!) by the camping bit of Greenbelt?

No, I love the whole camping thing.

Actually next year I may have to resort to staying in the uni accommodation as I will be jetting in from furrin parts just for the festival and then jetting out again, and I'm rather sad about that. It just won't be the same at all.
 
Posted by eyeliner (# 4648) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Emma.:
I am up for a little pitville posse if others fancy it??

I might be up for this, depending on money. Remember, my ticket's about to get about thirty quid more expensive...
 
Posted by Paul W. (# 1450) on :
 
But at least you'll be able to get served in the bar then. [Big Grin]

Paul W

[ 01. September 2006, 23:46: Message edited by: Paul W. ]
 
Posted by eyeliner (# 4648) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Paul W.:
But at least you'll be able to get served in the bar then. [Big Grin]

Paul W

[blinks]
Then?
I wasn't supposed to be drinking in the bar for the past three years I've gone for?

Bugger!
 
Posted by Emma. (# 3571) on :
 
No dear - you'll notice he said *served* at the bar, not just drinking on the steps.

It means that from next year you can legitimately *buy* the rounds [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Ophthalmos (# 3256) on :
 
The bar has really lost a lot of its appeal now there's an organic beer tent, hasn't it?
 
Posted by Tractor Girl (# 8863) on :
 
We'll be going again (and a certain person is rather excited about the idea of having her birthday & becoming a teenager at Greenbelt next year).
 
Posted by Pânts (# 999) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Ophthalmos:
The bar has really lost a lot of its appeal now there's an organic beer tent, hasn't it?

No.

Although the noise in the Winged Ox was rather loud.
 
Posted by eyeliner (# 4648) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Emma.:
It means that from next year you can legitimately *buy* the rounds [Big Grin]

Bugger!
 
Posted by Papio (# 4201) on :
 
"Yay for the beer tent" commented Papio, intelligently.
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Ophthalmos:
The bar has really lost a lot of its appeal now there's an organic beer tent, hasn't it?

It never had any appeal. No proper beer=no appeal.
 
Posted by GeordieDownSouth (# 4100) on :
 
My band have been provisionally invited back to the YMCA tent. Karl, guessing from your comments on the 2006 thread you're going to be really pleased to here us again [Big Grin]
 
Posted by GeordieDownSouth (# 4100) on :
 
[typo]hear[/typo]
 
Posted by Alan Cresswell (# 31) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider:
quote:
Originally posted by Ophthalmos:
The bar has really lost a lot of its appeal now there's an organic beer tent, hasn't it?

It never had any appeal. No proper beer=no appeal.
And, quite often far too noisy inside to sit and chat with anyone, and the steps made chatting with more than a couple of people impossible. Though, the one time I poked my head into the beer tent last year it was no better. I never did get a pint there - I never saw any Ship people there, though I was assured that there should have been.

But, if you want to sit and chat with people I suppose the Tiny Tea Tent is a better option anyway. Greenebelt isn't really an event that lends itself to lots of drinking. Far too many other things to do (including getting enough sleep to be up to do things in the morning).
 
Posted by Jenn R (# 5239) on :
 
I wanna come but I don't want to camp. Will the uni accomodation be available next year?
 
Posted by Lookin (# 10855) on :
 
Read up a bit, I think its on this thread, Emma is talking about booking. So, yeah, I am assuming it will be available, but how quickly it all sells out from the moment booking is allowed I dont know!

No convincing you that camping really enhances the Gb experience? [Biased]

L

(edited to add - ok, so dont read up as I cant find it, but I am sure Emma was talking about it somewhere-maybe the other thread)

[ 04. September 2006, 12:10: Message edited by: Lookin ]
 
Posted by Jenn R (# 5239) on :
 
I'm hoping to convince my husband that non-camping is the way forward. we'll see!
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by GeordieDownSouth:
My band have been provisionally invited back to the YMCA tent. Karl, guessing from your comments on the 2006 thread you're going to be really pleased to here us again [Big Grin]

Just practice singing in tune for an entire year and it might be bearable.
 
Posted by Barnabas62 (# 9110) on :
 
Seriously thinking about it. I've never made it to Greenbelt before. Mrs B and I camp. I'm sure 64 isn't too old ....

Think it was the ref to Jonny Baker (other thread) that did it. He's a good guy. I've known him since he worked for YFC but haven't seen him for a few years.
 
Posted by Lookin (# 10855) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Jenn R:
I'm hoping to convince my husband that non-camping is the way forward. we'll see!

you sound pretty convinced, lol.

having said that, if I was in a position of having someone to convince that maybe camping wasnt the best, then I think I would be doing it!

Although, despite Saturday morning problems with the loo's, I have to say it really wasnt *that* bad an experience.

And the rain, well, they were light showers compared to the two weeks camping experience I had had just before.

If I make it, which I am hoping to now, (feeling a bit more positive about the whole weekend after catching up on sleep) I think camping will be the way for me mind.

Geordie : I managed to miss every single set of yours during the weekend, and literally made it to the Ymca tent during your last song on the last night. Hope you enjoyed yourselves, and I had good things about the Ska Mass you did.
Shame I missed it, as I had it down as things I wanted to do.

Maybe next year ...
 
Posted by ken (# 2460) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Alan Cresswell:
But, if you want to sit and chat with people I suppose the Tiny Tea Tent is a better option anyway.

You mean the Long Tea Queue?

The one time I did get there and find a seat under cover and no queue it immediatly started raining and blowing and a huge queue developed but we stayed for an hour or so while God smited Fischy Music.
 
Posted by aj (# 1383) on :
 
My been-here-five-minutes impression is that now the Tiny Tea Tent is in fact `very last year', and that anybody who's anybody can now be found sipping sweetened rocket fuel in the Organic Beer Tent, meditating above the noisy meditation seminars in the Soul Space, braving the drums outside the Chai Chapel, braving the drums near the Christian Aid tent or sitting on the Winged Ox steps lazily digesting a bacon roll and a talk from the Wesley platform.
 
Posted by wesleyswig (# 5436) on :
 
quote:
The bar has really lost a lot of its appeal now there's an organic beer tent, hasn't it?
It would do if those there for the hymn singer didn't then disgrace the air with a rendition of Shine Jesus Shine.....

But yeah it is a much better venue though beer garden was rather small

I've applied to steward again so shall see if I'm in that way or have to find another job to do....

Warm Regards
John
 
Posted by -lucy- (# 10465) on :
 
I'm up for next year no doubt!

Although this time we may come a little more prepared food wise I think buying from the village is very expensive and it isn't even that nice!

Hopefully next year I may meet up with a few of you as well!
 
Posted by Alan Cresswell (# 31) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by -lucy-:
Although this time we may come a little more prepared food wise I think buying from the village is very expensive and it isn't even that nice!

Certainly the food outlets in the village are very expensive, they always have been. Even if you have the means of boiling some water for a morning coffee you can save a small fortune. Though, there are times when the convenience of getting food on the site (compared to going all the way back to the campsite and then cook stuff) makes it worth it. Especially if you've limited time between stuff you want to be at.

Quality is variable. There is some stuff that would disgrace a works canteen. But there's usually some good stuff around too - last year there was a guy selling really yummy Jamaican stuff.
 
Posted by madferret (# 3353) on :
 
Yep, the Jamaican van was there again this year. As was my No.1 favourite, Pie! [Overused]

At risk of turning this into a 2006 thread clone, I thought some of the food choices were good for a festival [thinks back in horror to some of the stuff around in the 1980s].
 
Posted by frin (# 9) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Clergyman'sdaughter:
I really really want to go next year. The only thing I'm not too sure about is taking a three year old. I like the idea of camping with her - that part wouldn't be a problem. Its just that I don't really know much about what there is for very young children, being, as I am, a Greenbelt virgin.

Anyone with any experience of this? (Pants? [Smile] )

The group we camp with has had children joining in with the kid's programme for several years. There's a kids area, and there are up to two children's sessions per day. This year you had to queue to get a session token about an hour before the kid's stuff opened, and then come back later with the child and drop him/her off. There are a lot of kids at greenbelt, so this year we didn't manage to get the children into all the sessions they wanted to go to. But there are other child friendly activities around the site, and the kids in our group don't generally get bored. Plus their parents get to go to things without them in tow, which is great.

'frin
 
Posted by Spong (# 1518) on :
 
My experience from this year is that the Uni accommodation doesn't go up until sometime around early October, but then promptly sells out VERY fast - which is why I missed it. It goes within a month, after that you are in Hardwicke.

I'm certainly on for the Pittville posse, but suggest that we all check regularly and as soon as anyone sees it go up it gets posted to this thread, PMed, whatever, so we can all book quickly. I would guess that if we put in the ocmments that we're part of the Ship they'll try abnd put us together; I think they put all the speakers and organisers together in one of the villas (which is probably another reason why it sells out so fast).
 
Posted by Emma. (# 3571) on :
 
very very very good plan Spong!!! lets all look and then book [Smile]
 
Posted by eyeliner (# 4648) on :
 
Hmm, I'm still tempted, especially as All The Cool People will be there...
 
Posted by Emma. (# 3571) on :
 
[Cool]
 
Posted by da_musicman (# 1018) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by eyeliner:
Hmm, I'm still tempted, especially as All The Cool People will be there...

All the cool people? Your words are wounding.
 
Posted by Jack the Lass (# 3415) on :
 
Don't worry about it, da_musicman. Uncool is the new cool.

Thanks to a very kind offer by the Cresswells, subject to a several-months-in-advance bout of organisation on my part ( [Help] ) it looks like my tent can make it to GB07 from Scotland while I make it from further afield. So I shall be camping again - v happy about that.
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
No Camp = No Greenbelt, as it's expensive enough without paying extra for accommodation.

I still don't quite "get" what's so terrible about camping, really I don't.
 
Posted by Jenn R (# 5239) on :
 
Ok, so can anyone give me more info about the accomodation thing? Rough price? What are the rooms like? Are there doubles? Dorms? I know nothing! Help me!
 
Posted by Alan Cresswell (# 31) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider:
I still don't quite "get" what's so terrible about camping, really I don't.

Me neither. It's not as though Greenbelt's held in Scotland in February where camping also involves having the kit to keep warm at night. Nor does the weather at Greenbelt ever get really bad, 1986 was the only not-good year and the worst of that was on the Monday night. Yes, there may be some rain, but tents are designed to keep that out, but very rarely the sort of wind that'll destroy tents (unless put up extremely badly). Heck, GB isn't even camping - it's mostly just sleeping in a tent with a dash of cooking on a camping stove for the keenies.

Ok, maybe quite a few people don't actually have a tent (not unreasonable if you don't camp other than at GB), but I'd be surprised if no one knew someone they could borrow some gear from.
 
Posted by Jenn R (# 5239) on :
 
If I don't sleep properly it triggers an illness I have got, which makes me ill and unable to walk properly. Camping bad.
 
Posted by dinghy sailor (# 8507) on :
 
(What Alan and Ken said)

Plus, you can certainly for the cost of staying in a B&B for four nights. And then you can use the tent the next year as well.

[ 05. September 2006, 16:32: Message edited by: dinghy sailor ]
 
Posted by dinghy sailor (# 8507) on :
 
Jenn R, why can't you sleep properly when camping? Is it lying on the ground? In which case, have you tried an inflatable matress?
 
Posted by ken (# 2460) on :
 
Every time I camp I find my knees and back feel better afterwards. We are probably made to sleep on the ground, not in beds!
 
Posted by Jenn R (# 5239) on :
 
How I wish it was that simple! I have discovered that floor sleeping/air beds make me ill through recent house moving experience. We'll probably just stay in a B&B.
 
Posted by Spong (# 1518) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Jenn R:
Ok, so can anyone give me more info about the accomodation thing? Rough price? What are the rooms like? Are there doubles? Dorms? I know nothing! Help me!

The rooms are student accommodation, which more or less says it all - singles*, ensuite showers, on corridors of half a dozen each with a kitchen. You can use the kitchen but there aren't any utensils, so you need to bring your own. Price was about £100 for the weekend. You also get a large cooked breakfast from the refectory in the morning.

Nothing wrong with camping, if you like camping... I really want a shower when I get up in the morning, I want a loo that does not smell to high heaven which I can walk to in the middle of the night in ten seconds without having to get dressed first, I want a proper bed to sleep in, and in particular my back does not want to bend all the time as I get in and out of the tent. Boring old fart? Guilty...

* Supposedly singles. Last year there appeared to be about four people in the room next to me. Needless to say this is specifically forbidden in the Greenbelt literature.
 
Posted by Emma. (# 3571) on :
 
Ditto Spong!!!

I really enjoy "real" camping, either in the middle of nowhere or on a campsite. I also really enjoy conferences/etc. What I *dont* enjoy is the mix of the two. When Im attending seminars, etc etc I really do want a shower, to feel civilized and have had a proper nights sleep. I obviously *can* camp, I have for the last 4 years - but why would I when I dont have to? This year it made *such* a difference that I didnt have to camp... and I *still* hung out with the late night chats etc so didnt miss a thing!
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
Well, if you don't sleep well camping, that's fair point. Never had a problem myself. And you don't have to bend to get into our tent [Biased]

Never understood the shower thing. I grew up with a one-bath-a-week regime, and I still loathe showers. But that's just me. The smelly toilets don't bother me enough to be worth £100 to avoid.
 
Posted by Pânts (# 999) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Spong:
... I want a loo that does not smell to high heaven which I can walk to in the middle of the night in ten seconds without having to get dressed first ...

My loo smelt of fresh grass and dew. It took 10 seconds to walk to. I didn't get dressed.
[Snigger]
 
Posted by Paul W. (# 1450) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Pânts:
quote:
Originally posted by Spong:
... I want a loo that does not smell to high heaven which I can walk to in the middle of the night in ten seconds without having to get dressed first ...

My loo smelt of fresh grass and dew. It took 10 seconds to walk to. I didn't get dressed.
[Snigger]

Just had to watch out for the nettles...

Paul W
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Pânts:
quote:
Originally posted by Spong:
... I want a loo that does not smell to high heaven which I can walk to in the middle of the night in ten seconds without having to get dressed first ...

My loo smelt of fresh grass and dew. It took 10 seconds to walk to. I didn't get dressed.
[Snigger]

I bet you don't get out of the shower to pee either. [Biased]

[signs Pants up for the "End Wussiness Now" campaign]
 
Posted by aj (# 1383) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider:
Never understood the shower thing. I grew up with a one-bath-a-week regime, and I still loathe showers. But that's just me. The smelly toilets don't bother me enough to be worth £100 to avoid.

If Greenbelt want to maintain their ecological credentials perhaps they can tap the gas from the toilets and use it to power something useful, like gas guns for anti-drum vigilante mobs. Or a portable wi-fi station, thus supporting a "I fart and I surf" bumper sticker campaign.
 
Posted by iGeek. (# 777) on :
 
I plan to be there again. I've an offer of the use of a guest room in town (price is right) and will probably opt for that *if* I get to stop by the campsite and have long, late-night deep & meaningful chats which is the best bit of camping, as far as I'm concerned. Sleeping in town has the bonus of avoiding the late-night Gemma screaming and a daily shower.
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by iGeek.:
I plan to be there again. I've an offer of the use of a guest room in town (price is right) and will probably opt for that *if* I get to stop by the campsite and have long, late-night deep & meaningful chats which is the best bit of camping, as far as I'm concerned. Sleeping in town has the bonus of avoiding the late-night Gemma screaming and a daily shower.

Lightweight!! [Biased]

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by iGeek. (# 777) on :
 
Maybe I will be, by then. Or at least lighter-weight [Smile]
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by iGeek.:
Maybe I will be, by then. Or at least lighter-weight [Smile]

We might both be wafer thin by then!! [Biased]

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by Alan Cresswell (# 31) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by iGeek.:
Sleeping in town has the bonus of avoiding the late-night Gemma screaming and a daily shower.

That reads like staying at the campsite means you have a daily shower, and miss it if you stay in town. Of course, if the shower is one that starts in clouds a few thousand feet above your head you could be onto something.
 
Posted by iGeek. (# 777) on :
 
I trust in the rather higher than average IQ hereabouts to intuit what I meant rather than what grammatically parses, per se.
 
Posted by BuzzyBee (# 3283) on :
 
Pittville Posse

The Pittville campus option still not being up, I wonder if I can suggest this alternative option.

I have found a holiday home to rent which sleeps 14 people comfortably, and which is actually slightly CLOSER to the racecourse than the Pittville campus. It is currently available for the week in question, but we would have to book soon.

quote:
spacious and beautifully furnished cottage. Large living room with French doors to conservatory/dining-room with rugs on tiled floor and French doors to garden. Modern fitted kitchen. Cloakroom/W.C. Double bedroom with en-suite shower room/W.C. Twin-bedded room with en-suite shower room/W.C. First floor: Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom/W.C. with over-bath shower. Two further family rooms each with double bed and additional single bed (for +1) and pull-out bed (for +1) and en-suite bathroom/W.C. with over-bath shower.

*Five TVs
*Fridge/freezer
*Cot
*Two additional single beds (for +2)
*Two pull-out beds (for +2)
*Garden

*Elec, gas `wood-burner' and full gas CH incl *Parking
*TV
*Video
*Internet access
*Auto wm
*D/washer
*M/wave
*T/cot
*H/chair
*Double glazing
*Patio with furniture
*Shared utility room with t/dryer and freezer *All-weather tennis court
*Croquet and boule court *Covered heated swimming-pool (38ft x 18ft) - 10am to 8pm, all year (weather permitting)
*Games room and small gym
*Baby-sitting by arr
*Duvets with linen
*Non-smokers only

It is £1510 for a full week Friday to Friday - that is £108 each if it's shared evenly (though it might be kind to give a discount to the people sleeping on the pull-out beds, subsidised by the couples getting a pirvate double bedroom). Less if we can get away with having some extra people on camp beds in the lounge, but many holiday home owners won't let you do this.

Given that the pittville campus is about £100 for 3 nights anyway, and for less nice accomodation, further away, I think this is an excellent deal. We'd also have it for seven nights so the fun could go on further.

Are there 12 shipmates who'd like to do this with me and my hubby? Speak now for the super-luxurious shipmeet of GB 2007
 
Posted by Emma. (# 3571) on :
 
Wow! I think I might be in for this....

Im guessing wed need a deposit/ idea of numbers fairly soon?

[Smile]
 
Posted by Jenn R (# 5239) on :
 
Definately maybe. I need to talk to my husband. I don't mind paying a little extra for a private double to subsidise people with not so nice beds. Need to talk to hubby about money.

I'll let you know
 
Posted by frin (# 9) on :
 
Buzzybee, I wondered whether you would be willing to PM me with the website that has this property? I'm trying to find somewhere large to rent for my mum's birthday party next spring and it sounds like it fits the criteria.

I absolutely promise not to gazump you all and book it for Greenbelt, as I am a camping girl at heart and like excuses to get my tent out.

'frin
 
Posted by BuzzyBee (# 3283) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Emma.:
Im guessing wed need a deposit/ idea of numbers fairly soon?

I'd guess so. There's no knowing when a sly bunch of holier-than-us christians from a different bulletin board (or church, I guess) might sneak in and book it.

They would need a deposit of £500 to secure it, and advise us to book as soon as possible, as two of the weeks in August have been booked already by other (non greenbelter) holiday makers, and what with the bank holiday they are expecting to book up the rest of the summer very soon.
 
Posted by rosamundi (# 2495) on :
 
Oooh, I'd be interested. Quite happy to sleep on a pull-out bed, too [Smile]

Thanks for the PM, Buzzybee!

Deborah
 
Posted by Jenn R (# 5239) on :
 
Hello.

I've spoken to husband, and we can't afford the cottage. It will be camping for us if we make it. [Frown]

Sorry guys

Jenn
 
Posted by BuzzyBee (# 3283) on :
 
In the absence of a huge rush of people saying yes yes yes; I doubt we're going to get together a big enough group before the place gets booked up.

The same complex does have some smaller cottages, sleeping 4 or at a push 5, whice are a more expensive per person - probably too much so for me. PM me if you'd be interested in one of these.

[ 18. September 2006, 15:19: Message edited by: BuzzyBee ]
 
Posted by dolphy (# 862) on :
 
I'll mention nothing about a nice hot shower, a home cooked meal and a clean toilet [Two face]
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by dolphy:
I'll mention nothing about a nice hot shower, a home cooked meal and a clean toilet [Two face]

Oh, you're inviting me to stay? How lovely. I shall look forward to it!! [Biased]

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by Jack the Lass (# 3415) on :
 
Public service announcement

I got the GB mailing this morning, which says that the rooms for 2007 (which presumably include the Pittville campus) go on sale from Monday 16th October. Also, be warned that if you want the autumn discounted price you need to book by 31st October (apparently usually the autumn discount runs till the end of November, but not this year). I'm still going to go for camping rather than the room, but will hopefully be ultra-organised and book my ticket early (I'm just waiting for the last few days of Oct so it goes on the next credit card bill).
 
Posted by Pânts (# 999) on :
 
How good are you that you read all of that info!!?? I just read the price, rang the in-laws to check they'd have Alien, and am about to book!! (Camping obviously!)
 
Posted by Emma. (# 3571) on :
 
Thanks Jack [Smile] [Smile]

Ithink ive already booked my ticket but not the accomodation. hmmmm. in fact i cant remember. How do i check?!
 
Posted by Pânts (# 999) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Emma.:
Thanks Jack [Smile] [Smile]

Ithink ive already booked my ticket but not the accomodation. hmmmm. in fact i cant remember. How do i check?!

You ring up and say "I'd like to camp please." [Biased]
 
Posted by Pânts (# 999) on :
 
[Yipee] Booked! [Yipee]
 
Posted by dolphy (# 862) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Jenn R:
I've spoken to husband, and we can't afford the cottage. It will be camping for us if we make it. [Frown]

Jenn, try phoning the tourist centre here, they will be able to help.

Chelters info
 
Posted by Emma. (# 3571) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Pânts:
quote:
Originally posted by Emma.:
Thanks Jack [Smile] [Smile]

Ithink ive already booked my ticket but not the accomodation. hmmmm. in fact i cant remember. How do i check?!

You ring up and say "I'd like to camp please." [Biased]
[Razz] check whether Ive booked my greenbelt ticket silly!! BUt yes I think ringing up might be a start!!!
 
Posted by Spong (# 1518) on :
 
Booked my ticket, and Pittville for my daughter and me. If the cottage has fallen through (and it looked lovely but I'm not up for sharing rooms - anyone sharing with me needs ear-protectors), then is the Pittville Posse still a possibility?
 
Posted by Pânts (# 999) on :
 
Will that be with a tent too!?! [Biased]
 
Posted by Rev per Minute (# 69) on :
 
As I love the panicky feel that deadlines approaching give me [Razz] , our tickets were booked yesterday afternoon. The mother-in-law obviously enjoyed herself enough to want to come again, and we hope to be persuading others from the church to come along (but they won't camp - wimps [Roll Eyes] ) Never mind Christmas, roll on Greenbelt! [Yipee]
 
Posted by Lookin (# 10855) on :
 
Our tickets were almost booked yesterday but we like the adrenaline of late booking [Biased]

Actually, there was a big issue with the online booking thing, so they extended the deadline to take in today as well.

But I am pleased so say, we have tickets booked now to ... something which I wasnt going to do, but have thrown caution to the wind

[Yipee]
 
Posted by birdie (# 2173) on :
 
Mmm, I tried to book online yesterday, but there were problems with the site. I phoned the office and they said they'd be extending the deadline for online bookings.

So I've tried again this morning, and although the site looks all right, I've failed twice.

Anyone else having trouble?
 
Posted by SemiFae (# 11972) on :
 
Filled in stewarding form for my 10th GB at the festival last year, I'm another of those strange people in yellow jackets.

For anyone willing to work and wanting to save on ticket cost stewarding actually makes the festival more fun! [Cool]
 
Posted by ken (# 2460) on :
 
Still can't book online.

I'd quite like to as I save 40 quid!

Do I like that idea enough to try to do it by phone. Can I overcome my deep inbuilt aversion to doing anuy business involving money by phone? Still haven't called the insurance people about the leaks and drains in the flat. But Greenbelt office are nice people, not like Evil Insurance Paymentavoiders. But they will be hassled and full up today because of this very thing, so phioneing them wil add to their troubles and make them grumpy.

Email is so much easier...

Scary to be trying to book an adult ticket for my daughter.

But then if I fail to book today and she signs on the dole before next August we get more money to pay for it and she gets a concession...

Do I have the right to expect that she will either be a student (and entitled to the concession) or on the dole (ditto) or working (and can pay her own way)????

Hmmmm.....
 
Posted by Apothecary (# 3886) on :
 
At least she'll have the right coloured armband next year Ken, and will therefore be able to buy you drinks at the bar!!
 
Posted by cqg (# 777) on :
 
She's going to be buying drinks? Cool. I'll be there for that [Smile]
 
Posted by Jack the Lass (# 3415) on :
 
Very relieved, having read all this, that I was organised (*cough*) enough to book my tickets on Monday.

Logistically it'll still be a bit complicated, as I'll be abroad doing my fieldwork and will be flying back to the UK specially for GB, before flying back out for another month to finish it off. Oh well, it all adds to the adventure [Smile]

(PS Persephone Hazard, mine's a Guinness [Biased] )
 
Posted by Emma. (# 3571) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Spong:
Booked my ticket, and Pittville for my daughter and me. If the cottage has fallen through (and it looked lovely but I'm not up for sharing rooms - anyone sharing with me needs ear-protectors), then is the Pittville Posse still a possibility?

Yup - I think im booked tomorrow so Ill mention your name if you pm me a reminder and say wed like to book near you!! [Smile]
 
Posted by Freelance Monotheist (# 8990) on :
 
I'd love to go, would like to be in the cottage if there's still space (and would be happy on a pull out bed)... But would be coming over from France and am currently awaiting a new bank card, plus it looks like I've missed the cheap bookings, grrrr!
 
Posted by birdie (# 2173) on :
 
I have just successfully booked online, Ken. Give it another try.
 
Posted by ken (# 2460) on :
 
Booked 2 by phone
 
Posted by Spong (# 1518) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Pânts:
Will that be with a tent too!?! [Biased]

The plan at the moment is to bring it and see if we can find a space near enough to the main area to make it worthwhile. If it's as far away as we were this year, it's as quick to walk back to Pittville...!
 
Posted by Spong (# 1518) on :
 
Just had a look on the website - only Hardwick now showing on the booking form, so it looks like Pittville has already sold out.
 
Posted by Emma. (# 3571) on :
 
Noooooooooooooooooo

Grrr - cant believe I left it so late!!!

Grrrr for cash flow issues!
 
Posted by Tractor Girl (# 8863) on :
 
Emma - you'll just have to rough it like some of the rest of us.

In the mist of the madness which was the end of October I did somehow manage to book my tickets, but have realised I've forgotten to send of the proof of consession entitlement. Does anybody know what happens if you don't get that in within the 7 days they say?

[ 05. November 2006, 18:27: Message edited by: Tractor Girl ]
 
Posted by Jack the Lass (# 3415) on :
 
Tractor Girl - don't panic, I did exactly the same thing last year, and then I just realised this morning that my proof has been sitting in my bag all week waiting for me to buy a stamp [Roll Eyes]

Last year I just phoned the GB office and they said it was fine for it to be a couple of days late - they were remarkably relaxed about it. I think they appreciate being told that it's on its way though.

So, like you, I'll be phoning them tomorrow then off to the post office. I was so proud of myself for remembering to book in time, so now I've done the same thing as last year I feel a bit silly.

But - yay! I'm going to GB! Hooray!
 
Posted by Emma. (# 3571) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Tractor Girl:
Emma - you'll just have to rough it like some of the rest of us.


Nope.

Been there. Done that. Have 1001 reasons why it's not what I will be doing in 2007 [Smile] Proper camping - yes, festival 'camping' - no. Will value sleep and showers too muc, so will be BnB hunting I think!
 
Posted by Persephone Hazard (# 4648) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by ken:
Do I have the right to expect that she will either be a student (and entitled to the concession) or on the dole (ditto) or working (and can pay her own way)????

Fat chance. [Razz]

quote:
Originally posted by Apothecary:
At least she'll...be able to buy you drinks at the bar!!

quote:
Originally posted by cqg:
She's going to be buying drinks? Cool. I'll be there for that [Smile]

quote:
Originally posted by Jack the Lass:
(PS Persephone Hazard, mine's a Guinness [Biased] )

See above!

[ 06. November 2006, 09:29: Message edited by: Persephone Hazard ]
 
Posted by Pânts (# 999) on :
 
[Killing me]
 
Posted by wesleyswig (# 5436) on :
 
Whoop! Greenbelt 2007 is this very year (now)!

Regards
John
 
Posted by Spong (# 1518) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Tractor Girl:
In the mist of the madness which was the end of October I did somehow manage to book my tickets, but have realised I've forgotten to send of the proof of consession entitlement. Does anybody know what happens if you don't get that in within the 7 days they say?

Sorry not been back to this for a couple of months. The past two years I forgot to send my daughter's concession proof off until a couple of weeks before the event, resulting in us having to pick the tickets up at the gate. This year I booked my ticket and the accommodation and she's booked her own ticket. And has also so far forgotten to send off her concession information... But they've never actually refused us the concession because of it. They'll probably wish I hadn't said that...
 
Posted by Tractor Girl (# 8863) on :
 
Spong thanks for reminding me of the important things in life that has still managed to be overlooked (oh and thanks for reassuring me).
 
Posted by Lookin (# 10855) on :
 
tick tock, tick tock ...

"234 days
until Gb2007"


[Yipee]
 
Posted by Emma. (# 3571) on :
 
It appears the church that Im joining goes to greenbelt.... IM begining to be a little scared that I might end up camping.... [Eek!]
 
Posted by Persephone Hazard (# 4648) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Lookin:
But I am pleased so say, we have tickets booked now to ... something which I wasnt going to do, but have thrown caution to the wind

If I've parsed that right, then I'll be there too. We should meet up. [snuggles]
 
Posted by da_musicman (# 1018) on :
 
Only just restumbled on this thread. Ah the cheap tickets knew I meant to spend my student loan on something other than wine,women and song last term. Suppose will just have to get some with the next loan.
 
Posted by Lookin (# 10855) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Persephone Hazard:
If I've parsed that right, then I'll be there too. We should meet up. [snuggles]

We should shouldnt we. Is that a deal ? [Big Grin]

(Nice to see ya hun, "online" of course, hope your ok - L xx)
 
Posted by Rev per Minute (# 69) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Emma.:
It appears the church that Im joining goes to greenbelt.... IM begining to be a little scared that I might end up camping.... [Eek!]

[evil grin]
Now now, Emma, you know you want to come camping... Think of all the fun you can have in a muddy field in August... Think of the warm tent, the first cup of tea from the camping stove, the invigorating walk to the toilets, the washing in cold water, the morning fry-up...

Come and join the dark side (but bring a torch so you can find your way back!)
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Rev per Minute:
the invigorating walk to the toilets

.... then shitting in already full toilets. [Projectile]

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by Paul W. (# 1450) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Auntie Doris:
quote:
Originally posted by Rev per Minute:
the invigorating walk to the toilets

.... then shitting in already full toilets. [Projectile]
You don't use those toilets. You cross your legs and hop all the way to the grandstand to use the proper ones.

Paul W
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Paul W.:
You don't use those toilets. You cross your legs and hop all the way to the grandstand to use the proper ones.

Unless your Pants and you wee in the nearest hedge!! [Eek!]

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by dolphy (# 862) on :
 
If you know you have a working toilet now, perhaps you should take that toilet with you and charge people if they wish to use it [Biased]

As for Pants and hedges, let's just hope there are no nettles around [Two face]
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
I can't speak for the girls' bogs, but by Monday quite often the boys' bogs in the grandstand are the worse for wear. It's got better over recent years though.
 
Posted by Paul W. (# 1450) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider:
I can't speak for the girls' bogs, but by Monday quite often the boys' bogs in the grandstand are the worse for wear. It's got better over recent years though.

True, but still, given a choice between grandstand bogs or campsite bogs...?

Paul W
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
It's a complex calculation, involving:

(a) day of the festival
(b) position on campsite
(c) location when lavatorial service is required
(d) whether a no 1 or no 2 is called for
(e) resistance to nasty smells
(f) alimentary canal's reaction to festival food
 
Posted by Spong (# 1518) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider:
I can't speak for the girls' bogs, but by Monday quite often the boys' bogs in the grandstand are the worse for wear. It's got better over recent years though.

There's more than one set of loos in the grandstand area... The trick is to find the least popular venues and go to the loos nearest to them.

Spong
 
Posted by Persephone Hazard (# 4648) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Lookin:
We should shouldnt we. Is that a deal?

It is indeed. We should do something organised like specify a day and a time and a place.
 
Posted by Lookin (# 10855) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Persephone Hazard:
quote:
Originally posted by Lookin:
We should shouldnt we. Is that a deal?

It is indeed. We should do something organised like specify a day and a time and a place.
Blimey, we should shouldnt we! Will add a different flava to my Greenbelt if I try to be semi organised at least once wont it.

Well, lets go for it, but perhaps go in for the whole day, time and place a lil nearer the time, coz I aint never gonna remember [Smile]

(I think I have a location in mind though already)
 
Posted by DaisyM (# 9098) on :
 
An interested question from an overseas shippie (hope it is ok to ask): What is Greenbelt?
the only Greenbelt in my area is a gigantic parking lot at the end of one of the DC metro lines.
 
Posted by Rev per Minute (# 69) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by DaisyM:
What is Greenbelt?

All you desire to know is here [Angel]
 
Posted by Pânts (# 999) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Auntie Doris:
quote:
Originally posted by Paul W.:
You don't use those toilets. You cross your legs and hop all the way to the grandstand to use the proper ones.

Unless your Pants and you wee in the nearest hedge!! [Eek!]

Auntie Doris x

I wuz just gonna say that.

It really is so much easier.
 
Posted by DaisyM (# 9098) on :
 
Fascinating! Thank you, Auntie Doris!
 
Posted by da_musicman (# 1018) on :
 
Regarding the toilet debate. What are you guys using the rest of the year for? Everything post-GB leading up to the next one is training for your bladder and colon for the next years festival. With a bit of hard work you could make the whole weekend without having to go once.
 
Posted by wesleyswig (# 5436) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by da_musicman:
Regarding the toilet debate. What are you guys using the rest of the year for? Everything post-GB leading up to the next one is training for your bladder and colon for the next years festival. With a bit of hard work you could make the whole weekend without having to go once.

Indeed a hearty student diet, lacking "ruffage" will soon sort this out. Toilets, pfah, who needs them...

Regards
John
 
Posted by Pânts (# 999) on :
 
Sitting on nettles and toughening up the backside so it is imune to the nettles.
 
Posted by The Machine Elf (# 1622) on :
 
Though anyone thinking of not using the facilities provided should remember that there are teams monitoring the drainage ditches and the festival gets fined if there's run-off. More likely an issue for no. 2s (I know they had excess bateria a few years ago, and closed some of the portaloos, I'm not sure about nitrates), but it's not good if you can help it.


TME
 
Posted by Emma. (# 3571) on :
 
isnt it all fertilizer?
 
Posted by Paul W. (# 1450) on :
 
First bits of the talks lineup are on the site.

For those of us that actually go to the talks...

Paul W
 
Posted by Pânts (# 999) on :
 
There are talks? [Eek!]
 
Posted by Ags (# 204) on :
 
Just about to buy our first tickets since 1979! [Eek!]


(And currently B&B hunting. Camping??? You're all mad. [Disappointed] )
 
Posted by Pânts (# 999) on :
 
Yay for first GB tickets in aaaaaaages! [Big Grin]

Weren't all the B&Bs booked up months ago?
 
Posted by Alex Cockell (# 7487) on :
 
I was mentioning this on the Cafe last night - but due to finances, I'll probably have to see if I can budget for Greenbelt 2008.

Would need comments and assistance re hotel accommodation, as I don't know Cheltenham.

Also - I looked on their site - but wasn't able to see material about maybe a Greenbelt Experience DVD i could get hold of.

Out of interest, what *is* the teaching like at that conference?
 
Posted by Ags (# 204) on :
 
There's teaching at Greenbelt?
We're going for the bands and the beer*. [Biased]

Pânts, there seems to be a few B&Bs left that don't involve too long a walk back at night - but we're certainly getting more 'noes' than 'yesses' to our enquiries**.

* And the wonderful company, of course.
** So, what are the plurals to no and yes?
 
Posted by Pânts (# 999) on :
 
See, if you camped, you'd have even less far to walk. [Biased]

I *think* I went to one talk once. Fraid I can't remember what it was about though. [Roll Eyes]

[ 20. February 2007, 08:45: Message edited by: Pânts ]
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
I went to a couple of talks... but generally left about 10 minutes later to go to the Organic Beer Tent.

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by Emma. (# 3571) on :
 
We *may* have aj's family over for a few weeks near The Wedding so we may want to hire a cottage. Im now getting panicky that cottage may be in the next county :s

I was half wonderign about having a "hen party" of sorts at GB... as in looking silly and having a drink somewhere.... [Smile] [Smile]

Good/bad idea!? Thoughts welcome [Two face]
 
Posted by Lookin (# 10855) on :
 
a drink?

hen parties generally consist of more than one drink do they not?! [Big Grin]

As you know Emma love, I think its a superb idea [Smile]
 
Posted by Tractor Girl (# 8863) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Emma.:
I was half wonderign about having a "hen party" of sorts at GB... as in looking silly and having a drink somewhere.... [Smile] [Smile]

Good/bad idea!? Thoughts welcome [Two face]

Emma, a wonderful idea
 
Posted by Persephone Hazard (# 4648) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Emma.:
looking silly and having a drink somewhere...

YOU'RE going to have a drink now? [quakes in boots]

"Ish thish my tent?"
"Yes, this is your tent."
"Are you shure thish ish my tent?"
"Yes, I'm quite sure this is your tent. Look, it's got your enormous airbed in it."
"[giggle] Oh look! It'sh my bed! [falls over]"
 
Posted by Alex Cockell (# 7487) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Ags:
There's teaching at Greenbelt?
We're going for the bands and the beer*. [Biased]

Pânts, there seems to be a few B&Bs left that don't involve too long a walk back at night - but we're certainly getting more 'noes' than 'yesses' to our enquiries**.

* And the wonderful company, of course.
** So, what are the plurals to no and yes?

Sorry about that - I've only been to Spring Harvest and a YWAM Go Fest (SH in 2002, and Go fest in 1990). I looked around - and after I had posted, I saw copy that described Greenbelt as "God's Glastonbury"...

In comparison to Keswick, New Wine, Stoneleigh, Mandate, Prayer for the Nations etc etc...
 
Posted by Emma. (# 3571) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Persephone Hazard:
quote:
Originally posted by Emma.:
looking silly and having a drink somewhere...

YOU'RE going to have a drink now? [quakes in boots]

"Ish thish my tent?"
"Yes, this is your tent."
"Are you shure thish ish my tent?"
"Yes, I'm quite sure this is your tent. Look, it's got your enormous airbed in it."
"[giggle] Oh look! It'sh my bed! [falls over]"

[Angel] Wouldn't have a clue what you are talking about
 
Posted by Pânts (# 999) on :
 
I might be persuaded to partake of a small amount of alcohol.
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Pânts:
I might be persuaded to partake of a small amount of alcohol.

For breakfast?

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by daisydaisy (# 12167) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Alex Cockell:
I've only been to Spring Harvest and a YWAM Go Fest (SH in 2002, and Go fest in 1990). I looked around - and after I had posted, I saw copy that described Greenbelt as "God's Glastonbury"...

In comparison to Keswick, New Wine, Stoneleigh, Mandate, Prayer for the Nations etc etc...

As well as Greenbelt I've only ever been to Keswick, but maybe I can help....
first, have you had a look at the Greenbelt website ? There is info under the "About us" tab and it is worth having a wander around.

Compared to Keswick it is has far more options of seminars, running for a huge part of the day. There isn't a central teaching or worship session like at Keswick, instead there are many choices - a great opportunity to try something new or something you don't often get to experience at home (I used to go purely for the Iona worship - anything else I did was a bonus). The roots of the Greenbelt teaching are varied, and it is an excellent opportunity to hear people from a range of backgrounds speaking on a variety of topical (and often challenging) subjects. Although most speakers will be Christian, there might bwe some exceptions - a few years ago I heard Anita Rodick speak and it was great.

The arts side is important as well, and you'll find a wealth of different music, performing arts and static art available - I would think something to suit everyone. There will also probably be workshops.

Like at Keswick there are many exhibitors, mostly in one "village", where you can learn about lots of different Christian organisations.

Like at Keswick there are many different places for beverages - all on site - and you could find the same people gathering at the same place - I particularly liked the Tiny Tea Tent.

I'd say give it a go even if it's just for once - get a programme as soon as you get there otherwise you could miss out on what is going on. Give yourself time just to "be" as well.

(for me the comparison isn't between Keswick etc but between "old" Greenbelt and "new" Greenbelt at Cheltenham [Smile] )
 
Posted by Lookin (# 10855) on :
 
very nicely put daisy daisy , i couldnt say it better myself, and I dont think I have anything to add to what I chatted about in the cafe the other night alex, about the differences between Keswick and Greenbelt. Or spring harvest and Greenbelt.
They just don't compare. They are completely opposite. I personally found it really hard to get a perception of Greenbelt in my head before I went for the first time, and then when I got there what I had got in my head turned out to be different to what I found .
I was used to a more charismatic version of spring harvest, and so greenbelt compared is very diverse.

I think though, most people find something they connect with

L
 
Posted by Pânts (# 999) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Lookin:
...the differences between Keswick and Greenbelt. Or spring harvest and Greenbelt.
They just don't compare. They are completely opposite.

Exactly. Dunno about Keswick, but SH and GB are worlds, universes apart.
 
Posted by Tractor Girl (# 8863) on :
 
In terms of the whole thing about similarities and differences GB, SH and Keswick are similar in that all can be regarded as sites for evangelical pilgrimage.

However, each of them caters for a specific market and the market for GB is much wider than evo's, it also attracts many liberals and radicals and also lots of people of no faith who just come for a good time aswell.

Also GB is an arts festival where as the other two both bill themselves as conferences.
 
Posted by Emma. (# 3571) on :
 
I think that TG has it spot on in terms of breadth.

In terms of SH and GB you will find that there is a lapover of bands/performers/speakers attending both, its just the whole set up and style and approach is so completely different.

GB is a festival - theres 101 things going on in different places all at the same time with much overlapping of times etc, you can have people in different tents talking on the same topic but with differing perspectives..

My recollection of conferences is that most people follow the same basic timetable (ie evening maybe worship/praise seminars are 2-4 talks are 10-13 for example) even if they are spread across different venues catering for different tastes.
 
Posted by Lookin (# 10855) on :
 
I would echo Emma I think its important to understand you go to Gb needing to choose what you go to.

Whereas a "conference" the choice is the main meeting or staying in your tent/chalet/hotel or having coffee and browsing the book store during the afternoon seminars at Greenbelt there are things from first thing in the morning to last thing at night. I think some of my friends worked out if you filled your day non stop from sun rise to last thing in the evening you could cram in stuff to occupy you every moment of the day. Cant remember how many hours of teaching they came up with but it was insane.

You really do pick and choose whereas the choice at SH and other places seems very limited and confined once you experience GB

L
 
Posted by Pânts (# 999) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Lookin:
I think some of my friends worked out if you filled your day non stop from sun rise to last thing in the evening you could cram in stuff to occupy you every moment of the day.

Or you could do nothing at all.
 
Posted by Paul W. (# 1450) on :
 
The first few music acts have gone up on the GB site:

Music Section

Billy Bragg is back! [Yipee]

Paul W
(Who hasn't been checking the site every day, honestly! [Big Grin] )
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
oooooooooo Chas n Dave... how fun!!! and One Nation!! Marvellous. I am getting excited already!!

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by birdie (# 2173) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Paul W.:


Billy Bragg is back! [Yipee]

[Yipee] [Yipee] [Yipee]

Fantastic - missed 2003, and didn't think he'd be back for a while.

Very exciting.

b
 
Posted by Tom Day (# 3630) on :
 
Cool. He was great in 03. Now all we need is Kate Rusby or something and Tom'll be a happy man.

Tom
 
Posted by ken (# 2460) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Paul W.:
Billy Bragg is back!

Why isn't there a manly-thrusting-of-fist-into-the-air smiley?


[Yipee]

Of coruse the Waterson-Carthy people and Kate Rusby, and at least half a dozen other great acts made that year one of the best folk-rock line-ups imagineable
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
P'raps we should run a fantasy Greenbelt line-up one year and see who gets the most artists right!!

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by Lookin (# 10855) on :
 
i like one nation, and chas and dave, well ... [Smile]

is looking promising
 
Posted by da_musicman (# 1018) on :
 
Chas n Dave? Brilliant but nowhere near as brilliant as our Chav n Dave fancy dress party e had last week.
 
Posted by Paul W. (# 1450) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by da_musicman:
Chas n Dave? Brilliant but nowhere near as brilliant as our Chav n Dave fancy dress party e had last week.

Maybe we could organise another for their gig at Greenbelt... [Big Grin]

Paul W
 
Posted by Orb (# 3256) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by ken:
Of coruse the Waterson-Carthy people and Kate Rusby, and at least half a dozen other great acts made that year one of the best folk-rock line-ups imagineable

Yeah, and the ones in robes of whom we do not speak...

[Biased]
 
Posted by ken (# 2460) on :
 
[Projectile]
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
Waterson Carthy are playing at a folk club near me sometime soon. Are they worth going to see?

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by ken (# 2460) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Auntie Doris:
Waterson Carthy are playing at a folk club near me sometime soon. Are they worth going to see?

Does the sun rise in the East?

Norma Waterson is one of the great woman singers of our time. Compare her to Edith Piaf, to Aretha Franklin, to Billy Holliday. Hear her sing if you get the chance.

Martin Carthy is Martin Carthy.

And their daughter rocks. Or shoudl that be reels?
 
Posted by Dinghy Sailor (# 8507) on :
 
Mmm, do you reckon they could get at least one of the Carthys back, 'for old time's sake'? Not that I was there, but still...I can dream...

Already, the music lineup looks good, and so do the talks. Hmm, I must try and make it back this year.
 
Posted by Yangtze (# 4965) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Auntie Doris:
Waterson Carthy are playing at a folk club near me sometime soon. Are they worth going to see?

Auntie Doris x

So worth going to see that I'd trek out and come with you. When are they playing?

(I heard Martin C play in a folk club late last year and even having a rather oderous chap standing far too close behind me and burping nasty smells over my head couldn't detract from the wonder of his performance.)
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
They are playing on the 3rd of June at Hitchin Folk Club.

The e-mail I received says

quote:
One of Britain's most successful and influential folk bands. This is a first visit to this club for the whole family, including their famous daughter, singer and fiddle player, Eliza Carthy.
I suspect we would have to book early for it. What do you think.... advance warning of a ship meet?

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by Tractor Girl (# 8863) on :
 
Billy Bragg and Chas and Dave [Big Grin]

[ 28. February 2007, 18:08: Message edited by: Tractor Girl ]
 
Posted by Ags (# 204) on :
 
Ok, they've just added Duke Special. I read the biog and was just as mystified at the end as I was at the beginning. Can anyone enlighten me?

(He did mention Joe Jackson, which can only be a Good Thing.™)
 
Posted by Orb (# 3256) on :
 
I love "Free Wheel" by Duke Special.

"I don't wanna stand still, I just wanna free wheel..."

I think the word pretentious music hacks use is "elegiac", but I'm not too sure what that means...
 
Posted by Persephone Hazard (# 4648) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Emma.:
quote:
Originally posted by Persephone Hazard:
"Ish thish my tent?"
"Yes, this is your tent."
"Are you shure thish ish my tent?"
"Yes, I'm quite sure this is your tent. Look, it's got your enormous airbed in it."
"[giggle] Oh look! It'sh my bed! [falls over]"

[Angel] Wouldn't have a clue what you are talking about
No dear. Course you wouldn't. That said, you didn't have much of an idea what I was talking about at the time, either.

[quakes in boots some more]

[ 01. March 2007, 14:32: Message edited by: Persephone Hazard ]
 
Posted by Emma. (# 3571) on :
 
[Razz]

[Angel]
 
Posted by ken (# 2460) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Auntie Doris:
I suspect we would have to book early for it. What do you think.... advance warning of a ship meet?


Book now. You might be lucky.
 
Posted by Manda (# 6028) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Ags:
Ok, they've just added Duke Special. I read the biog and was just as mystified at the end as I was at the beginning. Can anyone enlighten me?

(He did mention Joe Jackson, which can only be a Good Thing.™)

Duke Special came to Greenbelt a couple of years ago. He's an irish guy who plays kitchen implements among other things.
Anyway, it's very good. And lke Orb says Freewheel is a lovely song. Which must be one of the very very few occasions me and him have agreed about anything musical.

Haven't booked for this year yet cos I have no iddea what I'll be doing then. Would love to go, but will have to see nearer the time if I can afford a properly priced ticket
 
Posted by starbelly (# 25) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Ags:
Ok, they've just added Duke Special. I read the biog and was just as mystified at the end as I was at the beginning. Can anyone enlighten me?

(He did mention Joe Jackson, which can only be a Good Thing.™)

Brilliant news! My girlfriend is getting me their album for my birthday, although I saw them a few years ago at GB I had forgotton about them, but then she turns them up on itunes and reintroduces me to them. Hooray.

Neil
 
Posted by da_musicman (# 1018) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Paul W.:
Maybe we could organise another for their gig at Greenbelt... [Big Grin]

Paul W

Sounds a good idea. I'll keep a hold of my David Blunkett dog on wheels for my costume. Who else is coming as a Dave and who's coming as a Chaz/Chav?
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by da_musicman:
[QUOTE]Originally posted by Paul W.:
[qb]I'll keep a hold of my David Blunkett dog on wheels for my costume.

The problem is da_musicman is this could be a perfectly sensible statement for you!!!!

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
Having just received the discount offers I may have to break the habit of a lifetime, book ahead of time and risk getting covered in thick mud (small risk).

Booking before March 31st is a £75 charge.
Waiting until the day carries a £90 charge.

If I get two tickets now I can invest the £30 in one of the British Banks and owe them about £500 charges by August.
 
Posted by Ags (# 204) on :
 
Just beaten the deadline - 2 tickets booked. [Big Grin]

Daughter No. 2 has bought tickets for Reading, which is the same weekend, so now I have to sort out a cat-feeder. Any offers??
 
Posted by Emma. (# 3571) on :
 
Mother-in-law to be is now coming to greenbelt after flying over from Australia-land.....

... Im very aware its rather late to be booking accomodation now - anyone got any ideas/ know anywhere/ has good recommendations etc etc.

We initially wanted a self catering unit that all 4 of us could stay in , but I havent managed to find one available that isnt 100s of pounds! I think it may end up being a travellodge...
 
Posted by Flausa (# 3466) on :
 
AC booked our tickets this weekend, so now we just have to get ourselves a new tent. Was talking with a friend and laughing about how we are now turning into "those people" who have mammoth family-size tents rather than tents you'd take up a hill in your pack. Also pondering what you do with a one and a bit year old for sleeping - bring the travel cot or trust him not to escape a sleeping bag? Wonder how much of GB I'll actually see this year.
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Flausa:
Was talking with a friend and laughing about how we are now turning into "those people" who have mammoth family-size tents rather than tents you'd take up a hill in your pack.

Reminds me of birdie's tent. I could have fitted my tent, and my car into their tent I think!

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by Emma. (# 3571) on :
 
Yay yay yay!!! I managed to find a not-to-expensive apartment with 2 beds for AJs family (and sofas for us should we feel the need for a "proper" nights sleep and a shower at some point over the weekend)

Im so looking forward to GB already - it will be a wonderful mix of worlds of shippies, my church, hen party and Ajs family [Smile]

(We saw the vicar this morning to talk about weddings and its looking like he's very pro a Greenbelt-esque wedding [Yipee] )
 
Posted by Chelley (# 11322) on :
 
Haven't booked tickets yet - but we'll be at Greenbelt as ever! Don't you just love it! [Big Grin]
(I will have a bunch of teenagers in tow again!)
 
Posted by Bittersweet (# 10483) on :
 
I'll be there, working in the "G-spot" (or whatever it is they've renamed the Pulse now!) And we'll be taking our HUGE tent again (although I may allow other members of community to share with hubbie and I, since it's an 8 man tent and all), and cooking equipment, and futons...and I'll be booking my showers as soon as I arrive (being HORRIFIED at the system, but unable to survive without being clean...)
 
Posted by GeordieDownSouth (# 4100) on :
 
I just found out some of the youth in my youth group have persuaded their parents to pay for a teepee for the weekend.

I'm just hoping to find some flat ground for my tent for a change.

Anyone heard if T-Bone Burnet is going to make this year?
 
Posted by Alan Cresswell (# 31) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Flausa:
Wonder how much of GB I'll actually see this year.

I intend to try and see as much as I can. But, making sure the boy enjoys himself, gets enough food and sleep etc will certainly limit what we can get too. But, we've only a few years before we need to make the decision about whether to go to GB or take the boy out of school for a few days.

I can't see any discussion here about whether people are planning to get a few tents in the same place. We've not really decided whether we'd need to be looking for a more quiet place than general camping, I don't think the extra noise in the evening will prevent the wee wan from going to sleep, but it may be easier to not take the chance.
 
Posted by Miffy (# 1438) on :
 
It's possible I'll be there for the first time this year. Though only for one day, possibly the Sunday; we'll see, as it'll be very much a last minute decision.
 
Posted by aj (# 1383) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by GeordieDownSouth:
Anyone heard if T-Bone Burnet is going to make this year?

Not sure. A quick browse of the web doesn't turn up much apart from mentioning his withdrawal in 2006.

But as a fan, I'll be keeping my ears open.

Frank who was swank robbed a bank with a tank for a prank
 
Posted by Annie P (# 3453) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Flausa:
Also pondering what you do with a one and a bit year old for sleeping - bring the travel cot or trust him not to escape a sleeping bag? Wonder how much of GB I'll actually see this year.

Well, we are going, when we get the tickets booked. Matthew (who will be 18months) will probably be in a travel cot of some sorts. We got a lovely light weight foldable one for last year, which worked a treat, but I don't think he'll fit that anymore. It might be worth looking for a light weight one off a camping web site. I'll let you know if we find anything.

As for our tent - I know how you feel - ours is huge, but it does mean that we'll be able to host breakfast and other meals. I blame the wee one!

Looking forward to being able to do the whole weekend this year. We promise we won't move anyone's tent...
 
Posted by Paul W. (# 1450) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Annie P:
Looking forward to being able to do the whole weekend this year. We promise we won't move anyone's tent...

[Razz]

Paul W
 
Posted by Pânts (# 999) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Alan Cresswell:
I can't see any discussion here about whether people are planning to get a few tents in the same place. We've not really decided whether we'd need to be looking for a more quiet place than general camping, I don't think the extra noise in the evening will prevent the wee wan from going to sleep, but it may be easier to not take the chance.

Lots of people seem to be coming with other groups.

I'd like to camp with someone (!), so would be happy to try and find a spot like we did last year.
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Pânts:
I'd like to camp with someone (!), so would be happy to try and find a spot like we did last year.

Me too... so well volunteered. Same place as last year please, but further down into that little field so we can have the whole thing to ourselves this time! [Razz]

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by Tractor Girl (# 8863) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Auntie Doris:
Same place as last year please, but further down into that little field so we can have the whole thing to ourselves this time!

Sounds like a good plan, particularly if moving up the field means that we don't have the screaming banshee next to us this year.
 
Posted by Pânts (# 999) on :
 
All very well if someone gets there early enough! As it was we made them move down a bit. I don't think they expected as many of us as were there anyway. [Snigger]
 
Posted by Spike (# 36) on :
 
Looks like we'll actually be going this year, despite having threatened to for the last several years. (This will be my first Greenbelt since 1990!) We're taking our youth group, so we won't be able to stay with you guys, but no doubt we'll meet up. [Yipee]

[ 29. March 2007, 18:29: Message edited by: Spike ]
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
If your nice to me you can come for tea and cake at our tents [Smile]

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by Emma. (# 3571) on :
 
We havent decided 100% about camping, as we now have a little holiday home booked.... (well AJs mother has) - we could just visit there for loos and a shower and **still** camp!!

We will have An AJ Sister with us who I think will fit in with the ship crowd very very well. Will everyone be nice to her? Especially if we go off and Do Boring Things (like a seminar)? She's at uni in Oz at the moment and very much looking forward to coming [Smile]
 
Posted by Shrinking Violet (# 4587) on :
 
Hi,

Looks like this little Australian duck will be going to Greenbelt. I have offered to volunteer so looks like I will be around for all of it.

Since this is my first time, what cheap accommodation can people suggest? I am travelling really light so not in possession of a tent or sleeping bag......
 
Posted by aj (# 1383) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Shrinking Violet:

Since this is my first time, what cheap accommodation can people suggest? I am travelling really light so not in possession of a tent or sleeping bag......

Factoring in a cheap tent and not-too-expensive sleeping bag (maybe someone can lend?), I imagine camping is by far the cheapest option, unless there're rooms left at the YMCA or places like that (which get snapped up very quickly, I suspect), or you know someone living near the site with a spare room.
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Shrinking Violet:
Since this is my first time, what cheap accommodation can people suggest? I am travelling really light so not in possession of a tent or sleeping bag......

You can pick up tents really cheap... something like this. Also lots of supermarkets do festival 'packages' which have a tent, sleeping bag and foam mattress which tend to be quite cheap.

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by Lookin (# 10855) on :
 
after spending 4 weeks last summer in a tent, i am considering not doing so this year, but my options are slowly fading so it may well be that I shall be slumming it again, however, you can make camping luxurious with an air bed [Big Grin]

edited to add, i hope it dosnt piss down all weekend like it is today, otherwise it will be miserable

[ 30. March 2007, 11:12: Message edited by: Lookin ]
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Lookin:
however, you can make camping luxurious with an air bed [Big Grin]

Those who visited our site will know I do not do slumming it. I have just about everything you could possibly need to make our camping trip as comfortable as possible.

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by Lookin (# 10855) on :
 
sounds good then ad, anything I need I will pop over to you lot [Smile]

I cant do camping without my airbed!!!
 
Posted by cqg (# 777) on :
 
I've booked!

It was cool -- the website even remembered who I was so I didn't feel bad in responding "regular attender" to the question as to where I'd heard about GB. I suppose after 3 years, I am a regular.

Just wish I could get more of my compadres on this side of the pond to join me. They don't know what they're missing!
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Lookin:
sounds good then ad, anything I need I will pop over to you lot [Smile]

Everyone else did. Think I will try and get the gazebo again this year.

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by Lookin (# 10855) on :
 
yay cqg. I will look forwards to seeing you, and maybe having a beer ( or wine in my case, or vodka, or numerous other alcoholic things) at some point throughout the weekend then! [Smile]

I am hoping other people have got my ticket, as I never do the booking and only remember to think about it last minute. Must look at the line up again and see if anything has been added.
 
Posted by Pânts (# 999) on :
 
Anyone know if QM and Atlanta are coming this year? I think they ended up with my flags!
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Pânts:
Anyone know if QM and Atlanta are coming this year? I think they ended up with my flags!

I think I have your SoF's one still in my car!

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by Tractor Girl (# 8863) on :
 
I will give advanced warning of the fact that if Third Party is camping with us again this year she may be an ickle hyper on the Friday as she is celebrating her birthday at Greenbelt this year.
 
Posted by Pânts (# 999) on :
 
Aahhhh... it was you!!!!!!!!!!! (You obviously clear your car out as often as me. [Biased] )
 
Posted by aj (# 1383) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Auntie Doris:
Those who visited our site will know I do not do slumming it. I have just about everything you could possibly need to make our camping trip as comfortable as possible.

Oh good. I was hoping someone would have a good toilet and shower facility at the campsite.
 
Posted by Alan Cresswell (# 31) on :
 
I made up a wee SoF flag (A4 cos I couldn't get any bigger iron-on transfer thingies and couldn't be bothered trying to get several to fit together) a few years back. That was the year I had a 9am meeting on the Tuesday in Munich, so had to leave midday on the Monday and the flag went AWOL in the packing.
 
Posted by Pânts (# 999) on :
 
Ditto for last year Alan.

[Except I only left quickly to go to London.]

[ 30. March 2007, 18:28: Message edited by: Pânts ]
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Pânts:
Aahhhh... it was you!!!!!!!!!!! (You obviously clear your car out as often as me. [Biased] )

heheh... well actually I have got a new car since then. The flag has been moved from one car to the next!

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by Legodude_uk (# 5671) on :
 
Ok so someone has managed to convince Mrs LDUK that Greenbelt would be a good idea.

Who was it? Come on own up!!!

We'll have a look and keep you posted.
 
Posted by Annie P (# 3453) on :
 
Goodie! You know you want to go camping with a bunch of strangers... You won't regret it...!

We are now booked and ready to go. I guess this year we're going to need a bigger area for all these super sized tents. [Help]
 
Posted by Annie P (# 3453) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Pânts:
Anyone know if QM and Atlanta are coming this year? I think they ended up with my flags!

I can confirm that they are - well that's what they told me. We could have a few flags made up. (Thinking about borrowing some tranfer crayons/ fabric paint from work). Mmmm....
 
Posted by ken (# 2460) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Annie P:
I guess this year we're going to need a bigger area for all these super sized tents.

I think I'll stick to my little one. At least it can fit in my backpack!

And is surprisingly comfortable. A few days sleeping on the ground always makes me feel better - though not better enough to tempt me to give up using a bed at home.
 
Posted by Flausa (# 3466) on :
 
Well, we have purchased and tested out our new super-sized tent (Alan certainly won't be shlepping it up any hills any time soon as it weighs 20kg [Eek!] ). The thing is big enough that we'll keep the boy in our "room" with us in a mummy bag and MA will be able to have the other sleeping quarter to himself (unless some lovely young lass wants to join him [Biased] ). It also has a middle lounge area that's tall enough for Alan and MA to stand in, which is nice (so we'll have a nice place to hang out in if it rains). Now we just have to decide if we want to "camp" in the family section and risk being woken up by someone else's crying baby or hang out with the Shippies and be woken up by some overly-tipsy Shipmate who's lost the way to their own tent.
 
Posted by birdie (# 2173) on :
 
My experience of camping in the family section with baby b is that when someone else's baby cries in the night, you wake up very briefly - just long enough to think 'ah, that's not mine, marvellous' and then go back to sleep, happily.

The advantages of the family field (IME) are:
a) if your baby cries in the night (which even if he's usually great at home might well be a possibility, what with all the excitement etc) you don't feel bad about the noise.
b) also, after a certain time there won't be much going on, so if baby does wake, he's less likely to think 'ooh, everyone else is having a party, I think I'll stay up now'
c) things tend to quieten down earlier in the evening, but also get going earlier in the morning, so if your boy is an early bird there's no worry about being noisy in the mornings.

I'd go for the family area every time, but to be honest I probably would even if I didn't have baby b! I need my sleep or I won't have fun.

b
 
Posted by Alan Cresswell (# 31) on :
 
The wee wan isn't an early bird (thank God! It's hard enough to get going when rudely awakened by the alarm at 7.30 without having to worry about a little boy wide awake and wanting attention at that unearthly hour). As for late night noise, he doesn't tend to wake easily once asleep, and it's mostly visual distraction (and things to play with) that stop him going down in the first place.

Besides, people at GB don't stay up all night having raucous drunken parties, do they? There are far better things to do having forked out all that dosh to go. Not to mention it's hard enough to be up and awake for the 9am worship sessions without staying up past midnight. Or, have I spent half my life going to GB and totally missed the point of the festival?
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Flausa:
or hang out with the Shippies and be woken up by some overly-tipsy Shipmate who's lost the way to their own tent.

A terrible slur on shipmates [Biased]

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by cqg (# 777) on :
 
Never happens in my experience.

Snoring from the next tent, though -- that ought to be kept in mind (from a Chief Offender).

Now, meeting tipsy shipmates returning from allnight carousing on the path early in the morning on the way to the loos in the grandstands -- that's been known to happen. But that's not a bother in the campsite.
 
Posted by birdie (# 2173) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Alan Cresswell:
Besides, people at GB don't stay up all night having raucous drunken parties, do they? There are far better things to do having forked out all that dosh to go. Not to mention it's hard enough to be up and awake for the 9am worship sessions without staying up past midnight. Or, have I spent half my life going to GB and totally missed the point of the festival?

I do think it's changed a bit (or maybe I have!); I went to GB about 5 or 6 times in the late 80's/early 90's, and my experience then was certainly that being in the main camping fields meant I got no sleep, and really didn't enjoy it all that much when my energy really ran out after the first couple of days.

Went back for the first time in 2003, and have been in the family area every year, which I've found much more civilised! [Biased]

I think it's probably just me.

b
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by cqg:
Snoring from the next tent, though -- that ought to be kept in mind (from a Chief Offender).

Indeed. I had deepest sympathy with Atlanta who had to share a tent with Quizmaster and was in the next door tent to you!

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by aj (# 1383) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by cqg:
Snoring from the next tent, though -- that ought to be kept in mind (from a Chief Offender).

Sounds like a clever trick - snoring and then making it sound like it's coming from the next tent. [Big Grin]
 
Posted by daisydaisy (# 12167) on :
 
I was beginning to be tempted until mention of snoring - I wonder how soundproof my tent is?
 
Posted by Paul W. (# 1450) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Alan Cresswell:
Besides, people at GB don't stay up all night having raucous drunken parties, do they? There are far better things to do having forked out all that dosh to go. Not to mention it's hard enough to be up and awake for the 9am worship sessions without staying up past midnight. Or, have I spent half my life going to GB and totally missed the point of the festival?

The point of the festival for you isn't necessarily the same as the point of the festival for me or any of the other thousands of people who go. Likewise, I'm sure that the precise definition of "far better things to do" varies wildly from person to person, and some would consider letting their hair down and having a few bottles of wine with friends they only see once a year to be one of the best bits of the weekend.

I notice another artist has been added to the music section of the GB site - Kathryn Williams.

Paul W
 
Posted by Pânts (# 999) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Auntie Doris:
quote:
Originally posted by cqg:
Snoring from the next tent, though -- that ought to be kept in mind (from a Chief Offender).

Indeed. I had deepest sympathy with Atlanta who had to share a tent with Quizmaster and was in the next door tent to you!

Auntie Doris x

It wasn't just the tent next door that could hear it though, it was the whole field.

And who's talking about druken slurs. Surely it being a Christian festival that kind of thing doesn't happen?
 
Posted by Jack the Lass (# 3415) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Paul W.:
I notice another artist has been added to the music section of the GB site - Kathryn Williams.

Ooh, she's ace! We saw her at Celtic Connections earier this year, she was supporting another act but was much better than them, I thought. And I loved her between-song banter (eg: she was asking for the lighting guy to turn down the spotlight because "I feel like I'm being abducted"). Really beautiful voice.

I'm not too bothered by snoring from nearby tents - as long as I'm warm I can sleep pretty well. But that's the thing - if there isn't any cloud cover overnight it can get *really* cold, so don't forget your bedsocks/thermals/layers.
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Jack the Lass:
if there isn't any cloud cover overnight it can get *really* cold, so don't forget your bedsocks/thermals/layers.

My tent always looks like a bedoin (sp?) tent as I have loads of blankets. I can't bear being chilly when I am trying to go to sleep!

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by Manda (# 6028) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Paul W.:
quote:
Originally posted by Alan Cresswell:
Besides, people at GB don't stay up all night having raucous drunken parties, do they? There are far better things to do having forked out all that dosh to go. Not to mention it's hard enough to be up and awake for the 9am worship sessions without staying up past midnight. Or, have I spent half my life going to GB and totally missed the point of the festival?

The point of the festival for you isn't necessarily the same as the point of the festival for me or any of the other thousands of people who go. Likewise, I'm sure that the precise definition of "far better things to do" varies wildly from person to person, and some would consider letting their hair down and having a few bottles of wine with friends they only see once a year to be one of the best bits of the weekend.

I notice another artist has been added to the music section of the GB site - Kathryn Williams.

Paul W

Just to point out -- staying up till 7am drinking doesn't necessarily preclude you from being up and about for morning activities, eg. commuion.

But then me being a southern girl & outsurviving a night of drinking against a northern guy - this isn't gonna get forgotten - eh Paul [Razz]
 
Posted by Paul W. (# 1450) on :
 
Like you had anywhere near as much as I did.

Anyway, I'm old, I can't expect to keep up with you whippersnappers. [Razz]

Paul W
 
Posted by Manda (# 6028) on :
 
hey, I wan't counting units - all I know is I was up for 10am communion rther than at 2pm [Smile]
 
Posted by ken (# 2460) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Paul W.:
Anyway, I'm old, I can't expect to keep up with you whippersnappers. [Razz]

I'm a lot older than you...
 
Posted by starbelly (# 25) on :
 
I can't last much beyond about 2am, although I do start drinking earlier than some of you [Razz]
 
Posted by Emma. (# 3571) on :
 
Im rarely up *really* late these days (wight meeters may have noticed my lack of night-owl-ness!) however, for me, I *do* think Greeneblt is as much about catching up with people, enjoying discussions and being with other Gbers as it is about going to seminars etc. I will often miss a seminar in order to continue drinking tea with someone and chatting [Smile]
 
Posted by Lookin (# 10855) on :
 
I have decided to brave the tent thing again this year.

After some consideration I now think its the best thing to do. I was thinking and looknig into staying off site, however have come to the conclusion that it would be more hassle if I needed to go and rest to find my friend, get back to the place, rest, and not ruin her weekend by having to drive me.
Also I tend to suffer from the "if i need to rest, i need to rest now" kind of thing, so I think it would be better to have somewhere I can go and crash close by.

So, all in all, I am looking forwards to the weeken, cant believe how quickly it has come round, and cant wait to catch up with everyone and drink lots of wine [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Pânts (# 999) on :
 
Will you camp with us or your yoof lot?
 
Posted by Lookin (# 10855) on :
 
i dont go to greenbelt with youth at all.
hurrah.

but i do have friends from here that go who I shall probably be camping with, however will see, and am sure I shall be able to bring round some wine at some point [Smile]

edited to add: our group has youth in it, ie my friends neices etc, but I take GB as my one weekend away without having to do anything almost work related

[ 19. April 2007, 19:58: Message edited by: Lookin ]
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
Atlanta has washed the pods.

The tent is now ready for Greenbelt.

Tickets were ordered early for the first time (we normally pay on the gate) and so we have an extra £30 to spend on .......... ice cream and beer.

Looking forward to meeting some old friends and introducing some new ones to the pleasures of the Greenbelt experience.

Billy Bragg on Friday night.

Has Martyn got his slot yet?

[ 21. April 2007, 21:55: Message edited by: Quizmaster ]
 
Posted by Paul W. (# 1450) on :
 
More acts added to the music lineup. Two that I've been wanting to see for a while: Sarah Masen and Over the Rhine. Marvellous [Big Grin]

Paul W
 
Posted by birdie (# 2173) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Paul W.:
Over the Rhine.

[Big Grin] [Big Grin] [Yipee] and indeed [Cool]
 
Posted by aj (# 1383) on :
 
Cool!
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
A moment in Time:

We sat in the sunshine enjoying yet another gap in the music as the previous band had completed their set. The announcer mentioned a new band that had not been scheduled would make an appearance and we should give them a fantastic welcome as they were young and very nervous.

Youths from across the sea of bodies rose, moving quickly towards the stage and others followed as an air of expectation took the assembled throng by the throat. The pack at the stage grew and soon everyone was standing just so they could see the stage.

The next few minutes will live with me forever as the greatest noise I had ever heard accompanied by some meaningful lyrics, sung with true passion by a remarkable singer and played with a rhythm much closer to the feelings of life than Status Quo, left me a lifelong fan of the group that would go on to be one of the best supported bands in the world.

It will never be the same. It can never be the same. I grew up.

A callow youth will remember 1981 and U2 forever, nomatter how old and decrepit he becomes.

I hope you get your moment in time this year.
 
Posted by cqg (# 777) on :
 
brilliant sentiment, qm.

To the moments past and to come ...

(raises virtual glass).
 
Posted by ken (# 2460) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Quizmaster:
Atlanta has washed the pods.
Has Martyn got his slot yet?

The other year at Greenbelt all you had to do to hear Martyn Joseph was sit reasonably still in or near any room in which any late-night event was going on. Sooner or later he'd dash in, play a song, and dash off somewhere else again. If you moved about you might miss him by being where he wasn't - sitting still was the best option.
 
Posted by Annie P (# 3453) on :
 
The question is, if there is another pub quiz, do you think that the ship will enter, and will we get through to the final again? (That was a good moment from a couple of years ago)
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
A couple of weeks ago I was at the chiropracter and he introduced me to his previous patient who was just leaving. He is one of the organisers of GB and he told me that they were amazed that so many people turned up for the pub quiz. He also said the same thing about Beer and Hymns... but he reassured me that this will definitely be happening again this year [Smile]

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by Rev per Minute (# 69) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Annie P:
The question is, if there is another pub quiz, do you think that the ship will enter, and will we get through to the final again? (That was a good moment from a couple of years ago)

If there is another pub quiz, my aim will be to get to it this time! (The same goes for Beer and Hymns...)
 
Posted by GeordieDownSouth (# 4100) on :
 
Deliriou5? Have just been added to the website for Monday mainstage.

As have a whole bunch of other interesting sounding people who I've not heard of. But looks promising.
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by GeordieDownSouth:
Deliriou5? Have just been added to the website for Monday mainstage.

oooooooo how fabulous!!!! I saw them play at the Royal Albert Hall last year and they were amazing!!

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by Emma. (# 3571) on :
 
I'd be up for hearing delerious play again. Its over 10 years since I was really "into" them though (nostalga moment - when they used to be cutting edge and our youth group went to the worship events they played at). It was very very strange being in a worship thing a couple of yeras ago at GB and realising that the kids around me probably were only toddlers when the "old" Delerious/Matt Redman songs we were singing were written....
 
Posted by Lookin (# 10855) on :
 
cool, the last time i saw Delirious was at another festival at the same time as Greenbelt, at which I used to do youth work for.

The grand stand seating collapsed and the weekend became an eventful one to say the least. Scary.

That was my last year @ that festival, and then I decided to go to Greenbelt, never to return to the other one.

My third year at GB this year, and I cant wait. The last two years I have left it really late, got tickets last minute, ummed and ahhed and only really decided last minute to actually go. This year I have had my ticket booked since the last GB, how bad is that, hehe!
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Emma.:
Its over 10 years since I was really "into" them though (nostalga moment - when they used to be cutting edge and our youth group went to the worship events they played at).

The chances are that we were at the same events then Emma... birdie and I heard them play quite a lot in Southampton... it was probably about 12 years ago I guess.

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
I shall be there, though I shall be camping with a load of guys from church rather than youse all.

See ya round the racecourse [Smile]
 
Posted by Emma. (# 3571) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Auntie Doris:
quote:
Originally posted by Emma.:
Its over 10 years since I was really "into" them though (nostalga moment - when they used to be cutting edge and our youth group went to the worship events they played at).

The chances are that we were at the same events then Emma... birdie and I heard them play quite a lot in Southampton... it was probably about 12 years ago I guess.

Auntie Doris x

Oooh quite probably. I remember they used to be every other week in Southampton and then they dropped back to once a month - which devastated me at the time as it was "church" to me and our youth group was all hooked on it!!

Its bizarre I can still recall the emotion in "worship" I used to have then but the cynical growd-up me wonders how much it was to do with being a teenager......great memories though [Big Grin] [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Dinghy Sailor (# 8507) on :
 
My decision whether to go to GB was today made for me, when a wedding invitation for Aug 25th dropped through my letterbox! See you all in 2008, perhaps.
 
Posted by Emma. (# 3571) on :
 
We **thought** about getting married at greenbelt... but decided to get married the week after instead [Biased]

Can't believe you'd rather go to the wedding than greenbelt!! [Biased]
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Emma.:
Can't believe you'd rather go to the wedding than greenbelt!! [Biased]

Me neither. I was invited to a wedding that weekend and I told them I was otherwise engaged! (actually the girl in question knew it was GB and said if she had a choice she would be there too as the wedding was becoming way too much hassle!!!)

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by Yangtze (# 4965) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Emma.:
We **thought** about getting married at greenbelt...

Oh getting married at Greenbelt would have been cool. Though I guess possibly a challenge for non GB friends and rellies - extra cost of festival ticket and all that.

You should have arranged it so you got married before, went to GB for part of the honeymoon and had a marriage blessing ceremony there. There's a few hundred clergy kicking around after all. (Can you do a marriage blessing before the marriage???!)
 
Posted by Heydrich (# 12660) on :
 
As someone new to the Ship, I'm hoping to meet some people from SOF at Greenbelt.
 
Posted by Jack the Lass (# 3415) on :
 
Welcome, Heydrich. There's usually a meet on the Friday evening on the steps of the Winged Ox (pub in the grandstand), and thereafter lots of bumping into random people and less organised meet-ups (Tiny Tea Tent and Organic Beer Tent being the two most obvious venues). It will be good if you can come along [Smile]

I'm really looking forward to Greenbelt. After nearly 4 months abroad in boiling hot sunshine (and another month abroad once GB is over) a few days in a chilly field will be ace! [Big Grin]

It won't be ace if the field is wet as well as chilly, but who knows, maybe I'll get to wear my wellies this time. I bought them for my first GB in 2003 and have never needed to wear them yet.

[It's much more welcoming to spell the name correctly [Hot and Hormonal] ]

[ 24. May 2007, 13:55: Message edited by: Jack the Lass ]
 
Posted by Emma. (# 3571) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Yangtze:
quote:
Originally posted by Emma.:
We **thought** about getting married at greenbelt...

Oh getting married at Greenbelt would have been cool. Though I guess possibly a challenge for non GB friends and rellies - extra cost of festival ticket and all that.

You should have arranged it so you got married before, went to GB for part of the honeymoon and had a marriage blessing ceremony there. There's a few hundred clergy kicking around after all. (Can you do a marriage blessing before the marriage???!)

You're right it was the thought of rellies and non Gb friends that put us off in the end. Also what happens if something *else* you want to go to is scheduled the same time as the wedding [Biased] As it happens our vicar would have ben there and it would have been sraightforward.

I hadnt thought of geting married *before* and then going to GB for a blessing. That would have been fantastic. Small wedding here with family and then large blessing at Gb with all my strange internet friends.....

Im not sure about a blessing *before* (Although that would be fun) I think we should have some GB celebration/party/escuse for something at somepoint [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Heydrich (# 12660) on :
 
It would be good to meet up at the Tiny Tea Tent or the Winged Ox.

I've applied to be an assistant area manager at Greenbelt but I dobn't know yet what area that will be at or what times; it might even include the Tiny Tea Tent.
 
Posted by Pânts (# 999) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Marvin the Martian:
I shall be there, though I shall be camping with a load of guys from church rather than youse all.

Do we smell??? [Paranoid]
 
Posted by The Kat in the Hat (# 2557) on :
 
I'm sure a few years back there was a wedding, or blessing at least, at greenbelt. I remember seeing them walk through the winner's enclosure and up to the main stage. can't remember who it was, though.
 
Posted by Tractor Girl (# 8863) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Emma.:
I think we should have some GB celebration/party/escuse for something at somepoint [Big Grin]

Indeed.
 
Posted by Jack the Lass (# 3415) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by The Kat in the Hat:
I'm sure a few years back there was a wedding, or blessing at least, at greenbelt. I remember seeing them walk through the winner's enclosure and up to the main stage. can't remember who it was, though.

Was it a couple of stewards? At my first GB in 2003 I was a venue steward and my team manager had met his wife when they were both stewarding at GB - they got married there 2 or 3 years earlier IIRC. They both still steward every year, though I think she doesn't do as much as they have a little one to run round after.
 
Posted by Tom Day (# 3630) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Pânts:
quote:
Originally posted by Marvin the Martian:
I shall be there, though I shall be camping with a load of guys from church rather than youse all.

Do we smell??? [Paranoid]
Only on Monday...
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
Look's like Peterson Toscano is back this year with his show 'The Re-education of George W Bush'.

Well worth seeing!!

Auntie Doris x

[ 26. May 2007, 08:45: Message edited by: Auntie Doris ]
 
Posted by Tumphouse (# 11321) on :
 
I am so looking forward to Greenbelt. Going with the remnant of the Youth Group I used to lead, which includes fellow ex leaders and their little ones. Last year, we also took a canoe, which was probably the single most useful bit of kit we have ever brought.
G

[ 28. May 2007, 23:58: Message edited by: Tumphouse ]
 
Posted by Pânts (# 999) on :
 
Erm... why?!
 
Posted by Tumphouse (# 11321) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Pânts:
Erm... why?!

Why was the canoe the most useful bit of kit ever?
First, it kept the children, from 18 months old to 12 or so, incredibly happy with all sorts of games, fantasy and a chill pit during down time on the camp site.The teens used it in the evenings too. Second, we are a biggish group and in the past, have had people trying to, (and in one case actually managing to, for a short time)pitch their tent in the middle of our group. Third, it led to all sorts of chat with other groups who wanted to know WHY we had a huge canoe at Greenbelt. We have asked the owners, who were off canoeing after GB last year, to PLEASE join us again this year, and bring the canoe too.
G
 
Posted by Lookin (# 10855) on :
 
oh dear, was it you then that myself and friend plonked in the middle of the year before last?
you mention for a short time, so maybe not, because when we realised we were camping right in the middle of a circled group as we started to detent , they came and helped us and were very nice adn welcoming.
And so it came to fruition that we"joined" their group for the weekend, made friends with a whole new bunch of people, some of who we are still in touch with today, and got fed by them too, bonus!

eta, they came to help in the way of saying, you dont have to move!

[ 29. May 2007, 12:49: Message edited by: Lookin ]
 
Posted by Alan Cresswell (# 31) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Tumphouse:
we are a biggish group and in the past, have had people trying to, (and in one case actually managing to, for a short time)pitch their tent in the middle of our group.

If you're setting up in a popular area (eg: nearer the site) then it's not exactly recommended that you leave a large open area in the middle of your tents - if you want a large area for your exclusive use start by going further from the action. Not that I'm saying you were hogging prime real estate, but over the years I've seen it tried on numerous occasions. Most of the time you don't need a large area within a ring of tents anyway because most of the members of any group at any time will be somewhere else.

Putting a large canoe in the space to keep it seems somewhat counter-productive though. If you need the space so people can sit around and have a sociable cuppa together then the canoe would surely get in the way [Confused] One or more reasonable sized ground sheets pegged out would seem to be far more practical.
 
Posted by Tumphouse (# 11321) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Alan Cresswell:
quote:
Originally posted by Tumphouse:
we are a biggish group and in the past, have had people trying to, (and in one case actually managing to, for a short time)pitch their tent in the middle of our group.

If you're setting up in a popular area (eg: nearer the site) then it's not exactly recommended that you leave a large open area in the middle of your tents - if you want a large area for your exclusive use start by going further from the action. Not that I'm saying you were hogging prime real estate, but over the years I've seen it tried on numerous occasions. Most of the time you don't need a large area within a ring of tents anyway because most of the members of any group at any time will be somewhere else.

Putting a large canoe in the space to keep it seems somewhat counter-productive though. If you need the space so people can sit around and have a sociable cuppa together then the canoe would surely get in the way [Confused] One or more reasonable sized ground sheets pegged out would seem to be far more practical.

No, we are FAR too disorganised to get anything but pitches in the outer rim of the galaxy! And it was not a big gap left in the middle, that was the point. They were pracically camping in my tent! We offered to help them move but they declined rather pointedly. Then a Fire Steward appeared and gave them a bollocking. We then helped them move and became quite friendly. They were first timers.
And its very easy to have a sociable time round a canoe, especially when it means the infants are in sight, happlily repelling pirates. I like the ground sheet idea, and we will try that if the canoe is not available. Not as much fun for the kids, though.
G
 
Posted by Alan Cresswell (# 31) on :
 
Ground sheets are multi-purpose practical things. You can mark out space for tents for people yet to arrive, drape them over stuff you can't fit in the tents to keep it dry, if you have a couple of spare poles you can even fashion a basic tent for emergencies, paint a message on it and hang it from posts by the road way so everyone knows who you are. You can even sit on it if the ground's damp.
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
I took a big gazebo with me last year which we put up right in the middle of all our tents. It was great as it gave everyone a focal point to meet at, as well as shelter when it rained!!

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by Legodude_uk (# 5671) on :
 
If you do take the canoe to be socialable around, please do not light a camp fire in it, the canoe will only suffer...

Further proof that you can't have your kayak and heat it!!!

I'm sorry I'll get my coat!!!
 
Posted by Lookin (# 10855) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Legodude_uk:

I'm sorry I'll get my coat!!!

yes, you do that, go on, shoo!

(only kidding)

doris, i think gazebos are a wonderful idea for groups , and does provide a great space to sit, and chill and drink and anything else people wanna get up to.

I was just saying it seems a shame to erect things in an area to stop others from camping there.

Maybe I read the posts wrong. Anyhow, I cant wait until GB 07. I am going to be having my hair done mid July so hopefully by GB time it will still look reasonable and not in need of a dye
I have been known to dye my hair on residential before, but never tried it in a field.

I wander whether an on site hair salon would go down well, go get your hair washed and dried, and straightened, oh bliss! OR even A DIY hair salon where you could just go plug your irons in!!

ok, ok, i will stop now

[ 30. May 2007, 17:50: Message edited by: Flausa ]
 
Posted by Lookin (# 10855) on :
 
(sorry about the poor coding, just realised and tried to go back to it, but it wont let me now,)
 
Posted by Flausa (# 3466) on :
 
Fixed it for ya'. That'll be a fiver, thanks! [Biased]
 
Posted by Pânts (# 999) on :
 
Mind you, all these people commenting on leaving big spaces / gazebos / canoes don't comment on the people who have 16 person tents with only 2 people in them! [Biased]
 
Posted by Lamb Chopped (# 5528) on :
 
THAT's so you have room to make more people. [Two face]
 
Posted by cqg (# 777) on :
 
I like tea and cakes in the morning. Especially when someone else serves 'em up and i only have to rollout of my sleeping bag to partake.

A brilliant way of meeting the day.

I'm thinking of encouraging my remaining sister and her youngest (who just graduated from Uni -- I adore her) to join me at GB. My sis (1 year younger than me to the month) has had knee replacements and I wonder at how she'd manage given the long walking distances we typically have. Thoughts? Anybody want to help me entertain my social butterfly sis? (I was the bookworm, band and chorus nerd in high school -- she was the cheerleader who dated the jock)
 
Posted by Pânts (# 999) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by cqg:
My sis (1 year younger than me to the month) has had knee replacements and I wonder at how she'd manage given the long walking distances we typically have. Thoughts? Anybody want to help me entertain my social butterfly sis? (I was the bookworm, band and chorus nerd in high school -- she was the cheerleader who dated the jock)

There is the special area of camping she (and you!) could use? Or, if she's okay to walk up and down once a day you don't really have to go back to the tents during the day?
 
Posted by Tumphouse (# 11321) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Legodude_uk:
If you do take the canoe to be socialable around, please do not light a camp fire in it, the canoe will only suffer...

Further proof that you can't have your kayak and heat it!!!

I'm sorry I'll get my coat!!!

Very very funny, Legodude
G
 
Posted by Emma. (# 3571) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Pânts:
quote:
Originally posted by cqg:
My sis (1 year younger than me to the month) has had knee replacements and I wonder at how she'd manage given the long walking distances we typically have. Thoughts? Anybody want to help me entertain my social butterfly sis? (I was the bookworm, band and chorus nerd in high school -- she was the cheerleader who dated the jock)

There is the special area of camping she (and you!) could use? Or, if she's okay to walk up and down once a day you don't really have to go back to the tents during the day?
Cant we all use that as an escuse to camp in the disabled field.... [Angel]
 
Posted by Lookin (# 10855) on :
 
thanks flausa
will buy you a drink if i remember, or a cuppa T [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Heydrich (# 12660) on :
 
Are additional Shipmates likely to find space at the 'Ship encampment' just runing up on the day?
 
Posted by frin (# 9) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Emma.:
quote:
Originally posted by Pânts:
quote:
Originally posted by cqg:
My sis (1 year younger than me to the month) has had knee replacements and I wonder at how she'd manage given the long walking distances we typically have. Thoughts? Anybody want to help me entertain my social butterfly sis? (I was the bookworm, band and chorus nerd in high school -- she was the cheerleader who dated the jock)

There is the special area of camping she (and you!) could use? Or, if she's okay to walk up and down once a day you don't really have to go back to the tents during the day?
Cant we all use that as an escuse to camp in the disabled field.... [Angel]
I think the quota is usually 20 able bodied friends to each disabled person. Booking disabled camping (or disabled person plus group camping) really cuts down the distances, especially now more of the festival has moved on to the camping site.

Parts of the racecourse site are steep, which might be an issue for some people with mobility problems. There used to be a rest place for people with disabilities to use hidden away in the Grandstands, but if you ask at the information points they can tell you how to find it.

'frin
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Heydrich:
Are additional Shipmates likely to find space at the 'Ship encampment' just runing up on the day?

Depends if those shipmates bring wine or not.

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by Lookin (# 10855) on :
 
I know L'arche are in attendance at GB every year, they have their stand in the area where all the others are, but they also have a place to go, in the grandstands throughout the festival. Now whther this is for anyone and is ran by L'arche or whether it is just for their community members I am not sure.
My experience in the past with GB has been really positive in terms of finding out information before hand and various other medical issues etc, so I would just recommend maybe you gave them a ring and find out, or like Frin said, just go to an info point.

L
 
Posted by Heydrich (# 12660) on :
 
Auntie Doris

I would hardly take wine on a camping trip; beer or lager yes.
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
No wine? The Ship's camp was flowing with it.

Auntie Doris x

[ 01. June 2007, 21:58: Message edited by: Auntie Doris ]
 
Posted by Lookin (# 10855) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Heydrich:
Auntie Doris

I would hardly take wine on a camping trip; beer or lager yes.

no wine?!
shocking!
why "i would hardly take wine" ?
not your thing ...?
 
Posted by Tumphouse (# 11321) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Lookin:
quote:
Originally posted by Heydrich:
Auntie Doris

I would hardly take wine on a camping trip; beer or lager yes.

no wine?!
shocking!
why "i would hardly take wine" ?
not your thing ...?

No wine? I am totally confused. I thought that's what camping was all about. At least that is how my friends persuaded me to camp in the first place.
G
 
Posted by Lookin (# 10855) on :
 
thats what its about for me [Smile]

i guess other people go with different priorities, which I whole heartedly encourage ...
I mean, to go for a whole weekend to an arts and music festival and attend one seminar/meeting/gig isnt a great rtecord is it really.

My aim this year is to attend two of something [Smile]

(though some would say i made many many different meetings, going here and there to see different people for wine, coffee and cake et al)
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Lookin:
My aim this year is to attend two of something [Smile]

Two wine-tasting sessions maybe.

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by Heydrich (# 12660) on :
 
Hi Doris

I do drink wine (preferably Spanish) but somehow, for me, it doesn't seem to fit with the ambience of camping.

Having said that, after a few bears, late at night, I'll drink anything.
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Heydrich:
Having said that, after a few bears, late at night, I'll drink anything.

[Eek!] A few bears? What sort of camping are you thinking we are doing?

Auntie Doris x

[ 03. June 2007, 09:23: Message edited by: Auntie Doris ]
 
Posted by Heydrich (# 12660) on :
 
A rather unfortunate typo....unless there are likely to be some bears (of whatever variety!) in the Ship encampment.
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
I am not sure we have that sort of camping at GB! [Biased]

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by Heydrich (# 12660) on :
 
Heavens above!!1 I should hope not.........
 
Posted by Jack the Lass (# 3415) on :
 
I'm not sure how to feel about the fact that I had exactly the same thought as Auntie Doris when I saw that typo! I think I've been spending too long on the Ship! (either that or she's just a bad influence)
 
Posted by Chelley (# 11322) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Jack the Lass:
I think I've been spending too long on the Ship! (either that or she's just a bad influence)

I expect it's the latter! [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Lookin (# 10855) on :
 
and I thought what chelley said but wasnt brave enough to post it myself [Biased]

not long to go, cant wait, and AD, I think TWO wine tasting sessions sounds good. If I come up with names for each one, and a theme then all would be good and I will have felt like I have attended something ....

who is going to be front row @ delirious or have I asked that already?

(ps, FYI, i shall be in the beer tent or somewhere else)
 
Posted by Flausa (# 3466) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Auntie Doris:
I am not sure we have that sort of camping at GB! [Biased]

Auntie Doris x

Awww ... I think it would be lovely if ChastMastr and Cub could join us at GB. But after their recent move, I guess a trip to the UK probably isn't in the works this summer.
 
Posted by frin (# 9) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Lookin:
I know L'arche are in attendance at GB every year, they have their stand in the area where all the others are, but they also have a place to go, in the grandstands throughout the festival. Now whther this is for anyone and is ran by L'arche or whether it is just for their community members I am not sure.

It used to be for just anyone who needed it - and they were very welcoming when I used it, but I didn't need it anymore last year (!) so this may have changed without me noticing.
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Chelley:
quote:
Originally posted by Jack the Lass:
I think I've been spending too long on the Ship! (either that or she's just a bad influence)

I expect it's the latter! [Big Grin]
Charming! I should have guessed that it was going to be all my fault. And Lookin I will definitely be there for Delirious!

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by Chelley (# 11322) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Auntie Doris:
quote:
Originally posted by Chelley:
quote:
Originally posted by Jack the Lass:
I think I've been spending too long on the Ship! (either that or she's just a bad influence)

I expect it's the latter! [Big Grin]
Charming! I should have guessed that it was going to be all my fault.
Sorry, couldn't resist it! [Biased] (You know I love you really [Big Grin] )
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
Yeah. Yeah. Whatever! [Biased]

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by cqg (# 777) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Flausa:
quote:
Originally posted by Auntie Doris:
I am not sure we have that sort of camping at GB! [Biased]

Auntie Doris x

Awww ... I think it would be lovely if ChastMastr and Cub could join us at GB. But after their recent move, I guess a trip to the UK probably isn't in the works this summer.
I've the girth but not the distinctive hair so I guess that counts me out. [Razz]
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by cqg:
I've the girth but not the distinctive hair so I guess that counts me out. [Razz]

Oh I dunno [Biased]

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by dolphy (# 862) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Auntie Doris:
No wine? The Ship's camp was flowing with it.

So that's why they had to re-decorate the Pittville Pump Rooms! [Two face]
 
Posted by Yangtze (# 4965) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by ken:
quote:
Originally posted by Auntie Doris:
Waterson Carthy are playing at a folk club near me sometime soon. Are they worth going to see?

Does the sun rise in the East?

Norma Waterson is one of the great woman singers of our time. Compare her to Edith Piaf, to Aretha Franklin, to Billy Holliday. Hear her sing if you get the chance.

Martin Carthy is Martin Carthy.

And their daughter rocks. Or should that be reels?

I agreed with Ken so felt it was incumbent on me to make sure Auntie D got to experience them. So we went on Sunday.

They were fab.

Though Eliza wasn't there but a son-in-law was. He was a fine figure of a man, could have come straight out of a Hardy novel, what with his squeeze box playing and talk of previous Morris dancing days.
 
Posted by Flausa (# 3466) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by cqg:
quote:
Originally posted by Flausa:
quote:
Originally posted by Auntie Doris:
I am not sure we have that sort of camping at GB! [Biased]

Auntie Doris x

Awww ... I think it would be lovely if ChastMastr and Cub could join us at GB. But after their recent move, I guess a trip to the UK probably isn't in the works this summer.
I've the girth but not the distinctive hair so I guess that counts me out. [Razz]
I keep wanting to respond to this somehow, but all my wouldbe comments seem wildly inappropriate and chock full of unintended innuendo. [Eek!] Even saying, "I'd have you in my camp any time," seems not quite right, but hopefully you know what I mean cqg.
 
Posted by Heydrich (# 12660) on :
 
The thought of meeting some of these 'bears' at Greenbelt get more worrying the more I think about it.

Is there a Gay camping area at Greenbelt where the Bears are most likely to roam and (like many wild animals) hopefully quite safe as long as you leave them alone?
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
I think we have quite a gay camping area. It is certainly very happy with lots of laughter!!

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by cqg (# 777) on :
 
"wildly inappropriate" and "chock full of unintended inuendo" sounds like what passes for normal conversation and behavior in shippies campsites, as I recall. That's what makes it fun [Smile]

Roll on, SoF extended shipmeets @ GB! [Devil]

The bears look gruff and scary until one opens his mouth and says (in somewhat nelly fashion):

"You'll never *guess* what I found on sale at Pier 1 last weekend!"
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by cqg:
"wildly inappropriate" and "chock full of unintended inuendo" sounds like what passes for normal conversation and behavior in shippies campsites, as I recall. That's what makes it fun [Smile]

*gasp* How very dare you. [Two face]

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by Annie P (# 3453) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Auntie Doris:
I think we have quite a gay camping area. It is certainly very happy with lots of laughter!!

Auntie Doris x

Not to metion Paul and Tom. Should I let them roam together with a push chair?? [Eek!] [Help]
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Annie P:
quote:
Originally posted by Auntie Doris:
I think we have quite a gay camping area. It is certainly very happy with lots of laughter!!

Auntie Doris x

Not to metion Paul and Tom. Should I let them roam together with a push chair?? [Eek!] [Help]
Why not? It is the highlight of their year of course!!!

I am hoping to bring a couple of my gorgeous (gay) friends with me this year. They seem to be a bit reluctant to camp though. [Killing me]

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by DavidthesPecial (# 12708) on :
 
I've been scrabbling around in search of some means of proving I'm all studenty. I hope they'll accept a copy of a letter I found from ucas... if not, I'll probably have to pay adult fare and be a very poor David!


This'll be my first time camping, so if you see a pillar of fire you'll know that someone was dumb enough to let me cook...

[ 11. June 2007, 20:04: Message edited by: DavidthesPecial ]
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by DavidthesPecial:
I've been scrabbling around in search of some means of proving I'm all studenty. I hope they'll accept a copy of a letter I found from ucas... if not, I'll probably have to pay adult fare and be a very poor David!

I think when my friend booked a couple of years ago they accepted a UCAS letter.

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by cqg (# 777) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Auntie Doris:
I am hoping to bring a couple of my gorgeous (gay) friends with me this year. They seem to be a bit reluctant to camp though. [Killing me]

When one *is* camp, "doing" it seems rather redundant, don't you think? [Razz]

[Edited to correct code]

[ 13. June 2007, 18:04: Message edited by: Flausa ]
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by cqg:
quote:
Originally posted by Auntie Doris:
I am hoping to bring a couple of my gorgeous (gay) friends with me this year. They seem to be a bit reluctant to camp though. [Killing me]

When one *is* camp, "doing" it seems rather redundant, don't you think? [Razz]
I shall point that out to them. [Snigger]

Auntie Doris x

[Edited to correct code]

[ 13. June 2007, 18:04: Message edited by: Flausa ]
 
Posted by Persephone Hazard (# 4648) on :
 
I hadn't really thought much about GB yet but having just read through this thread, I'm starting to get more and more excited about it. A very good friend of mine from Elsewhere will also be in attendance this year and I am very much looking forward to introducing you all - she and I intend to wreak much havoc over the course of the weekend!

I plan to bring gin with me this time. Beware.
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Persephone Hazard:
I plan to bring gin with me this time. Beware.

[Eek!] You mean you didn't have gin with you last time?!!!

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by DavidthesPecial (# 12708) on :
 
I doubt we'll have car space for me to bring anything - is there any lovely cider available?
 
Posted by Pânts (# 999) on :
 
Baileys.

Far nicer.

Who's was it anyway?!
 
Posted by dolphy (# 862) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by DavidthesPecial:
I've been scrabbling around in search of some means of proving I'm all studenty. I hope they'll accept a copy of a letter I found from ucas...

DavidthesPecial, you might want to look here:
Info

ETA: There is a UCAS place for those students in Gloucestershire, very close to the racecourse, perhaps you might contact them if you are still unsure.

[ 14. June 2007, 16:17: Message edited by: dolphy ]
 
Posted by wesleyswig (# 5436) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by DavidthesPecial:
I doubt we'll have car space for me to bring anything - is there any lovely cider available?

A fine organic beer tent with incredibly tasty cider on offer... one of the best innovations of recent years.

I'll be there, hopefully they'll do Beer & Hymns again.

regards
John
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by wesleyswig:
I'll be there, hopefully they'll do Beer & Hymns again.

I have it on good authority that they will indeed be there!

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by cqg (# 777) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Pânts:
Baileys.

Far nicer.

Who's was it anyway?!

Duty Free, IIRC.

(Oh, and thanks lovely Flausa for fixing my botched code).

ETA: expression of gratitude.

[ 14. June 2007, 18:18: Message edited by: cqg ]
 
Posted by Emma. (# 3571) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Pânts:
Baileys.

Far nicer.

Who's was it anyway?!

I only remember the milkshake that most people only had little bits off while pants and I had several tumblers cos it was so nice...
 
Posted by DavidthesPecial (# 12708) on :
 
They accepted my ucas thing, thanks for the comments regarding that. And I look forward to singing with cider [Big Grin]

Baileys and meringue and icecream is lovely. Especially since it doesn't look like you're drinking, so those of us with parental supervision are likely to recieve fewer comments!
 
Posted by Heydrich (# 12660) on :
 
I finally got my application e-mail yesterday to be an assistant area manager at Greenbelt.

Are any other Shipmates volunteering for the festival?
 
Posted by Bittersweet (# 10483) on :
 
My hubby's torn whether to work in the Tank again, or work for me on Scargill's stall at g:source (I swear they came up with the biggest double entendre making title they could just to spite me!)...
 
Posted by Heydrich (# 12660) on :
 
Is Scargill's stall anything to do with the National Union of Miners? [Confused]
 
Posted by Pânts (# 999) on :
 
(One of the current ads at the top is for the Scargill community.)
 
Posted by Heydrich (# 12660) on :
 
I was rather hoping to meet King Arthure himself!
 
Posted by Bittersweet (# 10483) on :
 
(BIG sigh...)


eta (and thanks, Pants!)

[ 25. June 2007, 14:08: Message edited by: Bittersweet ]
 
Posted by cqg (# 777) on :
 
Checking the worship lineup, I see an event being sponsored by SoF.

Hmmm.
 
Posted by Paul W. (# 1450) on :
 
Ah, Simon's doing something on icons again. Cool, I went to a talk he did a year or two ago at GB, it was interesting.

I also note that yet another Shipmate is a contributor this year...

Paul W
 
Posted by sophs (# 2296) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Paul W.:
Ah, Simon's doing something on icons again. Cool, I went to a talk he did a year or two ago at GB, it was interesting.

I also note that yet another Shipmate is a contributor this year...

Paul W

Aye, and in my own right too!
 
Posted by wesleyswig (# 5436) on :
 
On the beer 'n Hymns front I am glad to see they shall be back, though no amount of potent organic toxins will make singing Shine Jesus Shine acceptable... it wasn't funny last time and won't be funny this time [Biased]

Oh and in response to who is doing what I'll be stewarding again on venues this year so do please stand and in line and don't consider sitting in the fire exits.

Regards
John
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by wesleyswig:
On the beer 'n Hymns front I am glad to see they shall be back, though no amount of potent organic toxins will make singing Shine Jesus Shine acceptable... it wasn't funny last time and won't be funny this time [Biased]

Oh I dunno... I nearly wet my knickers... or maybe that was too much beer!

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by Yangtze (# 4965) on :
 
For a horrible moment it looked today as if I might have to give up GB this year because of work. Albeit work involving going to exotic countries.

But I stuck to my guns that this weekend is sacred and didn't let myself offer to give it up and phew looks like I can go earlier. Does mean I may well be turning up at the campsite straight from the airport though.
 
Posted by Tumphouse (# 11321) on :
 
It looked as though I might have a bit of a problem too- all the team is going to Greenbelt this year. Thankfully, someone else from the congregation has volunteered to take the service, [Yipee]
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
OK... so surely it is about time to find out who from the Ship is going to camp together....

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by Paul W. (# 1450) on :
 
Tom and myself will be camp together. [Big Grin]

Paul W

[ 08. July 2007, 08:28: Message edited by: Paul W. ]
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Paul W.:
Tom and myself will be camp together. [Big Grin]

Well that goes with out saying Paul. [Biased]

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by Tumphouse (# 11321) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Auntie Doris:
OK... so surely it is about time to find out who from the Ship is going to camp together....

Auntie Doris x

Will there be a chance for those of us who are not camping with Shipmates to get together with you at some point?
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
With me personally or with all Shipmates? [Biased]

If it is the latter then usually there is a Ship Meet at the Winged Ox on the Friday evening.

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by Alan Cresswell (# 31) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Paul W.:
Tom and myself will be camp together. [Big Grin]

But, where will Annie and Matthew be camping?
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Alan Cresswell:
quote:
Originally posted by Paul W.:
Tom and myself will be camp together. [Big Grin]

But, where will Annie and Matthew be camping?
As far away as possible. [Biased]

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by GeordieDownSouth (# 4100) on :
 
On the shipmates involved front I can also confirm that Sounds of Salvation will be back with multiple slots, though the only one I can confirm definitely is the Monday 9.30am worship slot in Stage 2, which we are always amazed at the turn out for.

We'll also be back on the Humanic/YMCA stage at least twice over the weekend.

And I'm surprised to find myself more excited by the presence of Billy Bragg than Delirious.
 
Posted by ken (# 2460) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by GeordieDownSouth:
And I'm surprised to find myself more excited by the presence of Billy Bragg than Delirious.

You are suprised to find yourself developing taste?
 
Posted by GeordieDownSouth (# 4100) on :
 
I'm surprised that I'm getting old.
 
Posted by ken (# 2460) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by GeordieDownSouth:
I'm surprised that I'm getting old.

But so are Delirious.

And Billy Bragg's best-known songs were written when he was a lot younger than they are now.

And Stu in Delirious is only about 5 years younger than Billy Bragg anyway...
 
Posted by Tumphouse (# 11321) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Auntie Doris:
With me personally or with all Shipmates? [Biased]

If it is the latter then usually there is a Ship Meet at the Winged Ox on the Friday evening.

Auntie Doris x

[Snigger]
I will try to make that, Auntie D.
 
Posted by GeordieDownSouth (# 4100) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by ken:
quote:
Originally posted by GeordieDownSouth:
I'm surprised that I'm getting old.

But so are Delirious.

And Billy Bragg's best-known songs were written when he was a lot younger than they are now.

And Stu in Delirious is only about 5 years younger than Billy Bragg anyway...

All true. But I suspect that in the respective crowds I'd stick out like a dodgy uncle at one, and be patronised becuase I've only just started shaving at another.

In which case I'll probably slink off to the wonderful russian roulette arena of etertainment which is the performance cafe. Where no doubt either Billy or Delirious will be doing a spontaneous gig under some artfully assumed name. I shall then retire to the beer tent which will have sold out of beer, fail to get into any of the late night comedy, meet lots of friends for 2 minutes each and spend the whole day walking.
 
Posted by Duck (# 10181) on :
 
I will be volunteering at GB, with the children's team - particularly Additional Needs.
I am very much looking forward to it - I went for the first time last year and loved it.
Hope to meet some of you there.

You should all go to Sophs' booklaunch. That way I can stand there and say 'I ate pizza with that Famous Author, you know!' [Cool] Seriously, going on her varoius alt-worship / campaigning / reflective / stuff from the last few years, it will be good. Very good. & I will be able to say I know a Famous Greenbelt Author [Overused]
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Duck:
Very good. & I will be able to say I know a Famous Greenbelt Author [Overused]

Isn't Dave Walker famous enough? [Biased]

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by Flausa (# 3466) on :
 
Or Steve Tompkin's for that matter.
 
Posted by Alan Cresswell (# 31) on :
 
or, Simon Jenkins

Great reviews BTW. I particularly liked
quote:
a sin in the making!
I saw this book in my local shop and it dawned on me that the authour may have not been blessed to have the word of god with them. The cover picture does not entice the readers and followers of god in with a bolt of lightning coming from the true one down to earth. This represents the apocalypse and the end of the world. This will not sell your book!! I am deeply offended and hope that your place in heaven can be redeemed by our saviour and alot of praying! Thanks be to god, Amen.

which, for some reason no-one found helpful.
 
Posted by DaisyM (# 9098) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Alan Cresswell:
or, Simon Jenkins

Great reviews BTW. I particularly liked
quote:
a sin in the making!
I saw this book in my local shop and it dawned on me that the authour may have not been blessed to have the word of god with them. The cover picture does not entice the readers and followers of god in with a bolt of lightning coming from the true one down to earth. This represents the apocalypse and the end of the world. This will not sell your book!! I am deeply offended and hope that your place in heaven can be redeemed by our saviour and alot of praying! Thanks be to god, Amen.

which, for some reason no-one found helpful.
[Killing me] [Killing me]

[ 11. July 2007, 20:36: Message edited by: DaisyM ]
 
Posted by sophs (# 2296) on :
 
But Dave, Steve and Simon have all done things there before, and this is the first time I'm actually standing up at Greenbelt and reading things I wrote as me, instead of "sophie from Visions".

Plus, I appriciate the [Overused] - I have written a book, and been fairly quiet about doing so (apart from my blog and real life friends).
 
Posted by Jengie Jon (# 273) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by sophs:
this is the first time I'm actually standing up at Greenbelt and reading things I wrote as me, instead of "sophie from Visions".

For everyone there is a first time and that is very important for them. Don't ever feel it is overshadowed by the fact others have done it first. Standing up as yourself for the first time takes real courage.

Jengie
 
Posted by Doc Tor (# 9748) on :
 
The first time I 'did it' at Greenbelt, I was terrified. Not least because John Peck was in the front row.

Now I am an old hand I still get terrified. Meh. But come along anyway and see me make a fool of myself. Booksigning to follow afterwards.
 
Posted by ken (# 2460) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by GeordieDownSouth:
I shall then retire to the beer tent which will have sold out of beer,

Last year (2006) the Organic Beer Tent didn't sell out of beer till after midnight on the last night.

They still had cider left, and were trying to empty the barrels at a pound a pint. Which is the only excuse I have for my behaviour. At least four other Shipmates were there at the time. I draw the veil of cronegiality over their behaviour.

[ 13. July 2007, 00:01: Message edited by: ken ]
 
Posted by Papio (# 4201) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by ken:
till after midnight

According to the stories that I heard about Certain Shipmates, to say "after midnight" is a bit like saying that Tony Blair became Prime Minister after the Magna Carta. [Razz] [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Duck (# 10181) on :
 
Dave Walker, Steve Tompkins, and Simon Jenkins may all be Famous Greenbelt Authors, but none of them have ever let me sit on their bed and eat pizza, so they aren't my friends (they can be if they want, but they aren't yet). Nor have I ever built a Dalek with any of these esteemed authors. I don't think you can be properly said to *know* a Famous Greenbelt Author until you have loaded their Dalek onto a train.

Still, do not let my partiality put you off. A few years of regular Liturgy According To Sophs has convinced even this recalcitrant Quaker Fundamentalist that all that funny messing round with words and plasticine and stuff might not be such a bad thing after all (that *is* what Proper Church Services do, isn't it - paint flowerpots?).
I look forward to the book - with My Famous Greenbelt Author Friend's Name On The Cover [Cool] [Overused]
 
Posted by ken (# 2460) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Duck:
Dave Walker, Steve Tompkins, and Simon Jenkins may all be Famous Greenbelt Authors, but none of them have ever let me sit on their bed and eat pizza, so they aren't my friends

But all of them have at least once bought me a pint. As I am a Bloke, that counts.
 
Posted by Duck (# 10181) on :
 
Daleks outrank Beer* so I am still way cooler on the [Overused] Famous Greenbelt Author [Overused] front [Razz]

Anyway, I spent a happy night last Greenbelt sat in Beer & Hymns laughing at a friend who wanted to talk to a [Overused] Famous Greenbelt Person [Overused] but was too overawed 'till a few pints in, so this year it will be much more convienient to already know a [Overused] Famous Greenbelt Author [Overused] beforehand in order to bask in reflected cool. [Cool]

*Note: I don't drink Beer, so most things outrank it. However, Daleks outrank everything ever, so nyahhh.
 
Posted by Duck (# 10181) on :
 
[eeek - all those [Overused] are making me a bit seasick - sorry!]
 
Posted by Emma. (# 3571) on :
 
gosh me too -it shouldn't be allowed!
 
Posted by Campbellite (# 1202) on :
 
No, it shouldn't.

Campbellite
AS Host
 
Posted by Yangtze (# 4965) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by ken:
quote:
Originally posted by GeordieDownSouth:
I shall then retire to the beer tent which will have sold out of beer,

.....
They still had cider left, and were trying to empty the barrels at a pound a pint. Which is the only excuse I have for my behaviour. At least four other Shipmates were there at the time. I draw the veil of cronegiality over their behaviour.

I have no idea what cronegiality means but I thoroughly enjoyed sitting on that bench outside the tent, seeing dawn rise over Greenbelt through a cider induced haze......

(Not to mention the joys of getting chatted up by a 25 year old!)
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Yangtze:
(Not to mention the joys of getting chatted up by a 25 year old!)

Was he pissed as well? *cackle* [Snigger]

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by ken (# 2460) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Auntie Doris:
quote:
Originally posted by Yangtze:
(Not to mention the joys of getting chatted up by a 25 year old!)

Was he pissed as well? *cackle* [Snigger]

As an eyewitness to the events described - I couldn't possibly comment.
 
Posted by Paul W. (# 1450) on :
 
I already own a signed copy of a Sophs book - it's an alt-worship book with some of her contributions in. I got her to sign it at Greenbelt last year. Knew she'd be a famous writer one day [Big Grin]

Paul W
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
I have put up my new tent today... it is enormous!!!

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by aj (# 1383) on :
 
"Doc you've got to help me...sometimes I think I'm wig-wam, and sometimes I think I'm a tee-pee."

"Calm down, you're two tense".

Sorry. It's late and I'm in Bangkok airport waiting for my connection to London and the new airport building here is rather tent-like, so I'm imagining sitting in a big tent, with a glass of red in one hand, a bottle of Bailey's within reach, and various people trying to out-do each other with Greenbelt beer-tent stories. [Smile]
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by aj:
various people trying to out-do each other with Greenbelt beer-tent stories. [Smile]

There's no point. Ken always wins.

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by Yangtze (# 4965) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by ken:
quote:
Originally posted by Auntie Doris:
quote:
Originally posted by Yangtze:
(Not to mention the joys of getting chatted up by a 25 year old!)

Was he pissed as well? *cackle* [Snigger]

As an eyewitness to the events described - I couldn't possibly comment.
Hey! What are you saying about me....? Sheesh I TTWACW - aren't we all supposed to build each other up? Leave me my little ego boost.
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
[Two face]

Auntie Doris x

[ 16. July 2007, 10:22: Message edited by: Auntie Doris ]
 
Posted by cqg (# 777) on :
 
It's looking increasingly likely that the fine folks from the Home department aren't going to let me in because the not-so-fine folks from the USAnian analogue have not got their stuff together and a passport renewal takes 12 weeks.

Crikey.
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by cqg:
It's looking increasingly likely that the fine folks from the Home department aren't going to let me in because the not-so-fine folks from the USAnian analogue have not got their stuff together and a passport renewal takes 12 weeks.

Crikey.

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by Flausa (# 3466) on :
 
That sucks. I hope something miraculous works out for you, because I'd love to see you again (also would love for you to meet the wee wan and vice versa).
 
Posted by Lookin (# 10855) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by cqg:
It's looking increasingly likely that the fine folks from the Home department aren't going to let me in because the not-so-fine folks from the USAnian analogue have not got their stuff together and a passport renewal takes 12 weeks.

Crikey.

gutted for you, and selfishly for me if we dont get to catch up!

will be praying for a miracle too!
 
Posted by ken (# 2460) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by cqg:
It's looking increasingly likely that the fine folks from the Home department aren't going to let me in because

Office. Its an office, not a Department.

Bummer.

Over here we have a (rather tedious) fast-stream procedure to get passports. I think it involves signed letter from the Pope and filling in dozens of forms you have to hand in rather than post.

One of our organists at church earns money by queuing to hand in passport forms. Really. He can get money for waiting in line to present documents on behalf of someone who reckons they get paid too much an hour t make it sensible fot them to so it i person.

Is there no such scheme in the USA?
 
Posted by Emma. (# 3571) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by cqg:
It's looking increasingly likely that the fine folks from the Home department aren't going to let me in because the not-so-fine folks from the USAnian analogue have not got their stuff together and a passport renewal takes 12 weeks.

Crikey.

oh no!!!! You have to be here!!!! Youre coming to my wedding the week after [Biased]

Good luck!! If you dont make it over I think we will all have to use it as an escuse to visit you [Biased]
 
Posted by cqg (# 777) on :
 
Thanks, Ken. I knew "department" didn't sound right. Too french.

They have schemes like that but all the channels are stuffed at the moment. I'm meeting with our company travel person tomorrow to determine if there are any plausible expediting options. I'm not hopeful.
 
Posted by Pânts (# 999) on :
 
[Waterworks]

QM will have to be chief snorer.
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
My ticket arrived this morning. Impressive. It isn't even August yet!!

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by Flausa (# 3466) on :
 
So what will you do with your little white box?
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Flausa:
So what will you do with your little white box?

*snigger* dunno yet.

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by Alan Cresswell (# 31) on :
 
I'm thinking maybe just add it exactly as it came ... "full of potential", or something like that. Either that or I'm too lazy to do anything with it.
 
Posted by Ags (# 204) on :
 
Our tickets arrived today (wristbands - cool!)

And just one box between the 2 of us. Mr Ags says we must share. Not too sure 'bout that.

Younger daughter is off to get drunk n dirty at Reading that weekend. I think we have the better deal!
 
Posted by Jack the Lass (# 3415) on :
 
This is the point at which I start flapping - I asked the office to send my wristband (and what's this about a box?!) to TME's place, and they took the details and said that in effect it means that his address is now down as my address too, but he said that he's had no mailings at all for me from GB since I've been away, so I'm now getting worried that the system actually didn't update after all and that my wristband has been sent to my Glasgow address anyway (where I won't get it till October).

Wow that's a long sentence. Can you tell I'm flapping? I've just emailed the office anyway, so hopefully it will be sorted out soon and I'll find something else to flap about.

I hope your rain stops soon. My wellies are really embarrassing (Farmer Giles type) but as I've never worn them I really can't justify buying a nice funky new pair like Auntie Doris's. I really hope I don't have to wear them, I'll look like your poor embarrassing untrendy friend that nobody wants around but nobody quite dares to tell [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Pânts (# 999) on :
 
Ahhh, what to do with the white box. So much potential...
 
Posted by Ags (# 204) on :
 
On the subject of wellies, a friend who got very soggy at Latitude last weekend is lending me her funky, bright red and flowery ones. [Big Grin]

As for the boxes, I believe we have to be creative with them. Or in them.

Not sure there's room... ours is very wee.
 
Posted by Pânts (# 999) on :
 
I need new wellies, but can't find any which fit. Which is rather pants cos it means I keep getting wet feet!

(Actually, despite wearing the wellies which don't fit, the flood water was over the top of them yesterday so I got wet feet anyway.)
 
Posted by aj (# 1383) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Jack the Lass:
This is the point at which I start flapping - I asked the office to send my wristband (and what's this about a box?!)

Flap!

Last year I ordered my ticket from Australia and asked them to send the ticket to my (then) Melbourne address, adding an extra pound or two to cover the international postage. I did this with a couple of months to spare, but when I was on the verge of leaving for the UK, it still hadn't arrived. Panicking that it would arrive in Australia after I'd left, I was able to contact the office (I think I rang in the end) and get them them to send the ticket to Emma, which they did.
 
Posted by Emma. (# 3571) on :
 
.... and they forgot to put your "divine" chocolate in when they did!!!
 
Posted by wesleyswig (# 5436) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Jack the Lass:
I really hope I don't have to wear them, I'll look like your poor embarrassing untrendy friend that nobody wants around but nobody quite dares to tell [Big Grin]

Is that a challenge to us all? (Most embaressing wellies)Because I'd take a wild stab in the dark and say folks would definatly want you around at GB.

Regards
John
 
Posted by Jengie Jon (# 273) on :
 
Well Pants if you really can't find any to fit then you can always get them made to measure.

Jengie
 
Posted by Pânts (# 999) on :
 
Hm... there is that... but for £225, I think I'd rather have ones that don't fit and buy lots of other nice things!!!
 
Posted by Alan Cresswell (# 31) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by wesleyswig:
quote:
Originally posted by Jack the Lass:
I really hope I don't have to wear them, I'll look like your poor embarrassing untrendy friend that nobody wants around but nobody quite dares to tell [Big Grin]

Is that a challenge to us all? (Most embaressing wellies)Because I'd take a wild stab in the dark and say folks would definatly want you around at GB.

Personally, I'm going for a wish for a really decent spell of weather in August until the other side of Greenbelt. At the very least, no more unusual levels of rain and enough warmth and gentle breeze to dry the ground out.
 
Posted by Pânts (# 999) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Alan Cresswell:
quote:
Originally posted by wesleyswig:
quote:
Originally posted by Jack the Lass:
I really hope I don't have to wear them, I'll look like your poor embarrassing untrendy friend that nobody wants around but nobody quite dares to tell [Big Grin]

Is that a challenge to us all? (Most embaressing wellies)Because I'd take a wild stab in the dark and say folks would definatly want you around at GB.

Personally, I'm going for a wish for a really decent spell of weather in August until the other side of Greenbelt. At the very least, no more unusual levels of rain and enough warmth and gentle breeze to dry the ground out.
The way things are going here, it's gonna need more than a gentle breeze!
 
Posted by dolphy (# 862) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Pânts:
The way things are going here, it's gonna need more than a gentle breeze!

Too right!
And, aside from the impending water shortages and more rain, they say this weather is set to continue well into August.

Forget the tents, pack inflatable boats!

Re: wellies, Pants you would do well to buy the long ones that fishermen wear!
 
Posted by Quercus (# 12761) on :
 
*looks tentative*

Um. Well. I'm unexpectedly free that weekend, and having read this thread went to look at the GB website. It looks...well, quite entertaining really (and I normally metaphorically run screaming from the New Wine trip organisers at our local churches, having seen their 'sales pitch'). As I've never been to any festival ever, let alone a Christian one, and I'll be on my own, is this a good place to start? Good Lord, what an embarassing question.

*tries to remember where he last saw his tent*
 
Posted by Alan Cresswell (# 31) on :
 
I'd say it's a good place to start. There's a bit of something for everyone ... well, OK, there's usually not much to get the more conservative end of the evangelical spectrum excited about (though there were still enough around to organise a "cleansing of unclean spirits" or something after a wiccan was asked to participate in a discussion of neo-pagan beliefs one year, much to the embarrasement of other evangelicals like myself who just spent a very enjoyable couple of hours listening to a very polite and intelligent man explain his beliefs and field questions from the floor). Worship ranging from silence to Goth Communion. Talks on most subjects under the sun. Plenty of music, some of it even good. Other forms of art, usually not as good as the music.

I'd strongly recommend hooking up with people who've been before very early on to guide you through the programme. Because it's the sort of thing that without the help of someone who knows what's what you could easily end up missing everything you'd want to see. If you're brave enough, and if someone organises it, you might even want to pitch tent with other Shipmates, and we'll be delighted to help out getting your feet.
 
Posted by Pânts (# 999) on :
 
Yeah, come camp with us. We're lovely really!
 
Posted by Nats (# 2211) on :
 
This year I really want to meet up with some of you. I forgot last year - don't ask me how [Hot and Hormonal] Over excited I think! And we didn't think that we would be able to go this year what with daughters and heart ops and all that, but have just booked. So please, tell me again, how do I find you lot when we get there?? (We will be camping with the church lot...)
 
Posted by Chelley (# 11322) on :
 
This will be my first summer without Greenbelt in a good few years - and it feels really strange not to be going (we're moving a few days before). Of course I might decide that I'm totally sick of unpacking boxes and just get in the car (which could probably do the journey on automatic pilot by now!)...
 
Posted by Quercus (# 12761) on :
 
Well, I've booked. Anything for a weird life. [Biased]

I've also signed up on the Liftshare site, as I'll be driving down from Leamington and there'll be room in the car. *carries on looking for tent*
 
Posted by Quercus (# 12761) on :
 
Incidentally, when does GB actually finish? Yes, I know it's the 27th, but is that "everyone off the site by 5pm on Monday" or "the last event is Monday evening but you can sleep off your organic-cider headaches and leave on Tuesday?"
 
Posted by Alan Cresswell (# 31) on :
 
The festival finishes late Monday night (as in, mainstage shuts down at 11pm with a few other venues carrying on a while after that). Some people will leave during the day on Monday, or pack up during the day and then drive off after the last thing they want to see in the evening if they're reasonably local. Most people will break camp on the Tuesday morning. I don't know exactly when you need to be off-site but my experience over the years is that traffic off-site is busiest between 10am and 12noon.
 
Posted by daisydaisy (# 12167) on :
 
Quercus, I can recommend you get a programme so you know what's on and where it's happening. Otherwise you might only find out that what you *really really* wanted to see / participate in has already happened. It also includes a map of the site. You get it from the Greenbelt shop, which you can locate on that map... (or of course by asking one of the helpful stewards [Smile] )
 
Posted by Quercus (# 12761) on :
 
Thanks AC & daisydaisy. I've updated my liftshare to reflect a Tuesday departure, and I'll definitely look out for a programme (especially as the website listings are ... tantalising but enigmatic, shall we say).

I am stupidly excited at the idea of camping for the first time in 9 years - maybe I'll be reminded just why it's been 9 years.
 
Posted by Jack the Lass (# 3415) on :
 
If the weather doesn't improve soon you'll definitely be reminded!

Really looking forward to seeing everyone again - though I won't be camping in the shippy area. But will definitely see you in the Winged Ox / Beer Tent / Tiny Tea Tent / shower queue / Nuts / etc.
 
Posted by Alan Cresswell (# 31) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Jack the Lass:
Really looking forward to seeing everyone again - though I won't be camping in the shippy area.

You will find us though? I'm not sure the wee wan will be old enough for the beer tent and Winged Ox (though as last time we were there we hung around outside that won't be a problem), and besides will need to sleep in the evenings so one of us will need to be at the camp then.

Has there been any suggestion as to where the Ship camp will be yet? There's a map. I assume General Camping (areas 7 or 9). It says area 9 isn't suitable for groups with children (though it doesn't say why, or indeed whether that includes very young children) but that looks more likely as somewhere we could get a decent sized area to get people together in. Area 7 is smaller, closer to the site and so going to be more popular.

Who's likely to be there first to bag a space?
 
Posted by ken (# 2460) on :
 
Wristbands arrived here the other day as well. Earlier than last year IIRC. All the more time to panic about losing them.

And weird to be getting two the same colour for the first time.

Will probably be going by train, and between that and my implacable laziness am unlikely to be anywhere near the first on site!
 
Posted by Pânts (# 999) on :
 
I'll prob get there fairly early and will happily try to find somewhere like we did last year. We ended up on the edge of 9 I think last year, but it certainly wasn't where planned as the planned area was already all taken. It did highlight the importance of getting peoples' mobile numbers so that we could let people know where we were though!
 
Posted by Jack the Lass (# 3415) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Alan Cresswell:
quote:
Originally posted by Jack the Lass:
Really looking forward to seeing everyone again - though I won't be camping in the shippy area.

You will find us though? I'm not sure the wee wan will be old enough for the beer tent and Winged Ox (though as last time we were there we hung around outside that won't be a problem), and besides will need to sleep in the evenings so one of us will need to be at the camp then.
Oh I have every intention of finding you [Smile]

(Actually I was planning on volunteering some babysitting services for one evening, if there was something you both wanted to go to. Though if it's Billy Bragg then I'll volunteer someone other than me cos I'm not missing him! [Big Grin] )
 
Posted by dolphy (# 862) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Jack the Lass:
Oh I have every intention of finding you [Smile]

Potential new sig for you, Jack!!! [Two face] [Biased]
 
Posted by Emma. (# 3571) on :
 
Alex and I will be around and will probably pitch up with the ship camp. There will be his sister too who is fab. HIs parents will be off site so we may disappear to use one of those shower things one night!!
 
Posted by Alan Cresswell (# 31) on :
 
You're assuming there'll be tap water for showers.
 
Posted by cqg (# 777) on :
 
We're all assuming the race course won't be under water.

Getting serious now -- discussing who's gonna be there first and what area to aim for.

I recall being on the edge of 9 last year as well. There was yoof around which got noisy at points but not unbearably so. The best defense is a good offense (as far as night noise goes).

I've just signed the contract on my house. The proposed closing date is the 23rd so I'm reasonably certain I'll be sitting in an office somewhere in Houston on that day rather than at GB.

I have a ticket that I think I paid 75 quid for. Anybody want to buy it?

(This is a serious personal downer but I'm trying to do the Brit thing and deal with it -- stiff upper lip and all that)
 
Posted by Jack the Lass (# 3415) on :
 
Really sad it's looking like you won't be there cqg - the choral concert (not to mention the pub) just won't be the same without you [Frown]
 
Posted by welsh dragon (# 3249) on :
 
Yes, we will be very sorry to miss you.

We haven't bought tickets yet, though, and would be happy to buy one from you (and then would still be looking for one!)

(thinks to self, how nice it would be to meet you for lunch...)
 
Posted by Tumphouse (# 11321) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Auntie Doris:
My ticket arrived this morning. Impressive. It isn't even August yet!!

Auntie Doris x

Mine hasn't come yet! But it is still July. Or should I panic now and get it done with?
 
Posted by daisydaisy (# 12167) on :
 
Did you see this ?
 
Posted by Doc Tor (# 9748) on :
 
Tickets have arrived in Gateshead [Yipee]

However, anyone on the crew side know how far in advance loos and marquees arrive? It could be a bit tricky with all the water distribution logistics sharing the same site...
 
Posted by aj (# 1383) on :
 
I noticed that, and wondered if Greenbelt would have a news update on its website about `monitoring conditions', etc.

Of course, the well-being of people in the area is more important than a little festival.

edited for crosspost - referring to Daisydaisy's post.

[ 25. July 2007, 10:35: Message edited by: aj ]
 
Posted by Quercus (# 12761) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by aj:
I noticed that, and wondered if Greenbelt would have a news update on its website about `monitoring conditions', etc.

Of course, the well-being of people in the area is more important than a little festival.

edited for crosspost - referring to Daisydaisy's post.

There is this statement on the GB front page;

quote:
Weather latest – the show goes on

Thanks for all your calls and emails concerning the flooding in Gloucestershire and how this might affect Greenbelt. Our site team live and work out of Cheltenham and we are in daily contact with the Racecourse there – which is unaffected by any flooding – and Greenbelt will be going ahead as planned.* We will continue to update you on this situation – if it changes – via the website and through email Dispatches. This is a very busy time of the year for us, so we'd appreciate it if you didn't call or email the office about this issue.

*This is not to ignore that things are extremely difficult for Gloucestershire residents at present. Our thoughts are with them.

So, it's still on, further inundation permitting.
 
Posted by Pânts (# 999) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by aj:
Of course, the well-being of people in the area is more important than a little festival.

Na, festival is far more important. It's only a little bit of water after all. [Two face]
 
Posted by Paul W. (# 1450) on :
 
Ooo, forgot to say: Yay, my wristband came! It's almost August! [Yipee]

Also, I had a dream the other week, where it was the end of Greenbelt and I'd had a really boring and horrible weekend. We need to make sure this does not come true. [Paranoid]

Paul W
 
Posted by starbelly (# 25) on :
 
Ticket arrived this morning, woohoo, and with a few weeks of dry weather forcast it will be ok, won't it, say it will...
 
Posted by Flausa (# 3466) on :
 
Well, of course it will be dry - I've just purchased a lovely new pair of wellies for the occasion. I'm sure they'll still come in handy for traipsing to the bogs in the middle of the night, or for collecting water at the taps.
 
Posted by Alan Cresswell (# 31) on :
 
Weren't you supposed to say that you'd splashed out on a new pair of wellies?
 
Posted by Orb (# 3256) on :
 
Can't wait for this...
 
Posted by Paul W. (# 1450) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Orb:
Can't wait for this...

There was a horrible moment there where I thought it was going to be Polyphonic Spree... [Eek!]

Ok, ok, I'm sorry, I won't mention it again [Big Grin]

Paul W
 
Posted by Yangtze (# 4965) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by cqg:
...I've just signed the contract on my house. The proposed closing date is the 23rd so I'm reasonably certain I'll be sitting in an office somewhere in Houston on that day rather than at GB...

Bah, what kind of an excuse is being in another country on 23rd? At the moment it looks as if I'll be coming to the racecourse straight from Heathrow!
 
Posted by Alan Cresswell (# 31) on :
 
Better than a few years back when I went to Heathrow straight from the race course, because I had a meeting in Munich on the Tuesday morning. Pity the poor fellow passengers who had to share a plane with me after I'd only managed the most cursory of washes prior to leaving Cheltenham on the Monday afternoon - at least I could still take a can of deodorant in my carry on back then to spritz myself in the washrooms at the airport.
 
Posted by cqg (# 777) on :
 
Eww.

Yes, Y -- I know. A weak excuse. That and the state of chaos that the US government unit that does passports is in at the moment.

Grr.
 
Posted by wesleyswig (# 5436) on :
 
Yegads it is only 23 days to go... it is getting most exciting!

Regards
John
 
Posted by Pânts (# 999) on :
 
[Yipee]
 
Posted by Tumphouse (# 11321) on :
 
Got back from a few days camping at the Gower to find my Greenbelt wristband had arrived! Hooray! August and Greenbelt! I hope to find you all at the pub and at Beer and Hymns.
G
 
Posted by Chelley (# 11322) on :
 
Bah humbug!

[But of course I'm delighted for all of you that you can go to Greenbelt this year and I can't!]
 
Posted by Nats (# 2211) on :
 
No wrist bands here either.... but also no camp bed (ReadyBed) I bought for my daughter on Ebay that was posted first class last Thursday and we go camping on Saturday... I hate Postal Strikes!
 
Posted by Tumphouse (# 11321) on :
 
I hope the camp bed arrives in time. I have just orderd a zip -up futon, in the hope that it will be warmer then the air bed.
 
Posted by Lookin (# 10855) on :
 
Am I allowed to actually not be looking forwards to Gb now?

I wander if as the time gets nearer I will get more excited?!

I was excited , and now I am not.
Maybe I need to keep reading this thread!

L x
 
Posted by Yangtze (# 4965) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Alan Cresswell:
Better than a few years back when I went to Heathrow straight from the race course, because I had a meeting in Munich on the Tuesday morning. Pity the poor fellow passengers who had to share a plane with me after I'd only managed the most cursory of washes prior to leaving Cheltenham on the Monday afternoon - at least I could still take a can of deodorant in my carry on back then to spritz myself in the washrooms at the airport.

I did it that way round a couple of years ago too. But I discovered that there are showers at Gatwick. (Quite cool really, they're after passport control and there's a phone by the entrance, you call and they come down and open them up for you and give you a towel as well!) So my fellow passengers were spared the GB residue.
 
Posted by Tractor Girl (# 8863) on :
 
Wristbands part 1 arrived the other day, just waiting for the final yoof one to arrive now.
 
Posted by Jack the Lass (# 3415) on :
 
TME has established that my wristband is down to be going to his, but that GB are still sending them out. So I have stopped flapping (for now - I'm sure I'll find something else to flap about soon enough).

How's the weather doing? I really don't want to see all these gorgeous wellies next to my embarrassing ones [Big Grin]
 
Posted by starbelly (# 25) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Lookin:
Am I allowed to actually not be looking forwards to Gb now?

No sorry, it's against the law, I will send the festival police around.

I am excited, but so many other things are happening first, and so many exciting things happening afterwards it has got a bit swamped in other stuff!
 
Posted by dolphy (# 862) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Jack the Lass:
How's the weather doing?

A few little white clouds in the blue sky, sunshine and a nice breeze. [Cool]

As far as the water is concerned, we are now connected but it's still not fit for drinking or washing plates etc in. But that won't bother you lot in the slightest [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Nats (# 2211) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Nats:
No wrist bands here either.... but also no camp bed (ReadyBed) I bought for my daughter on Ebay that was posted first class last Thursday and we go camping on Saturday... I hate Postal Strikes!

Bed arrived, leave for holiday tomorrow, maybe the wristbands will arrive while we are away...
 
Posted by Apothecary (# 3886) on :
 
Our tickets have arrived twice - I think I only ordered them once- it's got the same order number on both envelopes. Has anyone else had duplicates [Ultra confused]
At least we get a box each now.
 
Posted by Tom Day (# 3630) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Apothecary:
Our tickets have arrived twice - I think I only ordered them once- it's got the same order number on both envelopes. Has anyone else had duplicates [Ultra confused]
At least we get a box each now.

We did - rang them and it was a mistake. Need to send them back now...

Tom
 
Posted by Quercus (# 12761) on :
 
One wristband safely received, and I've assembled the box...just waiting for some creativity to strike...
 
Posted by dolphy (# 862) on :
 
Is there something occuring at the Racecourse soon?

Sorry, but nothing has been mentioned about it here in Chelters [Snigger] [Biased]

Are the Wrist Bands performing in the bar this year? [Two face]
 
Posted by Pearl B4 Swine (# 11451) on :
 
Uh Oh ~~~ A MerryCan Alert ~~~

What is this 'wristband' thing, anyway??

PB4S
 
Posted by Alan Cresswell (# 31) on :
 
The wristbands are the tickets for the festival. By having plastic straps around the wrist you can't (easily) lose them, nor pass them around so more than one person gets in on the same ticket (or, an under 16 borrows an adult ticket for a while to get into something inappropriate).
 
Posted by Miffy (# 1438) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Miffy:
It's possible I'll be there for the first time this year. Though only for one day, possibly the Sunday; we'll see, as it'll be very much a last minute decision.

It is, and I'm not. [Frown] But Mr Miffy [faints with shock] himself has suggested we book a weekend a deux in the area for next year. Then we can duck in and out by the day as the fancy takes us. I'm too old to enjoy 'getting filthy together ' any more. [see Vikki Pollard and Arietty in the New Wine thread]; had enough of that when we were in France. [Big Grin]

Mr M needs - copious supplies of beer, music, and ...yet more copious supplies of beer and he'll be happy. Oh and assurances that at no point will anybody attempt to persuade him that Jesus Wants Him for a Sunbeam. [Paranoid] I need copious Nice Cups of Tea, and the chance to contemplate my navel (preferably not at the same time!)So I'm relying on you lot to post glowing reports post GB 2007, and you might just see us there the following year!
 
Posted by Zealot en vacance (# 9795) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Miffy:
Mr M needs - copious supplies of beer, music, and ...yet more copious supplies of beer and he'll be happy.

A reverend acquaintance was giving it out large a couple of weeks ago, on the qualities of the 'absolution ale' which will be one of the official drinks at this years event. Perhaps Mr M ought to reconsider?
 
Posted by dolphy (# 862) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Miffy:
I'm too old to enjoy 'getting filthy together ' any more.

Miff, I think you are posting on the wrong thread [Two face] [Biased]

If you and Mr Miff do decide to be here for 2008, I know a great place that has tea on tap. [Biased]
 
Posted by Screwtape (# 12661) on :
 
Where are the Shipmates camping at Greenbelt?
 
Posted by Alan Cresswell (# 31) on :
 
We're still awaiting any suggestions on that.
 
Posted by Tractor Girl (# 8863) on :
 
Not up for starting the suggestions,(I'd rather just go with what those who are good at planning think).

However, in terms of helping get rough numbers for how many people intend camping with the ship can I register 1 adult and 2 young people as very likely to be part of our ickle area.

Think that the numbers thing could be quite important, as would be knowing how many people have buggies, etc.

[ 05. August 2007, 16:52: Message edited by: Tractor Girl ]
 
Posted by Pânts (# 999) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Pânts:
I'll prob get there fairly early and will happily try to find somewhere like we did last year. We ended up on the edge of 9 I think last year, but it certainly wasn't where planned as the planned area was already all taken. It did highlight the importance of getting peoples' mobile numbers so that we could let people know where we were though!


 
Posted by Tractor Girl (# 8863) on :
 
(Hanging head in shame for not reading back on thread properly)

Thank you Pants.
 
Posted by Alan Cresswell (# 31) on :
 
I remember seeing that but wasn't sure if
a) it was a recommendation for where to be, or
b) whether area 9 would be in the same place this year
 
Posted by Miffy (# 1438) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by dolphy:
quote:
Originally posted by Miffy:
I'm too old to enjoy 'getting filthy together ' any more.

Miff, I think you are posting on the wrong thread [Two face] [Biased]

If you and Mr Miff do decide to be here for 2008, I know a great place that has tea on tap. [Biased]

Nope - Wading round in lakes of mud definitely doesn't inspire me to heights of whatever anymore. [Biased] Thus spake the Miffy who has just spent the last half hour raking round on physio sites trying to replace her SI belt, sciatica having struck this morning. (Took 55 mins to do the usual 25 min journey) [Frown]

Give me a nice comfy chair and a cup of tea, mind you... [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Campbellite (# 1202) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Miffy:
Give me a nice comfy chair and a cup of tea, mind you... [Big Grin]

[M. Python]
Oh no! Not the comfy chair!
[/M. Python]
 
Posted by Pânts (# 999) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Alan Cresswell:
I remember seeing that but wasn't sure if
a) it was a recommendation for where to be, or
b) whether area 9 would be in the same place this year

Sorry. It was a 'there's no point on deciding a place, cos it'll probably all be taken, but I'll happily try and find a place somewhere vaguely in an area and then let people know' if that's what's wanted. If someone wants to try and be more definite, go ahead.
 
Posted by Manda (# 6028) on :
 
I have (I think) finally got round to sorting out a ticket for GB - much joy [Smile] .
Not long now, very excited.
Does anyone know if the organic beer tent is doing cider as well? If not, red wine and chocolate cake always makes for a good birthday at GB [Smile]
 
Posted by aj (# 1383) on :
 
CIDER!!!

Actually, the nicest (commercial) cider I've had in ages is that Cornish Cyder stuff. Excellent brew.

Looking forward to the beer tent again.
 
Posted by Manda (# 6028) on :
 
Would that be a yes aj?

personally I'm torn between Westons and Thatchers as my favourite commercial cider. I reckon Thatchers would just sneak it but Westons is more widely available
 
Posted by starbelly (# 25) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Manda:
Would that be a yes aj?

personally I'm torn between Westons and Thatchers as my favourite commercial cider. I reckon Thatchers would just sneak it but Westons is more widely available

Thatchers is by far the better cider, and it's a much better colour too.

I will bring some scrumpy from Exeter as well, I am going to be at GB on a tight budget so can't spend too much time in the bar (famous last words...)
 
Posted by Manda (# 6028) on :
 
Well the gladd of Thatchers I have in my hand at the moment is very nice indeed, and had very good draught Thatchers the other day in Somerset the colour of orange squash - ver good, fairly powerful & could still taste the barn. Unfortunately though, not being in hardcore cider country you have to take what you can get at times, though Tescos here has dramatically imporved their range.

Neil - are you taking orders for that farm scrumpy? If so, count me in & you will be my hero, have missed that stuff.
 
Posted by starbelly (# 25) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Manda:


Neil - are you taking orders for that farm scrumpy? If so, count me in & you will be my hero, have missed that stuff.

I will see what I can do! Not sure if she is still selling it, or even still alive...
 
Posted by Manda (# 6028) on :
 
True. Although if she drinks it as well, she'll probably be preserved for many years to come.
 
Posted by Paul W. (# 1450) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Manda:
True. Although if she drinks it as well, she'll probably be preserved for many years to come.

Ah, so the cider is part of your secret plan to live to 100? [Big Grin]

I make it 17 days to go! Yay!

Paul W
 
Posted by Manda (# 6028) on :
 
Ah, so that's my excuse. Knew there must be one somewhere [Smile] .
 
Posted by Quercus (# 12761) on :
 
A question for the veterans - what's the catering like on site? (Excluding the beer tent, obviously. Although it's nice to have one guaranteed source of carbohydrate on hand) Can you survive without bringing 4 days worth of pasta?
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Quercus:
A question for the veterans - what's the catering like on site? (Excluding the beer tent, obviously. Although it's nice to have one guaranteed source of carbohydrate on hand) Can you survive without bringing 4 days worth of pasta?

You can, if you can afford a second mortgage. There's a wide variety of food, but it's all expensive.
 
Posted by Wood (# 7) on :
 
I wasn't going to go.

Then I got a free press pass.

 

 

I'll see if Jeff wants it.
 
Posted by Emma. (# 3571) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider:
quote:
Originally posted by Quercus:
A question for the veterans - what's the catering like on site? (Excluding the beer tent, obviously. Although it's nice to have one guaranteed source of carbohydrate on hand) Can you survive without bringing 4 days worth of pasta?

You can, if you can afford a second mortgage. There's a wide variety of food, but it's all expensive.
We did all right by deciding to have *one* meal a day from one of the (very many ) food options. Some of them are cheaper (and nicer) than others. There was a very nice french sausage something I think, and a nice pancake one. I also liked a cheaper veggie one (cant remember its name).

Breakfast can be those packet cereals and milk in the packet, and have a supply of cereal bars/ fruit for lunch.

Ive found it not to be worthwhile any more to cook at greenbelt - its such a long way from the main area to the tents and I prefer to stay onsite as much as I can. It makes packing and planning much simpler!
 
Posted by Miffy (# 1438) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by dolphy:
quote:
Originally posted by Miffy:
I'm too old to enjoy 'getting filthy together ' any more.

Miff, I think you are posting on the wrong thread [Two face] [Biased]

If you and Mr Miff do decide to be here for 2008, I know a great place that has tea on tap. [Biased]

Good grief. [Eek!] It's only just dawned what thread Dolphy and Zealot were talking about. Really! [Disappointed] Exactly what sort of a Miffy do you think I am?! [Hot and Hormonal]

Though Mr M does spend much of his spare time in skin -tight lycra come to think of it... [Biased]
 
Posted by Emma. (# 3571) on :
 
I was just thinking what a shame it was the idea of a shared ship cottage didnt come about. Id be up for doing that next year but Im guessing it would need to be booked earlier than people would like to commit.

It could be fun to come back to shippie drinks...
 
Posted by Alan Cresswell (# 31) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Emma.:
Ive found it not to be worthwhile any more to cook at greenbelt - its such a long way from the main area to the tents and I prefer to stay onsite as much as I can.

It is a bit of a question of priorities. If money is really tight you may well need to go and cook at the tents, though you may want some flexibility in your programme (ie: you'll find times having to cook earlier than you'd normally do, or later, in order to be where you want to be). Snacks, fruit etc in a backpack to eat when you want is always an option. If you have the time, there are supermarkets reasonably close you could pop out to for a stock up of supplies. But, the stalls selling food aren't all that expensive - you could easily pay more at a decent restaurant, though you'd probably complain about what's basically variations on fast food in a restaurant.
 
Posted by Miffy (# 1438) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Campbellite:
quote:
Originally posted by Miffy:
Give me a nice comfy chair and a cup of tea, mind you... [Big Grin]

[M. Python]
Oh no! Not the comfy chair!
[/M. Python]

And the soft cushion! [Two face]
 
Posted by Emma. (# 3571) on :
 
Completely agree. I usually take raisins, bananas, orange juice packets etc with me rather than worry about walking back to camp to make a sandwich.

A few days of food from your rucksack wont harm you and means you can see a lot more of whats going on/seeing people etc. It just takes a bit of pre-planning, but can be just as cheap as cooking on site.
 
Posted by Quercus (# 12761) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Emma.:
quote:
Originally posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider:
quote:
Originally posted by Quercus:
A question for the veterans - what's the catering like on site? (Excluding the beer tent, obviously. Although it's nice to have one guaranteed source of carbohydrate on hand) Can you survive without bringing 4 days worth of pasta?

You can, if you can afford a second mortgage. There's a wide variety of food, but it's all expensive.
We did all right by deciding to have *one* meal a day from one of the (very many ) food options. Some of them are cheaper (and nicer) than others. There was a very nice french sausage something I think, and a nice pancake one. I also liked a cheaper veggie one (cant remember its name).

Breakfast can be those packet cereals and milk in the packet, and have a supply of cereal bars/ fruit for lunch.

Oh, good. Karl MB had me worried for a bit, and the GB site doesn't help. (Complete quote from the FAQ: "What food outlets are onsite?
There is a wide range of quality food concessions onsite." [Paranoid] )

quote:
Originally posted by Emma.:
Ive found it not to be worthwhile any more to cook at greenbelt - its such a long way from the main area to the tents and I prefer to stay onsite as much as I can. It makes packing and planning much simpler!

Thank you! I think that's what I was asking, in a a roundabout way - it's one thing dragging out a tent from the back of the loft, and another to have to beg my brother for the use of his camping stove and cooking stuff, assuming it came back from Latitude ok and assuming he washed it... [Disappointed]
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
It depends on (a) your definition of expensive, and (b) your appetite. My problem is that I'd need to buy a pie and chips from one place and go and get a pancake from somewhere else - which would be the best part of a tenner, a lot for some fast food on the hoof.
 
Posted by Paul W. (# 1450) on :
 
I think point #8 of the Dave Walker Guide to Greenbelt sums up the buying vs cooking debate perfectly well. And the rest of it is worth a read too.

Paul W
 
Posted by starbelly (# 25) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider:
It depends on (a) your definition of expensive, and (b) your appetite. My problem is that I'd need to buy a pie and chips from one place and go and get a pancake from somewhere else - which would be the best part of a tenner, a lot for some fast food on the hoof.

I try and have one meal at my tent, and one out on the hoof, usually costing about £5. My problem is that at about 10pm I suddenly need food again...
 
Posted by birdie (# 2173) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by starbelly:
I am going to be at GB on a tight budget so can't spend too much time in the bar

[Killing me] [Killing me] [Killing me] [Killing me] [Killing me] [Killing me] [Killing me]

Ow! [Help] I think I just pulled a muscle.
 
Posted by Quinine (# 1668) on :
 
Hurrah for Greenbelt. Looking forward to what must be something like my 15th festival. I have discovered that, in my anxiety to book a ticket, I have in fact managed to buy two tickets, since two of them have landed on my mat. I can't find a taker for the spare yet. Anyone interested? Free, just to clarify. Will post to anywhere in mainland Britain.
 
Posted by Quinine (# 1668) on :
 
Actually, looking back through the posts, I wonder if I've received a rogue double, and will need to send one of them back. Sorry, I'd better check that. They do both have the same order number on them.
 
Posted by Screwtape (# 12661) on :
 
I would be interested in a spare ticket if there is one going!!
 
Posted by Screwtape (# 12661) on :
 
Please could soemone confirm if the Shipmates are going to be camping in area 9. Will there be a Ship flag or some other way of identifing the Ship area?
 
Posted by Paul W. (# 1450) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Screwtape:
Please could soemone confirm if the Shipmates are going to be camping in area 9. Will there be a Ship flag or some other way of identifing the Ship area?

It'll be the one with the dedicated wine storage tent.

Paul W
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Paul W.:
It'll be the one with the dedicated wine storage tent.

Next to our private toilet... hopefully... (pants????)

Honestly Paul... you make us all sound like a bunch of hopeless drunks! [Two face]

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by Superslug (# 7024) on :
 
Off on Holiday on Friday and more or less straight onto GB. I'll be the one not standing in the Childrens area queue, first time for some 12 years, now they are all in the Mix. Woohooo!

Will keep an eye out for those tell tale shipmate signs. You know listing to the left and muttering about tat with a pirate accent! grrrrr!

SS

[ 08. August 2007, 15:08: Message edited by: Superslug ]
 
Posted by ken (# 2460) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by starbelly:
I try and have one meal at my tent, and one out on the hoof, usually costing about £5. My problem is that at about 10pm I suddenly need food again...

Its easy to spend a lot more than a fiver [Frown]

Last year I had no problem becuase (a) I got a list there in a car and so could bring a wine box and some food and (b) I had borrowed loads of money from the bank so I could afford the takeaways snyway.

This year I will probably be coming by train and I have run out of money so choices are harder... do I revert to carrying a pack full of cheap pitta bread and interesting Turkish spreads?

quote:
Originally posted by Superslug:
I'll be the one not standing in the Childrens area queue, first time for some 12 years, now they are all in the Mix.

My daughter now counts as an adult.

That's weird.
 
Posted by dolphy (# 862) on :
 
As Alan and others have already said, there are a few supermarkets close to the RaceCourse if you have transport. There is also a bus service from the carpark (by Dragon Vets) which goes into the centre of town.

That said, if you come prepared, you will be fine. In any case, surely it's all about mucking in together rather than worrying about food.

And yes, believe it or not, some folks are on a low budget, so, I suggest you all take pity on Starbelly and offer him food, after all, he has the cider! [Two face]

I am happy to take care of your wine, after all, many of you will be passing near to my house. I can promise you that I will return the empty bottles for you to re-cycle [Two face]
 
Posted by geroff (# 3882) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Quinine:
Actually, looking back through the posts, I wonder if I've received a rogue double, and will need to send one of them back. Sorry, I'd better check that. They do both have the same order number on them.

We also had duplicate tickets arrive in seperate envelopes on different days with the same order number.
If you email Greenbelt they will tell you what to do.
(You haven't paid twice!)
 
Posted by Pânts (# 999) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Auntie Doris:
quote:
Originally posted by Paul W.:
It'll be the one with the dedicated wine storage tent.

Next to our private toilet... hopefully... (pants????)
Auntie Doris x

Indeed... there will be a toilet. It will also have it's own tent. [Smile]
 
Posted by Pânts (# 999) on :
 
(Which is only for short people.)
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Pânts:
(Which is only for short people.)

er.... why?

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by wesleyswig (# 5436) on :
 
On the topic I food I can happily say you do need to take your own. As a steward we get food vouchers (Huzzah!) but struggle to get 3 decent meals out of them (totally around £14 if memory serves me correctly). The best bet is to bring your camping staples (bit like sky hooks really) and some cash so you can purchase one or two things if you want food wise. But don't expect change from a fiver for any one plate of food.

The cheap vege place is called 'Nuts Cafe' and used to have the performance cafe until last year. I won't comment on whether this alteration was good or bad because I'll sound like an old git.

I won't be camping with you guys as already planned to camp with some other folk though suspect will bump into/ be involved in hearding you this year.

Oh and post Greenbelt (as if such a thing were possible) I'm on the train out of Cheltenham Spa and found I could pay £1 extra and travel first class... oh m'finks I'll be clearing the carriage rather quickly then!

May I suggest that we alter this thread slightly and put in bold if suggestions are being made re camping positions etc. Also, can we start listing stuff people should go and see. Dribs and drabs have appeared all year, but that was ten pages ago! I'll start....


Some Musak To Hear

Billy Bragg Funky political singer

Sounds of Salvation Amazing Ska worship band who do a mix of "old classics" as well as modern funky stuff which will leave you, as WWMT asked you to do, "Jumpin in the House of God" (Sorry I'll stop being all Yoof like now... shudder ... but that really was the best way to sum up how infectious their music is)

Regards
John
 
Posted by Pânts (# 999) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Auntie Doris:
quote:
Originally posted by Pânts:
(Which is only for short people.)

er.... why?

Auntie Doris x

Cos it's a normal 2 person dome tent, and if I put my mini Porta Potti in the middle, I can just about sit upright!!
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
So as long as we crouch we will be fine. [Big Grin]

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by Lookin (# 10855) on :
 
ok , so i retract my earlier post, having spent two weeks in a field at another events surrounded by thousands of young people, i am now looking forwards to GB ... the thought of "not long till greenbelt" kept me going !
 
Posted by mummyfrances (# 8635) on :
 
YAY for greenbelt!

Liopleurodon and I will be coming , but not camping as my sister is at uni in cheltenham and has offered us the use of her spare room. whether a student house spare room will be more hygenic/warm/comfortable/clean than camping, we are yet to discover [Smile]

Could there be some kind of organised shipmeet for those of us who are not camping?

Or maybe just a signal so as to meet people randomly aroud the campsite (I will be the 21 year old iwth face paint. Liopleurodon will be saying "I like Dinysors" a lot, so we are reasonably distinctive....)
 
Posted by Lookin (# 10855) on :
 
i think the tradition is to meet around 6pm on the friday night on the steps behind the bar?

is that right?

is that something people are up for again?
 
Posted by Mr. Spouse (# 3353) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Lookin:
i think the tradition is to meet around 6pm on the friday night on the steps behind the bar?

I thought the tradition was to meet at the bar whenever it was open [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Tumphouse (# 11321) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Lookin:
i think the tradition is to meet around 6pm on the friday night on the steps behind the bar?

is that right?

is that something people are up for again?

I would be up for that. I want to meet people! We are a smaller group then usual this year but are all getting very excited.
 
Posted by Nats (# 2211) on :
 
Double sets of wristbands now arrived - must post one set back. We will be camping with others from our Church (well it would be rude not to since we have persuaded them all to come [Big Grin] ) But would love to meet you guys. HOWEVER 6pm at the back of the bar won't work as the wee ones will no way be in bed then.... Can anyone post any suggestions as to how I can meet up (and possibly Calisnenath as well if he feels so inspired and our resident babysitter is happy - it's good taking a granny along you know [Razz] ) later? One that won't mean we miss out on great music on the first night?????? What about oh I don't know I don't have any ideas...... [Help]
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
I always thought we met a bit later than 6pm but I might be wrong. I usually am.

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by Paul W. (# 1450) on :
 
No, we meet at 6pm, but some of us are still there at closing time... [Razz]

Do we have the book again this year? We normally have a guestbook kind of thing that's kept in the Tank venue, for any of us to write in messages or meet suggestions. Although I have a vague recollection of it going missing last year.

Paul W
 
Posted by Lookin (# 10855) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Mr. Spouse:

I thought the tradition was to meet at the bar whenever it was open [Big Grin]


totally ... And I am up for that for sure [Smile]

Not even sure if I will be there by 6 , but I was just throwing in the suggestion to the pot as I recall it being that last year ...
 
Posted by UKCanuck (# 10780) on :
 
I've only popped in for the Saturday for the last couple of years. This time I'm there for the whole weekend. Hooray! I'll be staying off-site, though, so I won't be sharing the joys of waking up with a crick in me back and smelling putrid by Monday. Oh well, can't be helped. [Snigger]
 
Posted by mummyfrances (# 8635) on :
 
we will pop in to look at the book in the Tank then, as we are not arriving till Saturday morning.
sooooooooooooo excited:)
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
If anyone who is going wants my mobile number we usually have wine and cake at the tents at some point. All shipmates will be welcome, subject to usual vetting requirements and CRB checks. [Biased]

(Rosamundi - are you going this year?)

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by Emma. (# 3571) on :
 
Wow its coming round quickly now... less than 2 weeks to greenbelt (and a week until ajs family arrive and 3 til the wedding - its all go here [Smile] )
 
Posted by Pânts (# 999) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Auntie Doris:
If anyone who is going wants my mobile number we usually have wine and cake at the tents at some point. All shipmates will be welcome, subject to usual vetting requirements and CRB checks. [Biased]

(Rosamundi - are you going this year?)

Auntie Doris x

Ditto with my moblie number, and I can direct you to Auntie Doris tent as she has everything (and more) that anyone could ever need when camping!
 
Posted by cqg (# 777) on :
 
Arrived home Friday night to find a brown paper envelope with wristband and such.

I need to post it quickly, airmail-like, to the person who asked to buy it. I hope they contact me soon!
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
*sigh* still wish you were coming.

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by Manda (# 6028) on :
 
Go on , buy a last minute cheap plane ticket. You know you want to really [Smile]
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Manda:
Go on , buy a last minute cheap plane ticket. You know you want to really [Smile]

He would if he had a bloody valid passport!!

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by Lookin (# 10855) on :
 
i will be there somewhere with wine and cake, and wine, and more cake [Big Grin]

i am actually starting to get excited now ...
have three or four things I want to see during the weekend, then lots of time for coffee, food, cake, wine, chat hurrah
and ship meets, which usually involve all the above at greenbelt anyway ...
 
Posted by Carys (# 78) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by cqg:
Arrived home Friday night to find a brown paper envelope with wristband and such.

I need to post it quickly, airmail-like, to the person who asked to buy it. I hope they contact me soon!

If they don't I would be interested in it.

Carys
 
Posted by Derf (# 2093) on :
 
I'm currently trying to work out the logistics of getting down this year seeing as it doesn't look like I need to be anywhere else. Don't think I can be bothered to read all squillion pages of this to work out whether enough exciting/interesting people are going to be there to justify the hassle of getting there..... Or is it so long since I've been to a shipmeet south of the border that I won't recognise any of you anyway?!
 
Posted by Alan Cresswell (# 31) on :
 
You should recognise the three of us.
 
Posted by GeordieDownSouth (# 4100) on :
 
You should recognise me as well. Not changed too much since January. Are you planning to camp?
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by GeordieDownSouth:
Are you planning to camp?

Tom and Paul have new heels and handbags for the event. Not sure about Alan. [Biased]

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by Derf (# 2093) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Alan Cresswell:
You should recognise the three of us.

Well you and Flausa I'm confident of, but I'm not sure I'd recognise the wee wan unless he was with one of you - last time I saw him he was just about walking around grabbing onto things, and I'm guessing by now he's running round causing havoc!

Not intending camping - seeing as my friends who live locally now have running water back and hence have showers, as well as soft things to sleep on with no risk of being rained on, I think I'll be staying there!

Geordie, are SOS playing - will I finally get to witness you skanking? (I'm guessing I might recognise you.....)
 
Posted by Pânts (# 999) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Derf:
...- will I finally get to witness you skanking? (I'm. guessing I might recognise you.....)

Skanking????????
 
Posted by wesleyswig (# 5436) on :
 
Sounds of Salvation are playing (according to Facebook), it should be good...

Regards
John
 
Posted by Nats (# 2211) on :
 
I've never been to a shipmeet so won't recognise any of you.... Shall I pop up to the tank to check the book or does someone want to trust me with a mobile number?? I am nice - honest [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Lookin (# 10855) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Pânts:
quote:
Originally posted by Derf:
...- will I finally get to witness you skanking? (I'm. guessing I might recognise you.....)

Skanking????????
you need to come Pants, and check it out [Smile]
I will be at something of SOS, although last year I think they appeared 4 times? I shall probably make one of something
 
Posted by GeordieDownSouth (# 4100) on :
 
I will be skulking around the back of the stage, occasionally breaking into a tentative skank and leaving most of that to the younger, fitter members of the band.

I think we're on YMCA stage 4pm Saturday and 5pm Sunday. One of these will be a more old skool worship thing and the other more gig like with a bunch of new material.

And on Monday we're on at 9.30am on stage 2 with another worship slot.

And the ukelele orchestra of Great Britain isn't at greenbelt this year, so no one has an excuse for not coming to see us.
 
Posted by Lookin (# 10855) on :
 
GDS I will make sure I make it to something.
Was good to bump into briefly in Notting Hill a few months back. Did you enjoy it?

We were we missed half of it, as the transport plans went a bit wrong, when they closed all the tubes down, but hey ho, we got there.

Wasnt quite what we were expecting either, but still, you guys were good as always lol...

glad you have got some gigs happening,

not long to go now till it all kicks off, i think i needed to get over my work camping ordeals to startlooking forwards to GB as quite excited now, hurrah.
 
Posted by GeordieDownSouth (# 4100) on :
 
Yeah, it was a fun one at Notting Hill, thanks for making the effort! We're quite often not entirely sure what we're going to end up playing at either but they were really good hosts.

No Ska mass this year I'm afraid. We're resting it for a bit.
 
Posted by Alan Cresswell (# 31) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Derf:
quote:
Originally posted by Alan Cresswell:
You should recognise the three of us.

Well you and Flausa I'm confident of, but I'm not sure I'd recognise the wee wan unless he was with one of you - last time I saw him he was just about walking around grabbing onto things, and I'm guessing by now he's running round causing havoc!
Yes, it has been too long since we all got together. You'll probably have difficulty recognising the not-so-wee wan, as we were looking at photos from a few months back and being surprised by how much he's changed.
 
Posted by Lookin (# 10855) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by GeordieDownSouth:
Yeah, it was a fun one at Notting Hill, thanks for making the effort! We're quite often not entirely sure what we're going to end up playing at either but they were really good hosts.

No Ska mass this year I'm afraid. We're resting it for a bit.

we had been expecting more of a youth event than an all age deal, but hey ho, it was good, and Dee who is the youth worker there is lovely. Glad you enjoyed it [Smile]

has anyone said if and when there will be a ship meet yet, or is it assumed its the same as usual?
 
Posted by Genie (# 3282) on :
 
So who is collecting mobile numbers to coordinate the camp location? I still have some numbers left in my phone from last year.

I wont be able to make it to the campsite until after 4pm, so if someone could save me space for a one-person tent, I'd be very grateful.
 
Posted by Pânts (# 999) on :
 
If people want to PM me with mobile numbers, I'll happily collect them. I'll happily give mine in PM to whoever wants it too.
 
Posted by Derf (# 2093) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by GeordieDownSouth:
And on Monday we're on at 9.30am on stage 2 with another worship slot.

9.30am????????? That's not civilised.
 
Posted by GeordieDownSouth (# 4100) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Derf:
quote:
Originally posted by GeordieDownSouth:
And on Monday we're on at 9.30am on stage 2 with another worship slot.

9.30am????????? That's not civilised.
You only have to turn up at 9.30. We've got to sound check before that.
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
Yes... but I am on holiday!!!

Mind you... some people are just going to bed at that time eh Ken?

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by Calindreams (# 9147) on :
 
Hi everyone - Not been able to access the ship at work, but I'll try and keep up with the thread.

I'll be at Greenbelt this year so I will look forward to meeting shipmates.

My church - Journey, is hosting a stations of the cross meditation in the New Forms area - I think on Saturday if anyone is interested.

Yay! Duke Special is on the main stage this year!
 
Posted by geroff (# 3882) on :
 
We are staying off site in a B&B again this year.
Does anyone want to borrow a tent from us? We are offering a two man dome tent again from Friday afternoon to Tuesday morning to a careful shipmate. If anyone wants to do this please PM me to make arrangements.
 
Posted by wesleyswig (# 5436) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Pânts:
If people want to PM me with mobile numbers, I'll happily collect them. I'll happily give mine in PM to whoever wants it too.

Pants, your inbox is full.

Regards
John
 
Posted by Pânts (# 999) on :
 
Minor point! [Biased]

Tis better now. It has room. [Smile]
 
Posted by Esmeralda (# 582) on :
 
We'll be there, Travelodging off site as usual. I'm doing a 15 minute meditation at the Root & Branch zone in G:source on Monday morning at 10.00.

BTW, isn't G:source just ripe to be called G-spot? Although that would mean most men wouldn't be able to find it... [Devil]
 
Posted by Lookin (# 10855) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Esmeralda:


BTW, isn't G:source just ripe to be called G-spot? Although that would mean most men wouldn't be able to find it... [Devil]

now that has made me laugh! [Overused]
 
Posted by Tumphouse (# 11321) on :
 
Auntie Doris Thanks for the pm and number. I tried to pm you with mine, but your mail box is full.
My mobile seems to have gone for a little wander but as soon as it returns, I will put your number in my directory.
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Tumphouse:
Auntie Doris Thanks for the pm and number. I tried to pm you with mine, but your mail box is full.

Sorted.

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by Jack the Lass (# 3415) on :
 
I am reliably informed my wristband has arrived. I'm not entirely convinced TME's has, but that's another story.

Really looking forward to this now. There's nothing like living in the former Soviet Union for making the prospect of camping in a swampy field seem luxurious [Big Grin] Can't wait.
 
Posted by sophs (# 2296) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Calindreams:
My church - Journey, is hosting a stations of the cross meditation in the New Forms area - I think on Saturday if anyone is interested.

If it's Saturday between 8pm and midnight I'll be venue managing for you. If not, I'll probably be there anyway.
 
Posted by dolphy (# 862) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Jack the Lass:
I am reliably informed my wristband has arrived. I'm not entirely convinced TME's has, but that's another story.

JTL, I was at the racecourse on Sunday for the carboot sale. There was a regular seller there who had some 'fun handcuffs' for sale and, beside her was a chap who cuts keys and engraves things at a reduced price.

We will be there again this Sunday... just a thought [Biased]
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
I'll be camping with my girlfriend/church mates, but will no doubt see most of youse around the site. 6pm at the Ox, you say? [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
Blimey Marvin... you're actually staying this year?!!!!

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
Sure am! Thought it might be fun after my two years of "warming up" by only going for the Monday [Smile]
 
Posted by Lookin (# 10855) on :
 
i got y wrist band today [Big Grin]

(via a friend who got it the other day)
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Marvin the Martian:
Sure am! Thought it might be fun after my two years of "warming up" by only going for the Monday [Smile]

Fabulous. Will be good to see you [Smile]

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by Tumphouse (# 11321) on :
 
Got a phone call tonight, to begin planning 'the convoy'; and confirming that we will have the canoe this year again.
Only one Sunday to go!
[Yipee] [Yipee]
 
Posted by Rev per Minute (# 69) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Tumphouse:
Got a phone call tonight, to begin planning 'the convoy'; and confirming that we will have the canoe this year again.

Are you expecting more floods? [Eek!]

Came back from two weeks' camping on Tuesday - everything should be washed, dried and ironed in time to go to GB next Friday morning!
 
Posted by dolphy (# 862) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Rev per Minute:
Are you expecting more floods? [Eek!]

Nope.
Weather here is random, perfect for GB!
 
Posted by biscuit (# 3550) on :
 
I'm volunteering at the Tank - if there's anyone coming through there check for Tim - mind you, I'm still waiting for the ticket to show up! [Help]

b.
 
Posted by Tumphouse (# 11321) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Rev per Minute:
quote:
Originally posted by Tumphouse:
Got a phone call tonight, to begin planning 'the convoy'; and confirming that we will have the canoe this year again.

Are you expecting more floods? [Eek!]


Just the usual. But the canoe will keep the small ones amused for hours. It did last year, anyway. And it forms a focal point for our group. See, it does make sense. [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Pânts (# 999) on :
 
Yay... Marvins gonna be there! Yay. Haven't seen you in aaaaaaaaaaaages. [Big Grin]
 
Posted by wesleyswig (# 5436) on :
 
I believe the technical phrase is
"One week to go*"

[Big Grin] [Big Grin] [Yipee] [Yipee] [Big Grin] [Big Grin]

Regards
John

*Ok some stewards and setup will be there since this coming wed/thursday and some folks won't appear until the w/end but that rather spoils the flow of excitableness now doesn't it...
 
Posted by geroff (# 3882) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by biscuit:
I'm volunteering at the Tank - if there's anyone coming through there check for Tim -
b.

I'm sorry everyone but I forgot all about The Book. [Hot and Hormonal]
Last year, when I returned to The Tank at the end of the weekend to pick it up they had lost it! They didn't know anything about it and in fact didn't know it existed. The original book had three years of messages from Shipmates so it was getting to be quite a good souvenir.

Do you want me to arrange to bring a new book?

If this is something we want to continue to do can someone say so - ie by Wednesday night so I can go and find a suitably nautical book?
Also can someone PM me with an email address of someone at the Tank so we can make it a bit more official - then it may not disappear.
 
Posted by wesleyswig (# 5436) on :
 
I'd suggest you get a new book...

Regards
John
 
Posted by ken (# 2460) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by wesleyswig:
I believe the technical phrase is
"One week to go*"

And all I need to do is get my broken bendy tentpole fixed or replaced, buiy two train tickets and get hold of some food. And arrange a larger overdraft to pay for it all [Frown]
 
Posted by Alan Cresswell (# 31) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by geroff:

Last year, when I returned to The Tank at the end of the weekend to pick it up they had lost it! They didn't know anything about it and in fact didn't know it existed. The original book had three years of messages from Shipmates so it was getting to be quite a good souvenir.

And some people make a fuss about how the internet is ephemeral, and electronic files prone to corruption or being in a format that's obsolete in 2 months, and that if we wanted to keep things safe and accessible in the future we should put it down on paper.
 
Posted by Tumphouse (# 11321) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Alan Cresswell:
quote:
Originally posted by geroff:

Last year, when I returned to The Tank at the end of the weekend to pick it up they had lost it! They didn't know anything about it and in fact didn't know it existed. The original book had three years of messages from Shipmates so it was getting to be quite a good souvenir.

And some people make a fuss about how the internet is ephemeral, and electronic files prone to corruption or being in a format that's obsolete in 2 months, and that if we wanted to keep things safe and accessible in the future we should put it down on paper.
[Killing me] [Killing me]
 
Posted by geroff (# 3882) on :
 
Ken
I can lend you a tent then you won't need to carry it on the train -
PM me!
 
Posted by Alan Cresswell (# 31) on :
 
We just trawled through the local Sainsbury's and are now well stocked on pasta, rice, assorted sauces, canned veg and other odds and ends. Everything you need for a weekends fine dining at Greenbelt. Plus a few luxuries, a couple of bottles of beer and some wine.
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
I have bought wine, pasta and sauce and have made cake. Almost sorted [Smile]

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by Paul W. (# 1450) on :
 
I've bought a new sleeping bag today, since my old one is falling to bits. I'll stock up on some food later in the week.

One or two minor lineup additions. dfg are there again - I must actually try to see them this year, since I've missed them every time so far.

Paul W
 
Posted by Rev per Minute (# 69) on :
 
Currently thinking of new sleeping bags, since Mrs per Minute 'feels the cold' - and as the nights are expected to be chilly for southern Britain in August (yes, Alan, not really cold by Scottish standards), warmer sleeping bags may make for a happier Greenbelt!

Otherwise, all we need now is a new torch - everything else is filling up the spare bedroom (including a flysheet airing after returning from France). Have to tidy it up before the mother-in-law arrives the day before GB - she may be camping with us for the weekend, but I think she expects a proper bed the night before!
 
Posted by Emma. (# 3571) on :
 
Yay for dfg!!!! I expect we will be there. We've borrowed a tent and confirmed the booking for Alex's parents. Havent brought food yet - but theres still a while to go yet. Alex's family arive on monday......

Looking forward to seeing everyone again, and hopefully going to a seminar or some music too!
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
I thought you were staying in a B&B Emma [Biased]

I can't wait to go... just found out my neighbour is also going!

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by Emma. (# 3571) on :
 
Nope! I've posted quite a few times in the last few pages about camping I think!! (You may be confusing me with last year - I stayed in the student accomodation and it was FAB. I booked too late for a repeat performance of that sadly!)

We may get a shower at Alex's parents place though [Smile]
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
Ahhh ok.... Iam probably just be being typically thick of course.

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by GeordieDownSouth (# 4100) on :
 
An update on Sounds of Salvation. We very nearly had to do the weekend with a Tenor Sax player due to a set of circumstances involving bowling, a low hanging lamp shade and a Nintendo Wii.

Thankfully the tendons were ok*, so I'll be sporting a bandage and seven stitches and now no one will have to ask me how I got the injury so I won't have to tell anyone.

* They're white. Was quite surprised to see them.
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
You took your time... I rushed over here to see what you had done to yourself!!! Hope you feel ok.

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by GeordieDownSouth (# 4100) on :
 
Apart from embarrassment, I'm grand. Though I'm supposed to keep the bandage clean and dry. How does that work? I wash with water!

Also, my post above should say "without a Tenor Sax player." Otherwise it doesn't make sense.

[ 18. August 2007, 22:09: Message edited by: GeordieDownSouth ]
 
Posted by Tumphouse (# 11321) on :
 
I have just bought a new sleeping bag and am planning food. Getting very excited.
 
Posted by Mrs Badcrumble (# 5839) on :
 
Going to greenbelt for the first time. Am very excited! (and nervous, haven't done camping since I was a nipper)

Is the SoF doing anything special? It may have been discussed on earlier pages but I'm in an internet cafe and can't afford to pay for enough time to read it all...

Also any advice re:camping would be nice. I'll be camping close by some friends, maybe in the Outerspace thingy but am not sure.

I'd love to get to know some of you guys so if you want to PM me please do, it might be better than derailing the thread answering dumb newbie q's [Smile]

Kate x
 
Posted by Pânts (# 999) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by GeordieDownSouth:
Also, my post above should say "without a Tenor Sax player." Otherwise it doesn't make sense.

I was wondering!!!

Aunti Doris, Emma *did* want 'real' accomodation, but its obviously just so much more appealing sleeping rough with us lot. [Snigger]
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
Nothing wrong with sleeping with us all!!! [Biased]

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by dolphy (# 862) on :
 
For those of you who don't know already, there is a new Sainsbury's about 5 mins drive from the Racecourse.
 
Posted by Pânts (# 999) on :
 
Or a Tescos or Lidl (or however its spelt - never been there so I don't know!) the other way (which I pass every morning and evening on the way to / from picking up Alien each day, and will happily take orders!).
 
Posted by wesleyswig (# 5436) on :
 
For those travelling in by train...

Public transport serves the racecourse and a bus appears at Cheltenham Spa at ten minute intervals starting at .09 the hour (daytime). The journey then takes around 25mins.

This info was stolen from the traveline website so I take no responsibilities for any error that is contained above... well to be frank looking bedraggled, friendly and tired tends to get you a lift from the station anyway...

Yeah I need to look at food now... hmmm ... got three days job training then onto site on Thursday.

Regards
John
 
Posted by Derf (# 2093) on :
 
Well, I thought going to see Runrig at Loch Ness yesterday would be good practice for Greenbelt, but I do hope not. We spent about 7 hours out in the pouring rain in an arena which rapidly became a mudbath, and then had to push the car out of the even more of a mudbath carpark (I so hope the people who helped us found people to help them push theirs out - there was nowhere to stop so we could return the favour).

So I'm hoping next weekend is going to involve lots less rain and less mud, but just as much good music.
 
Posted by Emma. (# 3571) on :
 
Ooooh we've been listening to runrig in the car today. They're fab! Scotland is just a bit too far to come to see them but AJ heard they might be in southampton, that reminds me to check it out!
 
Posted by Derf (# 2093) on :
 
They're touring England (but not Scotland [Frown] ) in the autumn - can't remember how far south they're heading.
 
Posted by Nats (# 2211) on :
 
At a risk of continuing the derailment - they are going to Bristol. Must organise tickets....
 
Posted by aj (# 1383) on :
 
...they'll be in Southampton also [Smile]

See you all this weekend! (token comment to maintain thread track)
 
Posted by Ags (# 204) on :
 
... and in London, too! [Yipee]

Was thinking about getting a ticket for the Southampton gig also (daughter lives in Portsmouth, so I could stay over.)

So, yes, Greenbelt. Mud. The long range weather forecast suggests that thursday & friday will be dry & sunny. Let's hope the weekend is the same. [Smile]
 
Posted by Nats (# 2211) on :
 
So far so good
 
Posted by Pânts (# 999) on :
 
GREENBELT

WOOT

WOOT

[Yipee] [Big Grin] [Yipee] [Big Grin] [Yipee] [Big Grin] [Yipee] [Biased]
 
Posted by Quercus (# 12761) on :
 
Just back from doing the bottom half (um, 40%) of the Offa's Dyke path, so I have 4 days to do a token amount of work, wash everything and wrest my brother's tent off him.

Oh, and hope inspiration fills the little white box in the next few days. [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Pânts (# 999) on :
 
Okay, having read the last 5 pages (I got bored at that point), I think the following are planning on camping with Shippies:

Auntie Doris +? – 2 large tents
Emma, Alex, +1 – 2 ?? tents
Pants – 2 small tents
Alan, Flausa + Weewan – 1 large tent
Quizmaster, Atlana – 1 large tent
Ken – 1 small tent
Genie – 1 small tent
Tractor Girl

And these people I’m not sure about cos I don’t think they’ve said either way
Persephone (or whatever she’s now called!)?
Screwtape?
Paul?
Quercus?

Am I right or not? (Just trying to get a vague idea cos it sounds like Auntie Doris and I will be the first there).

[Smile]
 
Posted by ken (# 2460) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by geroff:

I can lend you a tent then you won't need to carry it on the train -
PM me!

Thanks but I love my little tent [Biased] Also its actually very light to carry - a weekend's worth of food for two is a lot heavier!

I think I'll just reconcile myself to missing a Saturday afternoon session and going into town to buy some food!
 
Posted by ken (# 2460) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Pânts:
Persephone (or whatever she’s now called!)?

Yep, one small tent.

Though she's currently in Wales and hasn't answered her mobile for four days so I still don't know if she's managed to arrange a lift or will be coming with me on the train. So haven't been able to buy tickets yet.

As long as it doesn't rain while I'm putting up my tent I'm OK. I camped in pouring rain in June and it was fine - but the rain helf off while the tent went up so I could put a dry pack into it.
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
You will all come and say hello in the craft/Infinite Beads tent, won't you?

I'll probably be dipping candles or dyeing T-shirts.
 
Posted by Tractor Girl (# 8863) on :
 
Pants, I don't intend sleeping under the stars & so can you put me down as:

Tractor Girl, Third Party and Third Party's friend = 1 small & 1 large tent.
Possibly also one other large tent (with a family known to TP in).
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
I just have one large tent, the communal gazebo and the most ridiculous amount of stuff!

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by Tractor Girl (# 8863) on :
 
Doris (and anybody else), if you run out of space for all of your stuff one of the bedrooms in our large tent is going to be used as a storage area.
 
Posted by Pânts (# 999) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by ken:
I think I'll just reconcile myself to missing a Saturday afternoon session and going into town to buy some food!

I'm on and off site twice a day, and going past Tesco's. Will happily take orders, or take people!
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
To be honest it is not storing it when I get there that will be the problem... it will be getting it all in the bloody car to start with!

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by dolphy (# 862) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Pânts:
I'm on and off site twice a day, and going past Tesco's. Will happily take orders, or take people!

...meet people there also?
 
Posted by Pânts (# 999) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by dolphy:
quote:
Originally posted by Pânts:
I'm on and off site twice a day, and going past Tesco's. Will happily take orders, or take people!

...meet people there also?
Er, yes. Why? You coming for the day??!! (BTW it's Cleeve Tesco's I'll be going past.)
 
Posted by Paul W. (# 1450) on :
 
Of course I'm camping with you lot.

<insert "camp" joke here>

I think Tom and Anne might be with us too (+ Matthew).

Paul W
 
Posted by dolphy (# 862) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Pânts:
(BTW it's Cleeve Tesco's I'll be going past.)

Poo.

The Sainsbury's near the racecourse, as I previously posted, is good.
 
Posted by ken (# 2460) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Paul W.:
insert "camp" joke here

Oh that's where you put it is it?

(Your wish waas my command)
 
Posted by Pânts (# 999) on :
 
quote:
Auntie Doris +? – 1 large tent
Emma, Alex, +1 – 2 ?? tents
Pants – 2 small tents
Alan, Flausa, McGyvers Apprentice (which I can't spell) + Weewan – 1 large tent
Quizmaster, Atlana – 1 large tent
Ken – 1 small tent
Persephone - 1 small tent
Genie – 1 small tent
Tractor Girl + 2 - 1 large and 1 small tent
Paul - 1 small tent

= 4 large, 9 small

And these people I’m not sure about cos I don’t think they’ve said either way
Tom, Annie and Matthew?
Screwtape?
Quercus?

And I've just painted a vague representation of the Ship logo onto my tent!!! I know someone said they had my flags from last year, but are they bringing them too?!!?

We have no 'Jesus Loves You' flags left, but do have a choice of about 500 other ones, including a pirate one!
 
Posted by Pânts (# 999) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by dolphy:
quote:
Originally posted by Pânts:
(BTW it's Cleeve Tesco's I'll be going past.)

Poo.

The Sainsbury's near the racecourse, as I previously posted, is good.

I'm sure it is, but my in-laws don't live near it.
 
Posted by dolphy (# 862) on :
 
Yes, I know [Roll Eyes]
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Pânts:
I know someone said they had my flags from last year, but are they bringing them too?!!?

I have the SoF's one.

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Pânts:
We have no 'Jesus Loves You' flags left

Like this one?

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by welsh dragon (# 3249) on :
 
Re tent list, we are also coming (me and Dave). We have a well proportioned tent [Smile] .
 
Posted by Paul W. (# 1450) on :
 
So that's 4 large tents, 9 small tents, and WD + Dave's marquee. Think we're going to need a fair sized camping area here...

Paul W
 
Posted by Manda (# 6028) on :
 
I'm not camping with you lot, but may come and say hello.

Unfortunately have to work till 5 on Friday, so can't make the traditional 6 o'clock bar session, but if a couple of people could PM me mobile numbers I'll find you and bug you at some point
(yeah I know I had some from last year, but then I went abroad and my phone lost all it's numbers so I need them again).
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Paul W.:
So that's 4 large tents, 9 small tents, and WD + Dave's marquee. Think we're going to need a fair sized camping area here...

Maybe we could get all the small tents inside the large tents...

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by Pânts (# 999) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Auntie Doris:
quote:
Originally posted by Pânts:
We have no 'Jesus Loves You' flags left

Like this one?

Auntie Doris x

Yup. Someone has that one from last year!
 
Posted by Pânts (# 999) on :
 
quote:
Auntie Doris +? – 1 large tent
Emma, Alex, +1 – 2 ?? tents
Pants – 2 small tents
Alan, Flausa, McGyvers Apprentice (which I can't spell) + Weewan – 1 large tent
Quizmaster, Atlana – 1 large tent
Ken – 1 small tent
Persephone - 1 small tent
Genie – 1 small tent
Tractor Girl + 2 - 1 large and 1 small tent
Paul - 1 small tent
Welsh Dragon, Dave - large

= 5 large, 9 small

And these people I’m not sure about cos I don’t think they’ve said either way
Tom, Annie and Matthew?
Screwtape?
Quercus?



[ 21. August 2007, 10:23: Message edited by: Pânts ]
 
Posted by Alan Cresswell (# 31) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Auntie Doris:
Maybe we could get all the small tents inside the large tents...

We've got a wee tent for the wee wan that will fit nicely inside our super-sized tent.
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Pânts:
Yay... Marvins gonna be there! Yay. Haven't seen you in aaaaaaaaaaaages. [Big Grin]

I've had a lot of other stuff on. Life simply refuses to be routine and boring at the moment, curse it.

quote:
Originally posted by Paul W.:
One or two minor lineup additions. dfg are there again - I must actually try to see them this year, since I've missed them every time so far.

They were excellent last year. Glad they're back [Smile]
 
Posted by Tumphouse (# 11321) on :
 
Has everyone had their tickets by now? Friends of mine have not got theirs yet, and as they can not come themselves, they are passing them on to the people I am camping with. So we are getting a bit worried. I have told them to phone Greenbelt, but thought I should check out here with the fonts of all Greenbelt knowledge whether or not all tickets should have arrived by now.
 
Posted by Pânts (# 999) on :
 
Isn't it that if your tickets are ordered after a certain date, you have to collect them and they're not sent out. Mebbe that?
 
Posted by Atlanta (# 2659) on :
 
We have 2 of your flags Pants, and they will be coming with us to GB
 
Posted by Nats (# 2211) on :
 
What sort of music are dfg? The GB site was less than informative.... well on dfg any way. Learn't lots about badgers.... [Confused]
 
Posted by geroff (# 3882) on :
 
Has anyone done their Heaven In Ordinary box thing yet? Or are you all too busy drying out tents and sorting food out.

We presume that ship mates will be on the steps in the grandstand behind the winged ox at 6 on Friday as usual.
I will make sure the new Book is in the Tank from about then.
 
Posted by Tumphouse (# 11321) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Nats:
What sort of music are dfg? The GB site was less than informative.... well on dfg any way. Learn't lots about badgers.... [Confused]

Stick with the badgers and you will be OK. dfg are ....indescribable.
[Eek!]
 
Posted by Alan Cresswell (# 31) on :
 
re: tickets. I just got an email from GB which includes the information that if you've not got tickets they can be collected from the "pre paid" window at the ticket office. You just need the booking reference number and some ID - though I'm not sure how that'll work if the people picking up the tickets aren't the people who bought them.
 
Posted by cqg (# 777) on :
 
Original purchaser calls the nice people, gives them the reference number and tells them who really *will* be picking it up.

I hope that works, anyway. WD is counting on it [Smile]
 
Posted by Tumphouse (# 11321) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by cqg:
WD is counting on it [Smile]

I will sort that out. but who is WD?
[Confused]
 
Posted by Pânts (# 999) on :
 
Presumably Welsh Dragon.
 
Posted by Quercus (# 12761) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Pânts:
quote:
Auntie Doris +? – 1 large tent
<snip?
And these people I’m not sure about cos I don’t think they’ve said either way
Tom, Annie and Matthew?
Screwtape?
Quercus?


Sorry, I haven't answered. Yes please, if I may. It'll be me and one modest tent (I hope - I haven't seen it yet), arriving at some indeterminate time after taking the cat to the vet and the cattery...she's going to hate me...
 
Posted by ken (# 2460) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Nats:
What sort of music are dfg?

Gosh. Wow.

Er....

I imagine Raineyseason wouldn't like them.
 
Posted by Nats (# 2211) on :
 
Disaster has struck. Just realised that Duke Special (why did nobody tell me that he was Booley reincarnate........ why didn't I go and hear him last year? I love Booley [Mad] [Biased] ) AND Delirious are playing on Monday night. Our babysitters normally go home on Monday. [Help] Would take the children to improve their taste in music but our son is Loud Music Phobic (unless it's twinkle twinkle of course [Frown] ) and we couldn't go in the mosh pit with 2 under 4's any way.... [Help] Must try and talk someone in to staying later. Anyone know how late they are playing??
 
Posted by welsh dragon (# 3249) on :
 
dfg are a group whose work is a mixture of performance poetry/comedy/satire set to music on Christian attitudes, mental illness etc. They try to be outrageous. I understand that the young men involved take this venture extremely seriously as an artistic enterprise, even if it looks as though it is supposed to be a bit of a spoof or a laugh. Some of it is rather funny and they are a bit of a cult Greenbelt thing. Does that help at all?
 
Posted by Nats (# 2211) on :
 
Yes WD, it does! Thank you very much.

Now, can anyone enlighten me on how late I need to persuade kindly grannies in my group to stay on Monday night to look after my children??!!
 
Posted by Alan Cresswell (# 31) on :
 
That depends on what time the band you want to see is on, and last time I looked at the GB website that specificity of information wasn't there (we were looking to see how late McGyvers Apprentice can get to the site and still make it to Billy Bragg on Friday). It also depends on whether there are alternatives to grannies baby-sitting (eg: could you take the kids and stand far enough back to hear them without being too loud for the kids?)
 
Posted by geroff (# 3882) on :
 
The new Book has been bought. It is blue with bubbles on it. We shall get it to the Tank as early as we can.
 
Posted by Pânts (# 999) on :
 
I like bubbles.
 
Posted by Quercus (# 12761) on :
 
I should be working, but instead I seem to be alternating between looking out of my office window at the sunshine and blue sky ...bliss... and re-reading the GB listings with quivering anticipation. Over The Rhine! Stop-motion animation for adults! Great Vespers! Also that dfg lot you were all going on about, who seem entertainingly weird-ass.

More blue sky... [Smile]
 
Posted by Atlanta (# 2659) on :
 
Well! it may be only Tuesday but I have packed QM back to work after a few days off with a summer cold, have mended the groundsheet, Packed almost everything and await Friday with deep anticipation.


Must be something going on!!!!!! [Yipee]
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
I am sitting at work, eating chocolate cookies and drinking coffee... amending my list of what I need to take to GB. Anything I have forgotten?

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by Lookin (# 10855) on :
 
am just putting some washign in and hoping it dries by friday

someone just rang though to say "would you mind if we bought all your food and stuff to make it easier for you" , noooo , i wouldnt mind at all, so thats one less worry [Big Grin]

and the tent i am borrowing is arriving tonight and apparently goes up in 2 minutes
 
Posted by dolphy (# 862) on :
 
Re: Tent sizes. It would be a challenge to see how many tents, when erected, fit inside each other!
Maybe that's a game that the day visitors can play while you lot are off in the bar! [Two face]
 
Posted by cqg (# 777) on :
 
Welsh Dragon is presumably right.

And WD pegged dfg spot on.

Probably will never have mass market appeal but they do challenge and, sometimes, send me into fits of laughter.

A signature song has to do with masturbation with a great line about collecting frequent flyer miles on Penis Airlines (they are boys, after all).
 
Posted by Emma. (# 3571) on :
 
Dfg are the best....
 
Posted by ken (# 2460) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Lookin:
am just putting some washign in and hoping it dries by friday

I have washing on the line. Abigail is denying the quiddity of reality and insisting that she has time to do and dry washing tommorow. Only if summer breaks out.

quote:


the tent i am borrowing is arriving tonight and apparently goes up in 2 minutes

They all do. The problem is workign out which two minutes. Sometimes it is the first two minutes of your attempt to put it up. Sometimes it is the two minutes that start twenty-five minutes later.
 
Posted by Emma. (# 3571) on :
 
Dfg are the best....
 
Posted by welsh dragon (# 3249) on :
 
So good she said it twice!

Dave is looking for the water carrier under the stairs. We tried putting the tent up in the garden - to check we had all the bits etc - until it started to rain very unpredictably. I have been sulking by the computer ever since. I have managed to find a list of things I wanted to take to Grrenbelt last time in my back files. It includes a doormat, a dustpan and brush, German bread, T lights and bubbles. Hmmm, we may be revising this.
 
Posted by Tractor Girl (# 8863) on :
 
Any body aware of whether it is staying dry in Cheltenham at the moment?
 
Posted by Pânts (# 999) on :
 
It's been a beautiful sunny day all day here (about 15 miles from Cheltenham). And on weather.co.uk it says its gonna be sunny or mostly sunny for the four days, and between 22 and 25c.

[Big Grin]
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
Hip hip hurray!!

I have been putting some stuff in my car so I don't have to do it all tomorrow evening. I have to say that the Honda Jazz is a genius little car - it is like the bloody Tardis!!

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by Curiosity killed ... (# 11770) on :
 
Seven day forecast for Cheltenham
Forecast for London for tomorrow is rain so washing is very unlikely to dry

[ 22. August 2007, 18:57: Message edited by: Curiosity killed ... ]
 
Posted by Alan Cresswell (# 31) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Auntie Doris:
I have been putting some stuff in my car so I don't have to do it all tomorrow evening.

I put the tent in the car as I went down this morning, and a few other odds and ends are now there. I'll have to sort most of the stuff out soon ready for the load up in the morning and the off. We'll be staying overnight on the way, it's just too far with the wee wan unless we want to get there after 7pm on Friday. I probably won't know until we're heading back whether we can do the trip back on Tuesday and stick to just four days off work, or whether we'll need an overnight going home too.
 
Posted by Tubifex Maximus (# 4874) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Pânts:
Okay, having read the last 5 pages (I got bored at that point), I think the following are planning on camping with Shippies:

Auntie Doris +? – 2 large tents
Emma, Alex, +1 – 2 ?? tents
Pants – 2 small tents
Alan, Flausa + Weewan – 1 large tent
Quizmaster, Atlana – 1 large tent
Ken – 1 small tent
Genie – 1 small tent
Tractor Girl

And these people I’m not sure about cos I don’t think they’ve said either way
Persephone (or whatever she’s now called!)?
Screwtape?
Paul?
Quercus?

Am I right or not? (Just trying to get a vague idea cos it sounds like Auntie Doris and I will be the first there).

[Smile]

I also would like to camp with Shipmates, the other person I was going to come with isn't coming any more. I will PM you, Pants, with my mobile number.

Of course, I have a spare ticket going free to a good home and some useful stuff like a spare tent (sleeps 2) if anyone wants it. I also have one of those tables with built in chairs and some gas lamps and inflator.
 
Posted by Pânts (# 999) on :
 
quote:
Auntie Doris +? – 1 large tent
Emma, Alex, +1 – 2 ?? tents
Pants – 2 small tents
Alan, Flausa, McGyvers Apprentice (which I can't spell) + Weewan – 1 large tent
Quizmaster, Atlana – 1 large tent
Ken – 1 small tent
Persephone - 1 small tent
Genie – 1 small tent
Tractor Girl + 2 - 1 large and 1 small tent
Paul - 1 small tent
Welsh Dragon, Dave - large
Quercus - a smallish tent
Tubifex Maximus - small tent

= 5 large, 11 small

And these people I’m not sure about cos I don’t think they’ve said either way
Tom, Annie and Matthew?
Screwtape?

[Sorry, new page... go back and read the last page, it's far more interesting!]

[ 22. August 2007, 20:20: Message edited by: Pânts ]
 
Posted by Carys (# 78) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Tubifex Maximus:

Of course, I have a spare ticket going free to a good home and some useful stuff like a spare tent (sleeps 2) if anyone wants it. I also have one of those tables with built in chairs and some gas lamps and inflator.

Spare ticket? YEs please.

Carys

[Edited to correct quote]

[ 23. August 2007, 09:16: Message edited by: Flausa ]
 
Posted by Tubifex Maximus (# 4874) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Carys:
quote:
Originally posted by Tubifex Maximus:

Of course, I have a spare ticket going free to a good home and some useful stuff like a spare tent (sleeps 2) if anyone wants it. I also have one of those tables with built in chairs and some gas lamps and inflator.

Spare ticket? YEs please.

Carys

You can have it, but I need to PM you my mobile number so you can call me and claim your ticket. Your inbox is full, can you clear it?

David

[Edited to correct quote]

[ 23. August 2007, 09:17: Message edited by: Flausa ]
 
Posted by Carys (# 78) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Tubifex Maximus:
quote:
Originally posted by Carys:
quote:
Originally posted by Tubifex Maximus:

Of course, I have a spare ticket going free to a good home and some useful stuff like a spare tent (sleeps 2) if anyone wants it. I also have one of those tables with built in chairs and some gas lamps and inflator.

Spare ticket? YEs please.

Carys

You can have it, but I need to PM you my mobile number so you can call me and claim your ticket. Your inbox is full, can you clear it?

David

Done. Thanks.

Carys

[Edited to correct quote]

[ 23. August 2007, 09:17: Message edited by: Flausa ]
 
Posted by wesleyswig (# 5436) on :
 
Almost all packed, just got to hope that the tube line holds out today to get me to my train!

Hopefully see some of you out there!

Regards
John
 
Posted by aj (# 1383) on :
 
Grrr...

Alternator in car has decided to go on strike. Garage is attempting to get replacement part today.

will...not...visit...hell...car...thread

It's a long walk to Cheltenham...
 
Posted by starbelly (# 25) on :
 
Just logging in at work to say...

See you all tomorrow!!!!!!
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
I am getting very excited! One of the Greenbelt Virgins I am bringing with me nearly had heart failure when I told him that there aren't really any showers. Thought he was about to start hyperventilating... which is why I didn't tell him before now! [Snigger]

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by Quercus (# 12761) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Auntie Doris:
I am getting very excited! One of the Greenbelt Virgins I am bringing with me nearly had heart failure when I told him that there aren't really any showers. Thought he was about to start hyperventilating... which is why I didn't tell him before now! [Snigger]

Auntie Doris x

But...but...but... The YMCA renta-showers do exist, don't they? Or is that a cruel hoax to lure GB virgins onto the site? [Frown]

Hm. That also explains why my brother, when lending me his tent, also gave me a big, big packet of wet wipes. [Paranoid]
 
Posted by Rev per Minute (# 69) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Quercus:
quote:
Originally posted by Auntie Doris:
I am getting very excited! One of the Greenbelt Virgins I am bringing with me nearly had heart failure when I told him that there aren't really any showers. Thought he was about to start hyperventilating... which is why I didn't tell him before now! [Snigger]

Auntie Doris x

But...but...but... The YMCA renta-showers do exist, don't they? Or is that a cruel hoax to lure GB virgins onto the site? [Frown]

Hm. That also explains why my brother, when lending me his tent, also gave me a big, big packet of wet wipes. [Paranoid]

They exist, but unless you book your shower for Monday within 20 minutes of the YMCA tent putting tickets on sale, fuhgedaboudit...
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
Early plug - I've downloaded a load of Anglican Rosary stuff and am hoping to be doing some Rosary making for folk in the Infinite Beads tent.

If you're interested.
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
When I were a lad, you got one bath a week and there were no showers. Consequently this "four days and no shower help how will I cope?" thing is rather alien to me. I find a quick wash and deodorant solves the smell problem.
 
Posted by Carys (# 78) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider:
Early plug - I've downloaded a load of Anglican Rosary stuff and am hoping to be doing some Rosary making for folk in the Infinite Beads tent.

If you're interested.

Sounds interesting. I might pop along. Not camping with the ship group this year I'm afraid. A friend of mine qualifies for the disabled + groups area so I'm joining her and a couple of others there.

Carys
 
Posted by peterson toscano (# 12935) on :
 
Auntie Doris, I know this virgin you are bringing and in spite of all of his worries and moaning and drama, I predict he will become a Greenbelt whore in no time.

Can't wait to see you there!
 
Posted by Flausa (# 3466) on :
 
We are packing clothes now, and shall be starting the first leg of our journey shortly. I think I'm ready, but I'm not very sure. See you all soon!
 
Posted by Jack the Lass (# 3415) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Rev per Minute:
quote:
Originally posted by Quercus:
quote:
Originally posted by Auntie Doris:
I am getting very excited! One of the Greenbelt Virgins I am bringing with me nearly had heart failure when I told him that there aren't really any showers. Thought he was about to start hyperventilating... which is why I didn't tell him before now! [Snigger]

Auntie Doris x

But...but...but... The YMCA renta-showers do exist, don't they? Or is that a cruel hoax to lure GB virgins onto the site? [Frown]

Hm. That also explains why my brother, when lending me his tent, also gave me a big, big packet of wet wipes. [Paranoid]

They exist, but unless you book your shower for Monday within 20 minutes of the YMCA tent putting tickets on sale, fuhgedaboudit...
Are we talking about the same festival here? Admittedly the queue for signing up for showers is very long and tedious on Friday night (that's 2 hours of my life I'll never get back from last year), but there were still loads of slots left when I eventually got to the front of the queue, so I think I'm going to wait till Saturday morning to book showers (every day, otherwise I'm miserable) and avoid the queue. I'm not expecting any problems at all.

OK, once you get there they're hardly the height of luxury, but they're good enough for the purpose, after 2 years of wimping out and arranging to use the shower of someone wonderful (hello!) who was staying at the Pittville campus, I can't think what I was making a fuss about.
 
Posted by dan the harp (# 7132) on :
 
Hi All!

Just popping in to say can’t wait to get there tomorrow, packing now =]. Camping in Area 10 with my noisy youth group but will no doubt retreat to the Tiny Tea Tent or most probably the Organic Beer Tent at the earliest opportunity, maybe stop by to say Hi! The weather forecast looks amazing, too good to be true?? But it’s been a long time coming…

See ya’ll there…
[Yipee]
 
Posted by starbelly (# 25) on :
 
In 7 years I have never had a shower.
 
Posted by starbelly (# 25) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by starbelly:
In 7 years I have never had a shower.

At Greenbelt I mean!
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
I've had vanishingly few showers in the last seven years, because I hate them*. I only use them at swimming baths or if I'm in a real hurry. Bath every time.

*Because you can't relax and read a book in them, which is the main attraction of a bath. And the shower curtain feels like some monstrous membrane when you brush against it. And the part of you that's not under it is cold. And if it's hot enough for the water getting to your legs to be still warm, it's too hot on your head. And because it's quiet in a bath and noisy in a shower. That's why.
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
I usually book myself one shower over the weekend - and it is the most blissful shower - being able to wash my hair makes a big difference!

peterson - I think you are right... whoredom awaits for this little virgin [Biased]

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by Lookin (# 10855) on :
 
hope abis washing endeavor is not proving too traumatic, pissing down with rain here yet again.
still not worked out how to confess to the house owners by letter that their gazebo is now in the tree. Maybe I will just tell them to go look out the window.

Not long to go, i really really hope there isnt this rain all weekend, i know its means to be nice bu i am feeling all gloomy about it.

Very unprepared. Will pack in the morning.

Will pop in the to meet in the evening if I can, not sure what time we will be arriving though ...

yay for GB
 
Posted by GeordieDownSouth (# 4100) on :
 
Just done my pre-festival shop. Bought slightly too much as usual, so if anyone needs some spare super noodles......

Red Cross Housemate is changing my bandage tonight, one more band practice, a quick sleep, then we're on our way!

And the sun has just come out here.

Oh yeah, need to find my hat.
 
Posted by Lookin (# 10855) on :
 
hey geordie
i meant to be pm you but forgot
you guys gonna be selling your cd?
when you were in notting hill my housemate bought one, and then i lost it, ops!
so would really value being able to replace it before having to confess i dont know where it is ...
 
Posted by ken (# 2460) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Lookin:
hope abis washing endeavor is not proving too traumatic, pissing down with rain here yet again.

She's turned the central heating on and the flat is so hot I need to go out...

Someone ought to reassure her that Cheltenham is not a swamp

and that there will be cheese
 
Posted by whitebait (# 7740) on :
 
Blue skies and bright sunshine in Cheltenham at the moment.
 
Posted by daisydaisy (# 12167) on :
 
Have fun you brave brave campers !
 
Posted by GeordieDownSouth (# 4100) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Lookin:
hey geordie
i meant to be pm you but forgot
you guys gonna be selling your cd?
when you were in notting hill my housemate bought one, and then i lost it, ops!
so would really value being able to replace it before having to confess i dont know where it is ...

Hopefully! Though apparently we're not allowed to sell them ourselves, they've got to go through the shop, and we've not figured out how that works yet.

Any behind scenes people here know?
 
Posted by peterson toscano (# 12935) on :
 
quote:
Hopefully! Though apparently we're not allowed to sell them ourselves, they've got to go through the shop, and we've not figured out how that works yet.

Any behind scenes people here know?

I think it is a private company running the selling of CDs and the forms had to be in by August 1, but perhaps they will take in last minute entries (I hope so cause I have some DVDs to sell).
 
Posted by dolphy (# 862) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by whitebait:
Blue skies and bright sunshine in Cheltenham at the moment.

Skies are still blue, a light breeze and glorious sunshine. Set to continue through the weekend.

Safe travels, all.

<Light, not Ligh! >

[ 23. August 2007, 16:06: Message edited by: dolphy ]
 
Posted by Persephone Hazard (# 4648) on :
 
Ken and I are sat in the living room. He is bustling around sorting things out and finding food and packing clothes and constructing tent poles and God knows what else.

I have just said:
"Hmm. I suppose I should try and find my tent."
 
Posted by sophs (# 2296) on :
 
Well, I'm already here and have had a nice chat with a certain Rev. Ambulence. I'm heading out to get a curry with people in about half an hour.

All fun, warm, and happy here. Greenbelt has truely started.
 
Posted by Persephone Hazard (# 4648) on :
 
And it's ok, right? It's not, like, flooded or freezing or mudbathy? Right? Right?

[flails]
 
Posted by Lookin (# 10855) on :
 
i think we have the blues about the weather as its been so crap here the last week, i just went out and its bloody raining again.
 
Posted by Manda (# 6028) on :
 
Hmmm, still need to pack, bake a birthday cake and do my little white box tonight. *runs round in blind panic*
 
Posted by Nats (# 2211) on :
 
Box. White box. Must do something with my white box.....
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
Well I am packed. Sorted! Can't wait to get there now... wish I could click my fingers and be there with the tent all set up already!

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by Derf (# 2093) on :
 
Am mostly packed - what have I forgotten?
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
Dunno. I have cake, wine and fags. Think I am sorted [Biased]

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by Emma. (# 3571) on :
 
Having said I was actually camping this year....

....

Alex's family and I have been chatting it will be easier for us if we all stay in the place we got for his parents. With me being ill it seems the best thing!

*it still hasnt hit me that this is tomorrow....."

Look forward to seeing people though!!
 
Posted by Lookin (# 10855) on :
 
must start packing
must start packing
must start packing

think if i say it over and over it will do itself for me?
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
Now I understand that advert when everything explodes from the car when you shut the boot.

We seem to be carrying enough stuff for a CAMPING holiday.

This is not like the jeans, T-shirt and enough cash for a burger a day that I remember from years ago.

Still, Maturity has its advantages, and my wife says that my advantage is her. [Smile] [Cool]
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Quizmaster:
Still, Maturity has its advantages, and my wife says that my advantage is her. [Smile] [Cool]

She's right [Biased]

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by Paul W. (# 1450) on :
 
It's nearly Greenbelt time
It's nearly Greenbelt time
It's nearly Greenbelt time
It's nearly Greenbelt time
...

I suppose I should think about packing. And getting a bit of food to take with me. And figuring out how I'm actually getting there, I guess that's kinda important.

Bah, details, details...

Paul W
 
Posted by Carys (# 78) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Lookin:
must start packing
must start packing
must start packing

think if i say it over and over it will do itself for me?

Unfortunately not. I'm getting there.

Just went into the living room to find my Virgin Media Bill so I can rant at them (they've over charged me) and while looking for it, I knocked my matches onto the floor. This made me think `ah yes, matches, they're quite useful for lighting one's trangia!'. Especially since I no longer have a lighter in my handbag -- I leant it to a Methodist and never got it back. But even then I would fancy lighting a trangia with a lighter.

Carys
 
Posted by Nats (# 2211) on :
 
Packed. Just need to sleep, feed children, stuff last minute stuff in and go. Right computer it going OFF! See you all soon...
 
Posted by Tumphouse (# 11321) on :
 
We are all set and are as organised as a bunch of ex Youth Workers can ever be. We plan to arrive at 10am tomorrow [Killing me] and will sort the still not arrived tickets on site, and get tickets for the 2 little ones.
 
Posted by Quercus (# 12761) on :
 
I really ought to have tried out my borrowed tent, but I don't think Mrs Q will be too impressed if I put up a tent in the middle of the living room at 11.20 at night. Well, there'll be lots of time to practise tomorrow. Just before I pack [Disappointed]
 
Posted by Ags (# 204) on :
 
I knew there was something we had forgotten.

Packing.

Washing & drying of clothes to take with us seems to have been omitted also.

Ah, well (makes another cup of tea, while wondering if she really can make one pair of jeans last the whole weekend.)
 
Posted by Lookin (# 10855) on :
 
organization is part of being a youth worker?
now why didnt anyone tell me!

ok, i am going to start the jobs I need to do.. now

yes, really
 
Posted by Uriel (# 2248) on :
 
We're packed, althoguh I don't know where the two small children will fit in the car. All things being well we should be off around 8.30 tomorrow morning and at the site roughly 10am. Which should mean we actually get onto the site around midday!

Cheers,

Uriel.
 
Posted by Lookin (# 10855) on :
 
very random request, but ipod earphones, anyone got any spares ones they dont use, or got given extra ?

i cannot believe i just did this, but I just hoovered mine up, have had to cut them to get them out of the hoover wheel thingy, and they have been completed disintegrated ...

however I rely on my ipod at GB to sleep, and for other times when I just need to go away from the world.

I will have to buy some in the morning somehow, somewhere if I cant find anyone with any ...

(i am willing to buy them from you by the way)

anyway, i know its rather late in the day, but pm me if you can help!
 
Posted by wanderingstar (# 10444) on :
 
Ooooh, unlucky. Wish I could help, Lookin.

Guess I'd better get to bed, but Mum - I'm too excited! Mebbe see some of you strangers there.

Have fun.
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Lookin:
very random request, but ipod earphones, anyone got any spares ones they dont use, or got given extra ?

You should be able to get some at Tesco's in the morning.

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by dolphy (# 862) on :
 
Weather report from Chelters.

8:30am, the sun is out, the sky is blue...
 
Posted by peterson toscano (# 12935) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by dolphy:
Weather report from Chelters.

8:30am, the sun is out, the sky is blue...

yummy! I'm breaking out the shorts and flip flops.
 
Posted by Ags (# 204) on :
 
Sitting here in my dressing gown with a bowl of cereal & a mug of tea.
Still not really packed. [Roll Eyes]
 
Posted by Atlanta (# 2659) on :
 
I,m ready for the off, just a shame that QM has to work this morning, we hope to be arriving around 3pm see you all then!!!!!!!!!! [Yipee]
 
Posted by Carys (# 78) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Atlanta:
I,m ready for the off, just a shame that QM has to work this morning, we hope to be arriving around 3pm see you all then!!!!!!!!!! [Yipee]

I've got to work all day. Thankfully, I've enough flexihours that all day finishes at 4pm. I think I'm packed so we can leave when my parents come to pick me up as they've helpfully decided to visit my Nain (grandmother) in Cheltenham this weekened.

Carys
 
Posted by geroff (# 3882) on :
 
Well we're about to leave with our weekend bags and picnic. So little packing to do when you're staying in a nice comfortable B&B. [Snigger]

See you on the steps behind the Winged Ox at 6.

Geroff and Apothecary
 
Posted by Paul W. (# 1450) on :
 
Right, think I've got everything (apart from a bit of food I'm going to pick up enroute). Just about to set off, so look out for me wandering round the campsite lost in a few hours.

Paul W
 
Posted by ken (# 2460) on :
 
If we manage to drag our far-too-heavy bags out of the door to the bus-stop in the next half-hour we ought to be there

May I just say I hate the way railway tickets are for particular trains these days? (or else cost thousands of wonga). So we are supposed to get the 13:48 from Paddington (London's most remote and hard-to-get-to central railway station) and if we miss it another ticket would cost about 35 quid each [Frown]

Far too much pressure for a morning!
 
Posted by dolphy (# 862) on :
 
You will be delighted to know that the long weekend forecast is hot, hot, hot!
 
Posted by peterson toscano (# 12935) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by dolphy:
You will be delighted to know that the long weekend forecast is hot, hot, hot!

yummy, yummy, yummy

I have arrived in Cheltenham a few minutes ago and a sour stench fills the place. Sort of a gone-off milk odor. Apparently it has hovered for days. We need a mighty wind to rush through and clear that mess out before me add our own stench to it.
 
Posted by Carys (# 78) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by ken:
If we manage to drag our far-too-heavy bags out of the door to the bus-stop in the next half-hour we ought to be there

May I just say I hate the way railway tickets are for particular trains these days? (or else cost thousands of wonga). So we are supposed to get the 13:48 from Paddington (London's most remote and hard-to-get-to central railway station) and if we miss it another ticket would cost about 35 quid each [Frown]

Far too much pressure for a morning!

I hate that too and usually stump up for the savers. One trick is to check costs of individual legs (London-Didcot, Didcot to Cheltenham* for example) because buying separate tickets for those legs can be cheaper. This used only to be true on CDRs (so only of use for day trips) but they seem to be falling together with Savers and so longer trips are possible. Too late for this time I'm afraid.

*For Cardiff it is Cardiff-Swindon, Swindon-Didcot, Didcot Travelcard (with Network Card). The one downside is that the train has to stop in the stations you have tickets to and not all Cardiff trains stop at Didcot so sometimes one has to change at Swindon). Actually that means for you it might be Cheltenham Swindon, Swindon Didcot.

Carys
 
Posted by cqg (# 777) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by peterson toscano:
Auntie Doris, I know this virgin you are
bringing

Zounds! You *are* on the ship! Welcome! Have a blast at GB.
 
Posted by dolphy (# 862) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by peterson toscano:
I have arrived in Cheltenham a few minutes ago and a sour stench fills the place.

Sorry, I had a curry last night!
 
Posted by sophs (# 2296) on :
 
Shipmeet is happening!!!

Currently present are sophs, aj, emma, auntie doris, gerroff, apothecury, starbelly and a number of others.

All saying hello to igeek!
 
Posted by Freelance Monotheist (# 8990) on :
 
Have fun everyone!
Every year I keep meaning to go & every year I fail!
Next year I want to be reminded when tickets come out & when to book early for non-tent accommodation!
 
Posted by aj (# 1383) on :
 
Just back at our digs in Cheltenham after the first evening of G07. Enjoyed Over the Rhine (FANTASTIC DRUMMER), Billy Bragg, and listened a while to Graham Maule (I think) singing unaccompanied in the Iona tent. Marvellous!

Off tomorrow for more...
 
Posted by peterson toscano (# 12935) on :
 
whoa whoa! It is wonderful and especially nice knowing more people this year. Nice to attend the gathering and get to know more folks. Fortunately that nasty smell (be it re-released curry or whatever) cannot be detected on the grounds. Phew!

PERFECT weather today.
Okay, must got to bed so that I can enjoy.

Oh, and I saw the Greenbelt virgins. They seem to be holding up okay fortified with organic beer.
 
Posted by Pânts (# 999) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by peterson toscano:
Fortunately that nasty smell (be it re-released curry or whatever) cannot be detected on the grounds. Phew!

So glad to hear you're sympathetic to the people affected by the floods.
 
Posted by Chelley (# 11322) on :
 
Hello you lot at Greenbelt... this is the first year I've missed in a long time! [Frown] (The joys of moving house - at least got t'internet sorted at last!). Have a brilliant time... just about to read back and see how many of you have already wandered through the Tank!
 
Posted by aj (# 1383) on :
 
We went to some dodgy show featuring an American former homo or something or another.

Er... [Smile]

Great show, Peterson - we'll try and get your second gig on Sunday. Welcome to the Ship, too. I wish I'd stayed longer in the pub on Friday and chatted.
 
Posted by peterson toscano (# 12935) on :
 
Thanks aj, oh, and there is more beer to be had for chatting (although they ran out of ale before I got to the Organic Beer Tent and had to settle for lager)

[ 25. August 2007, 23:11: Message edited by: peterson toscano ]
 
Posted by Ju7ia (# 11944) on :
 
I want to go! Somebody please take me too! [Waterworks]
 
Posted by dolphy (# 862) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by aj:
We went to some dodgy show featuring an American former homo or something or another.

I thought this was a Christian Festival!.

I hope that you are enjoying the sunshine, the beer, the tea, and all the events.

It looks better than last year, from the other side of the fences!
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by peterson toscano:
Thanks aj, oh, and there is more beer to be had for chatting (although they ran out of ale before I got to the Organic Beer Tent and had to settle for lager)

I would also like to point out that I fully blame Peterson for the fact that I was so wankered last night. I mean, you all know that I barely drink... so it couldn't possibly be my fault. Also, I have a pretty husky voice this morning after Yangtze and I went to Beer and Hymns.

I am having a lovely time... although the toilets smell like shit (ha, ha!)and I don't really want to go home. Not sure my liver coud stand much longer than a weekend at GB though!!

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by Carys (# 78) on :
 
I'm home. Sorry I didn't see more shipmates. I met Tubifex Maximus to get the ticket (thanks again for that) and that was about it. Well, I bumped into Manda but mentally I count her as Cardiff not ship. Met Ophthalamous (or whatever his name is these days) via SPEAK people (well Winklet with whom I'm camping -- but she's a Cambridge person to me). I saw JonMy today to which was nice. Claire walked past me at one point but I didn't see other shipmates I knew which was a shame but I was trying not to be manically busy this year. I met all sorts of random people otherwise just not ship ones.

It was a good festival. I'm very glad I went though I just want to sleep now.

Carys
 
Posted by Emma. (# 3571) on :
 
We're back [Smile]

..... need sleep.....zzzzz
 
Posted by Manda (# 6028) on :
 
Back [Smile]


Peterson Toscano is on the ship? And you were drinking with him? How damn cool is that.

Dude, your show was great. Only managed to get to the last one because I was on a stall, but it was awesome.

Definitely worth staying a bit late to catch Duke Special as well I reckon.
 
Posted by dolphy (# 862) on :
 
Great, it's over.
Next Sunday we can go to the car boot!

Seriously, it looked great from the other side of the fences.

The pictures in the local paper are wonderful.
 
Posted by GeordieDownSouth (# 4100) on :
 
Well, that was kind of cool. When's the next one?

The stitches have come out ok as well.

Oh, and thanks for the tip about the cd shop, mr toscano, they were happy to take them when we turned up on Friday.

One of the highlights was wandering into the YMCA tent in the middle of a performance of Return to the Forbidden Planet on Monday. I love that show.
 
Posted by peterson toscano (# 12935) on :
 
manda, thanks! I had no idea how the show would turn out at Centaur seeing it is an insanely huge and impersonal venue and the performance was only announced on Sunday and by word of mouth. But, hey, it all worked out. (Oh, and Auntie Doris and I knocked a few more back last night--she drinks like fish! [Big Grin] )

I LOVED the show by DFG last night. One of my highlights.

[ 28. August 2007, 14:10: Message edited by: peterson toscano ]
 
Posted by Emma. (# 3571) on :
 
I suspected you would like dfg [Smile] We had to leave before them though and they have alwasy been a highlight of my GB. Was it **really** their last one?
 
Posted by Paul W. (# 1450) on :
 
Back now. Not my best Greenbelt ever, but it wasn't too bad, met some nice people. Shame I never made it to the circus, but the queues were crazy for that, and for some other things I wanted to see.

I'm surprised no-one has started the 2008 thread yet. [Big Grin]

Speaking of which, I'm thinking about raising money for charity by doing a Sponsored Teetotal Greenbelt next year. I suspect it would be good for me too...

Paul W
 
Posted by Jack the Lass (# 3415) on :
 
Paul, I love that idea! I bet you'd raise tons! [Big Grin]

Emma, I thought the dfg gig a couple of years ago was going to be their last too - they're probably just turning into Status Quo now they're getting older (now there's a thought).

This was a great GB for me, I really enjoyed myself. Highlights include the Visions Trance Mass on Friday night, and Kando Bongo Man on Saturday. And beer and hymns of course - brilliant stuff! Also I had lots of chances to meet great and random people, and relax and breathe and generally not be a headless chicken.

I was very sad not to get to any of Peterson's shows. The queues were just so long, the venues were shut before we were anywhere near the front. Sigh - next year!
 
Posted by Paul W. (# 1450) on :
 
Oh yeah, Beer'n'Hymns, that was fantastic. I took a few video clips of it, think I'm going to edit them together and stick them on Youtube if they look ok. I'll post a link when I do.

Might have to be Lemonade'n'Hymns for me next year though. Doesn't have quite the same ring to it. Maybe I'll set up a Good Little Evangelical version elsewhere at GB: SoftDrinks'n'Choruses

Paul W
 
Posted by Pânts (# 999) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Paul W.:
Back now. Not my best Greenbelt ever, but it wasn't too bad, met some nice people.

Likewise! For a number of reasons.

But I did have a fab time when I got back from dropping Alien home on Monday afternoon - caught up with a people, chatted lots and saw Duke Special and dfg.

Very limited number of photos here.
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by peterson toscano:
Oh, and Auntie Doris and I knocked a few more back last night--she drinks like fish! [Big Grin]

Not. My. Fault. We did indeed have a few more drinks - and very nice they were too. Manda, I knew Peterson before he finally set sail with the ship... he makes me drink. It's all good. Peterson... maybe you should do a private performance for Ship people somewhere. I am thinking a bar venue might be the way to go!!

I am finally home and I am absolutely knackered. Paul I am not sure you would make it through a whole Greenbelt without booze... I am willing to watch from the sidelines though... with a pint of organic lager in my hand [Big Grin]

Pictures to follow when I have put everything away.

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by Jack the Lass (# 3415) on :
 
I've put a few photos on flickr too here, though stupidly I forgot to take pictures at both the ship do and the wibsite do. You may recognise a couple of beer 'n' hymners though, and though I hadn't noticed him at the time Ken is grinning straight at me in the crowd at the Iona Big Sing.
 
Posted by Tubifex Maximus (# 4874) on :
 
Many thanks to all shipmates who helped to make this Greenbelt my best yet. Alan and Flausa really are as nice in real life as they seem on the ship. It's always nice to see words become flesh, and especially to meet Dave the Bass; it turns out we were at Uni together.
 
Posted by cqg (# 777) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by sophs:
All saying hello to igeek!

Awwww! Thanks for the warm and fuzzies.

Next year in Cheltenham!
 
Posted by Flausa (# 3466) on :
 
Well, we are unexpectedly home safe and sound. We had smooth driving and the boy travelled really well, so we just decided to get ourselves back to our own beds and shower (whoo hoo).

Rather enjoyed this GB in a way I hadn't expected, as I'd anticipated having the wee wan would be more of a challenge. I'm actually feeling fairly well-rested and relaxed (which may or may not have something to do with our lovely new airbed).

peterson, the homo nomo was definitely the highlight of my weekend, with the comedian from Malawi coming in a close second. Your respective uses of humour to deal with significant struggles was powerful and moving, and I appreciated your respect for your audience in allowing us to fill-in-the-gaps at key moments (Chad's story of his brother is still gripping me - gah). I'll keep myself from rambling on by just saying thanks.

Lowlight is a toss-up between the minging loos and Christafari doing a 15-minute altar call in a 30 minute song set. Both left me feeling rather nauseous.

Good to catch up with old Shippies and to get to know a couple new (to me) ones as well.
 
Posted by Flausa (# 3466) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Tubifex Maximus:
Alan and Flausa really are as nice in real life as they seem on the ship.

Thank you for that. We quite enjoyed your company as well. In fact, I admit I had some tears in my eyes as I dashed to deliver your mug to you in the car this morning. Looking forward to hearing more from you on the Ship!
 
Posted by Persephone Hazard (# 4648) on :
 
We got home at about four. I've had a lovely bath and Ken's in there now - I've unpacked and started sorting the washing, too! See my halo, see it shine.

For all there have been fun times this weekend, I must say I'm really rather glad to be home. Next Year In Pittville.
 
Posted by Nats (# 2211) on :
 
So sorry to all of you that I never managed to meet up with - come to think of it I didn't see most of the folks I was camping with that much! Such is life with 2 under 4's I think! But it was nice to meet Pânts (hey I got the accent!) and Karl... Maybe I'll meet more of you next time. We plan at the moment to be there 2008, but my family are in Japan and we also want to go there in the summer for various reasons so may not make it so haven't bought tickets yet. Children didn't appreciate Duke Special or Delirious (we took them in the end [Big Grin] ) and I'm not sure the child minder appreciated the children today ( [Razz] ) but all in all a good Greenbelt. Loved Messy Space, wanted to get to beer and hymns and didn't, ditto circus, and could have done hearing more music but a good time none the less.

Karl - have you got an email address for the lovely lady who did my henna for me? Would like to mail her! Thanks. PM me for mine to pass it to her if she would prefer it that way round.
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
Hello people... here are my pictures [Smile]

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by Esmeralda (# 582) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by peterson toscano:
manda, thanks! I had no idea how the show would turn out at Centaur seeing it is an insanely huge and impersonal venue and the performance was only announced on Sunday and by word of mouth. But, hey, it all worked out. (Oh, and Auntie Doris and I knocked a few more back last night--she drinks like fish! [Big Grin] )

I LOVED the show by DFG last night. One of my highlights.

I missed dfg but your show was my highlight, Peterson. Along with the gorgeous necklace I bought and the reflexology, of course...

Persephone, 'next year in Pittville' really ought to replace 'next year in Jerusalem' as the closing line of a Greenbelt Passover seder. Was good to see the new blond you. Along with, at various times, mummyfrances and liopleurodon, geroff and Apothecary, and probably other shipmates I've forgotten about. Sorry not to see Simon or Emma.

[ 28. August 2007, 19:39: Message edited by: Esmeralda ]
 
Posted by Esmeralda (# 582) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by sophs:
Shipmeet is happening!!!

Currently present are sophs, aj, emma, auntie doris, gerroff, apothecury, starbelly and a number of others.

All saying hello to igeek!

Where did it happen in the end? Because when I arrived (admittedly about 2 hours late) the bar wasn't letting people take drinks out on the steps, and I couldn't recognize any shipmates or identify a group which might have been shipmates.

Sophs, I saw you briefly flitting past a seminar I was in but didn't manage to catch you. My son was keen to phone you as he found he had your number in his phone, but we discouraged him from bothering you.
 
Posted by Pânts (# 999) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Esmeralda:
Where did it happen in the end? Because when I arrived (admittedly about 2 hours late) the bar wasn't letting people take drinks out on the steps, and I couldn't recognize any shipmates or identify a group which might have been shipmates.

They weren't! When I got there an hour late they weren't. But by the following night they'd submitted and let people out there!
 
Posted by Pânts (# 999) on :
 
Is there anyone who doesn't want themselves / their spouses / partners or children in photo's online? Sorry. I should've asked earlier.
 
Posted by Paul W. (# 1450) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Pânts:
quote:
Originally posted by Esmeralda:
Where did it happen in the end? Because when I arrived (admittedly about 2 hours late) the bar wasn't letting people take drinks out on the steps, and I couldn't recognize any shipmates or identify a group which might have been shipmates.

They weren't! When I got there an hour late they weren't. But by the following night they'd submitted and let people out there!
They didn't seem to be able to decide whether people were allowed out there or not. I think it depended on who was stewarding the venue at the time. Last night during the comedy thing we got told off for having drinks outside again.
Oh, and the last act of the comedy night was that Malawian guy, who was really good. Very funny, even when he was talking about serious subjects.

Also, I enjoyed Simon's seminar/workshop on icons. It was interesting to hear some of the results of the survey and see some pictures of people's icon corners (including one I recognised, even before the name of his cat was mentioned...) Just a shame there wasn't more time afterwards to take a closer look at the icons there, without being ushered out by a steward to make way for the next session.

Paul W
 
Posted by welsh dragon (# 3249) on :
 
The Winged Ox didn't seem its usual welcoming self this year, but it is encouraging that this may have been a misunderstanding rather than a delberate change of policy.
 
Posted by Tractor Girl (# 8863) on :
 
Finally back home, after slight detour into work.

Just wanted to say thanks loads to those of you we were camping with. It was great meeting you (again)and the other ship people I encountered at various points.

Also thanks for the whole dfg thing, they were well worth seeing - although not quite as funny as Peterson.
 
Posted by Tumphouse (# 11321) on :
 
It was good to meet up with some of you on the first night. It was an odd Greenbelt for me, for reasons too complex to discuss just now. I really enjoyed it, but the complexity cast a bit of a shadow. Still, next year will be better,
 
Posted by Yangtze (# 4965) on :
 
Gosh so many shippies I never got to meet.

My highlight was - as some of you have already heard ad nauseum - being kissed by Martyn Joseph!

Though Beer'n'Hymns, John Tavener's talk, Peterson T and the chocolate brownie from Pru's Cafe were pretty damn good as well.
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Yangtze:
Though Beer'n'Hymns, ...<snip>... were pretty damn good as well.

So I noticed [Biased]

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by Quercus (# 12761) on :
 
What a fabulous weekend. [Angel] I can't believe what I've missed out on all these years (and the sunshine helped).

Highlights: John Bell (x3), Matt Harvey, Over The Rhine, Jo Enright, the nChant evening prayer, Aqualung, Last Orders, Steve Tomkins, Wild Geese, Mark Townsend, the Taverner concert.

Lowlights: Missing Basslines (although I talked to someone in the queue for dfg who said it wasn't their best show). Gillian Allnutt (Writing/Significant Thoughts/In unstructured/Free verse does not/A poet/Make). The lost adolescent loudly announcing the fact somewhere near my tent in the early hours. The loud snorer from a couple of tents over.

Unclassifiable lights: dfg. Yep, I spent most of today humming the 'One Day We Will All Die' song.

Carefully avoided lights: Chas 'n' Dave. Although I did hear some of their stuff involuntarily on the way to admire the kites.

Parson's Nose light: the communion service. Which was pretty good, and I joined a nice bunch of people for the bread and wine, but to be honest Gospel choirs singing gospel-y songs in a gospel-y way don't do much for me. On the other hand, I found singing 'O Lord My God' with a couple of thousand other people under a blue sky a moving experience.

----

It was absolutely a laughter-filled life-affirming faith-enhancing weekend. I loved it.
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
Well, that was fun. Is no-one else going to put Matt Redman as one of their highlights though? It was good getting the chance to see so many of you guys again as well [Big Grin] .

The lowlight for me was definitely getting up at 6am this morning and getting a lift to work early enough to have a shower before starting the day's business. And then putting in a full 8 hour day in front of the VDU [Help] ...

Night then [Snore]
 
Posted by ken (# 2460) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Manda:
Peterson Toscano is on the ship? And you were drinking with him? How damn cool is that.

Drinking? We even shook hands!!!! [Eek!]
 
Posted by ken (# 2460) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Quercus:
On the other hand, I found singing 'O Lord My God' with a couple of thousand other people under a blue sky a moving experience.

Yes. For me that was the highlight of the weekend. Really. Sang that song at the Communion service in the morning, in the arena in the asfternoon and in the beer tent in the evening.

Moments of theological insight and all that. Incarnational theology apprehended primarily through worship not study. Now have to rewrite an essay I thought I'd finished last week.
 
Posted by ken (# 2460) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Tractor Girl:
Also thanks for the whole dfg thing, they were well worth seeing - although not quite as funny as Peterson.

I'm not sure how much of it was intended to be really funny I wonder if anyone recorded any of it? I have some photos I might put on Flickr next time I get to a fast Internet connection.

As always they succeeded in being genuinely offensive - always difficult at Greenbelt where everyone is determined to be nice and liberal - and in making us laugh when we swe ecretly felt ought not to. There is a huge amount of embarrassment about being in a dfg gig. But the ending this year was astonishing. Really really well done.
 
Posted by Tractor Girl (# 8863) on :
 
quote:
The lowlight for me was definitely getting up at 6am this morning and getting a lift to work early enough to have a shower before starting the day's business. And then putting in a full 8 hour day in front of the VDU
(apologies I seem to have messed this up a bit).
Think yourself lucky. Some of us didn't manage the shower, but rather had to leave at silly o'clock and change / clean up in motorway services on the way home to go straight into working 7+ hours at an open day.

Still it was better than having to miss the Monday afternoon / evening which was the other option.


[Untidy code repaired]

[ 30. August 2007, 01:02: Message edited by: Campbellite ]
 
Posted by Tubifex Maximus (# 4874) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Flausa:
quote:
Originally posted by Tubifex Maximus:
Alan and Flausa really are as nice in real life as they seem on the ship.

Thank you for that. We quite enjoyed your company as well. In fact, I admit I had some tears in my eyes as I dashed to deliver your mug to you in the car this morning. Looking forward to hearing more from you on the Ship!
Ah! So Kind!

Yes, I'll try and post more. Trouble is, usually when I've worked out what I want to say, someone else has already said it!
 
Posted by starbelly (# 25) on :
 
Had my usual post festival blues last night, but have perked up again now!

Was great meeting you all, although I did spend most of this Greenbelt in my own personal bubble of thoughts, but I think that was a good thing.

My highlights were Duke Special, Chas and Dave, a little gathering of bloggers, Hummingbird, and the absolute highlight was Jo Enright.

Same time next year?
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by starbelly:
Same time next year?

It's a date [Biased]

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by welsh dragon (# 3249) on :
 
By the way, we have a couple of items lost and found (we were the last people packing up).


These are sendable through the post if anyone is missing them.
 
Posted by Alan Cresswell (# 31) on :
 
It was good to be back to Greenbelt after last years absence. Having the wee man with us didn't seem too big a handicap ... we probably spent a bit less time just wandering around, and did spend longer getting moving to some stuff (though that could have just been us being lazy) which meant we missed the Communion and I also missed Keith Ward (though the Big Top would probably have been too crowded and hot for the wee man). We found that the times we went into the Centaur there was plenty of room at the back and the wee man could move around and enjoy himself (though I did get the "he's causing a distraction" scowl from a woman at the back of Petersons show - though as there was plenty of room further forward she could have sat without possibility of distraction that seemed a bit strange). And, a few seminars by the grandstand gave him room to run around on the tarmac behind the stage out of the way.

Apologies to the people in Simons icons talk. I didn't quite catch your names. The wee man got a bit restless and I took him further back where he could run and I could hear most of what Simon was saying (though no longer see the images, which as it was a talk about the use of images rather than words did rather miss the point ...). I'd intended to hang around and chat with people afterwards (either there or wherever people moved to) but the Messy Space was a more sensible place to go to.

Yay for the Messy Space!
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Alan Cresswell:
Yay for the Messy Space!

Relaxing was it? [Biased]

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Nats:


Karl - have you got an email address for the lovely lady who did my henna for me? Would like to mail her! Thanks. PM me for mine to pass it to her if she would prefer it that way round.

Difficult, because Dave employs rather a lot of nice young ladies. So I'm not sure which one of them it was.
 
Posted by Quercus (# 12761) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Alan Cresswell:
We found that the times we went into the Centaur there was plenty of room at the back and the wee man could move around and enjoy himself (though I did get the "he's causing a distraction" scowl from a woman at the back of Petersons show - though as there was plenty of room further forward she could have sat without possibility of distraction that seemed a bit strange).

One of the - many - things which I found striking at GB was how relaxed all the events were, with people wandering in and out, even during the Taverner concert and some of the worship sessions (as well as the pleasing novelty of listening to a concert lying down.) Which was great, and not usually distracting. It was quite funny when a kid toddled down to the front during the Taverner and her mum casually strolled down the aisle to retrieve her. So I didn't feel bad about leaving the Gillian Allnut reading, and going off to Wild Geese instead.

It was a shame that the Soul Space wasn't quite right for Simon's icon talk, but I suppose they weren't expecting quite the numbers that turned up.
 
Posted by Alan Cresswell (# 31) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Auntie Doris:
quote:
Originally posted by Alan Cresswell:
Yay for the Messy Space!

Relaxing was it? [Biased]
For anyone who didn't hear. Yes, on Saturday I did take a wee nap in the Messy Space while Flausa and 'frin were with the wee man.
 
Posted by Nats (# 2211) on :
 
Karl - it was the lady Rev'd from Wokingham... does that help? Just off maternity leave....
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Nats:
Karl - it was the lady Rev'd from Wokingham... does that help? Just off maternity leave....

I'll see what I can find.
 
Posted by geroff (# 3882) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Alan Cresswell:
which meant we missed the Communion .....

Hmmm you didn 't miss much.
I think if I hadn't been with friends we see once a year at Greenbelt I would have left during this. In fact Apothecary did and went to Mocha Mania instead. The thing is we had been to Trance mass on Friday and the superb Ikon service on Saturday so it was a bit of a shock to go to such an ordinary Main Stage communion, by ordinary I mean C of E plus dire choruses. They will have to do something really amazing to get us there next year.

Other highlights: Getting into both of Peterson's plays, John Taverner concert, Dave Tomlinson, sunny dry weather, meeting shipmates.

Question: how can we get students to go to seminars? They are getting very middle aged. What do we do to get younger people interested? We will of course be asking Greenbelt when they have space for feedback on the website.
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
The GB mainstage communion service has been dire for around a decade now. Once of a day it was usually done by the Wild Geese, and that was good; one year they let Glasgow's Late Late lot do it, and that was good as well.

But, alas, there did come a plague upon the feedback sessions and the unadventurous did complain that they knew not the songs in the service (despite the teaching of them at the beginning).

And it's been a dire mix of crummy choruses, blandly done hymns and average liturgy (sometimes too clever for its own good) ever since.

I haven't been for years. Just hearing the musicians getting started has been enough to put me off, I'm afraid.

Which (vaguely) reminds me - why does mainstage face the village these days? Once of a day (OK, pre-Deane Park) it used to face out into the wilderness, so one could actually hear oneself think in the other venues. Perhaps I'm getting old, but the whole festival just seemed Too Damned Loud these days.
 
Posted by Alan Cresswell (# 31) on :
 
I thought the Mainstage was facing the carpark this year. With the village off to stage left, and the bit in the middle of the racecourse behind it. Even so, you could hear the stage quite well from the campsite behind the stage, even way off the other side of the race course where we were.

I usually find the Sunday Communion well worth going to. OK, if I was leading it I'd probably not do things exactly that way, but there's not many places you can get that number of people worshipping together. I'm still sorry I missed it. It might have been OK if RadioGB had broadcast the service, instead we got a fairly normal selection of recorded music with occasional comments like "they're just distributing the bread" followed by an indepth discussion of the service at a time when people were still filing out of the mainstage area (ie: those listening to the discussion couldn't have actually experienced it).
 
Posted by Quercus (# 12761) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by geroff:
Question: how can we get students to go to seminars? They are getting very middle aged. What do we do to get younger people interested?

Really? The ones I went to (John Bell, Mark Townsend, Simon Jenkins, James Alison) had a pretty wide age range there, including younger people. But then that's a small selection, and probably among the most popular seminars anyway.

I glad it wasn't just me that was lukewarm about the communion, as it was the least good of the worship sessions that I attended, I did value worshipping with such a large number of people. And I found the last hymn a special experience, as I said.

quote:
Originally posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider:
Perhaps I'm getting old, but the whole festival just seemed Too Damned Loud these days.

I didn't think it was that bad, but I'd be all for giving anyone with a drum their own venue. In Gloucester.

[ 29. August 2007, 12:43: Message edited by: Quercus ]
 
Posted by geroff (# 3882) on :
 
OK
Perhaps it was just me - I didn't go to hear any of those people.
 
Posted by Persephone Hazard (# 4648) on :
 
I absolutely love the big Sunday morning communion at Greenbelt, it's brilliant.

It means I can have a lie-in, wander down in the sunshine, buy breakfast with no queue, get into a clean indoor toilet with no queue, sit quietly outside the Chai Chapel with nobody running about, and get into the Tank for my morning internet fix with no queue.

[ 29. August 2007, 12:57: Message edited by: Persephone Hazard ]
 
Posted by birdie (# 2173) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Alan Cresswell:
For anyone who didn't hear. Yes, on Saturday I did take a wee nap in the Messy Space while Flausa and 'frin were with the wee man.

I saw you! In fact I saw you when you were awake, was going to come over and say hello, but then by the time I'd got baby b settled I looked over again and you were nodding. Actually you were slumped! I had mercy and didn't wake you up.

And it was me in the Simon's icon talk, playing peep-o with the wee wan. (I hope that was a help rather than additional distraction!) I didn't know the woman sitting between us, she just talked like she knew everyone!
 
Posted by Alan Cresswell (# 31) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by birdie:
And it was me in the Simon's icon talk, playing peep-o with the wee wan. (I hope that was a help rather than additional distraction!)

No, not an additional distraction at all. He seemed to be enjoying it, which kept him entertained sitting on my lap a few minutes longer than would otherwise have been the case - which allowed me to catch a bit more of Simon's talk before he'd had enough sitting and I needed to make an exit.
 
Posted by Paul W. (# 1450) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Persephone Hazard:
I absolutely love the big Sunday morning communion at Greenbelt, it's brilliant.

It means I can have a lie-in, wander down in the sunshine, buy breakfast with no queue, get into a clean indoor toilet with no queue, sit quietly outside the Chai Chapel with nobody running about, and get into the Tank for my morning internet fix with no queue.

Yeah, Sunday morning was the only time I managed to get to the Tiny Tea Tent this year, cos every other time I walked past there was a huge queue. Seemed to be busier than usual in its new location. I quite liked the nice little cafe in the New Forms venue though, it was a lot quieter, even when there was a worship session going on. I think I spent half of Monday in there.

Paul W
 
Posted by Quercus (# 12761) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Paul W.:
]Yeah, Sunday morning was the only time I managed to get to the Tiny Tea Tent this year, cos every other time I walked past there was a huge queue.

I went a few times (and got a seat every time! In the shade!) but only after I'd been to the bookshop and/or snaffled a copy of Third Way from the Church Times tent, so I had something to pass the time. Worth the wait though, I thought.
 
Posted by Carys (# 78) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Nats:
Karl - it was the lady Rev'd from Wokingham... does that help? Just off maternity leave....

Drat. I missed Emma then, haven't seen her since her wedding. I knew she was friends with a couple who did jewelry and stuff and had a stand a Greenbelt but I never found it. Where was it?

Carys
 
Posted by peterson toscano (# 12935) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Quercus:


Unclassifiable lights: dfg. Yep, I spent most of today humming the 'One Day We Will All Die' song.

Me Too! So infectious. I have been singing it too and my host, Trevor, has offered to make today that day if I don't stop singing it.
 
Posted by welsh dragon (# 3249) on :
 
To add my two cents, I too greatly enjoyed your show. We queued for the George Bush one but couldn't get in (Dave, my hubby, was especially sad about that.*)

Anyhow, we very much appreciated the Homo Nomo Show. You spent quite a bit of time in the UK right? - because your English Vicar accent is spot on! In fact, you were uncannily like a vicar from a church I used to attend...

I thought the character of Chad was great, very amusing - and the backstory was touching. The thinking behind those homo conversion places is sort of fascinating in a gruesome way. I don't know if there are any equivalents in the UK. (Hopefully not.) I vaguely remember there was a teenage gay guy in "Saved" who got carted off to a similar institution (he ended up dating his room-mate, which seems quite a likely outcome, those guys must have a lot in common).

Anyhow, really enjoyed it!


*Dave was the sound and lights person- I think that's right - for a satire called "The Madness of George Dubya", which went on to have 2 sequels. These were written by Justin Butcher, a veteran arty Greenbelter who we didn't see this time round. I hope you get to meet Justin sometime - if you haven't already!
 
Posted by Alan Cresswell (# 31) on :
 
I was browsing through the official photos on the Greenbelt site (much more managable than browsing through all the unofficial ones!) and found a couple of one Shipmate - albeit a Shipmate who posts very rarely.

Now, that'll get you all hunting through the official pics ...
 
Posted by Paul W. (# 1450) on :
 
I went through them all last night and found a couple of Shipmates on there (though within 3-4 photos of each other).

Not that I was bored or anything...

Paul W
 
Posted by Tumphouse (# 11321) on :
 
My total and absolute highlight was in the Organic Beer Tent. I got John Smith to snog a (male) mate of mine. John was totally up for it and my mate was both furious with me and delighted. There was a good reason, but its a bit boring unless you know us.
 
Posted by Ags (# 204) on :
 
First Greenbelt for almost 30 years.
A lot has changed - and not just the toilets!

Highlights were

Lowlights....

not many, but

We'll be back next year.
With cushions to sit on.
 
Posted by Manda (# 6028) on :
 
The question is whether Paul and Alan's shipmates are the same ones, or are there at least 3 on there?
 
Posted by Tractor Girl (# 8863) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by welsh dragon:
By the way, we have a couple of items lost and found (we were the last people packing up).

[list]
[*]2 spoons with white handles

These are sendable through the post if anyone is missing them.

Thanks, but feel free to add the spoons to your cutlery draw - we have others.
 
Posted by peterson toscano (# 12935) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by welsh dragon:
Anyhow, we very much appreciated the Homo Nomo Show. You spent quite a bit of time in the UK right? - because your English Vicar accent is spot on! In fact, you were uncannily like a vicar from a church I used to attend...


welsh dragon, I am an English vicar trapped in an Italian-American Quaker body. Currently they do not offer any sort of medication or surgery to help address the situation, so my Christian-Socialist, New Age psychologist and massage therapist suggested I release some of the building pressure by doing theater. Really my "shows" are really all an elaborate therapy scheme to keep me from having a complete breakdown. Thank you for contributing to my mental health.
[Yipee]
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by peterson toscano:
Really my "shows" are really all an elaborate therapy scheme to keep me from having a complete breakdown. Thank you for contributing to my mental health.
[Yipee]

Hahahahah... I think you might need to increase the therapy! [Biased]

Auntie Doris x

[ 30. August 2007, 08:26: Message edited by: Auntie Doris ]
 
Posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider (# 76) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Carys:
quote:
Originally posted by Nats:
Karl - it was the lady Rev'd from Wokingham... does that help? Just off maternity leave....

Drat. I missed Emma then, haven't seen her since her wedding. I knew she was friends with a couple who did jewelry and stuff and had a stand a Greenbelt but I never found it. Where was it?

Carys

Huge great thing next to CMS
 
Posted by Emma. (# 3571) on :
 
Esmeralda - I went and looked for you at the mennonite stall a couple of times (but forgot when you were going to be there!) I did eat a couple of scrummy cookies though [Smile]

Persephone - thats exactly my feelings about communion. I remember a few years ago a fab tiny tea tent meeting of all the non-communion shippies that just happened to pop along instead of the service! I've found it rather dry and boring in the past, especially when GB is full of such interesting services - it would be better (imho) to do one style well (like have iona peeps or a new forms peep ) do it than a boring run thru of liturgy!

PT - fab [Smile] definately a call for a private shipmeet/ pub meet/ I think [Smile]

Highlights - ikon (though Im not sure I want to "unravel" to the point of not believing in a realist God just yet. I loved the change-the-creed idea. PT, just brilliant (and do we have places like that here - I so hope not) We queued forever to make sure we got in!. Lots of drinking tea as ever [Smile] catching up with people, meeting people, etc.

Lowlights - not seeing so much of shippy people, not taking drinks onto the steps (tho I am more of a TTT person really) long queues at TTT (chai chapel was much better but they had Irritating Drummers a lot). Queues everywhere - I didnt get into Dave Tom and wanted to!!And of course being ill this year meant I wasnt as mobile and runing around as I usually do - maybe slow is a blessing in disguise though... hmmmm not sure.

We're thinking pitville next year - maybe we should have a pitville posse?? Anyone know when they announce the booking for pitville?
 
Posted by Alan Cresswell (# 31) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Manda:
The question is whether Paul and Alan's shipmates are the same ones, or are there at least 3 on there?

Well, the Shippie I spotted on the photos probably isn't the same as who Paul spotted. I base this on the fact that I'm pretty sure the Shippie I spotted has never, to my knowledge, attended a meet. We know this person through other circles (albeit circles that intersect with our Ship circles like some Venn diagram).
 
Posted by Derf (# 2093) on :
 
I had a great weekend and am glad I got there in the end. Seemed to spend far more time sitting and chatting to people than going to any events, and worked on a strategy of if it's got a queue I don't want to go (apart from Peterson's extra show which was great - I now really want to see you do the whole homo nomo show). Matt Redman and Delirious both made me feel old cos I only knew a couple of the songs, Kanda Bongo man was great fun.

Didn't see too many ship people (although I did eventually find Jack the Lass despite her managing to not see me waving in her face on Friday night) but it was great to see those I did. Finally met the Alien, and got to see how grown up the not so wee wan is getting - such a cute smile!

Ate lots of yummy Brownies in Prue's cafe, and we managed to be sat next to the divine chocolate stall just as they decided to sell their left over stock off cheap so have come home well stocked with yumminess.

Couldn't get over how much bigger it all was than last time I was there (2001) and will have to not leave it so long before I get there again. And might even manage to get scz there next time....
 
Posted by Ags (# 204) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Derf:
They're touring England (but not Scotland [Frown] ) in the autumn - can't remember how far south they're heading.

[brief derailment] Scottish tour dates just announced - they go on sale on Monday. [/brief derailment]
 
Posted by ken (# 2460) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by welsh dragon:
[QB]

Would that be a little aluminium thingy that looks a little like a garlic crusher about 10 cms long made of two levered arms which lever together to make a little jaw at one end which could be used to lift a small pan by the rim?
 
Posted by Pânts (# 999) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Derf:
... Finally met the Alien, ...

Who wanted cuddles and to show the world what was down your top! [Snigger]
 
Posted by welsh dragon (# 3249) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by ken:
quote:
Originally posted by welsh dragon:

  • the handle off a camping saucepan

Would that be a little aluminium thingy that looks a little like a garlic crusher about 10 cms long made of two levered arms which lever together to make a little jaw at one end which could be used to lift a small pan by the rim?
Yes. Might you or any member of your family be visiting the Wessex area in the near future? Or should we send it to you?
 
Posted by Carys (# 78) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Derf:
Couldn't get over how much bigger it all was than last time I was there (2001) and will have to not leave it so long before I get there again. And might even manage to get scz there next time....

Indeed. I went in 01 and 02 and the layout was pretty much the same. I was rather disoriented when I arrived this time. the spill over into the central racecourse took me by surprise. I'd been fairly confident about finding the disabled with groups camping until that point!

Carys
 
Posted by Derf (# 2093) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Pânts:
quote:
Originally posted by Derf:
... Finally met the Alien, ...

Who wanted cuddles and to show the world what was down your top! [Snigger]
Indeed - very kind of her..... (We did then have a conversation about her taking after her Mum - not sure what that says!)


quote:
Originally posted by Ags:
quote:

Originally posted by Derf:
They're touring England (but not Scotland) in the autumn - can't remember how far south they're heading.

[brief derailment] Scottish tour dates just announced - they go on sale on Monday. [/brief derailment]
Hooray - might even get to go to the Barrowlands.
 
Posted by aj (# 1383) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by ken:
quote:
Originally posted by welsh dragon:
[QB]
  • the handle off a camping saucepan

Would that be a little aluminium thingy that looks a little like a garlic crusher about 10 cms long made of two levered arms which lever together to make a little jaw at one end which could be used to lift a small pan by the rim?
Ah - the technical term for such a thingy is a spondonicle.
 
Posted by Alan Cresswell (# 31) on :
 
You mean all these years I've been getting it wrong when I ask someone "can you pass over the thingy ... the wotsit over there?" If I'd asked for a spondicle that would have made getting the hot pan off the heat a whole lot faster?
 
Posted by Curiosity killed ... (# 11770) on :
 
No, because if you google spondonicle you get a variation of spellings and the information that it seems that only the Kiwis and Aussies call their billy can grips spondonicles (under various spellings) and it is a word that was adopted from a Three Stooges sketch.

(I like new words).
 
Posted by aj (# 1383) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Curiosity killed ...:
No, because if you google spondonicle you get a variation of spellings and the information that it seems that only the Kiwis and Aussies call their billy can grips spondonicles (under various spellings) and it is a word that was adopted from a Three Stooges sketch.

(I like new words).

Good to see someone's awake [Yipee]
 
Posted by Rev per Minute (# 69) on :
 
Being disorganised as usual, I'm probably the last the of Greenbelt visitors to report in... I missed the Shipmeet this year, tried to find shipmates in Beer'n'Hymns but was lucky to get to the bar (but met Sophs in a queue), briefly met Karl amongst his beads and things, and saw (but didn't speak to) Alan and Flausa. We all had a very good Greenbelt, although as usual I'm looking at all the things I missed and wondering, "Why didn't I go to that?" A fairly relaxed weekend, I think, without too much rushing about (except, as always, for the kids' clubs), but this was again the year of the queues (never got into the Tiny Tea Tent, which is a first!)

Roll on next year [Yipee]
 
Posted by Lookin (# 10855) on :
 
your not the last of the GB visitors to check in Rev, hope that makes you feel more organised. [Smile]

I wasnt going to post on this for a bit yet actually, but thought I would pop by in end ...

I wrote my initial greenbelt reaction on my blog, and to be honest I had a beautifully stunning weekend, even though I didnt attend much.

I found heaven in the ordinary by sitting having tea, eating food, drinking wine, seeing friends, chatting to people and generally slobbing around.

Highs-

-grace communion by numbers (probably one of the only programmed things I made an effort to go too, and was really pleased I did). Just felt like one of "those moments" and is quite hard to explain.

-catching up with friends, and impromptu coffee sessions

-not cramming anything and everything in, and then feeling really relaxed all weekend.

-the sun

-didnt find a disgusting toilet right up until tuesday morning

- feeling really well most of the weekend until Monday evening (see lowlight)

Lows

-missing peterson toscano (sorry mate, tis a long story, but was lovely to meet you in the beer tent the night before with AD)

-missing Duke Special and Speed Christianity,
in fact missing most of the last night due to seizures and being in the medical tent for most of it

(thanks to the random blokes who found me, the stewards and first aid team who were great apparently, and the wonderful Greenbelt Hospital, who were lovely)

- feeling and looking like hell tuesday morning, and q'ing out side porta loos for what felt like an age
(trying to decide how flattered I should feel that someone did try to pull me while waiting, with my bog roll in one hand and ciggie in the other - I am amazed I got a number and email though)


I did have some other bits to write, but have forgotten, so thats it for now ...

(edited to sort out my poor coding)

[ 31. August 2007, 13:38: Message edited by: Lookin ]
 
Posted by Spong (# 1518) on :
 
Highlights - dfg, yes, though were they almost sort of serious in the build up of'one day we're all going to die'? I thought that bit was either not funny enough or self-indulgent, though the end was just wonderful... Beer and hymns, Steve Stockman, and then a couple of panels. The spirituality in ordinary life one was interesting, and oddly enough the 'Am I bovvered' one with the liturgical commission was very interesting if you're into that sort of thing. Ikon - amazing, still have my piece of wool. And the fact that people seemed to stick to the theme more, which meant that I got cross-fertilisation of ideas from one seminar to another.

Lowlights, not getting into Peterson's show, and not being told by the steards when they must have realised ages before. Not getting into Dave Tomlinson. My daughter also didn't get into James Allison. They seemed to have a lot of speakers who they should have known would be big draws in the inside lounges rather than the tents - OK they couldn't know the weather would be so good, but unless it's actually raining you can put the sides down on those and space isn't a problem. And Centaur seemed to be unused for a lot of the time.

Communion - so-so. Liked the balloons, and I'm one of the people who thinks that the songs SHOULD be ones that we know; John Bell trying to teach four part harmony in five minutes and confusing everyone is my abiding lowlight of the 2002 Greenbelt. But my daughter was making notes, and when I last spoke to her was getting serious about finding out how you make a pitch to organsie the communion service...
 
Posted by Paul W. (# 1450) on :
 
I didn't mention another of my favourite moments: getting asked for ID in the Winged Ox on Friday night, despite the 18+ wristband. At the age of 26, I'm still quite happy when that happens. [Big Grin]

Paul W
 
Posted by Campbellite (# 1202) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Curiosity killed ...:
No, because if you google spondonicle you get a variation of spellings and the information that it seems that only the Kiwis and Aussies call their billy can grips spondonicles (under various spellings) and it is a word that was adopted from a Three Stooges sketch.

(I like new words).

Not just the antipodeans. The Boy Scouts of America actually call it that by name in their catalogue!
 
Posted by Carys (# 78) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Spong:
and oddly enough the 'Am I bovvered' one with the liturgical commission was very interesting if you're into that sort of thing.

It was. Were you the reader who asked about Children's Eucharistic prayers?

Carys
 
Posted by Quercus (# 12761) on :
 
Entirely tangentially, does anyone else have a sort of ghost wristband sensation? I carefully cut mine off on Tuesday, but every now and then it feels like I'm still wearing it.

Maybe I'll wear it a notch looser next year...
 
Posted by Paul W. (# 1450) on :
 
Still wearing it. I usually forget to cut it off for a few weeks afterwards. And someone I was chatting to at GB still had her wristband on from her uni ball several months ago, and didn't want to take either of them off now because of the tan lines they'd leave behind.

Paul W
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Persephone Hazard:
I absolutely love the big Sunday morning communion at Greenbelt, it's brilliant.

It means I can have a lie-in, wander down in the sunshine, buy breakfast with no queue, get into a clean indoor toilet with no queue, sit quietly outside the Chai Chapel with nobody running about, and get into the Tank for my morning internet fix with no queue.

I have always loved the Sunday morning service for broadly similar reasons. [Smile]
 
Posted by Atlanta (# 2659) on :
 
My Highlight was definately Duke special, loved his stage presence and his voice.

Lowlight was not getting into see the puppets, and not being told until we had queued for some considerable time.
Also when in Homo Nomo i was next to 2 older ladies who were obviously not enjoying it, They made no move to go out but made my listening very uncomfortable instead.

The weekend was everything we have come to expect,although camping seems to be getting more difficult( we will be 50 next year) so maybe something a little more comfy next year,

It was great to catch up with the shipmates we managed to find.
and for those we didnt , we missed you!!!!!!
 
Posted by Tumphouse (# 11321) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Quizmaster:
quote:
Originally posted by Persephone Hazard:
I absolutely love the big Sunday morning communion at Greenbelt, it's brilliant.

It means I can have a lie-in, wander down in the sunshine, buy breakfast with no queue, get into a clean indoor toilet with no queue, sit quietly outside the Chai Chapel with nobody running about, and get into the Tank for my morning internet fix with no queue.

I have always loved the Sunday morning service for broadly similar reasons. [Smile]
We do the same, after years of getting frustrated by the Communion service. Why is it so anglican? Why does it have to be a communion service?

A Highlight (I keep remembering things) was the 5 year old and 2 year old 'snake handling' at the stall opposite the drumming tent. They were thrilled!
We spent lots of our 'down time' at the Drumming tent this year. I think we were confused by the Tiny Tea Tent being in a different place.
And what about John O'Donohue? Am I the only one who wanted to take him home with me?

[ 01. September 2007, 21:02: Message edited by: Tumphouse ]
 
Posted by Spong (# 1518) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Carys:
quote:
Originally posted by Spong:
and oddly enough the 'Am I bovvered' one with the liturgical commission was very interesting if you're into that sort of thing.

It was. Were you the reader who asked about Children's Eucharistic prayers?

Carys

Yes, that was me. I realised that I sounded like I was trying to sabotage what my incumbent does, but actually it's that she is happy to consider change, but only if it is legal to do so. Where were you?
 
Posted by Jack the Lass (# 3415) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Atlanta:
( we will be 50 next year)

I take it that means you will each be celebrating your 25th [Devil]

Sorry to have missed you both, I did look out for you but obviously in the wrong direction.

Lookin, your last night sounds like a nightmare - hope you're fully recovered now [Frown]
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
Did anyone hear any talks at GB that are worth ordering?

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by Tumphouse (# 11321) on :
 
John O'Donahues are worth ordering. I plan to. His accent is so wonderful that I would rather listen then read, even though I bought a book. In fact, we plan to start up our Greenbelt discussion group, that has fallen by the wayside, to listen and discuss his talks
 
Posted by Carys (# 78) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Spong:
quote:
Originally posted by Carys:
quote:
Originally posted by Spong:
and oddly enough the 'Am I bovvered' one with the liturgical commission was very interesting if you're into that sort of thing.

It was. Were you the reader who asked about Children's Eucharistic prayers?

Carys

Yes, that was me. I realised that I sounded like I was trying to sabotage what my incumbent does, but actually it's that she is happy to consider change, but only if it is legal to do so. Where were you?
I was the traditionalist in the MethSoc T-shirt who felt that children's Eucharistic prayers were in danger of shortchanging children.

Carys
 
Posted by Spong (# 1518) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Carys:
I was the traditionalist in the MethSoc T-shirt who felt that children's Eucharistic prayers were in danger of shortchanging children.

Carys

Ah yes, that was an interesting topic. But then there were several interesting topics. I thought it was good that they came.

[ 02. September 2007, 23:03: Message edited by: Spong ]
 
Posted by ken (# 2460) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Auntie Doris:
Did anyone hear any talks at GB that are worth ordering?

Lucy Winkett's talk would be worth listening to if you didn't already realise that feminism has something to say to the churches that the churches ought to listen to. Which I rather suspect you do...
 
Posted by Rev per Minute (# 69) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by ken:
quote:
Originally posted by Auntie Doris:
Did anyone hear any talks at GB that are worth ordering?

Lucy Winkett's talk would be worth listening to if you didn't already realise that feminism has something to say to the churches that the churches ought to listen to. Which I rather suspect you do...
On the same basis, John Bell's first talk on 'God and her Girls' was an interesting take on female reflections of God in the Bible, done in John's usual style. The Mark Yaconelli ones were also good - clearly takes after his father!
 
Posted by Alan Cresswell (# 31) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Rev per Minute:
The Mark Yaconelli ones were also good - clearly takes after his father!

I didn't get to any of those, I wondered how good they'd be. It must be very hard for him to come to somewhere like GB where his father was such a frequent, and much admired, speaker. It's quite a set of shoes to fill and he's always going to be compared to his father. Good to hear at least one person thought he did a good job doing that.

Did anyone get to the Keith Ward talk? Is it worth my while downloading the MP3 (no need to fill the flat up with more CDs)?
 
Posted by Carys (# 78) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider:
quote:
Originally posted by Carys:
quote:
Originally posted by Nats:
Karl - it was the lady Rev'd from Wokingham... does that help? Just off maternity leave....

Drat. I missed Emma then, haven't seen her since her wedding. I knew she was friends with a couple who did jewelry and stuff and had a stand a Greenbelt but I never found it. Where was it?

Carys

Huge great thing next to CMS
Finally got round to looking at the map to find where CMS was. I never went round there. I always went left when I came back from the Franciscans after I'd gone past the main stage. Though I took it pretty easy this year I didn't do the wander round the shops things at any point.

Carys
 
Posted by Quercus (# 12761) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Alan Cresswell:

Did anyone get to the Keith Ward talk? Is it worth my while downloading the MP3 (no need to fill the flat up with more CDs)?

I'd like to know that as well; I've quite admired Keith Ward's combative style, but he gave a truly terrible talk at the St. Mary's, Warwick, Lent talks this year, which rather put me off going to listen at GB. (It was as if he'd digested a load of popular physics books and found that the wilder shores of modern physics somehow Prove Christianity...not good)
 
Posted by ken (# 2460) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Quercus:
It was as if he'd digested a load of popular physics books and found that the wilder shores of modern physics somehow Prove Christianity...

Every time humanities interprets quantum physics, a fairy loses its wings
 
Posted by Manda (# 6028) on :
 
I didn't get to the other two, but the Mark Yaconelli one on Love was wonderful (I think it was called How to make sure you have a Well Attended Funeral), would definitely recommend that one.

I was thinking of getting the one on Satire from the Friday and the James Alison and Dave Tomlinson ones cos I missed all of the. Did anyone actually get into them & were they any good?
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
I think I am going to get the Mark Yaconelli ones, Dave Tomlinson and the John Bell one on women. Will give me something to listen to in the car when I am driving around for work!

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by Emma. (# 3571) on :
 
I want the Dave Tom and the O'Donahue (cant spell) ones....

and probably a lot more! Are they there already...

Anyone know when the accomodation gets released/online/whatever..?

*queuing for pitville!*
 
Posted by Tumphouse (# 11321) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Alan Cresswell:
quote:
Originally posted by Rev per Minute:
The Mark Yaconelli ones were also good - clearly takes after his father!

I didn't get to any of those, I wondered how good they'd be. It must be very hard for him to come to somewhere like GB where his father was such a frequent, and much admired, speaker. It's quite a set of shoes to fill and he's always going to be compared to his father. Good to hear at least one person thought he did a good job doing that.

Did anyone get to the Keith Ward talk? Is it worth my while downloading the MP3 (no need to fill the flat up with more CDs)?

I thought Mark Yaconelli was wonderful. He lived up to his fathers name and reputation.
 
Posted by cqg (# 777) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Atlanta:
we will be 50 next year) so maybe something a little more comfy next year.

It was great to catch up with the shipmates we managed to find and for those we didnt , we missed you!!!!!!

Missed you two too. I'm celebrating the big five-two today and am looking forward to camping next year (hope the weather will be nice).
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
Happy Birthday old thing [Biased]

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Alan Cresswell:
quote:
Originally posted by Rev per Minute:
The Mark Yaconelli ones were also good - clearly takes after his father!

I didn't get to any of those, I wondered how good they'd be.
"Message to a Dying Church" was fantastic. I recommend the download to all.
 
Posted by Quizmaster (# 1435) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Auntie Doris:
Did anyone hear any talks at GB that are worth ordering?

Auntie Doris x

Of those I heard Annie, two stand out although the one-liners during Billy Bragg's plea for a British Constitution may be worth 50p.

DOUG GAY on the Emerging Church:

Although presented like a thesis with a five point form including analysis and breakdown followed by choice of pieces and creation of a new form, he recognised that any new emergence would be different and that creates divisions.

One for the theology students.

JOHN DAVIES - Heaven in Ordinary:

Easy listening and clear diction that was like chinese food. Easy to eat but lacking in lasting value. The one point he made that I liked was that HEAVEN includes both good and bad. Fragrance and Stench, Ice Cream and Marmite, Brad Pitt and Auntie Doris ... you get the idea!

Love,

N.
 


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