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Reading Festival 2012

Yay!!! I came back from Reading Festival 2012 yesterday! It is so nice to be CLEAN and RESTED today, but I had an amazing weekend…

We were rather lucky with the weather – it only really rained on Saturday (the heavens opened whilst I was right up at the front for Florence and the Machine, but I was so hot in the crush of people that I had to take my waterproof off so I was drenched!!).

We arrived on Thursday & set up camp, then drank the free Skol we had been given on entry to pass the time. Then we decided to pop to Waitrose to get beer, cider crisps & biscuits (sounds very healthy, doesn’t it?), but disaster struck back at the campsite! No glass bottles on site! Cue distress – leave the alcohol behind, or split up to find a suitable container to pour them in to drink later… Whilst my boyfriend took the edible shopping I was left to guard the drink, so I drank a bottle of Rekorderlig as he rushed hither and thither to find two plastic water containers so we could pour our bottled drink in there, a good drinking session working out how to drink from a 10 litre container gingerly ensued (seeing over a litre of liquid rushing towards your face at high speed as you attempt to drink slowly is rather unnerving…)

Friday morning we trotted off to get our free breakfast (everyone who got weekend tickets was given 3 tickets to ‘Fuel the Festival’, which I thought was a really good idea). The first band we caught were Pettybone – not really my thing, so we wandered off to watch Deaf Havana instead. Hadouken! were really good – they got my festival off to a great start, Star Fucking Hipsters and Spector were great too. My boyfriend had no idea who the Hives were, so I made sure we stayed in the NME tent & he thought they were really good both musically & entertainingly. We saw You Me At Six and Bombay Bicycle Club on the main stage, then went to the NME stage for Foster the People and the Maccabees.

Green Day played the NME stage on Saturday!!!!!! It was so full they put up barriers and lots of security staff so we couldn’t get anywhere near them so we watched on the main stage screens, they were awesome, but they kept playing and the screens on the main stage stopped showing the gig 😦

I dragged my boyfriend to the front for Florence and the Machine & the crowd were dreadful; pushing and shoving – we saw lots of people fall over from sheer weight of people & lifted back up before Florence even took to the stage. I love Florence and this was the first time I’ve seen her live (she cancelled Benicassim earlier in the year) so I didn’t mind being squashed up the front, but one of the mass surges took me and a whole group of people off our feet and my foot was crushed at a very awkward and excruciating angle – I was screaming in pain but had to wait until people could pull me up. It hurt so much I had to be crowd surfed out of the crowd, if anyone touched my foot I screamed. I was taken to the first aid tent to the side of the stage & was unaware of the rest of her set, bit given some painkillers and a preliminary examination where we worked out the pain was just in my big toe, not my whole foot – my boyfriend did a sterling job of assisting me to the main medical tent where they had some ice to put on my foot, then we limped back to the main stage to watch the tail-end of Kasabian from a distance.

First thing on the Sunday my boyfriend and I got up & headed off to the leisure centre to use their showers – it felt so good to be clean & check on my toe. After abluting we dropped our towels back in the tent and headed off to watch Of Monsters and Men, who were just beautiful. Tribes were good and we enjoyed them from the grass outside the tent watching the big screen with the added entertainment of the girl sitting with her friends in front of us occasionally standing up to rummage in her over-sized handbag and giving us a flash of her stripy knickers as the denim dress she was wearing was a bit too short… The Kaiser Cheefs were fab, we were dancing along to the tunes the whole way through their set! I loved The Black Keys before I went to Reading, now I adore them – I need to get as many albums as possible & see them live again soon! The Foo Fighters were EPIC, it was great to hear some of their really old songs as well as the classic singles.

My toe still hurts so I’m still taking painkillers, but as far as I can tell it’s not broken, just sprained.


Geek Out!

I subscribe to a few craft blogs & this was Freshly Pressed – http://sweetsavoryblog.wordpress.com/2012/07/03/geek-out/ and I thought I just HAVE to make a list of the things I geek out about too!

1. Gingers!!!! They DO have souls! and they are beautiful, funny, pale and interesting and for some reason I find them irresistable!

2. Animals – any animal, all animals. But I do have a special soft spot for the 36 existing big cat species (especially the Iberian lynx – Lynx pardinus), horses (especially the Pura Raza Espanola), domestic dogs and cats, ferrets etc. (you get the picture…). I studied Zoology at University of Liverpool and wish I had gone for a job that would have used what I learned more, maybe that is what I will try to do for my next job. I’ve had a subscription to BBC Wildlife Magazine since 1992 (I still have the vast majority of all those magazines too!)

3. CRAFTING!!! I don’t care if it’s making cards, making scrapbook pages, creating fancy dress costumes or decorating; anything that lets me express my artistic side makes me happy. I craft to calm down, I craft to show my excitement, whatever mood you are in there is an artistic medium to help you express it! I often get far too excited whilst wondering around craft shops/browsing online etc and I will see a paper stack or set of brads or something that catches my eye and I think “OMG! I’ve GOT to get that!” even though I have no idea what I will actually do with it, then it gets squirreled away to be taken out occasionally & admired, but still not used, not just yet…

4. Immunology – the immune system is an amazing bit of evolution, and immune evasion is even more interesting. When I was doing my MSc in Immunology of Infectious Disease it was SO interesting to learn all about the cells and hormones and proteins involved, I loved every minute of that degree.

5. Fantasy novels – nothing excites me more than a good fantasy novel – I devour LotR, the Hobbit, Harry Potter, Terry Pratchett’s Discworld, Terry Brooks’ Shannara novels, Christopher Paolini’s Inheritance cycle etc. etc.

6. Music – I think this should be on everyone’s geek list! The reason ‘music’ is on my geek list is because I have such a diverse CD collection – Ska, Reggae, Punk, Pop, Electronic, Metal, Rock, Grunge, Motown, Folk, Jazz, Classical…

7. Anime – mostly the Studio Ghibli Collection films, I also like to draw Bishoujo but have never had the time to work on a storyboard to create a graphic novel of my own, but if I ever do, watch this space…

8. Disney – I grew up on Disney & no one can take that away from me! A sandwich student we had in the lab last year copied a Disney compilation CD for us so we could listen to it in the lab, so I’ve often found myself singing along to a song & after a while found I have an audience through the window… Ah… hmmmm… ‘I just can’t wait to be KING!!!!’

9. Firefly/Serenity – An ex boyfriend got me in to this & it combines my love of Oriental stuff and old-fashioned Westerns & Sci-fi – who could ask for more!?

10. Outdoor Pursuits – I love horse riding, gently bike riding along country lanes, archery and kayaking. I wish I had enough money that I didn’t need to work because then I would probably become a medieval lady of the manor who does needlework, archery and rides her horse everywhere… (going back to Disney AND gingers did I hear that Brave is out in the cinemas…? Oooh, perfect film for me!!) (yeah I love without A Paddle with Seth Green too!)

I don’t know if I should put TV shows on here or not, because it’s a bit diverse – I like period dramas, fantasy like Game of Thrones, Dark Angel, crime shows like The Mentalist & CSI, the game show Total Wipeout… Oh I could go on and on and on!

What do you Geek Out about?


YAY!!! I’m home from a great weekend!! NO!!! I’m SO tired, back to work & I’ve offered to help show Stewarding for a horse show in Gloucestershire this weekend so I can’t catch up on sleep for over a week…

Miles Kane, Bombay Bicycle Club, the Vaccines, the Stone Roses and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds were all amazing! Ed Sheeran was really good getting loads of crowd participation. Bob Dylan was dissapointing and New Order needed to turn up the volume on their vocals, they were totally drowned out by their instruments, but the night they played should have been Ian Curtis’s birthday so they dedicated the whole set to him…

I must be getting too old because I went to bed early & silently cursed in my tent when other revellers noisily went past @ ungodly hours waking me up…

The guys from Bombay Bicycle Club described the campsite as ‘a refugee camp’ (not far off) and one girl was loudly telling her friend on her mobile that the shower blocks ‘are like the gas chambers at Aushcwitz’ so people weren’t selling it, but we were clean, well fed and dry, just very, very, very sleep deprived… The girls who made friends with the two guys in the tent next to us said they wanted to stay in an airconditioned camper van next time, sounds good & I might join them…

I would recommend the festival to anyone, a great weekend if you have the money!


I’ve purchased tickets for Festival Internacional de Benicassim 2012!!! I’m really excited about the line-up!!!

Sun, Sea and Sound…