Glastonbury Festival History: Losing the Main Stage

Written by Holmes Charnley


Now then,repparttar wonders of quagmires are a treat I have never encountered. I hadrepparttar 118189 uncanny ability, as a youth, to attend Europe's premier music festival twice, and both times I stumbled upon a West Country heat wave.

Yes, it's true; yours truly enjoyedrepparttar 118190 warmth ofrepparttar 118191 sun andrepparttar 118192 cider tent on both occasions whilst at Glastonbury.

Forrepparttar 118193 purpose of what I have to say here, I am going to concentrate on justrepparttar 118194 one specific event that happened whilst I was there. I was in my early 20s, it wasrepparttar 118195 Saturday ofrepparttar 118196 festival and everything was just hunky dory no, totally, it was so hunky dory as to warrant my starting a new religion, so I went back torepparttar 118197 cider tent to calm down.

I imbibed several more pints of diesel, earthed myself, and asrepparttar 118198 sun began its descent, I smacked my chops, thankedrepparttar 118199 staff and wandered over torepparttar 118200 main stage for what promised to be an enjoyable evening.

Yes, The Orb were playing, and their oft heard song Little Fluffy Clouds was sure to be a lovely ending to a quite lovely day.

So I trundled over torepparttar 118201 said main stage,repparttar 118202 colours ofrepparttar 118203 sunset now taking shape and positioned myself so as to get a good view ofrepparttar 118204 stage.

Sure, two blokes and a load of synthesisers isn'trepparttar 118205 most spectacular stage show, but, well, I felt sure they'd put on a good light show to make up forrepparttar 118206 lack of stage presence.

I was pretty early, I don't think they were due on 'til about half nine or something, and inrepparttar 118207 meantime, a bloke beside me nudged me, and when I looked round, he pointed behind me. He was grinning. I turned round to see what he was on about, and there, inrepparttar 118208 adjacent field, a firework display was just starting off. I smiled, thanked him, and got intorepparttar 118209 display.

It was a good one; it warranted me getting my pipe out of my back pocket, stoking it with draw and cranking my brain. Whoosh! That didrepparttar 118210 trick. The display was quite beautiful and I gave it my undivided attention,repparttar 118211 rockets and their explosions every bit as important as my close shave withrepparttar 118212 new religion I mentioned earlier.

The display continued for quite sometime,repparttar 118213 colours ofrepparttar 118214 sunset now in full flow, it was nearly enough to makerepparttar 118215 poor boy cry with joy, but, I held on. Eventually,repparttar 118216 display ended, and, it was time to settle down to enjoyrepparttar 118217 main event. Yes, The Orb.

What's So Real About Reality TV?

Written by David Leonhardt


What's So Real About Reality TV? But some are "personal growth" shows By David Leonhardt

Those people who defendrepparttar intrusive presence of a television in private homes always seem to cite "educational value" as its redeeming grace.

They mentionrepparttar 118188 documentaries they watch allrepparttar 118189 time...which explains why The Feeding Habits ofrepparttar 118190 Gray-haired Stork broke all Nielsen ratings records last month.

They mentionrepparttar 118191 news programs they watch nightly...which explains why they have "intellectual" discussions aboutrepparttar 118192 chimp who drove a little car atrepparttar 118193 charity circus last week.

They mention allrepparttar 118194 arts programs, such asrepparttar 118195 symphony orchestra that played them to sleep last night.

Amazingly, they do not mentionrepparttar 118196 latest phenomenon -- "reality TV". What is so real about reality TV? Put 20 people on an island and tell them to live offrepparttar 118197 land as if they were all on their own. Yeah, like that's real!

But wait, there's more. Make them vote somebody offrepparttar 118198 island each day, so that there are fewer people to helprepparttar 118199 community survive. Brilliant survival strategy.

Or set them up in teams to play "survival games". That will leave them a lot of energy for survival. I'll betrepparttar 118200 tigers and hyenas and alligators salivate to see so much fresh meet wasting so much energy on such trivial activities. They could not have come up with a better meat-farming plan if they tried.

To make it even more real, allrepparttar 118201 participants are brought in front ofrepparttar 118202 camera to comment on each other and deliver a psychological assessment of their experiences. Lights. Camera. Psychology. That's real.

I suppose we would not want a reality TV show that was TOO real. Imagine turning onrepparttar 118203 TV and seeing real life.

"Hey, honey. Check out what's on TV."

"What is it, dear."

"Somebody washing dishes."

"What, again?"

"Yes."

"Go on."

"Don't they ever wash their clothes?"

"NO, just dishes."

"Well sooner or later they'll have to wash their clothes. What doesrepparttar 118204 TV guide say?"

People would probably rather watch other people marrying millionaires than have to facerepparttar 118205 fact that they could enjoy their own lives without having to marry one themselves.

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