August 2003

count the children

5 children playing (they have to change the sign if they have friends round)
and just round the corner:
10 slow children playing

an afternoon out

a country path
style guru
three girls in a row

eyes and ears

the last thing we saw in the festival grounds was this beer selling tent. in the half light and from an angle it DID look like it said “carry out ear”. in fact it said carry out bar. picture isn’t very clear. but then neither was my vision. i think it must have been all the second hand smoke i inhaled (we only drank coke (-a-cola) and water all day)


at the Reading Festival there were lots of playing cards all over the place on the way back to the train. too many to count and archive individually, so here is just once sample shot:

hats !

hats were very popular at the Reading festival. here was a stall selling old lady’s hats for £2.


damon albarn fell off the stage which was quite amusing. we started off down the front but then got squashed so moved back out slightly. from this position it was only worth watching on the giant telly screens and we couldn’t really see hte stage too well. and if you are watching a giant telly, then why not watch it at home.
we watched 3/4 of their set then wandered off for our train home.
(from the telly screens):


black rebel motorcycle club were good. not great, just good. they covered a White Stripes song which was fair enough as it was thanks to White Stripes not playing that they were playing. They sound better on CD in my opinion. it wasn’t helped by the fact there was a massive water fight going on around us.

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beck is bonkers

Beck was totally bonkers. he had a keyboard on a trolley which meant he could play and wander about. his backing band were fantastic with robot dancing..

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crazy clouds

there were some excellent clouds about, including a fantastic sunbeam thing going on.
and a little later as it was getting dark

The Doves

I thought the Doves were great. some excellent guitar and keyboard noises.

the streets

when we arrived the Libertines were playing. they were good, but i didn’t get any photos.
Then came The Streets. I found them a little boring and a bit too ‘ladish’. they had sound trouble which seemed to happen everytime they threw beer all over the stage and each other. I wonder if the sound man was trying to tell them something.

camera obscura

we got a good standing spot two people from the front on the right hand side of the stage. unfortunately there was a giant camera stick which kept getting in the way. it whizzed above our heads and often obscured our view. here is the camera in the sky and the man working it

exciting weekend

it’s an exciting weekend ! not only is it a bank holiday, meaning a lucky bonus day off work, but it’s the Reading Festival weekend. Jane and I are going for the day tomorrow.
it’s also exciting as i’m entering my first photo competition (hence the trip to Swallowfield earlier in the week). it’s at the Swallowfield Show see. Go to the site and enjoy the music !
i’ve entered 7 different categories, but had only 5 photos at the beginning of the week. so i had to take and print the last two this evening (they have to go to be displayed tomorrow).
Here is one of my last minute photos. i hope the judges are surrealists …
judging happens Sunday, but we aren’t going until Monday so I’ll find out what happened then. gulperama.

strange hat

one benefit of working from home is instant access to the day’s post.
i was sent this piece of headjoy from some friends in the north. they said it’s all the rage in Italy. i put it on to demonstrate. i had to take the photos myself as there is no one else in the house at the moment !
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once i had got the thing on:

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