Glastonbury 2016 – muddy but fun

So another year another Glastonbury… and as predicted it was time for a wet one.
But in true Glasto style, the weather just added to the atmosphere and  fun.

It seems the more I go to Glastonbury the less it seems about the bands and acts – this year I only really caught a few bands (ELO, Earth Wind & Fire, Madness).
The highlight though was good old Craig Charles up in Shangri-la…

But there were other great moments…

It was definitely the year of the backstage/crew bar – and as always meeting up with great mates 🙂





smugglers_runAfter the relative ease of the “Boris Wheel of Brexit” I’ve been thinking of my next Phaser project.

Growing up I was always quite a fan of mini driving games and so thought about combining this with elements of an endless runner with a space type theme. So the objective being to get from point A to B as quick as possible with lots of planets, black holes and pirates getting in your way – using some good old fashioned racing physics.

This should break down in to a number of simple steps to really push the phaser learning.



The 2016 Glastonbury packing list

It’s that time of year again and this year I’m going to keep a list of the things I take to Glastonbury – so I can track what gets used/forgotten.
So to start the list…


  • Good walking boots
  • Rucksack (65l)
  • Daysack
  • Tent – 3 man
  • Sleeping bag
  • Inflatable mattress – I’m getting old
  • Electric pump – I’m lazy as well
  • Head torch (x2) – nothing beats a good head torch
  • Waterproof blanket – good for sitting on after its been raining
  • Chair
  • Table


  • Mini table – to cook on
  • Burner
  • Wind guard
  • Toast adapter
  • Flint and steel
  • Cooking set (anodized aluminium) – I’ve yet to find a good non-stick option
    • Frying pan
    • Small pot
    • Large pot
  • Bowls – collapsible to save space
  • Cup
  • Cutlery
  • Chopping board
  • Spatula
  • Tongs
  • Ladle
  • Sharp knife
  • Salt, pepper, chili and curry powder
  • Washing up liquid
  • Wash cloth
  • Collapsible washing-up bowl
  • Water carrier


  • Waterproof coat
  • Waterproof trousers – even if its forecast glorious sunshine!
  • Waterproof poncho – I pack 2; lightweight for emergencies; heavier duty for being on shift
  • Warm coat/fleece – it does get cold
  • Gators
  • Waterproof hat
  • Glasto hat 🙂


  • Water bottle
  • Travel battery – to keep phones topped up
  • Leatherman tool set


  • 1 x Jeans
  • 1 x trousers
  • 7 x socks
  • 7 x underwear
  • 3 x shorts
  • 5 x t-shirts
  • 3 x shirts
  • 1 x warm jumper/long top



The friendliness of crowds

To say work has been busy would be an understatement.
It seems every week brings an opportunity to go and visit a different element of the country to help with something.
This has meant I’ve got far more familiar with trains and public transport than ever before – almost intimately!

But travelling is a great place to observe crowd behaviour and how people tend to follow what everyone else is doing.

Two examples struck me…

Part of the journey involved the new train station at Birmingham New Street.
Now I’ always one for leaving things behind normally coats in pubs) – but on this occasion it was on the train.
Actually this whole trip had a colleague basically collecting things I’d forgotten like a mother following a three year old.
We’d arrived at New Street and had to change…it was around rush hour and we had about 7 minutes to make the connection.
Things were rushed and my coat was the lat thing on my mind – and really not on my mind until half way down the plat form.

So dilemma – run back onto the train and hope I can fight my way to my old seat? Or just give up and buy a new coat.

I chose to try – and if I got trapped on the train it would at least make an interesting story (plus my colleague would have to get my luggage back to south wales).

SO the train is now jammed packed with passengers getting on with no chance of me getting to my seat to rescue the coat.

The solution – just shout down the train and ask people to pass it back…and without hesitation that is what everyone did. No questions or no second thoughts.

I was relieved.

The other example involved the layout of the new station.
With everyone a little unsure there tended to be some herd mentality going on. As the crowd rushed into the new station from the arriving trains most people simply followed the people they were with – normally resulting in hitting various bottle necks and dead ends. There were clearly signs directing people but these weren’t glanced at in preference to the assumption that the people in front knew where to go.

Any way just some observations.