Tuesday, September 02, 2008

What I did in my holidays (Part Six – a roll in the mud (and the rest!) at Crustymania….)

Ah Shamania. Four days of “psy-trance”. Not my idea of fun. What had I signed myself up for!!!! Still I had been assured that it was a “spiritual” festi, and no doubt it would be an experience…. Should with hindsight have put a heavier disclaimer on it when discussing it with my mum, but hey she is a big girl now…. Didn’t discover until I got the ticket that there would be no shower on site, didn’t discover till I got there that there was no drinkable or washable water… Oh how civilised we are at Northern Green……

Anxiously did I watch the programme on Youtube…..



and 9 parts....

Anyway. Had my usual last minute panic leaving my flat…… One day I will learn to travel light. Made it from home to Nelson in 2 bus journeys, not bad! Met mum at Nelson train station… well eventually it is a building site at the moment…..

Lovely saga trying to get a taxi to site…… There is a big hotel by the station that must be the main landmark in Nelson, and said taxi firm is in the same street… could they find me and mum? Well they did eventually and get us to site…………

So finally made it to site, checked in with Mike the Intensive CareBear, and got tent up.

Nice site art……………


Already the mud was there…

have you spotted the deliberate mistake yet?

Feel the LOVE! Rite way round this time….


Now this will look good lit up at night….

can you see what it is yet?

One of the somewhat related stewards

ello Mum!

Think this is the main stage or something….

likesay was never a cheesy quaver myself…

There’s nothing like an English Summer… so sang Annie Lennox who is not of course English but Scottish. But there you go…


As if by magick a lake appeared! This one is called Jeff!

bet it’s still there…..

And beware of the troll!

it probably ate the last photographer lol

Welcome to Crustymania!!!

You’ll never leave….

Some funny looking chaps in florescent HI-VIS jackets…

takes all sorts I suppose….

Great bumper sticker

Give Me That Olde Time Religion!!

As Alexi Sayle said, “I don’t like the countryside, it hasn’t got a roof over it…..”

the Northern mayhem continues hehe

Lovely weather heading our way!

hehe who invoked Shiva!

Nice sentry box for lovely security.
they did a great job!

Runic John, c/w hammer….

LTNS John!

Site art, mud and grass where now there is mud……

this is England, it rains, it gets muddy

Close up

did you bring your wellies?

Happy Campers!!

To Your Tents O Israel!

Mud etc……..

with some happy traders of course

Written In Mud!

says it all really….


Endymion non-scriptus

More straw for exquisite dancing…

likesay not my scene music and dancewise

Looking up in Fraktals Café!


The soil was I think peat. We were on top of a hill. Large vehicles sank into the mud. Small vehicles sank into the mud. The people sank into the mud…. This made it’s way to Fracktals Café, says it all really…

fancy tripping at crustymania?

When your wellies are sunk into the mud you are pretty much stable. It is getting out you might lose your balance….

Dunno how they got this kite in the air…. It’s pretty high up

High as a kite man!!

The Healers at work, after a lovely meditation on Love!

good meditation

Look at the mud on this site!!!!! Here come the cleaners…..

perhaps they gave up! LOL


Free Tibet!

Playing with fire… might end up in the tourist guide to Pendle….

came with my ticket

Main doo-dah lit up at night, nice and colourful eh?


Look! Captain Pugwash on the Television again! That takes me back

I’m showing my age…

Mud! Mud! Glorious Mud!

no I don’t know all the words…

There is a light that never goes out…

reference to ‘trainspotting’

Said it would look good lit up at night…

can you see what it is yet?

The farmer drives a nice Lamba! Did a sterling job pulling all the vehicles out of the mud!

Cheers Chris you are a star!

Here it is close up, really is a Lamba!

great chat up line?

Bear shows a bit of Flower Power!

splendid chap!

Who let the riff-raff in! Well at least they are dressed for the occasion! LOL

think they might be the cleaning ladies lol

The sheep show their comtempt….

fucking hippies! Baa! Fucking hippies! Baaa! Baa!

Welcome to Shamania! You Will Never Leave!


Beautiful Countryside…

a gap in the rain…

The Proletariat in the crew kitchen..

crew catering was dire….
Your stewards, some of them.

ello mum!

Seems healing took a dive….

I survived Crustymania!!!

A remarkable alchemical transformation brought about by rain…


And the real magick! Mum and I escaped at the first opportunity, got a taxi into Nelson, I bid her goodbye and headed to the bus station, when what do I see…. Go by broom!!!

never heard of them before….

Probably be £2.50 to Manchester though lol

likesay Magick!

So farewell to Crustymania. It was an experience… my thanks to all who made it happen.

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