The trouble with living in flat Suffolk, is that when you travel to the Isle of Wight where there are many hills and walk around the festival all day, your calf muscles tell you all about it the next morning!
Such is the situation Sam and I find ourselves in today, and in order to see Liam Gallagher stare us out tonight we’ve got to do it all over again. But hey, we’ve met up with some friends and we’re having fun. The sun is shining, and there’s not a dollop of mud to be seen anywhere.
Jammin’ with Jimi…
Because I’ve been irradiated through and through, I’ve been told to keep out of the sun as much as possible. There are ways of doing this – high factor sunscreen which I slather on religiously, and a pseudo-Victorian contraption which I bought at Osborne House some years ago. Here’s a little conversation we had yesterday regarding aforesaid pseudo-Victorian contraption:
The security guy at the entrance gate gave the folded down parasol sticking out of the side of Sam’s rucksack an evil stare.
“What’s that – an umbrella?”
“No.” Sam replied. “It’s a parasol.”
“A what?” The guy’s expression was blank.
“A parasol.” Sam stated firmly.
The guy turned to a colleague.
“Here Dave, have a look at this mate. Can we allow it in?”
I took the parasol out of the rucksack and unfolded it.
“It’s an umbrella.” Said Dave with some conviction.
“No.” I replied. “It’s a parasol. The rain would fall right through it.”
“Should be okay.” Said Dave with some conviction. “Has it got a pointed end?”
“Only a little bit pointed.” Replied Sam. “I use it to poke people with who don’t walk fast enough.”
Dave and his colleague with the high IQ nodded and chuckled. And so through the entrance gate I sailed with my parasol. Many people at various festivals have asked where I bought it. It’s pretty, and looks so much better than sitting in the sun under a big black umbrella. I was even allowed to take it on the Big Wheel.
When the sun sets it’s time to fold up the parasol, but the end of it sticks out of Sam’s rucksack. One woman passed by and told us it was dangerous. Sam told her not to stand too close to it! My parasol and I will go on to face Liam Gallagher today…