Tuesday, July 10, 2007

A Pleasant Weekend In The Country

I had visions of Cornbury being a rain-lashed nightmare featuring a distinctly unhappy wife and spud-biter. In actual fact - it was lovely pretty much from beginning to end. It was full of nice people. Charlbury Pre School had cooked up a load of hogs that they knocked out in soft white baps at £3 a pop. Some nice pop groups played. Of course, the thing about taking a three year old to a festival is that you're there two hours before anyone plays and you leave two hours before the headliner's on, but I can tell you this much:

1 The Waterboys were fantastic.
2 Echo & The Bunnymen were amazing - David Cameron was the talk of the site the next morning after being spotted frugging energetically to the demi-Gods of Cosmic Scouse.

3 The Proclaimers have never written a bad song. Even if you're listening to their ouvre when your child (that's him being a dragon) has slipped out of your sight and you're holding increasingly frantic conversations with security officials they still sound good (btw, a very nice lady called Sara found him and delivered him to the Information tent - they were both crying).

4 If you complain about having a bad time in Swindon, the lady at the Swindon Travelodge will give you a bottle of wine.
5 It's easy to have a bad day if any of it involves going anywhere near Swindon.
6 Having funfairs and children's theatre and the like at festivals is a really good idea.
7 Being outside for two days is good for the mind.
8 The Feeling are a bit good, innit?
9 Did I mention the hog roast?

Next year I would camp and just bring Silvana and The Scrap up for a day trip. And I'd have him attached to me with unbreakable metal chains.

Hooray!

10 comments:

Silvana said...

A spud-biter?

Rob said...

one who biteth the sacred spud

the mammary gland said...

did you manage to get a "can the parents of scrap come to the information tent" announcement from the main stage? that would be proper...

Rob said...

Ha! No, they're not allowed to announce it in case bad people get bad ideas... I was in the tent when they delivered him back to me!

Mel said...

I used to LOVE The Waterboys! Going to go an dig out the old cds i know I have somewhere.

Rob said...

Hey Mel - the new album is really, really good too...
x

BLTP said...

Sounds good, the waterboys where one of the best acts we saw at Glastonbury. Good to see the Bunnymen have picked up, last time I saw them they were dreadful, really just going through the motion especially macca. I think festivals are good for little ones because they get to see adults enjoying themselves in a different way, they enjoy the carnival aspect a good festival has too.

Drunk Mummy said...

Pig sandwiches! Sounds fantastic (OK , it doesn't sound fantastic, but I bet it tasted good), although I bet you lost your appetite when you lost the spud - that is truly a horrible feeling.

Anonymous said...

Agreed - the Waterboys were the best band we saw at Cornbury. Made up for the disappointment of last year!

Is Mike Scott really almost 50? I wish I had that much energy.

Didn't hang around for David Gray. Was he any good?

Rob said...

Hey DMummy: I am now going to call him The Spud all the time!
Anon: I interviewed Mike Scott a few months ago and he gave off so much energy I left with a headache - top man. Didn't see DG - heard he was OK...