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tomo, the flower RHS shows are much the same except you can bring your own food and drink and you can go home at the end of the day. They've killed the golden goose though and a lot of the exhibitors are no longer willing to stump up the cash for the RHS to profit from. They're essentially expensive, over crowded garden centres.

Jun 26, 2017 at 1:29 PM | Unregistered CommenterTinyCO2

The Grenfell coffin dancing continues

Courtesy of John McDonald at Glastonbury

Jun 26, 2017 at 1:23 PM | Registered Commentertomo

the undiluted avarice that characterises Glastonbury has predominated for many years (mid 1990s) - many old timers have walked away when presented with eye-watering rents for concessions (pay up front thank you) - the proceeds/profits of which in many cases went to audited charities. The rot truly set in when the council forced Eavis to work with "professionals" Mean Fiddler group (notorious for confiscating *all* food and drinks from event attendees). The present rents are so high that simple arithmetic dictates astronomical pricing for say a cheapest burger - £8.50 this year is one figure I've been told for an item that would disgrace 1970s British Rail and probably trigger Adidas to launch an edible range of footwear. The provision of services is purportedly the subject of considerable cronyism and totally cutthroat pricing.

Glastonbury does have its moments - but the money grabbing imho predominates these days - the sea of garbage tells its own story. I'm sure that Africans at Calais will be provisioned again from re-purposed Glasto garbage.

Jun 26, 2017 at 12:43 PM | Registered Commentertomo


BBC Reality Check?

The word oxymoron is inadequate when applied to much of the corporation's output - but your example is typical - hinting at the take away answer for those who don't click through and actually read and understand the evasion. It's a typical tactic - using a presumptive headline to present an inverted or highly skewed narrative.

The BBC is thumbing its nose at us all on a daily basis and imho they feel invulnerable - I guess I'm not alone in wanting to see that situation change.

Jun 26, 2017 at 12:24 PM | Registered Commentertomo

The DM article that goes with the picture talks about 'volunteers' picking up the litter. In reality, they're people who are essentially working for less than minimum wage. They agree to work during the show, in exchange for free attendance. They get to pitch their tents the furthest away from the stages and spend most of the days and nights working. The rest periods are such that the workers are invariably a long distance from the stages when they're free and have to slog to the already crowded venues. my nephew foolishly signed up for it and swore 'never again'.

You would think that Corbyn wouldn't agree with that style of greedy capitalistic exploitation of young people. Nah, anything to get a few cheers from the wealthy socialists who certainly won't be picking up litter at the end.

Jun 26, 2017 at 11:21 AM | Unregistered CommenterTinyCO2

The greenest, most socially aware generations ever, who are going to save the planet and society from the rest of us?

Jun 26, 2017 at 10:57 AM | Unregistered CommenterTinyCO2

@Tomo BBC- Reality Check: Can we be self-sufficient in renewable energy?
Despite the title the article avoids the issue
and just states the Lib, Con, Labour and Green party policies ..
It does not mention UKIP and neither does it criticise Green Party "100% renewable electricity generation by 2030" policy

Jun 26, 2017 at 10:06 AM | Registered Commenterstewgreen


Item 3 - Bone 'Ed + Hinckley.

SMR tech is moving fast and by the time it's possibly running it'll likely be obsolete ... and dramatically overpriced. They should engage Anthony Gormley now to convert it into the most expensive sculpture ever...

The lawyers are already positioning themselves on that one....

I suspect "they" are trying to kick it into long grass.... It made me think of the railways debacle of the West Coast Main Line where the stupid incompetent civil servants made such a mess that Branson (the incumbent) lost the contract in 2012 to First Group and legally went after HMG for £1.8 billion and First Group likewise apparently had a case - having been adjudged the winners in the bidding. I think it's been settled but nobody's volunteering anything of note - least of all how much it cost to settle...... (Virgin Trains kept it - up again this year apparently - I wonder if there's a bulge in First Group's accounts somewhere)

If fracking works out there'll be a settlement - and there won't be much fanfare about it and some lawyers will upgrade their car collections, Tuscan swimming pools and fossil fueled generator supplier share portfolios .


Spitting Image... ? - maybe it was "Not The Nine O'Clock News"....

Jun 26, 2017 at 2:48 AM | Registered Commentertomo


I used to listen to R4 regularly in the expectation that I'd get reportage of a sort , informed commentary that sought to explore issues in a rational way and journalism that made an effort at balance - throw in some occasional diverse drama / amusement ...

Those days are but a distant memory. For the most part it's an unlistenable predictably formulaic monoculture freak show. I thought it was me ... and I tried to listen on the basis that I might well be wrong and they'd convince me of the errors of my ways....

Fat chance - the sneering, the skewing, the political correctness and perhaps above all the presumption to omniscient authority on simply any matter from a wholly partisan perspective are all utterly insufferable.

I listened to BBC World Service's decline on short wave from remote parts and in truth I had an inkling / knew what was coming down the chute. I thought it was maybe a late flowering of my inner curmudgeon - but I spoke with younger colleagues and foreigners who seemed pretty unanimous that there'd been a recipe change and the product was now so tainted as to be near unpalatable and taken with a large pinch of salt.

The tactic of egregious bias by omission seems now so deeply engrained that they think they can get away with snipping bits out of the middle of eyewitness accounts in a manner so crude that it reminds me of the Spitting Image satirical police interview videos of the 1980s .

It would seem that they're trying to ape Guardian Media Group's circulation performance. I simply wouldn't believe any viewing figures they proffered anyway - not that they care - BBC Three is still going years after they agreed to euthanise it as nobody watched it

Peter Sissons sat in the office checking out The Daily Mail inside a copy of The Guardian .... The present cabal are so enamored with the concept of haram that one is forced to suspect they canned the long running / successful "What The Papers Say" since it involved an agreed round robin of the press rather than their chosen commentators / 'slebs. Lily Allen as a guest editor on Today anyone?

Jun 26, 2017 at 1:55 AM | Unregistered Commentertomo

If only the BBC would do something similar .......

Judith Curry explains what Climategate really revealed about Climate Science.

Jun 26, 2017 at 1:24 AM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie

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